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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 66 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 65 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
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  1. 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.
  2. After an in-depth, critical analysis, I simply couldn't find anything wrong with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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. 96
    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. 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.
  9. Fans of the series will like this installment and newcomers to Metal Gear Solid like me will enjoy it as well.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 95
    Here's a quote that sums up the entire review - "I forgot I was playing this on a PSP!"
  14. Despite its difficulty at points, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is as close to brilliance as you can get on the PSP.
  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. Play UK
    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. 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.
  20. 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.
  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. 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.
  24. The controls don't feel as dynamic as on the Playstation 3 but the game bursts with content and the story is just brilliant. Fans of the series should not miss MGS: Peacewalker.
  25. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a complete package and highly recommended not only to the fans of Hideo Kojima work but also to anyone with a PSP.
  26. 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.
  27. Peerlessly classy, funny and perverse in the same breath, Peace Walker is the most surprising Metal Gear Solid to date.
  28. The biggest problem with Peace Walker overall, is that it would be an amazing console title. The controls have been well worked out, but they would have been flawless on a DualShock 3 with a second analog stick for camera control. There is so much stuff packed into the game, with the Extra Ops, Mother Base, Monster Hunter Island and all of the other bonuses that it seems a shame to cripple it with the limited hardware of the PSP.
  29. 90
    It's not just an incredible PSP Metal Gear – it's an incredible Metal Gear and an unexpected leap forward for the series.
  30. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is one of the best videogames in the series. Its gorgeous storyline and awesome mix of Metal Gear gameplay components, gives to Peace Walker the honour of being one the best titles for PSP. A must-have for the fans and a must-try for the rest.
  31. With stellar presentation, great looks and sound, and deep, diverse gameplay, Peace Walker is an essential experience that raises the bar for portable games.
  32. 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.
  33. 90
    A groundbreaking achievement for portable games. The biggest, the best, and the most engaging title available on PSP.
  34. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is as ambitious PSP game, and a worthy follow-up to previous entries. Snake is back, and with Hideo Kojima exploiting our political apprehension and love for espionage thrillers, Peace Walker easily offers one of the best experiences on Sony's handheld.
  35. Peace Walker is one of the best PSP Games. Combining the stealth mechanics of a classic Metal Gear with the tactical improvements of the past portable chapter (Portable Ops), it delivers a great experience. If you add great story (probably better that Guns of the Patriot's one), you have the recipe for a masterpiece.
  36. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Like so much in life, Peace Walker is great fun with a good partner. [July 2010, p.100]
  37. 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.
  38. Peace Walker will be remembered in a few years as one of the best games ever made for Sony's PSP.
  39. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker delivers the classic gameplay of the MGS series, love it or hate it, but the experience on PSP becomes even more cumbersome due to the lack of a second analog stick. It's a "hardcore game", no doubt about it, but all the Snake fans out there shouldn't miss it.
  40. Thanks to its strong narrative and wonderfully crafted gameplay, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker proves to be one of the best PSP titles currently on the market. With nothing to envy to other games of the franchise, this product will surely keep you busy for a long, long time.
  41. 90
    Peace Walker is a shining, golden example of great game design that's emerged during what many see as the PSP's last days.
  42. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    Kojima's team did the best they could and it's more than good enough to call Peace Walker a genuine Metal Gear Solid 5. [Aug 2010, p.76]
  43. 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.
  44. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    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]
  45. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    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]
  46. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a great game to spend your summer holiday with. The story is of a perfect length and grabs you throughout the game. Building your own Outer Heaven adds a nice RPG-element and the cooperative mode is a blast to play with friends. The only slight issue the game has is that the boss battles towards the end are extremely difficult.
  47. 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.
  48. Games Master UK
    The series' bravest entry to date, but the new features could alienate fans of the original games. [Aug 2010, p.94]
  49. In spite of the story mode never quite syncing up properly, everything else included in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker more than makes up for it.
  50. 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.
  51. Jan 18, 2011
    From the top-notch characterizations to the ethical indecision of its cast, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a significant step forward for the series's maestro.
  52. Packed with fun missions and does its best to defeat the portable format's compromises.
  53. Mother Base, co-op and Extra Ops are great additions to the Metal Gear formula and luxuriously comfortable fits for handheld play. The subdued campaign is not Kojima at his histrionic and surprising best, but it arguably offers the tightest stealth gameplay since Snake Eater or even the first Metal Gear Solid.
  54. The fact that we're willing to consider this a genuine canon entry into the series (as was Konami - the game was originally called Metal Gear Solid 5: Peace Walker, after all) is as sincere a compliment as can be afforded a handheld game. [July 2010, p.108]
  55. Metal gear Solid: Peace Walker is huge, diverse and beautiful. Sadly, some awful boss fights and simplified stealth means it's not quite essential.
  56. Only the limiting nature of the PSP holds back the most ambitious and fully-featured Metal Gear ever.
  57. A shining example of what can be done on the platform. Aside from a frustratingly difficult endgame and a missed opportunity with online play, Peace Walker is an addictive and fun experience that takes portable games to new heights.
  58. 80
    There a lot to love about Peace Walker. Its visuals, non-critical quests and activities, the addictive-as-crack base management, controls, and even co-op options (if that's your thing), offer a level of polish and craft rarely seen in a portable title. Unfortunately, its boring, hard-as-hell boss encounters keep it a couple of notches below a perfect score.
  59. I love this game. It's not quite a show-stopper like Metal Gear Solid 4, or the total package like Metal Gear Solid 3, but in many ways, it's the most progressive game in the Metal Gear Solid series since the original. There are some painful flaws to how Peace Walker plays, and a lot of the missions are forgettable though fun, but those issues weren't enough to keep me from having a great time with this game.
  60. Despite the fact that Hideo Kojima was directly involved in the game's development, Peace Walker doesn't feel like a fully realized chapter in the saga – but it still completes the mission.
  61. It's more about gameplay and less about the story, which means a win-win for everyone. There's sneaking, explosive action and even a little cinema thrown in for good effect. It's frustration and glee all rolled up in one excellent multiplayer title for the PSP.
  62. A game that delivers. Pushes the PSP system to the max.
  63. 75
    The problem comes when you factor in the strong focus on the pleasant but unrewarding co-op mode, and start realising how the game never really makes up its mind on whether it's a traditional single-player adventure or a serious contender for the next Monster Hunter.
  64. It's also disappointing that the repetitive, bite-size levels don't reveal as much nuanced effort as the narrative: No amount of backtracking can be made more enjoyable with co-op online play, which your in-the-ear sidekick constantly hectors you to try.
  65. 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.

Awards & Rankings

#1 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2010
#4 Most Shared PSP Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 680 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 36 out of 680
  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 mostoh 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. Nov 18, 2018
    The greatest Metal Gear Solid Hideo Kojima has created and the best Video Game you can buy for the Sony PSP.

    MGS: Peacewalker is simply the
    The greatest Metal Gear Solid Hideo Kojima has created and the best Video Game you can buy for the Sony PSP.

    MGS: Peacewalker is simply the best portable game I have ever played. Exciting story, excellent controls, deep base management, and tons of bonuses and extras to keep you playing, even after the credits roll. Almost every mission can be played co-op as well. The missions are actually quite carried, having you perform a large variety of tasks keeps it interesting. The cut scenes are somewhat interactive, and more so than simple QTE sequences; occasionally for hilarious results.
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  3. BobM.
    Jun 8, 2010
    I think critics, in their respective spheres, give praise to games made for their spheres since nothing comes their way. This game is 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 »