Gadling's resident pilot explains what life in the cockpit is like
Posts with tag portable ops

Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops expansion announced

The PlayStation Premiere event in Tokyo is in full swing and news is coming thick and fast. The latest news is that Konami has announced an expansion for the PSP title Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops. Focused on online play, the game will feature new levels and characters, as well as a new single player "Infinity mode". Not much more information regarding the gameplay has been released, however the price of the expansion will be 2,400 yen on its own, or 4,300 yen in a double pack with the original game.

The expansion will be released in Japan on the 20th of September, with no word yet on an American/European release. We're intrigued and cannot wait to have a look at how this expansion works out. Hopefully it'll satisfy our Metal Gear Solid appetites until MGS4 comes out in early '08. If the expansion reaches the English speaking world before then, that is.

Check out IGN for some more screenshots.

Metal Gear turns 20, gets re-released

In celebration of Metal Gear's 20th anniversary, Konami is planning to release every PlayStation Metal Gear Solid title in presumably new, special packaging, IGN reports. Metal Gear Solid for PlayStation will be priced 1500 yen, Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of Liberty for PS2 will be 1800 yen, Metal Gear Solid 3 Snake Eater for PS2 will be 2800 yen, and Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops for PSP will be 2800 yen. A package containing all of these hits will also be available for 6900 yen.

Unless these re-releases come with some significant additions, we find it unlikely that even hardcore Kojima fans will be throwing down their cash. Hopefully, this isn't the end of the 20th Anniversary announcements ... we're hoping for a Portable Ops sequel (and some more info on the ever-elusive Metal Gear Solid 4 would be nice too).

[Update: IGN reports that a limited edition DVD will be packaged with the MGS bundle. Also, a new soundtrack CD will be made available. Check for details on the new official website.]

Compete in the official MGS Portable Ops league

The European division of Konami has launched a new competitive league for Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. This PSP-exclusive title features extensive multiplayer modes and online options that have earned the title a passionate following amongst the hardcore. English, French, German, Spanish and Italian players will be able to compete against fellow European players in both user-created and official tournaments. Three official tournaments are currently planned to take place between June and October.

For those that need a little practice before trying the online battlefield, download the multiplayer demo and play with fellow PSP owners.

[Thanks, Joel!]

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops multiplayer demo

Hope you have friends with PSPs. Now, you and all your friends can join in on Ad-Hoc Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops multiplayer ... for free! This downloadable demo is multiplayer only, so make sure you grab your friends and get ready to play.

1. Download the demo zip file.
2. Extract the contents of the zip file.
3. Connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cable.
4. Go to the PSP/GAME folder.
5. Copy ULED90040 folder into the GAME directory.

Check out our new demos site:

Whoops! Metal Gear Solid forgets rating; no longer on sale

Months after the US and Japanese release, Europeans were supposed to enjoy Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops today. To make up for the excruciating delay, the PAL version will feature new content not available in the other releases, such as new characters, maps and missions. However, it appears Europeans will have to wait a little bit longer, as the game has been delayed yet again. Why? According to Pocket Gamer, it appears that the box art artist forgot to include the BBFC (the UK equivalent of the ESRB) rating for the game.

Without a rating on the box UMD, the game will not be sold at retailers. Whoops! This is a strange mishap, to say the least. It looks like European gamers will have to wait just a little bit longer as Konami fixes this mistake--but you guys are used to waiting, right?

Metal Gear Solid wins Best Portable Game award from Famitsu

What? A PSP game that isn't called LocoRoco finally wins an award? Japan's most popular gaming magazine, Famitsu, recently unveiled their Famitsu Awards winners. PSP earned a valuable nod by stealing the "Best Portable Game" award with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops. Kojima's latest adventure certainly earns the award, with some spectacular graphics and a deep single and multiplayer gaming experience.

While PSP fans can celebrate this victory, it should be noted that Final Fantasy XII (PS2) and Pokemon Diamond & Pearl (DS) both won Game of the Year.

[Via Gamasutra]

Watch the Metal Gear Solid tournament ... now

Did you enter GameSpot's Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops tournament? 48 players will face off against each other in Hideo Kojima's latest addition to the MGS franchise. The GameSpot editors will provide commentary and will also provide prizes during the halftime show.

The "Snake Wars" begin today at 4PM PST.

Win up to $600 at Gamespot's MGS tournament

Think you're the best Snake on the web? Prove it. Gamespot is hosting Snake Wars: an exclusive subscriber-only tournament that allows you to compete for Best Buy gift certificates, valued up to $600. That could buy you a PS3!

Gamespot subscribers can head over to the registration page to have a chance to enter. But, you'll have to hurry: only 48 players will be allowed to participate in this deathmatch royale.

Konami apologizes for MGS shortage

Japan loves monsters and they love spies. The PSP-exclusive Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops is sold out everywhere in Japan and Konami is struggling to get copies to stores. Will the upcoming enhanced European release meet the same success? Or will it stay on store shelves as in America?

[Via The Magic Box]

See where MGS soldiers are hiding

As you can see from the map above, Hideo Kojima's plan to launch a secret army in Japan is working quite well. A new service uses Google Maps to show you the points of interest you'll want to hit in order to recruit new characters via Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops' unique and innovative GPS mode. Although an English language version of this service is supposedly "coming soon," I wouldn't be surprised if it never saw the light of day: certainly, it would be a far more demanding undertaking to travel across the entirity of America in order to unlock as many characters as possible.

Of course, the true Metal Gear fans have already started their cross-country trek.

[Via Pocket Gamer]

See also:
Unlock all of MGS:PO's unique characters

Spoilers: MGS cutscenes available for download

Want to check out most of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops' animated cutscenes? Well, you can! Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site has 19 videos to download, many of them revealing some quite juicy spoilers. If you've been on the fence about the game, or just can't wait to see its story in action, this is what you've been waiting for.

MGS Portable Ops destroys Japan

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops currently stands as the best PSP game of the year, at least according to PSP Fanboy readers. So, it should come as no surprise that this fully-featured PSP-exclusive sequel is selling well. In fact, according to Jeux France, it appears as if Kojima's latest has sold 100,000 copies in Japan... in day one alone. (Cue lame joke from a DS fanboy: "there are that many PSPs in Japan?!")

There's no doubt that the US version is also selling quite briskly. Hopefully, these sales are good enough to warrant a sequel, as previous promised. The game's now available for US blokes, and is coming next year for the European territories.

What end of year awards did PSP earn?

Every major video game site loves to do an end-of-year "Best of" awards feature (something we'll undoubtedly lash out at you, PSP Fanboy reader). Contrary to popular belief, the PSP has done quite well for itself, and some of the awards its received may surprise you. Here's a run-down of everything I've seen across the Internet:

Best Platformer: Daxter
Daxter beat out three Nintendo DS games, including New Super Mario Bros, thanks to its incredible technology, great personality and fantastic gameplay. "The gorgeous visuals and sound are wrapped in gameplay that is as polished and enjoyable as any full-fledged PlayStation 2 game. While not wholly original, Daxter sacrifices nothing and is simply an all-around amazing game."

Best PSP Game: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
"Portable Ops not only delivers some of the best presentation quality to date on the PSP, but makes some meaningful, interesting changes to the MGS formula. The resulting game is very well suited to playing on the go and also achieves a better balance of gameplay and storytelling than previous Metal Gear Solid games."

PSP Game of the Year: Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror
"What's most impressive is the depth of the action -- no second analog stick required! The control scheme enables you to do everything from operate a set of gadgets and diffuse bombs to snipe enemies and sift through different enemy types, all without slowing down the pace of the action."

Games Radar
WTF Award: LocoRoco
Games Radar certainly took a non-traditional approach to awards this year. "We also loved that you couldn't play this game without cracking a smile - the nonsense songs were insanely catchy, the bright colors and curvy shapes were captivating and the overall theme was almost relentlessly happy and fun. By forcing our jaded, stone-like faces to grin once again, LocoRoco earns its Platinum Chalice like few other games on this list."

The "It Doesn't Actually Suck" Award: PSP
Games Radar understands what we've known all the time: PSP is a great system. The plethora of excellent exclusive titles and fantastic PS2 ports has Games Radar and PSP fanboys everywhere asking "this is a bad system?"

Next Generation
23rd Best Game: LocoRoco
In its top 50 list, LocoRoco managed to break into 23rd place. "Eminently cute and weird as a $3 bill, LocoRoco had players controlling a world and tilting it in order for a smiling blobbish thing to collect goodies, get fatter, and eventually roll or drop past a finishing point. It was as if someone's strange drug-induced hallucination had come to life on the PSP, complete with a dandy soundtrack and a punishing difficulty factor."

Up close and personal with the camo PSP

The Japanese release of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops was met with quite some fanfare... and new hardware. The camo PSP, included in the MGS bundle, has infiltrated Japan and the blogger of PSP GadgetZ has captured one for himself. He's taken some beautiful, almost pornographic, pictures of the unit from all sorts of naughty angles. Interested importers can check out Play-Asia for this unique, but pricey, system.

Unlock all of MGS:PO's unique characters

While driving around using the GPS system will get you some characters, the coolest ones have to be earned through the game. Or... through these cheats. A forum member from MGCN called SHADOW.EXE has uncovered passwords for what could be every unique character in the game. Check it out:

PK +ESP is URSULA (can't be got with ELISA at the same time)
THE-L is ELISA (can't be got with URSULA at the same time)
1+2-3 is ZERO

[Via 1UP]

Next Page >

Ask PSP Fanboy (43)
Demos (55)
Podcasts (18)
Theatre (49)
Wallpapers (35)
Downloads (130)
Fan Stuff (394)
How-tos (54)
Imports (219)
Interviews (171)
Metareview (50)
Mods (25)
News (1995)
Peripherals (187)
Previews (20)
Reviews (85)
Software (260)
Store (120)
Video (734)
Ape Escape (25)
Beaterator (1)
Bleach (18)
Buzz (9)
Coded Soul (7)
Devil May Cry (1)
Disgaea (32)
DJ Max (24)
echochrome (25)
EyeToy (1)
Final Fantasy (178)
God of War (87)
Gran Turismo (13)
Grand Theft Auto (61)
Gundam (22)
Hot Shots Golf (26)
Kingdom Hearts (16)
Loco Roco (69)
Madden (4)
Metal Gear: Graphic Novel (8)
Metal Gear: Portable Ops (53)
Midnight Club (1)
MLB (10)
Monster Hunter (87)
N (9)
Naruto (27)
NBA (10)
Patapon (36)
Phantasy Star (13)
R-Type (19)
Ratchet and Clank (51)
Resistance (6)
SOCOM (36)
Sonic (23)
Star Ocean (31)
Star Wars (42)
Super Stardust Portable (2)
Syphon Filter (27)
Tales of... (35)
Wild Arms (14)
Wipeout (40)
WWE (12)
Yggdra Union (11)
Yu-Gi-Oh! (5)
Yuusha (9)



Powered by Blogsmith

Featured Galleries

DJ Max Fever
NBA 09: The Inside (PSP)
Prinny: Is It Okay If I Am The Main Character?
Let's make the PSP better
Final Fantasy Agito XIII
Mytran Wars
Buzz! Brain Bender
PSP-3000 series
Blue PSP Unboxing


Most Commented On (14 days)

Recent Comments

Other Weblogs Inc. Network blogs you might be interested in: