Metal Gear Solid: Peacewalker – impressions

April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am 2 comments

“Super co-op weapon, RAILGUN!”

Portable Ops awesome art returns

I’ll start of with this: I’m a Metal Gear fanboy, so I will be rather bias towards Peacewalker. Now that that’s been said, Peacewalker will arguably be the best PSP game of the year, and I daresay, the best handheld console game of the year, hands down. I personally don’t even think Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep will beat the complexity of  Peacewalker’s story and gameplay. This will be a MUST-GET game for all PSP owners.

Big Boss donning one of his more flamboyant suits...

Peacewalker will be a sequel to Portable Ops (also on the PSP, so PLAY IT if you haven’t done so). It’s also the so-called story bridge between  Portable Ops and the first Metal Gear, and it’ll explain how Big Boss idealistic with his good intentions becomes the ‘mass-murderer’ we see him to be in Metal Gear (and mostly onwards). The game is racked with dramatic irony only those acquainted with the series will recognise, as we ALL know that the game won’t end in peace. It will be very interesting to see Snake’s transition.

One of the bosses you'll face

According to Wikipedia: “A mysterious military force equipped with the latest weapons has established a presence in Costa Rica in late 1974… The nation has secretly tapped Naked Snake and his Militaires Sans Frontières mercenary group to turn back the threat, which could endanger the balance of power between the East and West…”

Militaires Sans Frontières - not quite Médecins Sans Frontières

The premise is fantastic, and for once our enemies will be those who supported us in Snake Eater and Portable Ops, that is, America and the CIA (Foxhound was established by Major Zero and the CIA). The locale looks exciting too, with the Costa Rican jungles providing much opportunity for stealth action.

Co-op Thunder! No seriously, that's the name of this move -___-"

Gameplay looks amazing. The co-op missions are very engaging to watch, and I reckon they’ll be just as awesome to play. Peacewalker also looks fantastic for a handheld console game, and the cut-scene artstyle that existed in Portable Ops is back again. What’s also a plus is the theme of the game, Heavens Divide: what an amazing song. There’s a free legitimate demo on the official website, so feel free to check it out.

Interrogation is back again.

Once again Snake will have access to a wide range of gizmos and gadgets. These include the stealth gun and railgun (both co-op weapons), a healing gun, a cardboard silhouette, the fulton skyhook for capturing men and a surprising range of boxes to choose from, including the tank box (which actually shoots shells!), the ambulance box, and the ‘love pack’ (which can fit 2 people). What I’m afraid of is the fact that Kojima may have gone a little too far for the sake of humour. By making the gadgets more outrageous, I fear that the core stealth component of the game may be diminished by being gimmicky.

The things you can do with cardboard boxes these days...

YAY! No more dragging bodies to a truck!

In conclusion, if you loved Portable Ops and if you loved Guns of the Patriots, you will also love Peacewalker. I do suspect that it’ll be quite difficult for those new to the series to pick up as the whole series has its own in-jokes, and a very deep backstory. Nevertheless, Peacewalker looks fantastic in its current state, and I personally cannot wait till its release.

Look Mum! Twins!

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Reltair  |  April 7, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I need to go play Portable Ops still. =/

    Looks good, I love MGS gameplay.

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  • 2. Baka!  |  April 7, 2010 at 5:39 am

    This looks awesome. It’s a good enough reason to get a PSP. I have issues with the weapons though….they are REALLY out of there. It’s a big step definitely from Portable Ops (which by itself was an awesome game). Hopefully the randomness of the new weapons is a good addition to the game!

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