Hello and welcome to another Flashback Friday, this week we are going to be delving back into the world of Hideo Kojima’s Metal Gear series as we flashback to the 2010 PSP-exclusive Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. I’m technically writing this about the 2011 re-release of the game as part of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for PS3 and Xbox 360.
So Peace Walker is set between MGS Portable Ops and MGS5 Ground Zeroes and it follows Big Boss as he battles a shady organization in Costa Rica. It changed the gameplay drastically from previous entries into more of an episodic story where you select a mission and play through it, then return to Mother Base to upgrade and then head back out for the next mission. Mother Base was an interesting feature added to the game that allowed you to take enemies you captured during missions and assign them to help you in various areas, one example is R&D where they can create new weapons for use in missions.
On the PSP the graphics didn’t look too great with bold and edgy lines, so I would recommend getting this game in the HD collection for the better graphics. The game also featured innovative boos fights and a wide variety of characters, the side ops helped to really flesh out the game. Controls are different to the standard MGS controls but after about an hour of gameplay you should get used to them, they suit the game well actually.
This game added a number of things that would become mainstays of later games including the Fulton Recovery System and Mother Base, people tend to forget that Fultons were used heavily in this game long before their much loved appearance in last year’s Phantom Pain. The game featured a different kind of cutscene to the ones we are used to sitting through in MGS, they were styled like a comic book and had QTEs integrated really well in a way other games still struggle to do.
This game is somewhat essential to the Metal Gear timeline and so if you are a big fan of the series like me it is a must have, although getting the HD collection is a great idea because it also features the original MSX Metal Gear games and they are well worth playing. This game also features another excellent soundtrack that adds haunting melodies as you traverse the jungles.
Overall Peace Walker is an amazing addition to the MGS franchise and you should really give it a try, for more Metal Gear you can expect me to be writing about more games in the franchise in the future. If you have a suggestion for a game for us to flash back to, tell us either on Twitter or email us firstname.lastname@example.org with “Flashback” as the subject. Until next time keep it G33k.