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Pre-release MGS4 Reviewers Got "Pretty Long" List of Forbidden Topics

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We had this up as a rumor yesterday, and I'd say IGN UK's review of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots pretty much confirms it. "In return for letting us play Metal Gear Solid 4 before its release, Konami issued us with a list of things that we're not allowed to discuss. This list of prohibited topics is pretty long, and even extends as far as several facts that the company itself has already made public." Might that be the length of the cutscenes (upwards of 90 -gasp- minutes)?

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IGN doesn't say in a strongly positive review, but for that icky first paragraph. They wanted to do the write-up as spoiler-free as possible, which makes a lot of the verboten stuff something IGN wasn't going to mention anyway. Still, they acknowledge Konami's heavy-handedness, apparently beyond the pale of normal pre-release review requests.

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By the by, IGN calls it "the ultimate Metal game. Without question," but it's only ranked by IGN UK so far, at 9.9. I think it's safe to say the US ranking will conform. This is one of those games that's pretty much review proof. Konami's micromanagement might piss off only the writers, but that doesn't mean it isn't also unnecessary.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Review [IGN]

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TheSadClown
Nightshift Nurse

Meh. They could've sent death threats to the reviewers. But as long as the game manages to make a +90% metacritic score this situation will blow over and the PlayStation 3 hard-liners will be appeased. 360 fanboys won't have a leg to stand on as long as the scores trump the "scandal".

Why is this good for the rest of us? Because it means we won't be treated to six months of constant back and forth about this crap between both camps.

(Frankly, I'm starting to find the fanboy politics more entertaining than many games. Someone should make a game about that...)