E3 2006: MGS: Portable Ops impressions
First details about the soon to be released PSP installment of the Metal Gear Solid saga.

- At its E3 2006 conference, Konami unveiled the new Metal Gear Solid title for the PSP. Titled Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, the game will be the first true stealth action title of the series on the PSP. In fact, the two Metal Gear Acid games, both based on card-based game mechanics that have little in common with the action offered by Metal Gear Solid games, are currently the only way Metal Gear fans have to enjoy the series on their PSP. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops should hit the stores in Winter 2006.

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops will take place many years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The game storyline, described as the missing link between Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and the first Metal Gear game, will narrate “the tragedy of Big Boss”, how Big Boss lost everything and decided to establish the legendary Outer Heaven, where a young Solid Snake would have faced him.

Anyhow, it’s evident this will not be a traditional Metal Gear Solid title. While the game will feature “a full blown single player campaign”, animated comic strips, similar in style to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid digital graphic novel, could be used for storytelling in place of the real-time CG movies used in other Metal Gear Solid games. Great importance is also given to the online multiplayer mode; players will be able to recruit comrades online. Big Boss, the young Revolver Ocelot, Eve, and many more characters will be playable characters in multiplayer mode. It’s still difficult to understand if the online mode will somehow relate to the offline single player campaign.

Graphics-wise, the game looks almost as good as the latest Metal Gear Solid games on PlayStation, running obviously at a lower resolution on the PSP screen.

We will have more about Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops as soon as PsFantasy.com and our PSP channel will launch. Meanwhile, stay tuned for galleries of screenshots from the E3. You can downloaded the latest trailer from Kojima Productions E3 2006 website, or from the E3 official website, linked below.

Links
:: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Screenshots
:: Kojima Productions E3 2006 Website
:: E3 Insider: Metal Gear Solid: Special Ops
:: SDP Multimedia, a freeware and spyware-free tool to help you fully download a streaming movie before watching it


(Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 6:42PM GMT)

- Harry

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