Metal Gear sequel upholds series’ qualityWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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The high-quality military action game series continues on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) with “Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.” As the title suggests, peace is the aim here. Surprised? Well, it is the 1970s. Costa Rica is the place. Russia and the USA are the main players and the familiar hero Snake has a stun rod, not a knife.
The story includes some surprises and great character developments among comic book-style cut scenes that reveal details about popular characters as well as some new additions. As always, the stakes are high as Snake’s group contends with political unrest, unexpected events and a “weapon beyond a nuclear bomb.”
This game also injects humor and plenty of fun, allowing players to tether the defeated to a balloon, taking them to the “mother base” to work or become new recruits for Snake’s army.
Developers incorporated items into nearly every situation, creating a high functionality and purpose, so collect as many as possible. Unlockable items and other secrets exist, but players get the major goodies right away without being overwhelmed. Snake gets a few weapons in the beginning so players can concentrate more on the basics.
The helpful menu keeps status at the forefront so players can make good decisions based on the intel relating to current actions, items, and scenarios. The camo index (upper right) shows players how well they hide. The famous stealth options match well with the excellent hand-to-hand combat and movements. Developers nix the familiar belly crawls here, though Snake can crouch or lay flat on the ground when needed.
This game also packs in three control schemes and several aim assist options including an over-the-shoulder perspective. Listen closely to the radio chatter for helpful danger warnings.
A word of caution — be sure to have enough room for large game files on the memory stick. This PSP exclusive game is also available in a collector’s edition, big boss bundle pack, PSP entertainment pack and a special accessory pack (****, rated M for blood, drug reference, language, suggestive themes, tobacco use and violence).