Excerpt: The original Portable Ops was welcome in the way that it was a proper Metal Gear game, well it was in comparison to the more outlandish Metal Gear Acid series anyway. Obviously those who enjoyed the original will be pleased with the release of this mere and sensibly priced expansion.
Excerpt: Back in 2007, Kojima and Konami released the original MGS: Portable Ops , an action orientated Metal Gear title which was an instant PSP classic. The original title was as innovative as it was action-packed, even allowing players to go Wi-Fi signal hunting to recruit new soldiers for their army. A year on, the standalone expansion pack is hitting the shelves. With such an outstanding original, we ask the question: Was there really any point?
Conclusion: Portable Ops Plus feels a lot like an expansion pack. Unfortunately, for an expansion pack to be worth the money there needs to be a lot of context for you to feel justified. While Portable Ops Plus doesn't offer an incredible amount of new things, it does do an exceptional job at recapturing the elements we loved in the first title.
Excerpt: I was a big fan of the original release, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops . It was a bit of redemption after what seemed like a trend in the wrong direction with the MGS games on the big consoles. I mean, the original game was like my church for about a month. The graphics now look pretty primitive compared to what we can hold in our hands with the PSP. The gameplay in many ways hasn't changed, but that in itself isn't a bad thing.
Summary: MGS Portable Ops Plus adds new multiplayer modes, characters, maps. While the focus is on multiplayer, the new version will also feature a single-player portion with familiar characters such as Roy Campbell, Raiden and MGS4's Old Snake.
Excerpt: The Metal Gear Solid series has come to epitomise the PlayStation brand, helping to sell millions of consoles. That this cycle will repeat itself with the arrival of Metal Gear Solid 4 on the PlayStation 3 seems inevitable, but PSP owners have been deprived of a more traditional Metal Gear experience. After the quirky yet flawed Metal Gear Acid, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops saw Snake sneaking onto the small screen in a slightly altered form.
Excerpt: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops took the quintessential Metal Gear console experience and made it, well... portable. Portable Ops Plus takes that experience and builds on it. Okay, a quick refresher: the year is 1970 and follows the dubiously-named Naked Snake as he sets up Foxhound. His aim... To take down the treacherous Fox unit which has started a nasty revolt in South America.
Excerpt: I love Hideo Kojima and his Metal Gear series in the most heterosexual way possible. No other franchise has combined ridiculously intriguing story telling (pretentions as it may seem) with such fresh and bulletproof gameplay every time around. Hell, Metal Gear Solid 4 could be Snake and a monkey doing nothing but sitting in a tree, throwing their own excrement at each other and I would still be, at worst, third in line to pick it up.