Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

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Digital FoundryMetal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PSP Performance Video

Frame-rate analysis of the original PSP version of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

Digital FoundryMetal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - PSP vs. PS3 Video

The biggest resolution jump of all the Metal Gear Remasters - PSP 480x272 to 720p.

VideoMetal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD vid

Snake leaps from PSP to your TV screen.

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FeatureMetal Gear Solid: Peace Walker - Portable perfection

“Peace won't just come to us. We are going to have to meet it halfway.”

For most of Peace Walker's development, and even in early US promotional material, this 2010 PSP title had a grander designation - Metal Gear Solid 5: Peace Walker. The absence of a number on the final product can be put down to a hundred things: simple rejection of a 'main' entry being a portable title; the PSP itself entering its final years; perhaps a concern that series fans would revolt at the radical departure from Metal Gear Solid 4. Whatever it was, that number's existence says one thing about Kojima Productions' mindset with Peace Walker. This is no spin-off.

FeatureMetal Gear Solid: Peace Walker retrospective

The Big Boss: small and perfectly formed.

The reason I don't own a Playstation Vita is because some things can never be forgiven. In greener days I had a crap job, and saved up for months to buy a premium PSP pack at launch - loads of accessories, a few games, a fat 300. Man was I hyped. Fool me once, Sony, and it's shame on you.

MGS: Peace Walker sneaks off of Games on Demand

Microsoft working on a fix. "Please wait for a while."

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD has mysteriously been removed from Microsoft's Games on Demand channel on Xbox Live after having just been added to the service on 28th August.

Tech Analysis: Metal Gear Solid Remastered

Digital FoundryTech Analysis: Metal Gear Solid Remastered

Digital Foundry takes on the HD Collection and Snake Eater on Nintendo 3DS.

Revered by many as some of the greatest games ever made, Konami's PS2 and PSP era Metal Gear Solid titles have returned, remastered - or rather, ported - to run on newer, more technologically advanced consoles. Sons of Liberty, Snake Eater and Peace Walker are available in pristine high definition versions for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while the Nintendo 3DS version gets its own stereoscopic version of Metal Gear Solid 3.

In this article we'll be looking at all three products, cross-referencing them with the original versions as they appeared on PlayStation 2 and PSP, discussing their technical make-up and the quality of the ports onto the current-gen platforms. Have these classics been well-handled in their transitions across to new hardware? And from a Digital Foundry Face-Off perspective, which HD Collection is the one to buy?

Let's kick off with the compilation high-def remix for the Xbox 360 and PS3 - an intriguing release that sees accomplished HD remastering house Bluepoint Games (God of War Collection/ICO and Shadow of the Colossus) take on the task of porting across MGS2 and its sequel, while Japanese developer Genki tackles the unenviable task of bringing PSP Peace Walker to the HD consoles.

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Kojima fans with an aversion to boxes are in luck as Konami has confirmed that the HD collections of Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders will also receive a digital release.

PSP Remasters coming to PS3 in HD

PSP Remasters coming to PS3 in HD

Monster Hunter first. Metal Gear Solid next?

Sony is remastering select PlayStation Portable games for release in high definition on PlayStation 3.

These Blu-ray disc games come with bonus content and in some cases stereoscopic 3D visuals.

The first game to get the PSP Remaster treatment is action role-playing game Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, due out in Japan in the summer. A trailer is below.

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PES, MGS:PW, Castlevania sales praised

PES, MGS:PW, Castlevania sales praised

Konami pledges support for NGP, 3DS.

Japanese publisher Konami has praised PES 2011, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and Castlevania Lords of Shadow for selling well over the last year.

In its report for the financial year ending 31st March, Konami said it enjoyed "solid" sales of video games with contributions from PES 2011, PlayStation Portable game Peace Walker and action game Castlevania Lords of Shadow.

PES 2011 launched in October 2010 to improved review scores. Eurogamer's PES 2011 review turned up a 7/10.

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Kojima shows Metal Gear Solid 4 on NGP

"We can enjoy same quality as PS3."

Legendary game developer Hideo Kojima marched onto the Sony stage this morning to show a jaw-dropping demonstration of Metal Gear Solid 4 running on the PSP2 - known now as the NGP (Next Generation Portable).

When Hideo Kojima releases a Metal Gear Solid game, Konami's bank balance explodes. That didn't happen with PSP game Peace Walker, but Konami takes solace in the fact it was at least "well received by hardcore Metal Gear fans".

Kojima teases weekend announcement

Kojima teases weekend announcement

Not Zone of the Enders 3 related.

Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima has tweeted to say he'll make an announcement about something or other this weekend.

Before you get your knickers in a twist, know this: it has nothing to do with Zone of the Enders 3.

"Typhoon 4. It looks like it won't have an effect on the weekend. Thank goodness! However, my health is bad. Prior to TGS, we'll have a big announcement on Saturday or Sunday, so I must recover," he said (translated by Andriasang).

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MGS PSP sales

MGS PSP sales "progressed steadily"

Castlevania, PES to do autumn business.

Sales of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker have "progressed steadily" after the game received "favourable reviews", according to Konami.

Hideo Kojima's PSP game helped Konami boost net income for the three months ended 30th June to 1.27 billion yen. That's an increase of 245 per cent on the same period last year.

The company pointed out that "[MGS: Peace Walker] became the first PSP title to receive a perfect score of 40 points in an industry magazine's cross review". That's Famitsu, in case you're wondering. Eurogamer also liked the game.

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ZOE3 "sort of pushed to the back"

Kojima not returning to his robots.

Hideo Kojima has said that Zone of the Enders 3 has been "sort of pushed to the back" due to "various things", meaning we probably won't see it for an age.

Kojima signing Peace Walker in London

On 18th June along with Yoji Shinkawa.

Konami has announced that Hideo Kojima and Yoji Shinkawa will be signing copies of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker at HMV on Oxford Street in London this Friday.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Walking the line.

"We love you, Snake. Don't come back," I wrote at the end of my review of 2008's Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. I felt that the mad, glorious indulgence of that so-called finale had left the series and its quixotic creator spent. Not all of you agreed.

Well, lucky for you, Hideo Kojima and his Konami paymasters have found a loophole. Snake's not back - not that Snake, Solid Snake. Peace Walker, the PSP game that Hideo Kojima wants you to think of as Metal Gear Solid 5, stars his clone-daddy and sometime nemesis Big Boss, a.k.a. Naked Snake, in another Cold War adventure.

Its story, set in 1974, follows in the footsteps of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and PSP forebear Portable Ops, shading in the background detail on Kojima's secret world of walking nukes and superspy soap opera. Those are the two games in the series Peace Walker shares the most with, too; the Central American jungle setting echoes Snake Eater's moody, outdoorsy tone, and there's a squad-recruitment system like Portable Ops' - albeit completely changed, vastly refined and improved, and offering what must be the most absorbing framework for a Metal Gear game to date.

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MGS Peace Walker uncut in the West

"Necessary" scene cut in Japan - Kojima.

According to Andriasang, Hideo Kojima has tweeted that an "abolutely necessary" scene has been cut from the Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker in Japan. The Western versions, however, remain uncut.

MGS Peace Walker gets web game

Multiplayer puzzler Piece Walker.

Konami's putting considerable weight behind PSP Metal Gear Solid game Peace Walker. Case in point: a viral web-game based around matching squares in a grid of a greyed-out, game-related picture.

Kojima: PSP not main MGS platform

Peace Walker is a test, he says.

Hideo Kojima's shift to PSP development raised questions about what platform the Metal Gear Solid series will continue on. Thankfully, the man himself has signed up to Twitter in order to provide an answer.

Peace Walker was originally MGS5

It had a logo and everything.

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the imminent PSP release in the stealth action series, was until quite shortly before it was announced going to be titled Metal Gear Solid 5.

Kojima ashamed of Japanese MGS delay

"There is no greater crime."

Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima has made a heartfelt apology for the delay to the Japanese release of the latest entry in the series, the PSP's Peace Walker.

Possible ZOE sequel top of Kojima's list

Possible ZOE sequel top of Kojima's list

Gets "a lot of love calls" about it, apparently.

Hideo Kojima has said that he gets "a lot of love calls" about Zone of the Enders and really hopes he can make another one as well.

Speaking at gamescom in an interview finally whacked up by the European PlayStation blog, Kojima said that his studio had a long list of possible future projects, "and of course Zone of the Enders is one of the... on top of the list".

"We are really considering it," he added. Although Kojima spoke through a translator, there's a great bit in the video where first he hears the words "Zone of the Enders" in English and breaks into a huge grin.

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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

A big step forward for the PSP?

Metal Gear Solid as a series is the most perfect satire of the videogame that has ever been made, and I'm still not absolutely sure it's intentional. The consistency would suggest that its juxtaposition of super-serious military posturing and absolute unadulterated nonsense is the product of considered genius, but then it could just be the inspired direct-feed of a brilliantly deluded mind. MGS is one of the only series' left in the word that's largely the product of a single creator's vision rather than the filtrate of layers of ideas panels, concept meetings and corporate approval. Whatever you think of them as actual videogames, they're certainly "important".

Kojima still "experimenting" with Rising

Says PSP Peace Walker team is jealous.

Hideo Kojima has said that Metal Gear Solid: Rising is still at an "experimental level", and the team is aiming to go "the next step beyond" with every aspect of the game.

Kojima admits MGS confuses him too

Which is why he keeps detailed timelines.

Kojima Productions boss Hideo Kojima has admitted that even he finds the Metal Gear Solid series a bit puzzling, which is why he keeps detailed timelines for each character.

FeatureKonami's Hideo Kojima

On why he's still making MGS and how he does it.

Whether you love or hate Metal Gear Solid, there's no denying that it's an exciting spectacle - in the game and on the internet, where more than a few people are properly crazy about it (2318 at the last count). But poor old Hideo Kojima just can't get shot of it. After so many last games, he's still at it, working directly on PSP title Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, overseeing development of Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and no doubt thinking hard about other ways to keep the wheels turning.

Kojima and Konami friends at gamescom

Seabass! Greyhound! Men without nicknames!

Konami has announced that PES 2010 producer Shingo "Seabass" Takatsuka, PES 2010 Wii producer Akiyoshi "Greyhound" Chosokabe and Metal Gear Solid's dad Hideo "Hideo Kojima" Kojima will all be at gamescom flogging their wares.

MGS: Peace Walker is "MGS5-class game"

Kojima talks up PSP exclusive's systems.

Konami's Hideo Kojima has described Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker as "an MGS5-class game" and spoken a bit about the various things he has in mind for it.

E3: Kojima to be hands-off for MGS Rising

He'll write and direct the PSP game.

Hideo Kojima is letting "young bloods" at his Kojima Productions studio take charge of new multiformat title Metal Gear Solid: Rising while he concentrates on making Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for PSP, which he considers the next "true" Metal Gear Solid game.

E3: Konami demos new MGS PSP

Peace Walker out in 2010.

Konami has unveiled Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker at the Sony conference, with Hideo Kojima revealing that he's writing the script and producing, before promising to take advantage of all the PSP's features.