End of a Generation: Top 5 Games of the DS/PSP Era – #3

On with the show!

3.) Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)

This is our first PSP game and one that routinely makes #1 on best PSP games of all time. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is the most recent game in the Metal Gear Solid franchise. It’s the follow up to Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, which was by far the worst Metal Gear Solid game ever made. Conversely, Peace Walker could easily be considered the best Metal Gear Solid game of all time. It combines all of the gameplay improvements of MGS4, with all of the aesthetics of MGS3, while adding a plethora of innovations that make Peace Walker a blast to play. The largest innovation is the addition of co-op play that allows you to play any mission with friends. This is silly, in game, but Peace Walker embraces silliness pretty well.

This is a gangbang I fully endorse!

In this game you play as Big Boss (Wonderful name…shut up), who is the clone father of Solid Snake (It’s best not to question this). Not only is he unadulterated sex, but he’s also not nearly as irritating as Raiden (Another principle character) and all of his whininess. Peace Walker takes place during 1974 in Costa Rica. The story is about Big Boss establishing a mercenary company free from any governmental controls. At the same time the story is occupied with the investigation into the eponymous Peace Walker, a mobile tank that would be spell doom for the western world. The story is good, but, more importantly, it’s not like other MGS story. You see, internet, Peace Walker does not have a convoluted story. There is no major twist in the story and the drama between characters is not as melodramatic as seen in previous entries. This makes Peace Walker the easiest MGS game to jump onto for newcomers.

That is the love box. Two of you can hide in it at once. I can’t make fun of it. The game itself uses it for sex scenes. What more can I say?

Being a portable title, Peace Walker is separated into many different missions: some story, some extra. Unlike Pokemon and Strange Journey, this makes it ideal for playing on the go for brief periods at a time. However, like those two games, Peace Walker is made monumentally more interesting by the addition of a collection element. During missions, you can abduct soldiers, which allows you to recruit them onto your mercenary force (That’s how the army recruits soldiers, right?). These recruits can be put into different roles, which will improve what gear (Get it?) you can bring into battle. This collection game is a really fun side mission, as it’s always fun to get that next upgrade or gun. There is a large amount of variety from the extra missions, ranging from marksmen challenges, to abduction challenges, to even dinosaur hunting.

Yes, this is happening.

Peace Walker has a small selection of missions that involve a crossover with the Monster Hunter series. This is a fun addition, and is testament the wacky creativity that permeates the whole game. The PSP only has one analogue stick, which means that there are limitations to the game. You see, it is industry standard for games to have one analogue stick to control movement and another to control the camera. Therefore, controls are not ideal, but that is par for the course for PSP shooters (Why didn’t you learn from this, 3DS?). Peace Walker’s control issue is totally resolved in the recent HD Remake, which allows the second stick to be used with the PS3, but thats beside the point. Peace Walker is by far the prettiest game on the PSP. Great textures and character models, with well done comic book-style cutscenes, make the game a joy to behold.

Let’s play spot the ascot!

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is a triumph. It’s not just one of the best handheld games ever made, but it’s easily stands against full-fledged console games, and, in my opinion, stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Metal Gear Sold series. That’s what the rest of the list is going to look like. I found there to be three handheld games last generation that were so excellent that they were as good as, if not better than most console games. Try to top that Mobile gaming.

– Mistranslations for the Modern Gamer

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