Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Review for PSP

On: PSPPS3

Set 10 years after events of Metal Gear Solid 3.

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7Out of 10
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CQC is great - you can combo loads of throws into each other with well-timed presses of the R button.
CQC is great - you can combo loads of throws into each other with well-timed presses of the R button.

CQC is great - you can combo loads of throws into each other with well-timed presses of the R button.

Peace Walker's punctuated by horrendous difficulty spikes. Horrendous difficulty spikes. But they're only horrendous difficulty spikes if you're playing on your own. If you're playing with others, you know, the way the game is meant to be played, they're loads of fun. If you're playing with others, Peace Walker is one of the best games on the PSP, if not the best; a magical fusion of stealth, guns and teamwork.

For me, multiplayer gaming on my PSP isn't an option. I imagine it's the same for most Western owners of the console. In Japan, everyone has a PSP. In Japan, the odds are on that you'll bump into a like-minded gamer at a crowded train station, someone who'll be happy to help you complete one of the horrendous difficulty spikes you've just spent the last hour bashing your head against. Then, I imagine, two unattainably attractive girls cos-playing as characters from Final Fantasy VII sit next to you and your Otaku chum, wirelessly join in your game, then invite you back to their flat where you discover that the world is in fact a hentai Manga in which you hunt tentacle monsters. Probably.

There is the option of playing online, but you have to own a PS3 to access it, via what's called "ad hoc party". The system is incredibly fiddly to get going and not particularly user-friendly once you do. And in any case, being forced to own a PS3 to play Peace Walker the way it's meant to be played is offensive. I shouldn't have to own a PS3 to get the most out of a PSP game.

It's a crying shame, because horrendous difficulty spikes aside, Peace Walker is great. It has all the blisteringly beautiful visuals, impressive production values and rewarding stealth gameplay you expect from a Metal Gear game. The sneaky missions that lead up to the boss fights are, mostly, superb, and focus on what's great about the series: patrol memorisation, playing smart, and the immense satisfaction gained from getting through an area without triggering that iconic exclamation mark sound effect.

Extracted soldiers turn up at Mother Base awaiting orders.

Extracted soldiers turn up at Mother Base awaiting orders.

If you hate Metal Gear Solid and everything it stands for (I'm convinced no-one actually knows what it stands for at this stage), Peace Walker will reaffirm your hate like the Daily Mail reaffirms 50-year-old women's hate of messy houses. The story is often embarrassingly juvenile (at one point you can zoom in to see a 16-year-old girl's underwear), the dialogue is terribly written, and there are lots, and lots, and lots, of long, mind-numbing cutscenes packed with pointless exposition (listen to the countless briefing tapes if you're having trouble sleeping). But weirdly these are all Kojima trademarks fans are sure to lap up.

If I were reviewing Peace Walker for Japanese gamers, I would have given it a higher score. But I'm not. I'm reviewing it for Western gamers - more specifically British gamers. In Britain, we do not play our PSPs together on the bus, train or tram (unless we like stabs in the face). In Britain, we do not play our PSPs online (unless we're the hardest of the hardcore). The ugly truth is that in Britain, we hardly play our PSPs at all. With luck, Konami will release Peace Walker as a PSN game.

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Snake's back, except it's not Snake, it's his clone, or dad, or boss, or something... our heads hurt.

We're dealing with hardcore MGS fans here.

This is honestly the first time I've heard something bad about this game. The bad controls, I played the demo and I couldn't find them, do you have to unlock them?

Show Spoiler The last paragraph was really unprofessional. The game is bad because you'll get stabed for playing the PSP on a tram and no one in this country plays the PSP because everyone is the same and you basically admited your opinion of the console effects your judgment of the game. You also didn't score it on how good you think the game is but how much the 'mainstream gamer' will enjoy it.
And why should living in Japan make your opinion on anything change!? It's not like they're a different species.
Posted 14:27 on 10 June 2010

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rbevanx@ Rickitis

Not meaning to take sides here but why is the review "ridiculous" Rickitis. Because your argument at the moment is that so and so are saying its a 9.
If you could explain why you disagree with the review, like I did on the ME2 review.

http://www.videogamer.com/xbox360/ma...age=4#comments

Then we might understand where you are coming from.
Posted 18:18 on 23 June 2010
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Rickitis@ El-Dev

thank god I thought it was! :D
Posted 18:14 on 23 June 2010
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El-Dev

That's not sad at all.


Someone ban him please.
Posted 18:01 on 23 June 2010
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Rickitis@ El-Dev

IGN is great. I just come on here to laugh at the reviews :)
Posted 17:32 on 23 June 2010
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El-Dev@ Rickitis

Piss off back to IGN if you don't like the reviews then.
Posted 16:14 on 23 June 2010
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Rickitis

Seriously look how different VGs review actually is:

http://www.metacritic.com/games/plat...walker?q=peace walker
Posted 15:56 on 23 June 2010
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Rickitis@ El-Dev

You're an idiot. Fact.
Posted 15:53 on 23 June 2010
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El-Dev@ Rickitis

Edge, really? They're as relevant to gaming these days as Heat magazine.
Posted 14:49 on 23 June 2010
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Rickitis

Edge magazine (which are notoriously harsh in their reviews making it extremely hard to get a good rating) give this game a 9 showing how ridiculous VGs review actually is.

http://www.edge-online.com/features/...d-peace-walker
Posted 14:41 on 23 June 2010
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El-Dev@ WhoIsThePresidentNow

I'm guessing only RDR would have surpassed it and it's now mid June which is pretty far in to 2010, so yeah FF is a big deal in the UK and quite a few people care about it.
Posted 17:54 on 13 June 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow@ bencrosaby

Can't be arsed tbh I would rather be doing something else and more than half don't play games anyway.
Posted 17:18 on 13 June 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow@ El-Dev

Oh March....

Yeah thats really into 2010 there mate....
Posted 17:14 on 13 June 2010
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bencrosaby@ WhoIsThePresidentNow

Ask people on this forum whether they like Fifa and Modern Warfare and see what percentage are under 16.
Posted 17:00 on 13 June 2010
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El-Dev@ WhoIsThePresidentNow

Yeah, I think you're pretty much wrong about that. FF13 was one of the biggest releases in the UK this year as was MGS4 when it came it out.

http://www.videogamer.com/news/final...e_of_2010.html
Posted 16:48 on 13 June 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow@ El-Dev

Like you all the time...no

Just saying how it is. Fifa, Modern warfare, Zelda etc etc sell bucket loads.

No body cares about a game that is essentially trading cards and the other one basicly being a very long boring movie.
Posted 16:42 on 13 June 2010

Game Stats

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
7
Out of 10
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
  • Great graphics
  • Brilliant sneaking
  • Frustratingly difficult
  • Fiddly controls
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Release Date: 18/06/2010
Platforms: PSP , PS3
Developer: Kojima Productions
Publisher: Konami
Genre: Adventure
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: BBFC 15
Site Rank: 1,848 148
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