Julian Cannon sneaking back on here for another video game review. This time it is Metal Gear Solid portable ops. Also follow me on twitter @julianexcalibur
Metal Gear Solid portable ops is a stealth action game released for the PlayStation portable in December 2006 in Japan and in January 2007 world wide. This was the first game to not have a numbered title since the first Metal Gear (MSX version) and many thought it was a spinoff until hideo kojima confirmed that it was Canon a few months earlier. This game is the sequel to metal gear solid 3(set in 1964) and the prequel to metal gear solid peace walker(set in 1974). In this game you are playing as big boss (naked snake) and many other characters are playable as well. Now let’s get to the review
In 1970, 6 years after the operation snake eater, the FOX unit has been disbanded by the CIA with their takeover of the group. Snake is seen in prison being interrogated by LT Cunningham about the location of the first half of the philosophers legacy that was obtained at the end of mgs3. Once the torture is finished, snake meets a young Roy Campbell for the first time and plans an escape. When they do escape, snake gets in contact with para medic and she tells him that he and major zero have been arrested for treason against the government. Snake then vows to end the former FOX unit by forming FOXHOUND with Roy Campbell. With this new unit,they have recruited soldiers from south America as well as encountering the old ones from FOX. Some time later,snake finds Frank Jaeger (Gray Fox) and the two of them battle in a fist vs sword match. After the fight,Frank joins big boss rebellion and a character named gene was revealed to be the new leader of FOX.
To complicate matters, Gene has also convinced most of the Russian soldiers stationed at the base to join their side by simply taking over the chain of command belonging to a former Red Army unit, which was secretly stationed inside the Colombian territory. In order to complete his mission, Snake must persuade enemy soldiers to join his ranks due to the scale of his mission.
Snake and his squad defeat the top members of the FOX unit and eventually they make their way into Gene’s guesthouse. Snake learns many things on his way. Cunningham was working for the Pentagon and wanted Snake to push Gene into launching a nuke at Russia to tarnish the CIA’s reputation and to prolong the Cold War. Gene was actually aware of this plan from the beginning due to information from Ocelot. Gene really wanted to launch a nuke at America to destroy the Philosophers and to make his nation of soldiers, “Army’s Heaven”. Snake destroys an experimental model of the ICBMG (the Metal Gear model) codenamed RAXA and eventually defeats Gene, destroying the finished ICBMG model afterward. After Gene is defeated he gives Snake the funds, equipment, personnel, and all other information regarding “Army’s Heaven”. On his return home, Snake is awarded for his actions, he then establishes FOXHOUND worldwide afterwards. Elsewhere, Ocelot kills the DCI (Director of Central Intelligence) and takes documents containing the identities of the Philosophers in an effort to “end them”.
In the post-credits epilogue, Ocelot speaks with major zero on the phone, they are plotting to use the Legacy to fulfill their own agenda. Ocelot actually wanted the trajectory data of the nuke to point to the DCI, in order to black mail the DCI into giving Ocelot the documents containing the true identities of the Philosophers. Ocelot agrees to join his new employer’s project under the condition that Snake/Big Boss participates as well .this leads to the creation of the patriots
The item menu has completely changed in this game,as we are used to the box scrolling style,it is displayed like your right side of your PSP face buttons. You can also recruit soldiers in the game as well for you to rank up. Also this is the first metal gear game that you can change the campaign main character to another from your unit. You will play as snake in the beginning but along the way,you can play as Roy Campbell, major zero,python, gray fox ,para-medic and one of your soldiers. Every character has their own abilities and have their own set of weapons. Also if you are near death you can call for an assist from one of your teammates. The cqc feature from the previous game has been fixed since the last game you had to use about 4 buttons at a time. Portable ops also had metal gear online 1, which was released with metal gear solid 3 thrre years before. The servers ran from January 2007-September 2012. Here you can play multiplayer against players around the world in free for all,team deathmatch,capture mission, cqc only, and more matchtypes. Other than your soldiers, you can also use Big Boss, Zero, Gray Fox,Roy Campbell, Python, Viper. And KGB soldiers . Downloadable Content included Old Snake (Solid Snake) ,Raiden, Ocelot, Meryl, and 6 maps.
Portable Ops also comes with a complete score done by Norihiko Hibino, Takahiro Izutani, Yoshitaka Suzuki, Kazuma Hinnouchi, Nobuko Toda and Akihiro Honda while Kazuma Hinnouchi, Nobuko Toda and Akihiro Honda who composed the ending theme- “Calling to the Night” but was arranged by Norihiko Hibino. The ending theme’s vocals are provided by Natasha Farrow, and lyrics by Nobuko Toda. Harry Gregson-Williams was unable to help compose the game’s music due to schedule conflicts with Tony Scott’s film Deja Vu and Kojima’s Metal Gear Solid 4
I have enjoyed this game since I got my hands on it in 2007 and I wish they never shut down the servers for this game. The controls are smooth and responsive for a psp game. The boss battles were quite intense including the one with Gray Fox and Gene. I would recommend anybody who follows the storyline to get this game since it is the sequel to metal gear solid 3 :snake eater. if you just want to simply read it, look up the name of the story of this game “San Hieronymo Takeover”
I give this game a final rating of 9.5/10