Metal Gear Acid
Ok, here we go; another
Metal Gear game and I can tell you now that I was thrilled to get this
hitting the desk for my PSP. First things first in this review, this is
a hard game to learn how to play and I would say that it took me nearly
2 hours or so to really get the hang of it. Why? With a mind to always
pushing the envelope, creator Hideo Kojima has moved away from the MGS
that we know and love and this is a card battling game. Yes I hear you
reeling back from your computer desk or ripping the earbuds from your
ipod away from your ears!
The way that this game
plays is certainly different from any other MGS game. You are Snake and
you have to once again come out of retirement and fight the good fight
but there is a twist; you are playing with cards! Thatís right you are
using cards to get through the game in a way that suits the world of
Metal Gear Solid perfectly!
Itís hard to get used to
at first but once you accept the fact that you are going to have to
combine both cards and true stealth you are going to have a great time
with this game. The system just works and integrates itself well in the
title, which has reverted to still shots and text as a story tool as
opposed to the over the top cinematics and voice acting.
The storyline as always
is perfect for Metal Gear, nothing is as it seems with a Presidential
candidate aboard a hijacked plane that is commandeered by two psycho
dolls. The terrorists also are demanding the Pythagorus Project from a
laboratory they have taken over and are using the plane to facilitate
their demands. The story is kooky and introduces many new characters to
the MGS mythos so make sure that you make your way through the piles of
text as there is a great story there.
There are some frame
issues with this title when things slow up a bit but for the most part
they all fit together nicely. Combat is complex with the card system and
even moving around will take some getting used to. My initial reaction
to the graphics was their similarity to MGS 2 which certainly was not a
bad thing. The real test is making sure that you always have the right
cards equipped for any situation so that you can react in time to
whatever is there.
For me it was a delight
to see Metal Gear Acid, I do think that it will lose some players though
with how complex it is. Trust me tough it out, it will be worth it.