Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Review for PSP

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

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

Peace Walker is more than a game of two halves; it is a game of two cultures. It is the perfect Japanese PSP game, but the imperfect Western PSP game.

We're told it began life as Metal Gear Solid 5, but was later condensed to fit Sony's portable console. Certainly, the plot bears all the hallmarks of a main Metal Gear yarn. Naked Snake, circa a Cold War-fuelled 1974, is the leader of a band of mercenaries called 'Militaires Sans Frontières', or Soldiers Without Borders. He is hired to help a rebel force boot the CIA out of Costa Rica, but ends up having to stop a demented professor from blowing up the world with a nuclear missile-carrying bipedal tank.

Missions come in two flavours: Main Ops are story missions, which are either sneaking missions or boss battles, and Extra Ops are repeatable challenges, designed to test your skills. Separate from the third-person sneakery pokery is a resource gathering management sim. After around about the first hour of play, Naked Snake and his cohorts settle down in an oil rig called Mother Base. As leader, it's Snake's responsibility to sort the new recruits that turn up on his doorstep into one of five teams: combat units, R&D, Mess Hall, Medical and Intel. Duties include making sure there are enough cooks in the Mess Hall to feed your workforce, tending to wounded soldiers in the sick bay and sending the riff raff to the brig.

As you progress through the game, Mother Base expands and new features are unlocked. Outer Ops, for example, is where you send combat units to fight other combat units in conflict zones across the world. Each unit has six slots, which you can fill with infantry and mechs (tanks and helicopters and unmanned bipedal robots, that sort of thing) before dispatching them to fight the enemy team. After you've progressed time by finishing a sneaking mission, your units return from the battlefield and you get to watch the fights they've had as weird turn-based scraps over which you have no control. Hopefully, your victorious team returns with the spoils of war free from injury (you get funny messages like 'Red Seabream transported to Sickbay due to post traumatic stress disorder'). But watching this play out is like watching someone play a really basic version of Advance Wars. Or, in other words, like watching paint dry.

Snake's good with guns, of course. Lots of guns.

Snake's good with guns, of course. Lots of guns.

Managing Mother Base is essential to your success during Main Ops missions, and it greatly extends the game's lifespan, but it feels like mindless work - a bit like stacking shelves. You care about the level of your Intel team because the higher it is, the more supplies you can call in when the going gets tough out on the battlefield. You want your combat teams to win Outer Ops missions because if they do they bring in loads of GMP, the currency used to buy research, which unlocks essential gadgets like night vision goggles and upgrades for the tranquilliser gun. But it's all necessary, rather than fun. You engage with Mother Base, but it's never engaging.

The main missions are where it's at, then. And this is where Peace Walker is sure to divide opinion.

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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
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