First off, I would like to thank all of you here at Ani-Gamers for welcoming me. I am looking forward to getting to know the community here and discussing games with all of you. That being said, let's talk about one of the biggest games '08 has to offer.
While the Metal Gear Solid franchise has been quite popular here in the U.S., the launch of MGS4 has reached a level of hype that tops its predecessors exponentially. From the revamped westernized controls to the drought of PS3 exclusives, MGS4 is becoming the system seller that Halo 3 was for the 360. A popular topic among gaming forums has been the question of MGS4's exclusivity. On a daily basis, Xbox fans question the likelihood of MGS4 remaining on the PS3 only to face an army of angry PlayStation fanboys that retort by referencing Kojima's loyalty to Sony.
There is no doubt that the exclusivity of this game will play an enormous role in the console war of this generation. Until Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts arrive sometime next year, MGS4 will be the reason to own a PS3. In fact, I was seriously questioning the future of Sony's console until I saw the first gameplay footage for myself. Ever since, I have been eagerly anticipating its June release to justify the purchase of a PS3. 1UP editor and PlayStation aficionado, Shane Bettenhausen was invited to play through the entire game and left the event blow away by the game's surprises, assuring gamers that MGS4 provides a satisfying "finale" to the series. Prior Metal Gear fan or not, if you own a PS3 you owe it to yourself to give this game a look, and if you're like me and don't own a PS3, pick one up on June 12th.