It's always an important question: how well do fantastic games stand up over time?
For the most part, the Metal Gear Solid franchise has produced titles that really do withstand the test of time. Thanks to memorable characters, storylines, and dramatic situations, the MGS games always deliver, and always seem to maintain their appeal over many years. If you ask the fans, they'll say it's frequently great fun to replay older titles, and that includes the "archaic" original.
But gaming just keeps pushing forward at a phenomenal rate, and a lot has happened in the last three years. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves brought interactive entertainment to a new level, and other titles ( LittleBigPlanet 2 , Gran Turismo 5 , Heavy Rain , God of War III , etc.) have continued to push the envelope. It seems like better games keep showing up on a continual basis and by the end of 2011, we'd have to compare MGS4 to Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception , Battlefield 3 , Assassin's Creed: Revelations , Batman: Arkham City , The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim , and more. So does MGS4 still stand tall in the face of that competition?
Personally, I say it does. Above all else, MGS4 seems like a relatively unique experience, especially with the decline of Japanese-centric games. We won't see its like again until MGS5 shows up…and no, I don't think we can count Metal Gear Solid: Rising , as it's a different sort of MGS. The hardcore fans will back me on that.
Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots