Close Up: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots Limited Edition (NTSC version)

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots came out on June 12th 2008, exclusively for PlayStation 3. In each of the three main regions (Japan, North America and Europe) a totally different special edition was released, at least in terms of packaging. For the PAL Limited Edition, go here, for the Japanese version, go here.

The one released in the US was exclusive to GameStop, the one in Canada to EB Games. At the time it was sold for around $84,99. Sealed copies seem to be somewhat valuable, while used ones are more common and can be bought secondhand for reasonable prices.


The North American limited edition has an appealing presentation. It comes in a sturdy paper container, that has a slanted top which can be taken off. The cover is decorated with a beautiful drawing by Yoji Shinkawa, showing Old Snake and Liquid-Ocelot.


As far as contents go it’s exactly the same as the European and Japanese version: the game, a soundtrack cd containing a selection of songs from the game, and a Blu-Ray disc with making of material. Thus, the same complaint applies here: the soundtrack cd is lacking a lot of great songs, and feels more like a preview version of the real thing. Still, considering how wonderful the game’s soundtrack is, just the few tracks that are on the cd are great already. The PAL version comes with an action figure of Old Snake that isn’t included here, while the Japanese version is the only version that contains a steelbook.

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The NA version also comes with the regular PlayStation 3 case, While the boxart looks nice, many prefer the European cover which features an artwork by Shinkawa.

So, that’s basically it. This collector’s edition may not blow your mind in terms of extras, but it does look very cool and is reasonably priced at this point. In conclusion, it’s an appealing item for any Metal Gear collector.


  • im a dot

    if I didn’t have the game already id buy this

    • Solidfox

      i have the game already but I NEED THIS.

    • Mack Ayash

      I had this and I sold it second hand to a game store……………..yea

  • CrazyGuy207

    I wonder what MGSV will get for a special edition? Snake’s prosthetic arm?

    • Big_Boss88

      That would be awesome indeed, I would wear it all day long if it fits for me. If not then need to lose my arm o_O …

      • They actually did say something like that during TGS. But it is still unsure.

        • Big_Boss88

          Yeah I remember that too :), it would be great to get something like that!

  • Hina

    $49.99?!! I remember getting charged $89.99 for the Limited Edition, not getting the MGO bonus demo, buying a DualShock 3 in addition and feeling ripped off right when I finally got and looked what I got in the LE.

    Only compensation I had was playing and finishing it that same night..

    • Sorry, that was a mistake, the original price was around 85 dollars (according to a site that lists collector’s editions that is). It has been corrected now.

  • PrinceHeir

    Damn i missed this one out that year since i just came to the US(2008) and didn’t even know MGS4 was coming out(all i know is those same trailers back then)

    It even have a launch party in NY which i missed :

    Anyways, the edition is similar to the JPN except the extra disc is in the steelbook like you said.

  • Big_Boss88

    It sure looks cool =), I didn’t get such sweet looking edition which I’m ashamed of. I didn’t have PS3 by the time MGS4 was released, but in the end it was my only reason to buy PS3 some time later 😉 and then just bought MGS4 asap I got the console. Because was ultra excited just to play it and experience the story.

    Other games were of course a nice bonus. Same with PS4, but this time I was ready for GZ lol. I bet TPP Limited Editions will be super nuclearly awesome and blow our minds :D.

    • im a dot

      if TPP has a special edition im fully paying for it when its announced

  • MattPliskin

    Cool box art. I had this but I sold it because the bonus disc was soooo boring. I love metal gear but that was like watching a lecture in Japanese.

  • Trim Dose

    I got the limited edition, that was my first and last midnight released I went into purchase a game.

  • Jason Mounce

    I still got my copy on a shelf alongside my other LE and CE’s 😀

  • NakedSnake85

    a little bit of topic here but…
    Has anyone considered that Ground Zeroes may not be real? We are swirling it around, playing it over and over again, like a recurring dream within an unconscious state. Maybe that was the intention all along?

  • Invader_skoodge

    Aren’t you missing something with your Limited Edition? I remember when I got mine, I received a numbered picture of Old Snake in black ink with his Solid Eye in red ink. Drawn by Yoji Shinkawa. Looked kind of like this and mine was number: 206. Or is that from something else?

  • Fraaancis

    Beautiful box, looks like Raiden sliced it =)

  • PrinceHeir

    Yay i’m finally 22 in my timezone!!!! ^^

    Man, i really feel like i’m getting older and older. Won’t be surprise if start losing some game time since by next year i’ll be done with college

    and works starts then :

    In any case Happy B-day to me! I hope you guys have preordered The Evil Within and Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus by this Tuesday 🙂

    Shame i have a Japanese midterm this Tuesday, Biochemistry midterm Thursday and next week a Nutrition midterm.

    So yeah lots of midterms and all. Gaming is gonna be Godly next year 🙂

    Gonna go ahead and study some more right now. I have one free day till this Japanese test XD

    Enjoy the day everyone!!

    • Invader_skoodge

      テストの頑張って。そして、誕生日おめでとう。「Psycho Break」ゲームをプレイしたい. HAHA It’s been almost 2 years since I studied Japanese. I’m a little rusty. But Happy B-day and Yes Evil Within has been preordered.

      • PrinceHeir

        ありがとう ございます!

        わたし は じょうずになりたいです! だから、まいにちたくさん べんきょうしています!

        I hope you continue studying study as always!

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      HB again

    • Happy birthday! And the Limited Edition of The Evil Within should be arriving here tomorrow (PS4 version). 😉

  • Frederick Guese

    I have mixed feelings for this game. There’s some good bits here and there, but I apprciate the underlying commentary in it. If duct tape were a game this would be it.

  • Ninja_Se7eN

    I’m a proud owner of the European special edition which came with an action figure of old snake in the olive drab OctoCammo sneaking suit :D!

  • Z!

    I love that carpet lol and the game of course 😉

  • prothy

    This will be the first thing I buy after I become rich. Seriously, it costs like more than 100$!

  • JonDoe
    • im a dot

      its a thought, still thnking its march for me though

  • im a dot

    I hope TPP gets a midnight realese

  • Big_Boss88

    A bit off-topic, but The Evil Within getting many great reviews :D. Well I already knew it was gonna be awesome game, but now I’m even more excited to play it tomorrow >:D !

  • Nekkedsnake

    I have this badboy as well as my copy of the Legacy Collection. Just some of my MGS prized possessions 😀

  • PrinceHeir
      • glitchbomb

        Playing my copy right now! Didn’t know there was a limited ed copy though.
        Its not the greatest looking game… far, SO good. Had quite a few great scares and I’ve only just started!

      • PrinceHeir

        Wow Europe so lucky they got a Limited Edition!

        I’m in Chapter 3 right now and i’m having so much fun!!!

        I never knew combining Stealth with RE4 mechanics(without QTE) could be so great!

        I love the AI can kill you instantly and weapons aren’t that overpowering yet.

        Hope your enjoying the game so far Nyxus ^^

  • grapes9h5

    Have it! Preordred it, and got it at launch. Oh the memories.

  • CrazyGuy207

    Thought I’d do a “Close Up” of my own since I just got my iDroid case.
    -It comes with a code that I think is for downloading iDroid specific ringtones, but I’m not sure. Google Translate can only do so much. It says the code only works once and it’s also not downloading and I’m not really sure why. (
    -It also comes with a page which has instructions on what the buttons do, and things like that.
    -It’s made out of some sort of plastic unfortunately. I’m not sure yet if it’s the durable kind or the easy to break kind. Hopefully, since (for a phone case that’s up there in terms of price) it’s durable. I would have preferred it to be metal and heavy or something, but, oh well.
    -There’s no phone in there because I don’t have an iPhone 5. If the newer iPod Touches fit in there fine, I’ll probably just get that instead.
    (Edit: Some are corrupted and some are duplicates, sorry)

    • Big_Boss88

      Looks great 😀 !

    • Nice!

  • Venom Snake

    What normal people see…and what i see.

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet


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