I cant believe its been 10 years already since MGS4 was released, it still feels like it came out last week. But a friend of mine from work let me borrow his PS3 and I used that opportunity go to out and buy MGS4. After nearly 10 years I FINALLY get to play the next game in one of my favorite series. I haven't played a metal gear game since MGS3 Subsistence. I've managed to stay spoiler free all this time too which seems like a miracle. I played through Act 1 yesterday and my first thoughts is that is somehow manages to feel like a Metal Gear game but also feel new and improved. While the controls still aren't great they're a big improvement over the previous games. The stealth mechanic and the emphasis on staying out of site is also different, it doesn't seem to be as important, but so far im liking it. This next act though appears to be more like previous MG games so we'll see. Its also good to see a lot of the old characters from MGS1 and 2 coming back, and while I remember all the characters from MGS1 due to playing through it many times, I don't remember MGS2 as well. It was the only game of the series I only played through once. The story was too ridiculous and obviously I didn't enjoy playing as Raiden, and Rose was annoying enough to keep me away. Thoughts on the first Act was that it was intense. Crawling through a shootout with bullets and explosions all around was a huge change from previous MG games. It actually took me a while to realize the local fighters werent going to attack me for the most part (except one occasion in their underground tunnels where two of them saw me and wanted to shoot me when one of their buddies had just run by me and didnt say anything). The active camo is really cool but the stealth aspect of the game is different. There' doesnt seem to be as big of an emphasis in staying avoiding line of site, its more about getting past them without all the attention on you. I like it. When I play MG games I tend to go for no kills when possible and while its fun I often get an itchy trigger finger I have to hold back. The sequence with Meryl and the shootout in the building was a great remedy for that and I hope sequences like that continue in the rest of the game. In interested to see how this all wraps up, although I already have an idea of what happens with Snake I want to see what happens with everyone else and what the hell is up with Raiden. I'll try and update this as I finish other acts which should be pretty regularly if this pace continues.