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Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel - Sony PSP
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- Crisp transfer of the great artwork from the comic series, with added music and sound effects
- Features the new MGS Database - While watching the comic, hit a scan button to open a scanning interface. You can then move a target around the art, find a scannable item and look it up in the database.
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There are multiple areas to this "game" - and since this is a pretty new style of gaming, it can get confusing. Here's how it works.
First, you have the graphic novel. It's sort of like a cut scene from XIII or the upcoming Metal Gear Portable Ops, with a hand drawn look and subtle motion. It's pretty cool. You sit back and watch the story unfold. It's in essence the Metal Gear Solid I storyline, like the comic book they released of this. You can sit back, not push any buttons, and enjoy the story.
However, press circle. A little graph appears beneath the story. Spikes in the graph indicate the presence of hidden secrets. You can of course search every single scene if you want to - but if you'd rather get some hints, use the graph to figure out where to focus your searches.
Using square, you freeze the action and can now track down the secret items. What these represent are "memory triggers" for Snake. Think of it in this way. If you've forgotten something, you might stand in the kitchen and look arond. You spot the keys on the table and realize that's what you forgot. It's the exact same thing - you are locating memory triggers in the various scenes for Snake to work with.
When you collect a number of these, it's on to the part that most people find complicated - arranging those memories into a logical sequence. You work in groups - so you have one group for support team memories, one group for activity memories and so on. The memories all go into their groups by themselves, so all you do is make the connections.Read more ›
This isn't so much a game (as stated before) as an actual comic book. However, the comic book is only a "book" in its form of actual prints that have been brilliantly encoded onto the UMD format with added animation to smooth transistions from one still/frame to another. There is even a soundtrack, with haunting music and sound effects, but sadly no recorded dialogue, just text. The recorded dialogue is indeed missed (especially david hayter's unmistakeable voice of Snake Pliskin), as it worked incredibly well for MGS: PORTABLE OPS for the psp ( another game i'd highly recommend ).
Ashley Wood's beautiful, yet haunting sketches add a stylized look to an already brilliant story, one which may take you anywhere from a half-hour to forty-five minutes to watch straight through. The real extra feature that adds to the replay value is the memory mini-game, in which each still from the comic can be zoomed in on and intelligence can be gathered for a seperate menu where you can link them together.
The story of Metal Gear Solid is what will really propel you to pick up this UMD, if you've not played the original PS1 title, (or its gamecube remake under :The Twin Snakes tag) then this may actually be a great place to start if you do not wish to undertake the 10 hours of gameplay that metal gear will demand from you. However, nothing can really beat the feeling of the original game itself, so i would recommend picking up the original game if you're a completist.Read more ›
What adds a small bit of extra life to the digital comic is that most comic frames can be paused and searched for hidden items in the images. Finding these images unlocks them for digital linking in the memory database portion of the game. This part hardly makes the story more clear, infact it actually serves to frustrate and break apart the story as your stuck searching for hard hidden items, in order to make sense of the pieces you do have.
Overall I gave the movie a 7 as it's entertaining as a fan item. But truly missing a soul of it's own to make it the metal gear project it could have been.
That being said, the additional mode, the memory builder, is irritating. The controls are a pain, and the camera never holds still long enough to be helpful. This is definitely nice for the hardcore MGS fan, but otherwise, probably not worth the headaches.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this game for my son for his birthday. He says to give it 5 stars. I hear it referrenced a lot at home so I know he plays it.Published on May 18, 2010 by P. Kennedy
As a die hard MGS fan I was interested in this novel.
Its not available in NZ, and though i cannot buy PSP games from Amazon I was allowed to purchase this?? Read more
my item arrived in brand new condition and i was very happy with my purchasePublished on July 27, 2007 by Billy Guzman
The game is a "digital graphic novel." I knew what it was and what it was about when I bought it. It's the retelling of a great story with beautiful art, illustrated by Ashley... Read morePublished on May 19, 2007 by Brettan D
overall a pretty good game and an interesting idea, but can be a bit confusingPublished on May 17, 2007 by C. Imdieke
this is a new way to read books i like the consept very well done and original in many waysPublished on May 12, 2007 by Luis Figueroa
This is the only thing better than actually going back and playing MGS1 all over again. That was the best game of its time! Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by Glen Boettcher