Year Released: 2008
Continuing on from the storyline of Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 4 shed the overly complex narrative of its spiritual predecessor, without losing any theatrical or dramatic punch. Directed by Hideo Kojima, the game follows a noticeably-aged Solid Snake in his final adventure, ending Snake's storyline with what some critics called one of the saddest and most visceral conclusions of any video game. It certainly doesn't take away any from the gameplay or overall experience, though, as the switch to an over-the-shoulder camera, and a realistic fatigue/stress system only added further playability and enjoyment to the franchise's considerable legacy. Best part of the game? The fact that you're actually required at times to cool off from the battlefield by reading an "adult magazine." Never change, Snake.
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots