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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El-Dev

Quote:
No body in the UK cares about Final Fantasy or Metal Gear

Are you being sarcastic?
Posted 16:39 on 13 June 2010
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WhoIsThePresidentNow@ Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Well this is considered a British site and the reviews are for the British market/tastes.

No body in the UK cares about Final Fantasy or Metal Gear like no body cares in Japan about FPS.

Boo hoo.
Posted 16:17 on 13 June 2010
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thissitesucks

First and last time coming to this site...

The only reason I even found it was because I looked at all of the metal Gear Peace Walker reviews and all i saw was 9/10 - 10/10's for the most part and the random 7 comes out of left field.

This game is not perfect, but a 7 just shows that this reviewer has no clue what he is talking about.

Thanks for finding me a site to never go to.
Posted 07:08 on 12 June 2010
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firesoul453

Why such a low rating? Whats wrong with this place?
Posted 06:26 on 12 June 2010
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theinvigorator

I honestly don't know why this reviewer had so much difficulty with the bosses. I beat them by myself the first time for both of them in under 10 minutes. And the way he described how to beat the tank was way more complicated than how i beat it. Just hide behind the train cars wait till the tank hits them and hide after they move hide behind them again because they dont move again after the first hit:/. This is a great game!
Posted 01:16 on 11 June 2010
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Bloodstorm

With a quote like " Snake's back, except it's not Snake, it's his clone, or dad, or boss, or something... our heads hurt." you'd expect someone who at least knows what MGS is about to review it.

That last paragraph isn't really THAT accurate, "in my opinion" is what you should have stated. Not everyone thinks alike.
Posted 14:33 on 10 June 2010
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Stegosaurus-Guy-II

Quote:
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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Rickitis@ El-Dev

Only great ones.
Posted 14:02 on 10 June 2010
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wyp100@ Roland_D11

Yes.
Posted 13:14 on 10 June 2010
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El-Dev

Does IGN give every game 9.5?
Posted 12:36 on 10 June 2010
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renegade

Frustratingly difficult - get good, people always moan games are too easy wah /cry, a hard game comes along and owww its too hard, cant wait for demon souls
Fiddly controls - that is surly a fault of the PSP rather than this game.

Oh well.
Posted 12:02 on 10 June 2010
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Roland_D11

Wes, is this the game you mentioned on 'Back on topic' when you guys talked about bad checkpoints?
Posted 11:42 on 10 June 2010
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Rickitis@ cousinwalter

You dont have to be a 'fanboy' I just think it sounds like Wes isnt the biggest fan of the genre in general. The review is well written and the score is justified.
Posted 10:08 on 10 June 2010
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cousinwalter

Surely it better to have someone who isn't as much of a fanboy about games though else the review score would be biased
Posted 10:03 on 10 June 2010
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Rickitis

http://uk.psp.ign.com/articles/109/1095291p1.html

9.5 on IGN, I don’t know why VideoGamer have Wes review MGS’s when he obviously isn’t that big a fan/expert of the genre. Anyway everyone is entitled to their opinion.
Posted 09:57 on 10 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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