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  • Summary: METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER takes the series in an exciting new direction with incredible visuals, as it sheds new light on well-known adversaries and allies, along with a wealth of new characters. In true METAL GEAR SOLID tradition, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER drops the player into a series of hostile scenarios, as a terrible plan for world domination is revealed. In addition to solo operations, players can team up via the game's multi-player CO-OPS (CO-operative OPerationS) mode. This extends to key gameplay advances, with players administering medical help to colleagues, sharing munitions, or providing cover for each other using the Snake formation to cover each other's blind spots. [Konami] Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 92
    A masterclass in how to make a game truly suited to the PSP. [Issue#193, p.82]
  4. Peace Walker's one of the best games for PSP that we've tried this year, probably the best MGS that Kojima's made so far for a handheld platform. It tells the story of Big Boss, ten years later after the incidents with his mentor, which he killed in an epic battle. Now, with the aggravation of a war conflict between the CIA and the KGB, he listens her voice again on a cassette tape, and thus accepting the mission of aiding Paz Andrade and friends. Co-Op options, new Mother Base implementation... Peace Walker aims to the top of PSP catalog, and makes it even further.
  5. Metal Gear fans should rejoice, as this game could easily become your new favorite MG game if you're not paying attention, because even though it has a few flaws, the game is so good that you'll easily over look them.
  6. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has something for everyone. From its dynamically rich presentation and narrative, to its slowed down creeping gameplay, Peace Walker is a full Metal Gear Solid game in every sense.
  7. Horrendous difficulty spikes aside, Peace Walker is great. It has all the blisteringly beautiful visuals, impressive production values and rewarding stealth gameplay you expect from a Metal Gear game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 52
  2. Negative: 5 out of 52
  1. Jan 11, 2011
    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 Expand
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    i didn't get to play this game on a psp, but i got it on the psn store on my ps3 and am now playing it on my vita. this is the best handheld game i have ever played; awesome missions, amazing story and leveling up your team becomes incredibly addicting. i had read that the controls were bad, but mapping the controls to the vita's second analog stick makes controlling this game a dream. it feels great and truly is the best game on my vita right now. i liked unit 13, but it can't come close to MGSPW in amount of awesome things to do and depth of gameplay. it's been a long time since i have played a game this comprehensively fun. this is one of those games that just makes you glad to be a gamer. Expand
  3. Feb 8, 2014
    Amazing game for PSP. Especially game play is really comfortable than the other games. You can easily get used to it. Also, it has a great storyline. It's very gripping like the other games in the series. If you are a hardcore PSP fan, you should try this game. I can easily say that it's much better than Portable Ops. Expand
  4. Aug 17, 2010
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. MGS Peace Walker is quite simply one hell of an achievement on the PSP. With gargantuan boss fights, a refined gameplay experience and a very solid Metal Gear brandishing, Peace Walker is simply incredible. The only gripe is with the controls being hit or miss and that some of the serious hallmarks didn't make the cut i.e hiding in lockers and movement whilst crawling. But in all this metal gear game is right up there with the series' greats and that is remarkable for a PSP game. Expand
  5. Aug 8, 2013
    In the final days of the PSP, this masterpiece came about. This game is the ending fanfare to the great (albeit flawed) PSP.

    Can you
    believe that the biggest MGS game is on the small PSP? And yes, this is everything you'd expect from an MGS game. The biggest addition is the management of your base. You may spent 60% of your time here, but trust me, it's FUN. You can also capture enemy soldiers and recruit them (yep, just like Portable Ops). The story is also quite emotional. You however should play MGS3 before playing this, as the story is heavily based on it. See how Big Boss deals with and confronts his past, and how he created Outer Heaven.

    If you have a PSP, get it. If you don't have a PSP, then it's on the MGS Collection for PS3 and 360, so you have no excuse. That said, get the PS3/360 version as the controls are better.
  6. Jul 24, 2011
    I thought this was a brilliant game as it gives players a chance to experience the tactical espionage that comes from all metal gear games by playing through the story and watching as Snake accepts his heritage as Big Boss and the birth of Outer Heaven. Also players have a chance to do extra missions gain weapons and capture enemy tanks and helicopter to use in your own army of soldiers without borders Expand
  7. Apr 8, 2011
    !NOTE: this review applys to MGS fans only, anyone else will probably find this game refreshing and new

    i got this game a long time ago, and
    i think ive only just come to terms with the solid fact: hideo kojima has failed us all
    i am baffled.... simply baffled at how highly this game is reviewed, i am a hardcore mgs fan, and ive loved every metal gear game to ever come out (even the acid ones! D:) up until this one....

    i dont understand how portable ops scored lower than this game, since this game essentially feels like a majorly trimmed down version of it (as far as actual gameplay goes)

    the campaign is much much larger than mgs:po... but that in itself is a bad thing, its like asking would you rather eat a bar of chocolate or a huge pile of feces?

    go figure

    >you cant crawl
    >you cant move while flattened on walls
    >sneaking is VERY difficult without making noise because of the fail analogue stick sensitivity
    >the whole game is based around coop
    >the coop is terrible
    >the entire control scheme has been messed up, and i mean messed up, beyond how you could even imagine it!
    >the soldier recovery system is cheap (yeah they managed to make lifting a soldier into a truck actually look good compared to it)
    >the bosses are generic and boring, more resemblant of devil may cry bossfights
    >it is almost impossible to hide and evade alert
    >'CQC' is highly focused on, one problem, it pretty much doesnt exist
    >the story is boorish, i began playing desperate to find out the missing plot to outer heaven, but it made me actually stop caring...
    >when you are detected (and you will be many times due to bad controls) the only way to evade death is to knock out all emenies in the area, and the only effective way to do that in this game is to throw them multiple times, so basically this 'SNEAKING' game consists of snake, or as i like to call him 'SUPER THROW MAN 200000'en desu!' with a snake costume sprinting through small linear areas and simply throwing every poor soul who gets in his way to the ground.

    this is not a metal gear solid game.
    dont let the title fool you.
    mgs is dead as of mgs4.
    what a sad way to end it all :(

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