Once again Hideo Kojima has given MGS fans and PSP owners a game highly worth checking out.
Its been over 2 years now since Metal Gear Solid 4 was released for the PS3, and a new MGS finally coming into view, this time for the PSP rather than Sony’s home consoles. Over the years the series have always been on the Playstation franchise, this is the 5th Metal Gear Solid game to be released on the PSP.
The story however for Peace Walker is a sequel to Snake Eater which takes place 10 years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3 and 4 years after Portable Ops. Naked Snake earns the title of Big Boss, but he can’t let go of his own past after the events that have happened. However Snake runs a mercenary unit using the resources he acquired from Gene at the end of Portable Ops, four years before.
Snake finds out about a mysterious group equipped with the latest weapons, called the Peace Sentinels, which turns out to be a new weapon called Peace Walker. Snake gets help from his allies and new characters that help him out including Kaz, Paz and Huey along the way.
Gameplay: If you’ve played through the series before you’ll have no problem getting through the game. However you have got three options to play the game either in the Monster Hunter style gameplay or play in Portable Ops style gameplay or play it in the same way you’ve played MGS 4. Whatever control system suits you best, you can change your clothing/camouflage at any time. You’ve got Jungle Fatigues which is your standard uniform, Battle Dress where you can carry more weapons or Naked Snake where you can move faster.
During the game you’ll be going through jungles, forests, to factory warehouses. You can stun your enemies to sleep or take them out but you can also recruit them to your team if you use Fulton Recovery system which sends them to the Mother Base. As you progress through the story there’s also side missions as well which you can do at anytime, there is also quite a few surprises as well but you can also play co-op up to 4 players which can be useful especially if you are having trouble on a certain mission or boss.
The Mother Base however is your base where you can build an army of our own, develop new weapons and items and you can also send a team of recruits to other parts of Costa Rica to make your army stronger. Later on in the game you’ll be able to build and customise your own Metal Gear which is quite clever and is something that Metal Gear fans have always wanted to do.
This could possibly be one of the best PSP game for this year
Graphics and Sound: Quite possibly the best thing about Peace Walker is that the graphics are almost identical to Metal Gear Solid 3, also some of the cutscenes will be in a comic book form a little similar to Portable Ops. But certain cutscenes will have quick-time events so you might have to press certain buttons to dodge moves or to attack. The environments are breath-taking and stunning to look at throughout Peace Walker, yet the game looks almost perfect for a PSP game since the PSP doesn’t have any great games out there at the moment.
There aren’t many problems for camera controls but there are one or two problems during gameplay. You might get the occasionally fiddly controls depending on what control scheme you play through the game with. During cutscenes you cannot pause any of them you can only skip them which might be annoying for a few fans out there. You’ve also got the option to Data install the game if don’t want any long loading screens which can take you from at least 330MB on your PSP memory stick.
Not only does Peace Walker has stunning graphics, it also does a great job on voice acting. Peace Walker keeps the same actor who played Snake in the MGS series ‘David Hayter’ and Christopher Randolph who did voicing for Otacon.
The soundtrack does a great job too keeping the game epic and memorable for most MGS fans out there. You can also use a walkman to listen other soundtracks from other games including Zone of the Enders 2 and Metal Gear Solid 3 and 4.
Overall: Once again Hideo Kojima has given MGS fans an epic game that’s worth checking out if you own a PSP. Beating Peace Walker will take you around 15 hours or more depending on how much you want to get out of the game, and there’s also side missions and a few surprises.
This could possibly be one of the best PSP game for this year. What I really enjoyed about Peace Walker was how deep the story was and explains a few things after the events Metal Gear Solid 3 and Snake’s haunting past. But what will Hideo Kojima do next? Could there possibly be another MGS game for the PSP or maybe a Zone of the Enders 3?
The Bad: Fiddly controls depending on what style your playing the game on, One or Two Camera problems here and there.