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Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Reviewed by on Aug 21, 2012
Screenshot of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

The story told in Portable Ops  (not to be confused with Portable Ops Plus) is a key part of the Metal Gear saga. It starts directly after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3 with Naked Snake’s first adventure as the rogue soldier, “Big Boss.” It’s a great story, but the game itself is terrible. Each mission is played the exact same way,  using  a four-man army to kidnap enemy soldiers and send them back to base for recruitment until you reach your mission goal. Each level can take hours to complete, especially if you’re spotted, because it takes roughly 4-6 minutes to get the enemy soldiers off your tail. The controls are decent for a PSP game, but that’s not saying a lot. Other than the several memorable boss battles that the franchise is famous for, there isn’t much to enjoy. You could force your way through 20+ hours to destroy the final weapon (in a cutscene), or you could keep your respect for the franchise and watch the important parts on YouTube.

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Responses to Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
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    Joe on Aug 21, 2012
    It must have been pretty bad for you to not like it. You love a good story, as do I, but are the MGS games one of your top franchises?
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    Ned on Aug 21, 2012
    Yep. Now that they finally added trophy support to Metal Gear Solid 4, I decided to play all 8 of them. I started with the original Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, then I went camping and pulled out my trusty PSP to get through PO. It was so boring. It was too hard and time consuming and the progression was so slow. Now I can't get myself to finish the next 5 games of the 8 official story games. Until now I had only beaten the Numbered MGS games 1-4.
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    Ned on Aug 22, 2012
    I just checked my stats, and my actual play time was just over 28 hours.
  4. avatar
    Joe on Aug 22, 2012
    That sucks. 28 hours in a crappy game and it killed your desire to play more.
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