Konami Digital Entertainment has unveiled Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, an all-new action title in Hideo Kojima's legendary Metal Gear Solid series, for the PSP.
Set in 1970, the game will be the missing link in the ongoing Metal Gear saga. Players will learn more about returning characters such as Para-Medic, Major Zero and Sigint; they will also witness Naked Snake's greatest tragedy – a loss that sets into motion the events of later games in the Metal Gear Solid timeline.
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops delivers the series' trademark stealth-based action to the PSP, while introducing several new elements that add even more depth and variety to Naked Snake's new adventure. Using an intuitive new third-person camera that is optimised for handheld play, gamers will be able to see more of Snake's surroundings, identifying threats while also targeting the best areas for sneaking and hiding.
As players progress through the single player campaign of Portable Ops, they can recruit comrades to create their own fighting unit. In addition to regular enemies and soldiers, players can also, depending on their actions in key situations, recruit unique NPCs – building an armed force to fit their style of play. Through the wireless capabilities of the PSP system, players can also search for volunteer soldiers via wireless access points.
Refining the gameplay of the online multiplayer mode from Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence, Portable Ops lets players engage in online skirmishes through the PSP system's wireless infrastructure functionality. Players will be able to use their squadron from the single-player portion of the game, as well as recruiting new members and trading with other players, unleashing their distinctive abilities and wreaking havoc across the game's numerous multiplayer levels.
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops also introduces a new "White Flag" system to the game's multiplayer modes, letting players choose to surrender and live to fight again in each round or fight to the death until the next game begins. Placing emphasis on stealth gameplay, the White Flag System further evolves online play for the Metal Gear series and creates a bond between the player and their team as they work together to achieve their objectives.
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops will be released in New Zealand for the PSP in late March 2007.
Pros: Filling in the gaps in the storyline.
Cons: Only available for the PSP.