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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Platform(s): PSP
Genre: Action
Publisher: Konami
Release Date: June 8, 2010 (US), June 18, 2010 (EU)

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'Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker' (PSP) Gets Release Date, Limited Edition Bundle

by Rainier on March 16, 2010 @ 10:06 a.m. PDT

This latest PSP installment picks up where Metal Gear Solid 3 for the PS2 leaves off as players take control of the famed Naked Snake. Taking place in 1974, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker features original game design, story and scenario by Hideo Kojima.

Taking full advantage of the PSP, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker takes the series in an exciting new direction with incredible visuals, as it sheds new light on well-known adversaries and allies, along with a wealth of new characters. The famed ‘stealth’ gameplay that has established the Metal Gear Solid series as a modern classic has also been updated, with Kojima and his Kojima Productions team implementing all-new multi-player co-op elements that add depth to the various missions.

The game is set in Central America in 1974, as players take control of the famed Naked Snake (Big Boss): the legendary hero who had once saved the world from the brink of nuclear war. Snake has now turned his back on his mother country and established 'An Army without a Government' in South America, and is approached by visitors from 'A Nation without a Military' to investigate suspicious activity in the peaceful paradise of Costa Rica. Amidst the turmoil of the cold war, Costa Rica alone had managed to be a beacon of peace in a region torn by conflict, but all of that may change.

To coincide with the launch of the stand-alone game, this exclusive package will be offered at major retail locations in the United States and Canada for $199.99 (MSRP).

Available on June 8, 2010, the limited-edition package will debut a "Spirited Green" PSP-3000 system, marking the first time the color will be available in North America. In addition, special in-game content such as an exclusive Camouflage Uniform with FOX logos and Stealth Gun feature, both of which will be unlocked early in the game; a PlayStation®Network downloadable movie voucher (U.S. residents only; title to be announced); and a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo will complete this ultimate portable entertainment package.

"Konami's Metal Gear Solid franchise commands a massive fan base and we saw an amazing opportunity to create synergy with the Metal Gear Solid franchise and bring a console-quality gaming experience to the PSP system," said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, SCEA. "Kojima Productions is renowned for its ability to create incredible original storylines and intense gameplay experiences; that is no different with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker."

"Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker takes tactical-espionage to a whole new level and the PSP system is the only handheld entertainment system on the market powerful enough to support its rich graphics and extreme gameplay," said Shinji Hirano, President, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "We've seen theMetal Gear Solid franchise perform exceptionally well on the PSP platform. SCEA has long been an industry leader and a valuable partner and we look forward to many more collaborations with SCEA in the future."

The limited-edition Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PSP Entertainment Pack features a "Spirited Green" PSP-3000 system, along with the following:

  • Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker game on UMD – Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker marks the return of the world-renowned stealth-action series. Hand-crafted by series creator Hideo Kojima, the all-new sequel delivers an original game design, story, and scenario as it picks up where Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for the PS2 leaves off
  • PlayStation Network downloadable movie voucher (U.S. residents only; title to be announced)
  • 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo – Leverages the PSP system's multimedia functionality by storing photos, music, videos, and game saves

In true Metal Gear Solid tradition, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker drops the player into a series of hostile scenarios, as a terrible plan for world domination unfolds. Infiltrating a series of strategic strong-holds, the player takes on a number of increasingly varied missions, and will face some of the most incredible end-of-level adversaries the series has ever produced. Coupled with stunning visuals, incredible enemy AI, and a twisting plot that will delight and surprise as the game is played, it is no wonder Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is already being hailed as one of the most exciting upcoming games.

In addition to solo operations, players can now work together towards a common goal in the multi-player CO-OPS (CO-operative OPerationS) mode. Assist a companion who receives damage by administering medical help, share munitions, or sneak through stages in snake formation by covering each other’s blind spots. Likewise, plans can be formulated to take on adversaries, with players acting as decoys while their friends sneak into advantageous positions.

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