8 things you need to know about MGS: Peace Walker

Of these units, though, the ones you’ll spend the most time with are R&D and Combat. Your R&D techs can do two things: improve your existing weapons and items to make them more powerful and durable (i.e. keeping your pistol silencer from breaking after just a few shots), and develop new technologies based on design schematics you’ll find scattered across the game’s missions.

Above: It's like this, only not in Japanese

These can be developed more quickly depending on how good your personnel is, and they range from new weapons and gadgets to stranger things, like snack foods and canned sodas. In Japan, at least, those will be part of the infamous storm of in-game product placement we reported on a month ago, but during our play session they were just nondescript items with generic labels. Apparently, Konami hasn’t sorted out – and isn’t yet talking about – exactly what this stuff will be in the US.

Meanwhile, your Combat unit seems useless at first, except in the case of Extra Ops missions. Unlocked after you’ve completed a mission, Extra Ops task you with revisiting the mission area to accomplish a specific goal, like finding an item or recruiting a marked person, frequently within a time limit. A lot of these don’t let you play as Snake (he’s busy), meaning you’ll have to spare someone from your Combat team (who won’t be as good as Snake at anything) to take on the mission instead. The good news is that undertaking these missions can unlock cool things you wouldn’t get otherwise.

The further you get in the game, however, the more useful your Combat troops become. Not only does adding soldiers to the unit increases your GMP (basically your R&D funding), but they’re also essential to the Outer Ops mode, which enables you to send groups of mercenaries off-site to tackle specific missions. Once you do, they’ll disappear for the duration of a mission or two, then return with an after-action report that plays out as a non-interactive, turn-based battle between icons representing your troops, and icons representing the enemy.

Your troops tend to show seemingly random judgment during these battles, frequently using RPGs on weak ground troops and then plinking away at tanks with assault rifles, but they’re still surprisingly fun to watch. Also, in addition to earning more GMP for you to play around with, these missions – like Extra Ops – can open up new items you won’t find elsewhere in the game.

5. Co-op makes a huge difference

You can soldier through Peace Walker as a solitary Snake if you want, but the going is a lot easier – and a lot more fun – with a buddy along. Most of the missions only allow you to bring along one co-op partner (four-player opportunities tend to be reserved for boss fights), who can distract guards, watch your back, call in supply drops while you draw an enemy’s fire or simply pool their items with yours (two players means twice as many Fulton balloons, for example).

When the going gets especially rough, you can group up close together to share your health meters, and if you get killed while not in close contact, your partner can track you down and revive you. It’s even possible to clap your hand on your partner’s shoulder and follow them around automatically, in case you’ve got something else that requires your immediate attention.


  • NiallB3 - May 20, 2010 10:07 p.m.

    You had me at Box Tank :D Also, is this for the original psp or the psp-go? ReCaptcha: one wrath
  • LGGHero - May 10, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    ive played the jap version, and it is freakin awesome. im still playing. and im not going to spoil the story too much, but Boss isnt alive, so dont worry. that would be stupid if she really was. and there really is a crap load of stuff in it. once u beat it, u still have a lot of stuff u have to do to get everything, so the replay value is good. and if u want the game, just hack your psp, and download the game.
  • Metroidhunter32 - May 9, 2010 9:14 p.m.

    Did anyone else notice that the base looks almost exactly like Big Shell from MGS2?
  • thephntm - May 9, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    I've never played a Metal Gear game before. Is this a good game to jump in with, and should I also buy a PSP just so I could play it?
  • HumanMeatPuppet - May 9, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    The game looks great it makes me want a psp a couple times in the article you used thought instead of though
  • Triscuitable - May 8, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    @Tenfey Do you have a mouth? BOX TANK! It's so epic.
  • scrimbleshanks - May 7, 2010 4:30 a.m.

    Not a bad preview except for one thing: Monster Hunters controls are NOT clunky. You just have to get used to them. Oh, and not suck at Monster Hunter.
  • Cyberninja - May 7, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    why do so many good psp games have to come out in the summer disgaea, hexzy force, p3p kh:bbs naruto:heros 3 i dont have enough money for them all =(
  • skynetiscoming - May 6, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    @masterj2k11 I would say the end justifies the means.
  • masterj2k11 - May 6, 2010 7:01 p.m.

    This preview just gave me a solid snake (LoL that never gets old). This is a must buy and good reason to steal my sisters psp. I was gunna anyway but now I can place the blame on games radar. Muah.
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - May 6, 2010 5:11 p.m.

    Please port over to PS3!!! Recaptcha: and sorrowing. I am!
  • yetanotherCid304 - May 6, 2010 3:52 p.m.

    @spulungkin: That sounds like it would make for a good Michel Scott moment. "Your really good with the bannana gun" "THATS WHAT SHE SAID!!!"
  • yetanotherCid304 - May 6, 2010 3:46 p.m.

    Imagine how much easier the last half of MGS4 would have been if you killed Crying Wolf in act 4 and then hijacked her wolf suit. Not even an army of gekkos would have killed me! Oh and i'll definately buy this when it comes out!( monster hunter + MPO = best game ever!)
  • erreip199 - May 6, 2010 12:31 p.m.

    i can allways get a cheap Phat PSP that can be hacked to emulate games =D then get "piss" walker
  • spulungkin - May 6, 2010 7:21 a.m.

    TheWebSwinger, Samuel, It's not stupid if The Boss is Alive... What's stupid is...If she was turned into a Metal Gear...Right Mikel Reparez...Muhahahaha
  • Tommykrem - May 6, 2010 6:42 a.m.

    Wow, I need this. Along with God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep and Ace Combat: Joint Assault.
  • spulungkin - May 6, 2010 6:30 a.m.

    I'm from the Philippines, and I've been playing the japanese version... There's a gun shaped like a banana, but that's not the wierd part... The wierd part is... Its actually a real banana!!!
  • The_Tingler - May 6, 2010 6:09 a.m.

    Monster Hunter and Metal Gear Solid combined? Wow, that would be like my ultimate nightmare! Two games I really hate badly and forcefully combined into one!
  • Setre - May 6, 2010 5:33 a.m.

    I am excite! Can't wait for this, Valkyria Chronicles 2, and Persona 3 PSP.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - May 6, 2010 4:45 a.m.

    This is more like 8 thins you don't need to know about Peace Walker because if you have a PSP this is literally the only game you can be excited about

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