I just bought MGS4 and played up to the 3rd act and while I think it is a quality game, I feel like it is always punishing me. I get the feeling the game wants me to play it a certain way but doesnt tell me how. When they want me sneak, they make it almost impossible in some areas by having too much space for the enemies to see you. If you try to just run-and-gun, you eventually get overwhelmed and killed fairly quickly. I'm not complaining that the game is hard, but I feel like I'm playing the game sloppily and just barely surviving. Does anyone else feel this way about MGS4 or any other games?
I feel like I'm playing the game wrong!
I know what you mean when you say you feel you're playing it wrong. Getting caught is not as punishing as previous metal gear games, but it still throws a small wrench into your momentum.
Nothing feels better than successfully sneaking through an area though.
Like many other titles, keeping aware of one's surroundings and enemies is integral. MGS4 is unique in its wide array of options to complete your task. My wife was given a great scenario last night that I got to really appreciate this: She was nearing a set of steps and heard a PMC trooper on the floor above her. She had the option to wander further down and find another flight of stairs, tap on a wall (or knock something over) to get the guard to come to her, snuck up in range to dispose of him (lethally or otherwise), or simply slipped past him when his attention was elsewhere. Despite her fondness for loud, fully automatic weaponry, she chose the latter, safely avoiding that conflict and others like it until she reached her rendezvous.
Likewise, in espionage not all engagements are avoidable. Keeping a level head is just as or more important, and sticking it out will quickly get it shot.
I finished the game last night and although the parts when I'm playing the game doesnt match everything else in the game IMO (graphics, presentation, storytelling, ect.) it is still a solid experience and it is worth playing just to see how the crazy story will unfold. It could have been much worse so the fact that it was still enjoyable to play is a feat within itself.
Screw the run and gun parts, just be covert and patient. It's better to snipe out the opposition so you can move undetected if you ask me, I got the feeling too. Right near the start when you have to get past that first lot of PMC Troops, it's so much easier to pepper em with the AK =P
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