Even four years after its release and a fair bit of negative press (some of it from me), Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots still stands as one of the big exclusive titles for the PS3, and one of the best reasons to own the system. Solid Snake's final mission ran us through a gauntlet of PMCs, nanomachine-enhanced soldiers, and the vicious Beauty and Beast Corps, culminating in an intense final showdown with longtime series antagonist Ocelot.
The megahit stealth-actioner is returning as Metal Gear Solid 4: Best Version, as part of Japan's "PS3 the Best" collection (sorta like North America's "Greatest Hits") as a full disc release, but a downloadable patch will be available for people who already own the original release of the game. Reading off the list of features for Metal Gear Solid 4: Best Version is like a checklist of complaints from when the game first came out: the new version comes with a full install option, so you don't have to wait for Snake to finish his smoke break before you can start a new chapter, and Trophy support will be included, in case you ever have to prove that you took out Crying Wolf with your bare hands.
There's no word on a release date yet, but a Japanese release is pegged for sometime in August. Another special Metal Gear-related announcement is set to coincide with the celebration of Metal Gear's 25th anniversary on August 30th. Until we hear more, check out the Metal Gear 25th Anniversary official site for more!
Folks seemed to like the two-part Final Fantasy retrospective I did back in January--would you want to see a look back at 25 years of Metal Gear? And what about the updated version of MGS4? Are you looking forward to these seemingly minor but actually helpful and fun changes?