Reviews and Problems with Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
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Good Game, Terrible Camera Controls
Mick Charles Beaver, Amazon
16 September 2014
Summary: I just finished this game last night (yes, it's mid 2014, but I'm trying to get caught up before Metal Gear Solid 5 is released). Here's what I liked: * The story was interesting. * Rendering was great. * Voice acting was good. * I liked the new gameplay elements for capturing soldiers and managing your army. * The game encourages you to play at a higher level of sneaking and CQC (close quarters combat) than was encountered in MGS 3. Things I did not like: * The camera.
Summary: I do enjoy the MGS series quite a bit, and I've tried numerous occasions to enjoy this game and try to play it through, but it just doesn't do it for me as much as the other games in the series. First, I made the mistake of wasting my money on Portable Ops Plus, thinking it was updated version (Like MGS2 Substance and MGS3 Subsistence) instead it's more like VR Missions. Anyway, I finally realized my mistake and purchased this. The graphics look fairly good.
Summary: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops is a fine game tha tells the rest of the story of how the Patriots and Foxhound rose and how the events of Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 came to pass. The plot is eerily reminisciant of Metal Gear Solid, even more so than the other MGS titles, but in a way that makes you realize just how similar Solid Snake was to his father. The controls are a little confusing at first, but one gets used to them quickly.
Summary: The controls on this game have been rearranged from other metal gear games, which is the major drawback. Additionally, the ability to only carry 4 items is a pain. The camera isn't easy to manage even though it's rotatable. Plus side...artsy cutscenes are cool, decent audio, and innovative "team" aspect.
Summary: It was too hard to control Snake and his compatriots in this game. The mission structure was nothing like the console iterations of Metal Gear, as levels were self-contained and not free flowing. However, i do realize this is an important plot point later on in Big Boss' life leading to the eventual creation of Outer Heaven. The graphics and animation were excellent however for the portable, but the gameplay is restrictive and frankly boring.
Conclusion: I’m a big fan (but no hardcore fanboy mind) of the ’Metal Gear Solid’ series, and was really looking forward to playing Solid Snake’s latest on my PSP. To be honest i was i little disappointed. The hardcore fans will say its better than sex, just because its a new ’Metal Gear’ game,but personally i found it a bit dull. You can spend hours playing ’Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater’, on your PS2, and its great fun.
Summary: The only MGS game I rate as low as 3/5. The story is interesting on first playtrough - as always when it's MGS. But the controls are so annoying so it takes too much focus. And my hand started cramping after about 15 hours of playtime and it got worse for the remaining 10 or so hours I played it. So I found it hard to focus on the game and get sucked-in as I always experience it on all other MGS games. And a few areas feel a little thrown together.