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Watch over 15 minutes of the next MGS digital comic

Here's a surprisingly long clip of the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 2: Digital Graphic Novel. At about 17 minutes you get to see snippets of the Tanker incident, the beginning of the Big Shell incident, and even some scenes that were never originally in MGS2.

The best part about the second digital comic in the series is that there's finally voice acting this time around. However, with rumors flying about the comic not going to PSP but to DVD, we might not get to enjoy this beautiful "game" on our handheld. If it doesn't come to PSP, that would be a shame. Well, at least we have this clip.

Metal Gear Solid digital comic may skip PSP, go to DVD

Those anticipating the next Metal Gear Solid digital comic on PSP may be sorely disappointed. The first comic was released on UMD and retold Snake's Shadow Moses adventure, through stylishly animated comic panels. A sequel, based on the events of Metal Gear Solid 2, was supposed to be released on PSP as well, but has mysteriously vanished since we last saw it. This new comic would be presented in the same style as the first, but would include voice acting from series vets.

Japanese retailer Game Star has listed a 2-disc DVD release for a new Metal Gear Solid digital comic, which includes both retellings. The planned release is June 12th, the same day as the PS3-exclusive Metal Gear Solid 4. Certainly, a DVD release would be more viable, and there are ways to get DVD content on to a PSP. We'll have to wait for more details.

[Via PSPHyper]

New Metal Gear graphic novel sneaking onto your PSP

Did you enjoy the first MGS graphic novel? Then you're in for a treat. Kojima announced at the Metal Gear Solid 20th Anniversary party today that there's another one currently in development. This one will be based on Metal Gear Solid 2. The comic, tentatively titled "MGS2: Bande Dessinée", will feature full voice acting. So it'll be just like playing watching any other Metal Gear Solid title, then. Oh, behave.

We loved the first graphic novel, so we're very much looking forward to this second one. What about you?

Portable Ops crucial to Metal Gear Solid 4 story

Everything's connected. At least, according to Kevin Bacon JJ Abrams Hideo Kojima. And, in order to fully understand the events of the amazing-looking Metal Gear Solid 4 on the PS3, you'll have to buy yourself a PSP. The two upcoming PSP-exclusive Metal Gear titles (Digital Comic 2, Portable Ops) will establish the story for the next-gen sequel. "We'd like you to definitely play it [the PSP games]," Kojima was quoted saying. "If you change the Ops story, you have to change 4. If you change 4, it also becomes necessary to change Ops. Until Ops is finished, 4's story can't be finalized." We'll all get a taste of the Guns of the Patriots' storyline when Portable Ops hits the system in December.

[Via IGN]

New Metal Gear for PSP announced

Other sites may still be covering the old Metal Gear comic and treating it as "news," but we've discovered a real juicy story, via IGN: a new Metal Gear Solid Graphic Novel will be heading towards the PSP, thanks to the success of the original. It will follow the story of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and not only will it feature pretty-boy Raiden, it'll have a lot of Snake's story as well. A release date, and a title hasn't been revealed yet, but you can expect us to keep an eye out for this one. Hopefully, this new version will feature voice acting. Please, Konami?

[Via IGN]

PSP impressions: Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel

My timing on snatching up a good 5 minutes with the Metal Gear Digital Graphic Novel was impeccable. Situated directly across the walkway of the Tecmo booth and next to Atlus' wonderful booth, the seat on the white bench called to me with the strength of a siren's song. I didn't think I would be able to hear anything from the unit, yet surprisingly there was little traffic there for the 5 minutes leading up to the Tecmo girls strutting out for their annual thing while I watched the digital comic unfold.

As for the artwork and voice work on the E3 build I was privileged enough to spend some time with, they were both very good. The panning was tastefully executed and Ocelot's dialogue, which took up most of what little time I had for the demo, was rich and powerful. Their pistol dual re-enacted from Metal Gear Solid was incredible. Overall the package seemed to be on par with, if not better than, The Silent Hill Experience UMD and has easily made my list of 'must buy' when it releases next month.

More digital comics headed to PSP

Fronteers ArtThere's more than just Metal Gear Solid when it comes to digital comics on the PSP. Much more.

ARComics is slowly rolling out a number of digital, PSP-friendly issues, including THE FRONTEERS #1. The Fronteers are a super "strikeforce" composed of a demoted military strategist, a scientist, a secret operative, an ex-convict, and an AWOL soldier. It's a mix that makes for some explosive character interaction. The graphics are well done and the story is light, but fun.

"ARComics sees the PSP screen size, Internet/network connectivity, commercial success and target demographic as a perfect venue to bring an entertaining means of reading to a new generation by blending technology with art and storytelling."

Teasers for upcoming digital comics, such as The Misfits of Science, show even more promise. You can check out the very difficult to navigate site here (but it's worth the trouble).

Digital comics to solidify on the PSP

We can't believe we missed this bit of news during the recent Konami press event, but we figured it was cool enough to talk about anyway despite the late arrival. Metal Gear Solid will appear in a never-before-seen digital comic book format on the PSP, replete with fancy-shmancy animations, sound effects and visuals courtesy of illustrator Ashley Wood. The comic is similar in treatment to the previously announced Silent Hill UMD, but will feature characters who do all their brooding in an entirely different, less macabre fashion. No release date has been set for this treat, but it's safe to say that we're all already itchy with anticipation.

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