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Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops (PSP)

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Manufacturer: Konami / Genre: Adventure & Role-playing

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      03.02.2010 16:35
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      Minor MGS but still great MGS

      I am a huge Metal Gear fan, and so it was a foregone conclusion that I would buy all of the little MGS games released for the PSP, such as Metal Gear Acid and, of course, the far more focused Portable Ops, a great game that doesn't evolve the series storyline-wise much, but is still a whole lot of fun. This lives up to the rich gameplay and narratives of the previous games despite being on a handheld console.

      The premise will totally hook fans of the other games; it's full of nutty twists and insane characters like the previous games, and is a nice little addendum to Metal Gear Solid 3 even if it ultimately doesn't add a whole lot of necessary plotting (although some of it is referenced in MGS4). Still, it's all accessible enough that even non-MGS fans will get a kick out of it, I am sure.

      If it isn't broke, don't fix it, and Konami have certainly listened to that here; the combat is virtually identical to previous games, except that now you are able to run and shoot while in first-person view, although this is a bit clunky and ends up quite confusing. There is also a fun online play option, but like a lot of PSP games it is plagued by some cumbersome lag issues, but it's still good when it works.

      Visually, the game looks great for a handheld. The visual scheme of the previous games is brought back to life here, and while there's only so much that can be done on the PSP, the attempt to replicate MGS3 is quite admirable, and the textures looks great, while the models are well animated. There are a few lighting glitches here and there, though, and there isn't any blood, which is an odd omission.

      Simply, this is one of the best PSP games. It'll please the rabid fans while also being broad enough to satisfy non-fans. For intelligent plotting, slick gameplay and impressive visuals, few titles on the PSP are better.

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      23.08.2009 21:34
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      Another excellent stealth action game.

      Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops is a stealth action game for the PSP developed by Konami and Kojima Productions.

      The story of Portable Ops picks up after the events of Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater, our hero Naked Snake (that's Solid Snakes father or Big Boss) has been captured by a member of his former Fox unit. The leader of Fox wants Snake to help him find the Philosophers Legacy which would grant him unlimited power to fund an army. Snake must escape and defeat the leader of Fox Gene with the help of a new squad he recruits. The story of the game is very good and brings back many characters from Metal Gear Solid 3 as well as giving you a first look at some characters that appear in later Metal Gear Solid titles.

      The gameplay uses much the same system as Metal Gear Solid 3 Subsistance, the camera is in the third person which allows you a much better view for sneaking around. The missions in Portable Ops are much shorter than the typical Metal Gear games which allows for much better gaming on the move. You are generally tasked with a simple objective and then you follow your compass to it sneaking past enemies or taking them out to reach your goal.

      The game largely features you recruiting new squad members to your cause so you will be able to take down Fox, the way you do this is actually fairly simple and quite exciting. Enemies wont willingly just follow you so first you must knock them out by using your stealthy skills or tranquilizer gun then you drag them back to your truck, and just like that another soldier will be ready for your cause.

      Each soldier you recruit will have skills in a certain area like some can make items for you like rations and bullets and some are good soldiers who you will want to use on the battlefield and some of them will alert you of items and special soldiers you might want to recruit at a certain location so it is in your interest to recruit as many soldiers as you can!

      Graphics are excellent almost on par with the Playstation 2 Metal Gear games, the cutscenes have a comic book style which is really excellent and David Hayter reprises his role as Snake.

      If you want some excellent sneaking missions on the go with a whole new Metal Gear storyline, pick up Portable Ops.

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        31.07.2009 15:46
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        A Solid addition to the series, quality but not in the same league as MGS1-4

        While it may not be a fully-fledged Metal Gear title in style, the story is very much part of the series' timeline, taking control of Big Boss - the main character of MGS3.

        Stealth is once again the name of the game, this time along with capturing and recruiting enemy soldiers to your side to join Big Boss in the field (as playable characters), or act as spies, medics or technicians, giving you access to better intel, weapons and items.

        Cutscenes are by far the shortest found in a main Metal Gear Solid game, mainly down to memory restrictions of a PSP UMD disc.

        While relatively linear, Portable Ops is not laid out like a normal MGS game, in that it is played in several small areas that you are required to revisit at certain points in the game. This is not the only restrictive element of the game. Its controls are at best fiddly, and with the PSP's lack of second analogue stick and extra shoulder buttons leaves controls very differently laid out to MGS games on consoles.

        While the title certainly pushes the PSP's capability to the limit, it leaves you with the feeling that MGS titles are more suited to a console, with the awkward controls, restrictive gameplay and inferior memory meaning that this has sadly been neglected by many a fan.

        Gameplay: 9/10
        Story: 9/10
        Visuals: 9/10
        Music: 8/10
        Controls: 6/10
        Replayability: 7/10

        Overall: 8/10

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        27.12.2008 21:27
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        Good game!

        The metal gear solid saga is currently my favourite game series ever. With it's movie-like cut-scenes, and its tactical espionage play, i thoroughly enjoyed every single aspect of all games in the series. The story line in these games follow up ever so greatly and the twists to them were unpredictable which is what i look for in a game.

        I have to say though, this game was not my favourite, i'd say it's my least favourite in comparison to all the other metal gear solid games. Firstly, there wasn't a major story to it but i can understand that as it's just a side-game and not mainstream in terms of the metal gear solid saga. Secondly, i wasn't sure i liked the recruitement feature, as its a completely different concept to the other games and its really not my style. It wasn't a game that i could sit and play for hours and hours like i did with the others but i managed to get through. Nevertheless i still felt it was a fantastic psp game especially since the fact it's on a portable console and still has great graphics. The style is amazing, with hand-drawn cut scenes and voice overs which i didn't expect to be on this game. I love this game anyway, but the other metal gear solid games are better in my opinion. And if you're wondering whether to play it before mgs4, then i would if i were you as it would complete the whole series and believe me its more satisfying doing it that way anyway. So, go play the game, I'm sure you'll enjoy it as much as i did.

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        08.11.2008 08:56
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        very entertaining combat game

        The gist of the Metal Gear Solid games have been quite reliable for most of the series of repetitions - smash, close combat, bouts in the first person gunplay, and a dash for the land, with a sprinkling of A-In-The-F * * * Thrown in for good measure. If you are new to the series, you'll find lots of like in the formula, and if you are aware, you'll like the way that the portable version of the beloved franchise has been true to their roots.

        It is a Stealth game at heart, so good ol 'fashioned sneakery specifically for the course, but Snake is not your father is Sam Fisher. Snake build a personal army and simultaneously detect the harmful releases of mysterious soldier Gene as he increases his vice-like grip on San Heironymo peninsula, which is trying to build a warrior nation. Something is going down with the mobile launcher nuclear weapons we all know and love so much. As wild and crazy 70s, you can abstain from drugs and disco for pure firepower - this is a stealth game where, if you play your cards right you can plow through enemy only by slinging more hot lead than throw back at you. Auto Purpose work well if you just want to drop by peace broker, but you want to go to first-person mode for precision shots. But a shooter this is not - on everything you want to do is to blow shit to the kingdom, best invest in SIPHON Filter. Most efficient way to get things done is Snake's forte - stealth. It makes you feel like a total badass when you get some poor TYPE in a choke hold.

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        26.05.2008 18:37
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        Wondefully presented espionage game.

        It seems that all I do when reviewing PSP games is come across titles that seem like ports of the Playstation 2 counterpart. So it was refreshing that although it's the same franchise Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, is a different game and it's in the MGS mold especially created for the PSP. By looking online you can pick this up for around £14.99 and it's definitley worth a look.

        Once again Konami deliver a great looking secret agent game as you'll giude Snake throught these special missions, The graphics are sharp and the lighting is fantastic. A wonderfully presented game.

        The gamplay is again very good, there are many games that struggle when they move to the PSP because of the small analouge stick but this one really responds quite well and it is really good to play.

        Sound is cool, funnily enough I very rarley have the sound up on my PSP but tis one is worth the headphones if you're travelling, the voice acting is good and the sound effects are all cool.

        There are enough missions in this game to keep you busy for a longtime so longevity isn't a problem for MGS Portable Ops. So all in I thnk this is a great game for serious gamers, only bad points is that it is pretty difficult at times. I'd give this a thumbs up though.

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        28.01.2008 22:48
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        A great game for MGS fans, another gem from Konami in a fantastic series.

        Being a Metal Gear Solid fan I was intrigued about this ever since the mediocre game that was Ac!d. With gameplay very similar to the console games under the same name it had a lot to live upto and in my opinion it did very well.

        The game is set after MGS3 and once again you take the role of Snake in a world of soldiers, sneaking and stealth. The only twist this time is that you control a team of soldiers who accompany you on the missions. The game is set into different missions based at different locations around a map. Each mission has a main objective but there is also the chance to capture enemy soldiers to be converted into helping you. This adds to the gameplay as each soldier has different stats and so building a well-rounded team is crucial.

        Storyline wise it is in a similar vein to the previous Metal Gear Solids with a main enemy who is once again out to take over any part of the world he can and once again its upto you to stop it!

        Ever since the PSP was released it has been crying out for a proper Metal Gear Solid game and it now finally has one. For the price it is now its an absolute steal as I didnt put it down for weeks after getting it.

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