8 things you need to know about MGS: Peace Walker

After the APC, things only got more hairy, as we were attacked by a full-sized tank and a remarkably tough attack chopper. Then it got weird, as we found ourselves locked in inescapable combat with those giant, singing robots we mentioned earlier.

Above: Creeeeeeepy

At the core of Peace Walker’s story are a bunch of autonomous death machines controlled by AI constructs in the shape of black cylinders. The ones we encountered included an eerie, child-kidnapping hover-drone called the “Colibri” (or “hummingbird”) by a band of Sandinistas Snake allies himself with; a massive, tank-like monster that can ramp up walls at high speed and perform acrobatic, deadly leaps around the arena in which you have to fight it; and a towering monster of a treaded vehicle that was bristling with guns and dangerous-to-access weak points. These were all intimidating to the point of being terrifying, but we were able to bring down every last one, both with a partner and by ourselves.

Above: Again, though, it's easier this way

Best of all, defeating them gives you a chance to enter their control modules and start ripping out circuit boards in moments evocative of HAL’s “death” in 2001. The reason for this is also one of the coolest things Peace Walker has to offer.

7. You can build your own Metal Gear

Those circuit boards, it turns out, can be kept and used to build a giant robot of your own. Dubbed Metal Gear ZEKE, it can only be built once you’ve salvaged enough of the right parts from your robot enemies. Apparently, like the weapons, it can only be used in Outer Ops – although we’re willing to bet that something that cool has more uses than just squashing icons of enemy soldiers. Sadly, we didn’t have time to play far enough into the game to find out for sure; 16 hours is a long time, but it feels like we only got close enough to scratch the story’s halfway mark.

Above: Sadly, we don't have a picture of ZEKE, so here's  shot of Snake meeting the game's namesake instead

8. You can kill your friends

It’d be kind of a waste if co-op was the only online functionality Peace Walker offered, wouldn’t it? In the Versus Ops mode, you can pit your Snake (along with any weapons and gadgets you’ve uncovered) against up to five other players in four game types across a variety of unlocked maps. Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes shouldn’t need any explanation, while the Capture Mission mode is basically capture-the-flag, but with a South American quetzal bird as the “flag.” Finally, there’s Base Mission, which tasks two teams with capturing control points before the time runs out.

Above: In team matches, co-op rules still apply

OK, so they’re nothing out of the ordinary, but they’re still a fun addition, and their arms-race aspect will make them particularly interesting for advanced players. What’s more, they’re one small part of one of the largest, most elaborate games we’ve ever played on a handheld. Even 16 hours into Peace Walker, it still feels like our experience with the game, and our idea of what’s really going on in its story, are woefully incomplete. If you’re a Metal Gear fan with a PSP, you’d better hope you have plenty of time free when this thing releases on June 8; you’re going to need it.

May 5, 2010


  • 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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