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