• Publisher: Konami
  • Release Date: Jun 8, 2010
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. After an in-depth, critical analysis, I simply couldn't find anything wrong with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
  2. 100
    Through and through, Peace Walker is easily the best game on Sony's handheld, and walks all over some of great console games I've played, too.
  3. For all of those who were doubting it, rest assured: Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker is very much a true MGS... but most importantly a true game! The saga's DNA is everywhere in this title, and it's been expanded so much, that this adventure gets a distinctive taste of its own. Less interactive movie, and more game than ever, there are so many modes, bonuses, and other elements to unlock as you play that it's almost unbelievable. The Monster Hunter's influence is clear, and it's a blessing for Kojima's game. To the point that between the management of your Mother Base, your equipment, and your troops, the game even becomes addictive for other things than its solo campaign. No doubt, this is a major episode in the series, for its overwhelming content, its level of quality, and the power of its story. And the platform it has been released on as well : a strong signal sent to the industry, that portable devices are becoming more and more important, from Japan to our part of the world.
  4. There is so much here to play; it's very much two games in one. Not only do you have the single player campaign to play through, which can also be done via adhoc Co-Op, but there's also a 6 player competitive mode like Metal Gear Online.
  5. MGS fans rejoice, the bang-for-buck ratio has never been higher than in Metal Gear: Peace Walker, and those of you who are new to the series, or gave up when it all got too ridiculous, give this one a go, I doubt you'll be disappointed.
  6. Although the game's difficulty gets really ramped up by the end, this is undeniably Metal Gear. Bonus for the Modern Warfare-style extra ops and various obligatory Easter eggs hidden here.
  7. Not only it pays a debt with series followers in PSP, but is also one of the most brilliant, complete and must-have titles of the PSP.
  8. 95
    This game is insanely deep...a masterpiece. Not only is it in the running for the title of greatest game ever on the PSP, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is one of the greatest games in the entire Metal Gear franchise.
  9. Do not wait for the PSP2. Buy a copy of this game and the hardware necessary to play it as soon as is humanly possible. You're not going to see a better marriage of technical know-how, narrative inventiveness and holy-crap-I'm-playing-a-console-game-on-a-handheld-level awe on the system.
  10. Fans of the series will like this installment and newcomers to Metal Gear Solid like me will enjoy it as well.
  11. 95
    Here's a quote that sums up the entire review - "I forgot I was playing this on a PSP!"
  12. Despite its difficulty at points, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is as close to brilliance as you can get on the PSP.
  13. The only word that can possibly define this game is "masterpiece". What else would you call a game that adds more depth, more customization, a new plot and a new, incredible look, to one of the premium series in the history of Sony's consoles?
  14. With great graphics, a sturdy gameplay engine and some of the best music ever to grace this console, Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker is truly the next chapter in the MGS series and dare I say it, one of the best releases for this console in quite some time
  15. A fantastic title that shows off the power of the system as well as the possibilities open to further developers. It proves once and for all that portable systems can stand beside consoles.
  16. Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker is a fantastic game.
  17. 92
    A masterclass in how to make a game truly suited to the PSP. [Issue#193, p.82]
  18. 92
    Kojima does it again. He delivers a game on the PSP that is one of the best PSP games in years. It has great gameplay, co-operative features and the UMD disc has an unbelievable amount of content. If you like Metal Gear Solid and good PSP games, than Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the game to have!
  19. Clocking at just under 20 hours (single player), Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is an exquisite game with high production values, airtight playability, balanced gameplay, and a fitting story to boot.
  20. It's more than good enough to call Peace Walker a genuine Metal Gear Solid 5. There's almost too much game here - there's no bigger game on PSP and no more varied game in the entire Metal Gear series. It's a technical showcase, sure, but Peace Walker is also a creative showcase that proves that nobody on Earth makes games like Hideo Kojima - because nobody else ever could.
  21. While we miss the crazy bad guys and refined controls, Peace Walker definitely lives up to the Metal Gear name. Base management adds a deeper sense of growth to the experience and there's plenty to come back to after you finish the story.
  22. As a story and a game, Peace Walker is wonderfully open-ended, encouraging you to replay missions, level up weapons, improve your staff, unlock gadgets, and even go online for head-to-head action or special recruitment missions.
  23. 91
    It's at once true to its heritage yet willing to spin the Metal Gear format in a new and entertaining direction. And while the fallout from these changes does occasionally undermine the action, those small moments of frustration and compromise are forgivable in the context of all that Peace Walker does well.
  24. Peerlessly classy, funny and perverse in the same breath, Peace Walker is the most surprising Metal Gear Solid to date.
  25. Beautiful to look at, hugely engrossing to play and - most importantly of all - fun. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is an essential purchase for anyone who owns a PSP, and should convince those who don't to rectify the situation promptly.
  26. Like so much in life, Peace Walker is great fun with a good partner. [July 2010, p.100]
  27. Peace Walker is a fantastic addition to the franchise, so great that it's almost a shame that Kojima Productions didn't decide to name the game Metal Gear Solid 5. It's just that good and not being a proper numbered sequel might rob this game of the attention it so justly deserves. If you love the Metal Gear Series, do yourself a favour and buy this game.
  28. This game is a league above in terms of design quality, direction and production. The stealth-based gameplay might not appeal to some but it is the core that this series was built on and to see it return to that form is a joyous thing.
  29. Spectacular adventure fits perfectly to the Metal Gear world and shows how PSP can be a great game console. Definitely a game that forces you to remove dust from your PSP display. [July 2010]
  30. Buy this game immediately – and a PSP if you must. As well as unfurling the Metal Gear Solid story just that little bit more, and spending more quality time with Snake, it's a truly excellent game in its own right. Engaging and rewarding, this is a solid package no gamer should miss. [August 2010 p68]
User Score
8.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 317 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 53
  2. Negative: 5 out of 53
  1. Jan 11, 2011
    10
    oh my god... this game has sooo much content... like 80 hr of content.... its all great, more of a console game than a handheld game. the most bang for your buck. the only problem is initially overcoming the controls, once u get used to them tho its all amazing. teh best psp game avaliable Full Review »
  2. BobM.
    Jun 8, 2010
    3
    I think critics, in their respective spheres, give praise to games made for their spheres since nothing comes their way. This game is horrible. The controls are annoying-they do not work on the psp. Story? Nothing special, but it is better than most psp titles (which is not saying much.) Not worth full retail price and already overrated. Had the control scheme been made more player friendly, this could have been a fun title. Sadly, all the control options simply make this game a bore, taking all the fun out of "stealth," causing a run and gun game instead. Buy the siphon filter games for better graphics and better controls. Full Review »
  3. Jan 22, 2012
    8
    This game is pretty genius. Controls work great, the storyline is intricate and amazing as always, the graphics are flawless, and with headphones on, you could swear that the sound is coming from a Boss theatre sound system. These things kept me playing the game for quite sometime. However, I personally found the game difficulty becoming increasingly easier as the story progressed. This was due to all the weapons and items I kept unlocking, and also due to the vast amount of health recovery items and supply markers I could carry all at once. The enemy alert system has also become much more forgiving this time around. Alot of times, I found myself able to beat a mission pretty easily even if I purposely tripped a crap load of alarms. Even if I did get out flanked a heated firefight, as long as I kept using rations, curry and supply markers, I was damn near invincible. Hell, there was one time that I got so tired of not dying, I just layed there and let the enemy shoot me, yet I still wouldn't die! JUST DIE SNAKE!!! I mean, what's the point of trying to sneak around if it's so easy to progress through all the levels? The long over dramatic cut scenes are nice, and I love a good story line, but those are not the only things I look for in a game. I WANT TO BE CHALLENGED! And that does NOT mean that I want to fight another tank with a ridiculously long life span on extra ops! Because that doesn't make the game more challenging either! It just makes it so that I have to spend about 45 minutes to kill this particular boss instead of the regular 10 minutes. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that after I beat the game the first time, I had no reason to keep playing due to the easy difficulty. The only other way to find some form of challenge after that was to restart the game completely from scratch. This problem could have been solved if they added a difficulty selection option. This is why the game gets an 8 from me. Great game overall...but just not for me, because I am a gamer who is always looking for variety and challenge- something that this game cannot deliver. Full Review »