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First Shot: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

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I told myself I wouldn't come back. Sure, Metal Gear Solid 4 was a great game and all, but after enduring the hours upon hours of endless cut scenes with some stellar gameplay mixed in between, I just wasn't sure I was ready for another Metal Gear game. However, after hearing that series creator Hideo Kojima was returning to his franchise - on the PSP no less! - I knew I'd have to give it another go.

Set in 1974, the game takes place shortly after the events of Metal Gear Solid 3 and casts the player as Naked Snake (Big Boss) who must, along with his band of mercenaries the Militaires Sans Frontieres, infiltrate a mysterious military force in Costa Rica. I'm only a few hours into the game so far, but Peace Walker does a good job of establishing itself as a solid PSP title and remains faithful to the Metal Gear franchise. The game stays true to the core of the Metal Gear series while incorporating new elements, such as development for weapon upgrades, cooperative mission structures, different camouflage load outs, and extra challenges. The game has its usual long-winded cutscenes, though these are no presented in motion comic format, which at least presents an interesting visual this time around. 

Be sure to check back in with Crispy Gamer soon for a full review of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.