|Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus|
North American packaging.
|Developer(s)|| Konami Computer Entertainment Japan|
|Designer(s)|| Masahiro Yamamoto (director)|
Noriaki Okamura (producer)
Hideo Kojima (producer)
|Release date(s)|| JP September 20, 2007|
NA November 13, 2007
EU March 28, 2008
|Mode(s)||Single-player, online multiplayer|
|Rating(s)|| BBFC: 12|
|System requirements|| NA, JP PSP Firmware 2.81|
EU PSP Firmware 3.03
|Prev game (release)||Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops|
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (officially abbreviated to MPO+) is a stand-alone expansion of Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops released in 2007. The original game's Story Mode is replaced by a new Infinity Mission mode that's set shortly after the events of San Hieronymo Takeover. It includes more multiplayer options such as new characters, maps, weapons, and game modes. The player's squad now have an increased capacity for up to 200 soldiers, allowing for more options such as roaming through Infinity Mission mode or fighting online using captured soldiers.
Portable Ops Plus was released in Japan in two editions: by itself and as part of a deluxe package that also includes the original Portable Ops. While the original Portable Ops is not required to play Portable Ops Plus, save data from the original can be transferred over to the expansion.
The story mode within Portable Ops Plus has been removed, and a new single player mode has been added entitled the Infinity Mission, where the player must go through randomly chosen maps, looking for the advance point within the level, using the surround indicator to help them. This adds some extra difficulty, because the surround indicator can show an enemy, or the advance point. Within this mode, there are also Kerotans, which make a small croak sound, as well as briefly showing up on the surround indicator with every croak. Hidden items can be obtained using this.
The game makes much more of an emphasis on online play, with the modes from the original being used with their + counterparts, such as "Cyber-Survival+" and "Infrastructure+." During online play, rookie players will have a rookie mark, reducing the damage they get, and increasing the damage they give, making online play easier for less skilled players.
Since Portable Ops Plus is more of a multiplayer orientated expansion, its focus is on adding new play mechanics, game modes, and characters, along with new maps. New players are able to join in on the battle using a system which was built for recruits on the battlefield to help them distinguish the enemies and their teammates, along with helping the new player to help out their teammates. Also in multiplayer, the chat room has changed from having pre-set sayings to an on the fly keyboard, giving the player the ability to type while playing.
There are four new unique characters the player is able to recruit. These characters are:
- Old Snake, the aged version of Solid Snake as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 4.
- Raiden, as he appears in Metal Gear Solid 2.
- Roy Campbell, as he appears in Portable Ops. In the original Portable Ops, this was only possible by hacking the game.
- Johnny, Johnny Sasaki's grandfather from Metal Gear Solid 3. Dresses just like a GRU soldier, but is distinguishable due to the "J" on his balaclava.
Depending on the version that's being played, there are also soldiers representing a key location (or in one case, member country) of the location that version of Portable Ops Plus was released in. In the Japanese version, there are 47 soldiers that each represent one of the Prefectures of Japan. In the American version, there are 51 soldiers representing the fifty states in the country, plus the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. In the European version, there are 11 soldiers representing each of the member countries of the European Union. The Prefecture and State soldiers have varying colored camos (red, brown, orange, yellow, green, white, pink/purple, and blue for the Prefecture soldiers, and orange, blue, red, yellow, green, and purple for the state soldiers), and have the name of the prefecture and/or state written on the front of the cam in the appropriate language horizontally and vertically, respectively, and has a picture of the prefecture/state on the back (and in the case of the state soldier, the abbreviation of the state written horizontially). The European Union soldiers, however, are different, as their uniforms compose of the national flags of the member states, as well as a smaller version of the national flag on the left shoulder. The Prefecture soldiers are unlocked in an event relating to the Nippon Telephone and Telegram organization, and the States soldiers are unlockable via a passcode. In addition, the Hidechan soldier as well as a currently unidentifiable soldier resembling a ceremonial officer are unlockables for a Portable Ops Plus related deathmatch event in 2007 in Osaka and Tokyo.
Portable Ops Plus also has eight bonus soldiers representing certain store retailers in Japan. More specifically, they are representing GEO, WonderGoo, TV Panic WanPaku COMG!, Sakuraya, Softmap, Bic Camera, Yodobashi Camera, and UBook. Other soldiers exclusive to Japan are Mahjong Fight Club Society Soldiers, Completion Special Code soldiers, Joshin soldier, and Black Genetically-Modified Soldiers.
New maps were also added in the online mode and not added in the single player mode:
- REX Hangar (Metal Gear Solid)
- Pillbox Purgatory (Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Online)
- Ghost Factory (Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Online)
- Killhouse B ('Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Online)
- Killhouse C (Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Online)
- Western Wilderness (Portable Ops) (North American version?)
- Ravine (Portable Ops) (North American version?)
Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus has received mixed reviews. According to Metacritic, the game received a metascore of 65 based on 19 reviews. GameRankings gave the game an average of 64.67% based on 25 reviews. IGN gave the game a 6.5 saying, "Unfortunately, the improvements don't outweigh the features that have been stripped away from this franchise, making this release seem unnecessary." 1UP gave the game a B saying, "Less of a sequel and more of a stand-alone expansion pack to the previous excellent PSP offering Portable Ops, Plus delivers another compelling dose of Metal Gear Solid stealth-action gameplay in an easily digestible, bite-sized form." Eurogamer gave the game a 6/10 saying, "With the story and some of the more interesting recuitment features from the original game removed and with an RPG experience system that ultimately breaks both the offline and online play, it's hard to recommend this over its forebear, even if it is cheap at half the price." Pocket Gamer was the most critical of Portable Ops Plus, giving it a 4, saying, "Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus attempts to expand the award-winning gameplay of the original but ends up a worthless cash-in instead."
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ^ Naked Snake (voiceover): The battle at San Hieronymo Peninsula is over... but our war has just begun...
- ^ http://dol.dengeki.com/data/news/2007/11/12/017c43fdd2e4edc5207b42223c936440.html
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus for PSP Reviews, Ratings, Credits and More at Metacritic
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus for PSP - GameRankings
- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops + Review - PlayStation Portable Review at IGN
- ^ MGS Portable Ops+ Review for PSP from 1UP.com
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- ^ Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus review - PSP reviews | Pocket Gamer
See also Edit
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops