Casual Friday: Metal Gear Solid 4 vs. The Movies, Spore, and More
Welcome back to PC World's weekly celebration of slack. For this installment, I stand in line and wait patiently for the next summer blockbuster ... and later,
Waiting on Solid Snake
"Excuse me ... what is everyone waiting in line for?"
"Metal Gear Solid 4," I tell the attractive blonde walking by.
Lorenzo Ochoa has never waited in line for a video game before. He barely even sweats catching a movie on opening night. But here he is, having been standing in line since about 6 p.m. to get his hands on Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. "I was here earlier, and when I'd heard the game would be available at midnight, I decided to wait." For him, it's worth it. "I really like the way he [Hideo Kojima, the game's creator] blends in a deep story and well-conceived characters ... and the way the games look are amazing," says Ochoa.
"A lot of people criticize the games because there are lots of cutscenes and sometimes not enough gameplay--but I think that's a good thing," says Ali Aiti, another fan in the queue. "It's like an interactive movie. In fact, it bridges my passion for movies and games."
Midnight strikes, and the line starts moving. As I
"Actually, I was talking about the movie."
"Oh, that's coming out this week. I forgot."
I could sit
The Wait Continues
I finally get the game home around 1 a.m. and pop in the disc. My reward: 8 minutes of installing files to
1:23: I press the Start button to kick off the madness.
1:26: I press Start again after a couple of cool but fake
1:29: A gravelly voiced Solid Snake explains how messed up the world has become. Already I can tell that this title is on a Blu-ray Disc. The details are amazing, and the Dolby Digital quality is stellar. Oh, wait, here comes my first bit of game feedback--my controller is vibrating.
1:30: Hey, I'm controlling my guy for a second! Quick, run from enemy fire!
1:31: Back to more cool action scenes
1:34: I'm in control--time to run for cover (again), but from robots this time.
1:36: Another break from the action, and I yawn. Around this time I actually grab for my remote to try to pause the video. That's right, I forgot it was a game for a second. It looks that good. And I control that little.
And ... that's when I nod off. Not a knock against the game--it was a long day, and I forgot to pound a Red Bull.
Seriously, though, you don't want me to spoil the experience, do you? Here's my two cents: Metal Gear Solid 4 is
(And when you're done, you can seek out enemies online for a whole other multiplayer experience. Play as a member of one of the two opposing forces, or be the superspy in the middle, picking off people on both sides.)
Don't forget that our very own Matt Peckham is working on his review of MGS 4,