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Kojima Reacts To High Scores For Peace Walker

Nobody was all that surprised to see the glowing critical reception with which Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker was received in Japan, but even the man himself was a little worried about its Western reception.

Well, as you can tell by scanning the currently accumulated Metacritic scores for the handheld gem, Kojima and Co. needn't have worried. In fact, the MGS creator has admitted to being "relieved" at the high scores; so far, Peace Walker has managed to snag a 9.5 from IGN, a 91 from 1Up and GameTrailers, and a 90 from Meristation. We'll be reviewing it as well but for now, it seems obvious that if you own a PSP and aren't considering a purchase of the title in question...you need to have your gamer pulse checked. Perhaps it died off with the recent drought of really top-notch portable experiences but a game like Peace Walker can definitely rejuvenate your desire to have fun on the go. And remember, Konami didn't sacrifice anything in their creation of this new MGS installment; they've often called it "Metal Gear Solid 5" and more of a "true sequel" than the upcoming Metal Gear Solid: Rising.

But it's always interesting to see how Japanese developers are worried about the reception their games will receive over here. Hey, we say, if the game is good, what are you worried about?

Related Game(s): Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

6/9/2010 9:20:36 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (49 posts)

shadowpal2
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:43:47 PM
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Oh I bet it shocked him alright...

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:51:42 PM

haha my tone for texts is the guard alert from MGS when they spot you and as I was reading this it went off.

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kevinater321
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:54:23 PM

Am i the only one when reading this i thought of the noise it made?

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kevinater321
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:54:58 PM

Dammit GuernicaReborn! beat me to it!

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:03:27 PM

haha it was almost perfect, it went off right before I got to the "!"

My brother has a better tone for texts, his is the Codec beeps. Mine usually just scares the sh** out of me.

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OtisFeelgood
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:04:30 PM

Hmmm, I need to find that sound effect to use for my text messages. ;o

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Banky A
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:10:25 AM

Hey I have the same alert sound for my phone. A few cats I know gave have it and one of them sent it to me.

And WOW! I was just learning about Guernica and Pablo Picasso today haha.

(Y)

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FullmetalX10
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 4:20:37 AM

XD nice one Shadowpal, automatically hear that sound when I read it.

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main_event05
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 9:50:50 PM
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Kevin Butler: Yea, I'm gonna go ahead and file this under "Non-issue".

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mackid1993
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:00:21 PM
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I should have my copy Friday. I can't wait!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:15:23 PM
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Alright who scared Japanese game developers into believing the West won't accept their games very well? WHO WAS IT? I wanna talk to him.

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:16:03 PM

Bring your katana to that conversation.

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Qubex
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:18:40 PM
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I am very happy Peace Walking is doing well. In some ways it is vindication for Kojima, after the criticism that was hurled across the waters about MGS going multi-platform for its 5th outing. He deserves all the success and admiration for what he has done and continues to do for the PlayStation brand...

Lest us not forget the push these quality titles still give the aging PSP hardware, in addition to keeping the PSPGo rendition on life support.

I can only imagine a new generation of handheld from Sony. I am sure it will be powerful enough to have some pretty spectacular MGS versions on it too, probably at double the resolution.

I think there are good times ahead, as long as Sony does not lose the plot :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy

*Back in Singapore

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TheRaPtuRe
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 10:59:14 PM
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now just make it available on the psn for ps3 users and we can all be happy!

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:09:55 PM
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Now all Konami needs to do is allow him to make another MGS game on the ps3.

Hopefully this doesn't make Konami force Kojima into another psp game.

By the way, he shouldn't worry, it's not like all US v-game websites are horrible. There are certain sites that rate the game well if it's good (psxe, gameinformer, gamepro)

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telly
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:20:38 PM

I'll get Peace Walker shortly, but MAN am I bitter they didn't make it for PS3. Amazing though the game apparently is, it would have been off the charts, a true heir apparent to the classic MGS3 with the PS3's awe-inspiring graphics and sound capabilities, if they had made it for the home console instead of the portable. Ah well. Live goes on! But I hope Kojima-san's NEXT project, MGS or otherwise, is for PS3.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:52:10 PM

Since before E3 2009 i had hoped those teasers Kojima was teasing us with would be Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2 remake.

He should remake those two titles with the MGS4 engine. :)

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hellish_devil
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:16:52 PM
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I was planning on buying MGS4, but then I thought if wouldn't it be better to play the first one first? I can download it from the PSstore quickly. Recomendations anyone???

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:19:52 PM

The only MGS I ever played was MGS4. I don't think you'll die if you don't play the first three but you certainly won't understand the entire story. For me it didn't matter because I was too busy wiping drool up off the floor. MGS4 is absurdly fantastic.

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telly
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:24:10 PM

Part 1 is a lot of fun, though if you're not used to PS1-caliber graphics you may not care for the way it looks (and plays.) the real classic in the series is generally considered to be mgs 3, which is actually the precursor to the newly released Peace Walker for PSP.

So to actually answer your question, you'll have a great time with MGS4 whether you play the other chapters or not, though to be sure the story is INSANELY convoluted (I think in a good, very fun way) so you won't understand plenty of the ridiculous references made in the game.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:25:29 PM

I'd say it's better if you get the first 3 first. I would have recommended getting MGS4 if it just recently came out. But at the moment you've got time to buy MGS1, 2, and 3.

It would actually be interesting if you got MGS3, then 1, then 2, then 4. Why? Because MGS3 takes place before all the other MGS games, followed by 1, 2, and 4.

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main_event05
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:27:27 PM

not sure if its in the store but i'm 100% sure you can still buy the 3 pack (1-3).

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:56:57 PM

I don't know. I played MGS and MGS2 when they came out in the PS1 and PS2 days then years later when it came out i played MGS4 and was completely lost.

I went out and bought that box set of MGS1, 2 and 3 and played those again before playing MGS4 a second time. I needed to play the other games again to jog my memory. I couldn't follow the the story arch without replaying those older games again and playing MGS3 for the first time. While the MGS story arch is great, its one of the hardest to follow in my opinion. You won't know who a lot of the characters he knows are and why he knows them. They do an okay job of reminding the player with flash backs but i still needed a refresher.

@Scarecrow, then he would need to play Peace Walker after 3 and before 1 because it takes place between MGS3 and 1. :)

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main_event05
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:25:41 AM

The best thing i could say jawknee, is to secure the 2 Snes versions. If you can find MGS3: Subsistence its on there or get an emulator. I have Subsistence but i've yet to play the classics.

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Fane1024
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 4:38:54 PM

If you read this so long after your original post...

The one thing I would suggest is to try to get the "special" version of each game, especially MGS3 Subsistence (which allows a more MGS4-style of controls).

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Alienange
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:17:34 PM
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Since it's been a year that we first heard about Rising, don't you think we should be seeing some footage by now? Is this game that the xbots are so thrilled about going to actually come out? I will ponder these mysteries while playing Peace Walker.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:50:53 PM
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I'm 10 minutes into it and i love it already. The controls work pretty well without a second analog stick and the graphics are fantastic for a PSP title. Probably one of the best looking title on the PSP if not the best. It feels like a solid MGS so far. Much better then Portable Ops.

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RebelJD
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 @ 11:58:26 PM
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Lets just say that I went all out when purchasing Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker and am very happy that I did. This baby is not only a gem but a Collector's item indeed.

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kraygen
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 12:02:36 AM
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I have a psp, but I don't usually spend hours on it every day, so a serious MGS game on my portable doesn't sit right. It means the story will be all kinds of split up over weeks of play time.

I just have a hard time sitting at home playing my psp when my ps3 is right there in front of me. I'm sure I'll get it at some time, but most likely right before a trip so I'll be sure to have time to devote to it.

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 2:07:45 AM
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I'm getting this early next month, alongside Demon's Souls if I can find a copy. As for Kojima not thinking it would do well, is he insane? Honestly, I think he's been spending too much time cooped up in the Square-Enix offices lately. Still must find a way to get MGS1. (PSStore is out as no real internet, any suggestions?)
Peace.

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___________
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:24:08 AM
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meh, im really not interested in this.
MGS has become like splinter cell and every other in the genre too much of a action game.
i miss the good old days where every mission had you lurking in the shadows, avoiding laser beams, destroying cameras and playing cat and mouse with your enemies.
todays so called "stealth" games have lost there tension and atmosphere.
conviction was a great game no doubt but it lacked the x factor, the suspense, the finesse other titles were soaked in.

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:31:58 AM

MGS has not shifted the focus to action. I swear sometimes I wonder if you have even played some of these games you comment about. There was plently of chances to lurk in MGS4 just like in the old titles. It was no differet. You could choose to sneak or not to sneak. Don't find it challenging enough? Try playing on BigBoss Extreme and beat the game without being spotted once. It's tough but entirely possible. So far Peace Walker is the same. MGS has and always will eat Splinter Cell for lunch.

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ColTater
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 11:21:44 AM

Yeah, it baffles my mind how one can complain so much about how much it costs for games where he lives, yet he seems to comment on every game that is released. How one has all that free time to play that many games, and still hold a job perplexes me. Although, I am assuming he has a job. Maybe he's a spoiled rich kid. Oh, wait that can't be the case because then he'd be able to get his 3D laptop and 3D TV instead of having to choose. Not to mention that he needs a laptop because of school.

I swear he youtubes videos of games and listens to others gripes and opinions on on other venues, then spews his own view for attention. No wonder he is such a negative Nancy and Debbie Downer. No thought process of his own.

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___________
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 8:30:37 AM

if you had played the original ps1 MGS you would not say it has not changed.
its changed allot!

the first had you dodging laser beams wheres that in MGS4?
the first had you taking out security cameras wheres that in MGS4?

if you were spotted thats it game over start again.
now its oh you were spotted go back and hide for a second than rinse and repeat.
it takes the tension out of the game, yes you can play stealthily but giving the player the choice has taken away the focus of the game.
just like it did in conviction theve made it that you really have to go scrummaging otherwise you wont find.

thats the best part about alpha protocol they give you the choice without taking away the focus.
every level it shows you your choices not like the other 2.
in both i was constantly taking out enemies by using my silencer, but than after thats done i wonder around the room and find a much easier way to clear the room.
thats the problem, yes you can go through stealth but you really have to look for it, dig to the bottomb of the barrel.
where before all you had to do was skim the top.

if it was not for the characters, or the name, you would not know MGS4 is a game of the same genre let alone the same series as the original.

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Fane1024
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 4:45:32 PM

@Jawknee

I was with you until you said MGS dominates SC.

The first three SC games _played_ better than MGS. The overall experience wasn't as good, especially the story, but the controls were MUCH tighter.

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Jalex
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:42:34 AM
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I'm only about four hours into it, but all the praise definitely seems well-deserved.
Obviously I'm a big 'Metal Gear' fan, but I only played thru 'Portable Ops' twice, and I was admittedly worried about another PSP installment.

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:34:46 AM

I didn't even finish Portable Ops. I hated the controls and all the searching for recruites.

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Red 5
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 9:38:06 AM
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Hi:

I don''t understand why ALL the developers can use the same control (two analogs) on the PSP (one analog). It's absurd. A LOT of games use that and is useless. I don't know about the PSP2 but, i REALLY hope it has the same use as a DS2 or DS3 and later, after an Update, be able to play a game like this. MGS3 is just the BEST MGS and, to see what happens with Big Boss, is important to play those games but PLEASE, with a good controller. Red 5.

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:33:10 AM

Have you played Peace Walker yet? The controls work well surprisingly.

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Rings0fUranus
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 6:11:29 PM

You lovin' it, Jawk? A very good Metal Gear game, if I may say so myself.

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Jawknee
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:48:58 PM

Excellent.

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556pineapple
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 10:03:20 AM
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I want this game, but two problems. No PSP, and no money. Someday...someday...

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Rings0fUranus
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:28:02 PM
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Well guys, the reason I haven't been on here in the past couple days is because I got my Spirited Green PSP (awesome color) with Peace Walker, and I've been utterly addicted. This is the best game I have played in quite a while, and I don't see myself breaking free of it's grip any time soon. To all those thinking about skipping out on this just because it's on PSP, I implore you to reconsider and at least give this game a try. If you're a MGS fan, you won't be disappointed. Big Boss is so badass. :)

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CharlesD
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 3:57:07 PM
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Definitely going to look into picking this one up but I have 12 games that I plan on purchasing at one point or another, some of them dependent on reviews and others to be bought when I'm finished w. the games I have yet to complete.

Who else here likes to play more than one game at a time? sometimes up to 6?

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ColTater
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 4:38:11 PM

I got the 4 at a time plan from GF, plus my collection of top notch only. I like variety and can comprehend mutliple story lines of a few games within any given month. Currently playin;

RDR has most of my attention right now
GOWIII on chaoas
Heavy Rain
U2
Dante's Inferno

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Rings0fUranus
Thursday, June 10, 2010 @ 6:10:35 PM

Charles, I have the same problem. Often at the expense of finishing half the games I buy, as new ones come out and the old get lost in the shuffle. Stalwarts for me include BlazBlue and Killzone 2, and Uncharted 2 onlines. Of course, Peace Walker has given my console gaming a serious hit as of late. ;)
However, I always go back and finish my one-player games at some point.

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CharlesD
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 12:29:06 AM
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All good games to be playing at the same time, Just finished RDR I must say I started to get skeptical of the story 3/4 of the way through but it pulled through in the end. GOWIII I'm literally at the last fight I just have to transfer the data from my old harDrive to my new PS3.

Still interested in purchasing Peace Walker, how is it so far? It is a constant goal and battle to complete every game in my collection and keep up with the games coming out.

Current Games:
FFXIII
GOWIII
GTAIV
Heavy Rain (again, 5th play-through)
And, when I'm done with those I still have to pick up Assassins Creed II and Battlefield Bad Company 2. And after that.. well I've made this list long enough already lol

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Mista
Friday, June 11, 2010 @ 10:39:45 PM
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I have the same problem, buying more games than I can keep up with. Sold Dantes to a buddy, day 1 copy with the plastic still lol. Doing a final run through of GoW 3 to get platinum, still need to finish the last few trophies on GoW coll, and just restarted AC 2... again. Will be restarting GTA IV, Bio Shock 2, and grabbin the last 3 trophies for R&C and pick up where I left off in Dragons Age Orgins.

Most likely not in any order what so ever but feel like I need to start Bio Shock 2 and finish AC 2 before the others, think I burnt myself out on GoW for awhile and now thinking about it I need to finish another play through of Heavy Rain, lol. Still need to buy FF XIII, RDR, SSF4, GTA LCS. And forgot to mention I blew the dust off the Elite, beat Alan Wake in 3 days and haven't even opened ME 2 yet. After I finish that back to being a dust magnet till Gears 3.

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firesoul453
Saturday, June 12, 2010 @ 12:19:54 AM
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I had high expectations for Peace Walker and it delivered! Great game and well worth the money to order it. Seems like exclusive games are always worth the money.

Hideo doesn't have nearly as much influence with MGS:R and its not exclusive. I doesn't look like it will be that great. (Now I'm not expecting it to be terrible just not nearly as good as the usual)

Anyway if you have a psp buy piece walker. If not then go buy the bundle. (the green psp looks awesome!)

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