Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Preview for PSP

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker screenshot
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker screenshot

While the perfect score of 40/40 awarded to Peace Walker by Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu may seem rather dubious given the in game advertising for said magazine, there is definitely some indication that it is in fact an incredible game. Because aside from the camera issues coming from the fact there is no easy way to adjust your view, there seems to be so much crammed into the UMD or download that it feels almost like you're playing a full-on home console Metal Gear Solid title.

Like Portable Ops before it, Peace Walker sees you in Naked Snake/Big Bosses' boots as he and the rest of the Army without Borders are hired by the awesomely metal handed Ramón Gálvez Mena (seriously, one of his hands is metal, painted red and he has a cigarette lighter in one of his 'fingers') to investigate why a military force with advanced weaponry has established a presence in Costa Rica.

It's November 1974 and Mena is a professor, with obligatory shady background and even shadier motives, of peace studies and he's been looking after a little girl called Paz (meaning 'peace') who has been abused by someone and she wants the army out of there to restore peace to Costa Rica and... well you can see this has already got pretty damn confusing in typical Metal Gear Style. Throw in a strange recording that seems to indicate that The Boss is still alive, even after Snake killed her in MGS 3, and you've got all the plot set up you and Snake need to go on another sneaking mission.

After the lengthy introduction to the plot and the tutorial, which is essential because there are a lot of ways of sneaking about and rendering enemies unconscious or dead, you're eventually let loose on the jungles of Costa Rica and your first mission is to retrieve some intel from the invading soldiers. Like MGS 3 and Portable Ops, levels are divided up into sections, sometimes there are soldiers to sneak past, sometimes there aren't and your camo index will tell you how well you're hidden. Making noise alerts guards and this can lead to some tense moments when you're only slightly nudging on the analogue nub to crouch walk past them hoping that they won't turn around and see you. If the soldiers do they go on alert and then you begin the biggest battle within the game – the fight with the camera.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker screenshot

I played it with the set up so that the camera controls were on the direction buttons. This lead to a lot of stopping, hiding behind whatever cover was available and scanning the area ahead. Pressing the R button centres the camera on where Snake is looking but when it all kicks off and the soldiers come looking ready to shoot you in the face it turns into a strange mix of trying to run away without actually knowing where you're running to. You could be running straight into another soldier while you've got the camera looking at who is chasing you and sometimes it's best just to try to leave the area and start that section again.

The lack of a second analogue nub really makes the game much more difficult than it should be. Perhaps you'd get used to it over time but initially it becomes frustrating that you can't easily see where everyone is, where they're going to and where they're coming from. The radar helps a bit, but only if you've got the surround indicator equipped and even then you'll really wish you could whirl the camera while you're walking about.

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Ghost_Dog's Avatar

Ghost_Dog

Putting 'that' Famitsu 'review' (or 'advereview', as I call it) aside, word on the interwebs is that this is actually a really good game.

It's also interesting to note that there is the possibility that it will be released on the PSN store.

Also, love that cover.
Posted 13:02 on 04 May 2010
El-Dev's Avatar

El-Dev

Quite excited about this, the videos that have been released are interesting to say the least.
Posted 11:38 on 03 May 2010
SexyJams's Avatar

SexyJams

I still think the whole 40/40 thing is really suspicious, considering their tie-ins with the game...
Posted 10:49 on 03 May 2010

Game Stats

Release Date: 18/06/2010
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 2,333 17
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