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Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Hey guys! It’s Kaitlynn here with a new handheld game review. This one is “Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops” for the Play Station Portable (PSP). Even though I’m a girl, I’m a huge fan of the Metal Gear series. In this game you play as Big Boss. This game is a follow up of “Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater”. This game series is very hard to understand so I suggest looking at youtube videos to help understand the plot. This is the plot of the story from Wikipedia: “

Setting

Portable Ops takes place in 1970, six years after Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. It follows the soldier Naked Snake (Akio ŌtsukaDavid Hayter) who is forced to fight off his former unit, FOX, after they instigate a revolt in a South American base. In his fight he meets Roy Campbell (Toshio Furukawa,David Agranov), a surviving member of the Green Berets team that was sent to investigate the affair. Snake’s former teammates including his commanding officer Major Zero (Banjō GingaJim Piddock), Para-Medic (Houko KuwashimaHeather Halley) and Sigint (Keiji FujiwaraJames C. Mathis III) return as the support crew as they are suspected for treason alongside Snake.

The main antagonist is Gene (Norio WakamotoSteve Blum), the leader of the FOX unit who seeks to establish his own military nation. He is a product of the Successor Project that aimed to artificially create the perfect commander. He is assisted by Lt. Cunningham (Daisuke Gōri, Noah Nelson), an expert in interrogation techniques. (who is later revealed to be a double agent of the Pentagon sent to tarnish the CIA’s reputation) Gene also has an adoptive daughter named Elisa (Saori GotoTara Strong) who is gifted with extraordinary psychic abilities, implied to be the result of exposure to nuclear fallout during the Kyshtym disaster. Elisa suffers from dissociative identity disorder and has a developed a second personality called Ursula’, whose psychic abilities are stronger than her “Elisa” personality. As “Ursula”, she works as a member of FOX, while her “Elisa” personality is a medic who takes care of Null and an informant for Snake. Snake meets Elisa, who initially tells Snake that she and Ursula are twin sisters, only to later learn the truth. Two FOX members previously associated with Snake include Null (Jun FukuyamaLarc Spies), a teenage assassin trained to be the perfect soldier and Python (Yusaku Yara,Dwight Schultz), a former war buddy of Snake who was previously presumed dead during the Vietnam War.

Other appearing characters include Ghost (Naoki TatsutaBrian Cummings), an informant who comes into contact with Snake, revealing the existence of ICBMG, the new Metal Gear prototype, Ocelot (Takumi YamazakiJosh Keaton), a former Spetsnaz Major who assists Gene from behind-the-scenes, EVA, a spy for the PLA who assisted Snake inSnake Eater and Raikov (Ken’yū HoriuchiCharlie Schlatter), a GRU Major, Teliko Friedman (Yūko NagashimaKari Wahlgren), the heroine from Metal Gear Acid, who appears as a hidden character.

Story

In 1970, six years after the events of Snake Eater, Naked Snake’s former team, FOX unit, has broken their allegiance with the CIA and gone rogue. Snake himself is also targeted by the FOX unit, which sent renegade FOX unit soldiers to attack and capture him. The game begins with Snake being tortured and interrogated by one of the members of FOX, Lieutenant Cunningham, who is trying to locate the whereabouts of the missing half of the Philosopher’s Legacy, with the United States Government having already acquired the other half of the Legacy from the Soviet Union at the conclusion of Snake Eater. Snake is imprisoned in a cell next to Roy Campbell, the sole survivor of an American Green Beret team sent in to investigate the base. Snake learns through Roy that they are on the San Hieronymo Peninsula (a Russian transliteration of “San Jerónimo Peninsula”) or “La Península de los Muertos”, the site of an abandoned Soviet missile silo in Colombia.

The two escape and Snake makes his way to a communications base, where he attempts to contact his old COMajor Zero. Instead, he is greeted by his old FOX comrades Para-Medic and Sigint, who reveal that Snake and Zero are being charged for treason and that the only way for Snake to be exonerated from the charges is to find and apprehend the leader of the rebellion, Gene. To complicate matters, Gene has also convinced most of the Russian soldiers stationed at the base to join their side by simply taking over the chain of command belonging to a former Red Army unit, which was secretly stationed inside the Colombian territory. In order to complete his mission, Snake must persuade enemy soldiers to join his ranks due to the scale of his mission.

Snake and his squad defeat the top members of the FOX unit and eventually they make their way into Gene’s guesthouse. Snake learns many things on his way. Cunningham was working for the Pentagon and wanted Snake to push Gene into launching a nuke at Russia to tarnish the CIA’s reputation and to prolong the Cold War. Gene was actually aware of this plan from the beginning due to information from Ocelot. Gene really wanted to launch a nuke at America to destroy the Philosophers and to make his nation of soldiers, “Army’s Heaven”. Snake destroys an experimental model of the ICBMG (the Metal Gear model) codenamed RAXA and eventually defeats Gene, destroying the finished ICBMG model afterward. After Gene is defeated he gives Snake the funds, equipment, personnel, and all other information regarding “Army’s Heaven”. On his return home, Snake is awarded for his actions, he then establishes FOXHOUND afterwards. Elsewhere, Ocelot kills the DCI (Director of Central Intelligence) and takes documents containing the identities of the Philosophers in an effort to “end them”.

In the post-credits epilogue, Ocelot speaks with an unknown man on the phone, they are plotting to use the Legacy to fulfill their own agenda. Ocelot actually wanted the trajectory data of the nuke to point to the DCI, in order to black mail the DCI into giving Ocelot the documents containing the true identities of the Philosophers. Ocelot agrees to join his new employer’s project under the condition that Snake/Big Boss participates as well.”

Overall, I’d rate this game five out of five stars. This game has and excellent plot and is excellently made. I hope you enjoyed this review!

 

I DID NOT WRITE THE PLOT OR SETTING. EVERYTHING THAT IS IN QUOTES WAS WRITTEN BY WIKIPEDIA.