IGN US refuses to review MGS4 until it can play MGO

Wednesday, 11th June 2008 09:11 GMT By Patrick Garratt

In a letter on the site, IGN US has said that it won’t be reviewing Metal Gear Solid 4 until it can properly play Metal Gear Online.

In a hilarious dig at sites that have already posted reviews of the game – including IGN AU and IGN UK – IGN games ed boss Jeremy Dunham said, “I hope this clears things up for readers in search of our opinion before it comes out, or those trying to figure out why we have UK and AU reviews, but not a domestic article. We’d rather be right than be first.”

By way of explanation, Dunham said:

“While we have already completed the game (Jeff has played through it twice, and Greg and Chris are playing through to the end as I write this), we’ve decided to hold off so that we can play the Metal Gear Online segment with real people on real servers when it comes out on Thursday (on June 12).

“The reason being that, with MGO being such a significant part of the package (and IGN USA’s experience with that feature being rather narrow compared to our counterparts pre-release), we want to make sure that we play the networked portion of the game as much as possible before posting our review.

“So there you go — the reason why you’ll have to wait a few more days before we review Metal Gear Solid 4.”

Metal Gear Solid 4 reviews have attracted a huge amount of attention in recent weeks, with Eurogamer’s 8/10 being published on the same day as IGN UK’s 9.9. Neither review even mentioned Metal Gear Online, which ships as part of the game.

MGS4′s out tomorrow, thankfully.



  1. CastellanSpandrell

    Imagine them doing this with a US game…oh hang on, they wouldn’t.

    #1 7 years ago
  2. morriss

    Fair enough, imo. A game is what what you get on the disk: all of it. If you can’t review all the content adequately you can’t really do a thorough review. IMO.

    #2 7 years ago
  3. Whizzo

    I think it’s more IGN(US) not wanting to do a review with the restrictions and used this as an excuse not to annoy Konami.

    #3 7 years ago
  4. mart

    Thing with MGO is that I see it as kind of an Orange Box type of deal – quite different products within the same package. MGO will be rated and reviewed separately from the main game by EG, just as the different components of Orange Box were reviewed separately.

    Generally for people that are thinking about buying an MGS game, a review of the main game is enough; I don’t think a review one way or another for MGO is a deciding factor.

    #4 7 years ago
  5. Newbie101

    Finally a site saying something like this!

    I never understand how reviewers in general only review the single player when multiplayer is usually always part of the package, part of your moneys worth and should ALWAYS be included in the review.

    #5 7 years ago
  6. mart

    Becuase, Newbie, with the constant requirement for timeliness in online media, it’s not always possible to get access to / an appropriate impression of the multiplayer modes before the game launches and has been played for a few weeks. You’re damned if you do and you’re damned if you don’t.

    #6 7 years ago
  7. CastellanSpandrell

    They are two distinctly separate games. IGN are being petty.

    #7 7 years ago
  8. morriss

    I understand the predicament but as Krudster says, what most reviews boil down to is one question, “Is it worth your money?”. Now if MGO brings loads more life to the experience and thus makes your £40 seem cheap, surely it should affect the score?

    (not bashing the 8/10 btw. – I really don’t care)

    #8 7 years ago
  9. mart


    Not much else I can say really.

    #9 7 years ago
  10. morriss

    Yeah there is. There’s loads of things. :)

    #10 7 years ago
  11. mart

    I’m going to drink my coffee and eat my flapjacks now.

    #11 7 years ago
  12. Newbie101

    morriss is sooo right. Reviews are surposed to be buyers guides. As MGS online is apparently a large element of the package you buy, it seems wrong that it isnt being put into reviews.

    #12 7 years ago
  13. morriss

    mart’s making me talk to the hand.

    #13 7 years ago
  14. mart

    Well it’s a pointless debate really. Some (most) people think you need reviews NOWNOWNOW, and other people think reviews should wait until multiplayer can be taken into account. And even then, there’s the “Orange Box” angle. Can’t win.

    #14 7 years ago
  15. Psychotext

    /takes notes

    Can’t win, don’t try. Gotcha.

    #15 7 years ago
  16. DrDamn

    I don’t mind things like this not being part of an initial review – but it should be absolutely clear what they are reviewing – and I don’t think the EG review did this.

    #16 7 years ago
  17. Shatner

    I look forward to seeing IGN apply this reviewing principle consistently across all future games on all formats from all countries with both very high and very low profile games.

    If, on the other hand they’re just trying to get themselves noticed by latching onto a high-profile game and spinning some holier-than-thou yarn about reviewing principles then they can fuck right off.

    I don’t recall them holding out for ‘proper’ online stuff to kick off before their WORLD EXCLUSIVE FIRST EVA review of GTA4. And IGN UK has already shot its load over MGS4 anyway.

    I’m sick and tired of the media being the story. Just do your job and deliver the damn news, don’t try and become it.

    #17 7 years ago
  18. mart

    Nailed it

    #18 7 years ago
  19. morriss

    Well living in a world where the media doesn’t try and become the news itself is fine and dandy. Utterly and absolutely unrealistic however, but a nice ideal to have.

    For example, did Eurogamer themselves not propel themselves to the “front pages” by agree to a highly restricted, very early review? Forget the score, the very fact they got it first, although hamstrung, was news itself and was a great advert for the site itself.

    There are two sides to every story, is all I’m saying.

    #19 7 years ago

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