You Are My Sunshine

2 Jun

So, with Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots a few weeks away, reviews are already coming in. The price of an early review, however, is the journalist’s integrity as Konami has placed restrictions on certain elements, saying that they cannot be reported on.

MTV Multiplayer broke the story citing the length of the game’s cutscenes and the size of its install. Now, if Konami had requested that journalists don’t reveal spoilers, then that would have been fine considering how vital the story is to the MGS series. That’s not the case here though, and it’s obvious that they’re afraid people will not see long cutscenes and a long install as a good thing.

Eurogamer’s review (caution: somewhat, vaguely spoilerific) of the game, noted for being the lowest yet at 8 out of 10, seems to confirm that the game does indeed have incredibly lengthy cutscenes, at least at the end.

Despite these restrictions, reviews are pouring in. One major name in video game journalism isn’t jumping on the band wagon, though: EGM.

Apparently, EGM is waiting until the limitations are lifted before printing their review, which means they’ll have to wait a month to make their opinion known. Now, I very much dislike EGM’s review style. They discuss games assuming you’ve been keeping up with all of the previews, have played all of the previous games in the series, and have played every game with similar gameplay.

That being said, I love EGM for this. This shows so much integrity. It’s really refreshing to see something like this in the video game community; less focus on pleasing the game’s producers and more on pleasing the fans.

So, what does everyone think about this? With a game that is guaranteed to sell millions, do you think this was a bad move on Konami’s part? Do you think EGM is being overzealous by holding off on a timely, yet restricted review?

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