One special thing about the series that always bares repeating is, for people who where around at the time, the run up to the releases of MGS 2 and 4 respectively where unlike anything else I have ever seen in videogames, Halo 2 and 3 where the only comparable launches really
Sony had an existing install base of around 130million.
Xbox had an install base of 24million.
By end of generation both had sold around 84 million 360’s and ps3.
Therefore microsoft saw a growth of +360%.
Whereas sony experienced a shrink of -36%.
yes this is one of mgs4s biggest issues, the gameplay is way too unbalanced and focuses on things that aren’t it’s strengths too often. Act 1 and 2 have great gameplay and it’s so odd to me why he made 3 and 4 so lacking in the good stuff for such long stretches. 5 briefly brings it back for 1 room and then it’s the final string of boss fights. It’s a poorly paced game. 3 beats it easily in my mind.
MGS 1 (ps1) and MGS 3 are really good, it's 2,4,5 I can't stand with 5 being the worst aside from the ending of 4.
The above expressed view is IMO only, and does not represent me claiming fact, so put away your torches and pitchforks.