This is the solo-mission game to beat this summer, and it should be regarded as a great work of art. You equip yourself with submachine guns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, shotguns, a tranquilizer gun and handguns, and you top them off with scopes, suppressors, laser sights and rifle grips. You need all those guns, because the year is 2014, and you are an old hero soldier who must shoot through heavily populated battlefields in the Middle East, Africa and beyond in a very long action-adventure where villains and their expendable troops are rising up to conquer territory.
There are serious issues to ponder in the plot, which depicts a world at constant war. Characters explore literary themes of mortality, individualism, the rise of machines and interpersonal relationships.
Guns of the Patriots is pretty close to a masterpiece and contains some of the most addictive gaming of 2008. Then you go online to find the same level of artistic detail accompanying multiplayer battlefields.