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E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Improves for PS3

The best MGS game no one played is coming to a console near you.

From IGN:

There’s a lot of debate among fans as to which is the best Metal Gear. Usually it comes down to either MGS 2 or MGS 3. My favorite, though, is a little known PSP title,┬áMetal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. It has the stealth elements and the feel of MGS 3 with a level of depth unmatched in the franchise.

Peace Walker continues the story of Big Boss. Following the events of MGS 3 and Portable Ops, Big Boss comes to the aid of a professor and his beautiful young student. Costa Rica has been taken over by the CIA and only our pal Naked Snake can set things right.

You need to build your own army. That means rescuing hostages and even abducting subdued enemies and convincing them to join your side. There’s an incredibly addictive team-building portion to Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker that has you assigning allies to different roles. Who do you take into combat? Who should work in R&D and build you new tech? If you’re doing all this fighting, you need a good medical team.

Then you have mech building and upgrading equipment and more and more. It’s deeper than most console games. And, well, now it is a console game.

Peace Walker is coming to PS3 and Xbox 360 with almost no changes to the content other than an up-resing of the graphics, better controls, and Trophies/Achievements. One of the only issues with the PSP version was the lack of a right thumbstick to control the camera. Now you have that. And having played Peace Walker for a few missions on the E3 show floor, I can assure you that this makes a huge difference. Peace Walker controls better than it did in a handheld. The triggers act to open the item and weapons menus, the other buttons are all fairly standard for a third-person stealth game.

The only real issue is that no work is being done to truly convert this into a beautiful console game. The texture work and lighting may have looked find on a PSP, but on a big TV it’s pretty bad. And the awesome comic-book cutscenes have weird pixelation in them.

But that’s the only issue. I hope gamers can get past the visuals, because Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is an incredible game. It really is one of the most under-appreciated games of this generation. I can’t wait to start from scratch, build an army, and take back Costa Rica.


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