I actually started this game back in 2008 – don’t worry it isn’t THAT long but I got a bit frustrated and switched to something else.
I’d been meaning to get back into for ages and following GTA Chinatown Wars I played some Motorstorm, which was great but I fancied some story based action.
And I came to the right place! Famed for it’s lengthy cut scenes, and often confusing plots, the Metal Gear series still gets played by so many people because they are brilliant games.
Portable Ops is no exception and they have done a great job of squeezing everything down for the handheld platform.
Set 6 years after Snake Eater (Metal Gear Solid 3) in 1970 it tells the story of Naked Snake, or Big Boss as he is now known. The plot is at times completely insane but basically focuses around the Cold War.
One clever new feature is the ability to capture enemy soldiers and recruit them yourself – so instead of Snake being on his own he can have an entire unit there.
You still play alone but if Snake ‘dies’ one of the other soldiers comes into action, albeit from the start of the level, with whatever damage Snake has done still intact.
The gameplay is your usual mix of stealth and panic – sorry, I mean intricate gunplay. – and if you’re a fan of the series you’ll be right at home.
The controls are awkward (well, this is PSP after all) but switching attack/shoot from square to R1 seemed to help matters.
Overall a sterling effort. Very enjoyable and although not a ‘pick up and play’ title, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops is a rewarding experience if you give it the time it deserves.