8 things you need to know about MGS: Peace Walker

There are other benefits, too; no matter who collects the items and personnel scattered around your missions, you both get to keep all of them, so there’s no bickering over who should grab what. Also, you can both play as Snake, even though your buddy will always appear as a generic, balaclava-wearing grunt.

There are a couple of caveats, however; having a partner along made the load times between areas noticeably longer. Also, without real voice chat, you’ll be limited to communicating with each other through in-game gestures; with that in mind, it’s far easier to play with someone who’s in the room with you. Also, while it’s possible to join up with a buddy and help them play through a stage they’ve unlocked but you haven’t, its story segments will be closed off to you until you’ve come by them honestly. So unless you’re playing with a more advanced player who loves skipping cutscenes, you’re in for some serious boredom.

Even with those small drawbacks, though, co-op play is hugely fun. It also makes the next thing we’re about to talk about a lot more bearable.

6. The boss battles are epic

Your first boss battle in Peace Walker happens a few missions in, and it’s not against some super-powered weirdo. It’s against four heavily armored soldiers and their good friend, the APC, which will patrol back and forth across an open field. Catch their attention, and you’ll have to wrap your head around how best to take down a hulking battlewagon and its giant machinegun while on foot.

When going it alone, we opted to sneak behind the squad, quietly subduing and capturing the soldiers one by one before throwing everything we had at the APC. Staying alive once the battle had started in earnest was easier than we thought it would be; so long as we kept moving and darted for cover whenever possible, it was only able to get in a few good hits.

Here’s the cool thing about these battles, though; damage the vehicles enough, and eventually their commander will pop out and start shooting at you. If you can kill him rather than actually destroying the vehicle, you can capture it. So far, we’ve only been able to use captured vehicles in Outer Ops missions (where they kick ass), but that doesn’t make them any less cool to have.

Above: Play your cards right, and this could be yours

With co-op players along, things get exponentially easier. Running in different directions can confuse the big vehicle bosses, and training two or more guns on them will always bring them down faster than one will. Despite what you may have heard, though, you don’t actually need buddies along to bring down these monsters; no matter how gargantuan they are, no matter how devastating their attacks, every boss has exploitable attack patterns and weaknesses. It’s much, much easier to destroy with friends along, but if you’re patient, you can always do it yourself.

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  • 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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