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Metal Gear retrospective: MGS Portable Ops

If you haven't been reading PS3 Fanboy, then you might not know just how crazily Metal Gear Solid 4 fever has overcome our bodies and souls. We've been following GameTrailers' Metal Gear retrospective in anticipation of MGS4, and this time we're bringing some of that excitement to all of you PSP gamers. This time the retrospective takes a look back at something you might have played: MGS: Portable Ops and the game that it was based on, MGS3: Snake Eater.

Many of you may have played Portable Ops wanting to continue the story of Big Boss from Snake Eater. Others probably just wanted to get more Metal Gear into their systems after having played the Acid games. Whatever the reason, MGS fans alike were treated to seeing some familiar faces and having a bit of their stories fleshed out. If you haven't played the game, check out the retrospective to see what it's all about. It also looks like next week GameTrailers will be taking a look back at some of the other portable Metal Gear games, so look out for that.

PSP audience is 'important and new' for MGS director Kojima

Hideo Kojima, revered director of the Metal Gear series, recently talked about the PSP in an interview with IGN. He noted the success Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops has had, especially with the younger demographic. He notes that teens in Japan love the PSP: "middle school students, from 13 to 15, are really fanatical with the machine itself -- look at Monster Hunter Portable, for instance."

The rampant fervor of the teenage PSP audience is what helped drive the Monster Hunter series into millions of units sold. This is obviously an audience that Kojima would love to capture: "I would like to continue with this, to aim at those middle school students because they are so interested with MPO right now. I would continue to try to reach them."

He gives an anecdote about his son. "He has always criticized it: 'Oh, Metal Gear is such a s****y game.' Until the point I released Portable Ops." From the sounds of it, Kojima certainly wouldn't want to disappoint his son, and it appears that a new PSP game from Kojima Productions is inevitable: "My son is really into Portable Ops as well: the use of the WiFi, the ability to play anywhere, bring it to school, etc ... It might not be the Metal Gear series, but I would like to consider this audience because it's very important and new."

New Metal Gear Solid videos look not-so-new

It's not a full sequel, so it's understandable that the visuals and presentation of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus look a bit ... underwhelming. It features the same great taste of the original, but we'd love to see the PSP's full 333MHz unlocked for a franchise that's known for pushing tech boundaries. Thanks to recent releases like Syphon Filter, we've been quite spoiled at what the PSP can (and should) be able to do. Thankfully, the game looks like a lot of fun.

Check out all the videos at IGN.

Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus goes gold

It's official. Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops+ is getting primed for US release. This expansion pack of the original MGS:PO will arrive in the States on November 13th for $19.99.

"Infinity Mission" is the new single player campaign (a Sony e-mail misprinted Infinity War as the name of the entire game). Just like the original Portable Ops, players will be able to recruit new comrades and gain new weapons through the single player campaign. Additional multiplayer modes, such as Shooting Range and Training Mode, will ll test the skills of each player. In addition, Portable Ops+ will use the save data from the original game so that you can continue with the squad you had originally created.

Additional online maps in Plus include an updated version of the original Metal Gear Solid's REX Hangar. Additional characters, like Raiden and Old Snake, are also hidden in the game. Stay tuned for more.

Gallery: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus

What is Metal Gear Solid: Infinite War? [Update]

A recent Sony newsletter revealed a mysterious title: Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops: Infinite War. Could this be the US title of Portable Ops Plus? But, the ESRB has already rated a game named Portable Ops Plus -- surely, this can't be a different game! Is this a mistake, or is MGS getting a title change for the US?

[Update: Ryan Patton responds: "Infinite War" was the codename I gave to the project before "MPO+" was decided on. Funny how things find their ways to retailers. Thanks, Random!]

Sleek new MGS:PO+ trailer

A brand new five minute trailer has been released for Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus. This Kojima Productions expansion pack looks stellar, and this new video trailer looks absolutely sleek. See new details on the single and multi player portions of the game, and see Old Snake in action.

[Thanks, luis!]

New Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops Plus screenshots

Portable Ops Plus is bringing Raiden, Snake and Old Snake to a PSP near you. Although Konami USA hasn't officially confirmed a release for the game yet, we've discovered it on a number of retailers. This expansion pack, which requires the original Portable Ops game, will be coming out November 13th for $20.

Check out our new gallery right here:

Gallery: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus

A tale of two box arts: Portable Ops Plus

A tale of two box arts. Which will you choose? Pay attention: these two similar, but different, box arts for Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus have a crucial difference awaiting on the inside. One is the "Deluxe Edition" -- can you guess which one?

The red cover on the right is for the premium edition, which not only includes a cool box, but also includes both MGS: Portable Ops Plus and the original Portable Ops. You will need the original in order to play the expansion pack, so those that missed the original will certainly want to pick up the combined bundle. The Japanese price for both? A mere $45.

No American release has been confirmed, but Amazon has already listed the game for a November release. Hopefully, the US will also receive its own ultra-value "Deluxe Edition."

MGS: Portable Ops Plus spotted on GameFly, amazon

The upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops expansion pack hasn't been officially announced for US release yet. However, it appears that it won't be too long before we get confirmation that the game is coming to America ... and soon! GameFly is listing a November release date for this MGS sequel (of sorts). In addition, is listing a similar release date, and a retail price of $20.

It's clear that the retailers know something Konami hasn't officially announced to the general gaming public. Stay tuned ... we know you want some Old Snake action on the go.

[Thanks, Random!]

MGS Portable Ops Plus: first trailer

Old Snake??? SNAKE?????!!!

We were surprised by Konami's sudden announcement of a brand-new Metal Gear Solid game for PSP. We're not complaining, of course. This revamped Portable Ops includes a plethora of new modes, including Old Snake. Will this reveal secrets of the MGS lore that we've been patiently waiting for? We hope so.

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?

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