A special camo soldier (特殊兵士 tokubetsu heishi?, "special soldier") in Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (MPO) and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus (MPO+) refers to any playable character who was available as a download through a promotional event, usually by using the in-game AP Scout feature in participating Wi-Fi hotspots or by inputting a password. Similar to the unique character Gako, these are all Soviet soldiers dressed in special camouflage clothing in lieu of their traditional yellow uniforms. Unlike Gako, however, they aren't considered unique characters and are removed from the player's unit if they're killed. With the exception of the Hidechan Radio and Two-Han Princess soldiers, all special camo soldiers were exclusive to the Japanese versions of the games. Special camo soldiers are not counted in the player's soldier list in either the Japanese or American versions of Portable Ops Plus.
List of special camo soldiers
Featured in Portable Ops
- Retailer soldiers
- For the Japanese version of the original Portable Ops, eight retailers (Yodobashi, TV Panic/Wanpaku/COMG!, Sofmap, Sakuraya, Furuhon Ichiba, Wondergoo, Joshin Denki and Bic Camera) each offered their own special camo soldier. Players could download these soldiers by bringing in their PSP consoles to participating locations and using the in-game AP Scout feature to unlock them. These eight camo soldiers were not officially available in the North American version, but were kept in the game's data and could still be used through hacking. The retailer camo soldiers were brought back in Portable Ops Plus with the exception of the Joshin soldier, since Joshin Denki were not involved in this second campaign (unlike the other special soldiers, the Joshin soldier cannot be recruited with a password in Portable Ops Plus).
Featured in Portable Ops Plus
- GEO soldier
- Retailer soldier that replaces the Joshin soldier from the original Portable Ops.
- Famitsu soldier
- Was distributed as a special download at Tokyo Game Show 2007 and later made available through a password published in an issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine. Based on a family of video game magazines. In the former, the soldier was given the name of Dodo, 50000 EXP, 310 Life, 750 Stamina, 60 Sense, and the careers of Scout Rescue Team and Decoy Troops.
- Dengeki PlayStation soldier
- Available through a password was published in the 300th issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine. Based on a PlayStation-centric video game magazine.
- Arms Magazine soldier
- Available through a password was published in the November 2007 issue of Arms Magazine. Based on the gun enthusiast magazine.
- Mahjong Fight Club soldier
- Available by connecting the game to Konami's e-Amusement Spot service during odd months. Based on a Konami arcade game.
- Quiz Magic Academy soldier
- Available by connecting the game to Konami's e-Amusement Spot service during even months. Based on another Konami arcade game.
- NTT East soldier
- Available by connecting the game to NTT's Flet's Spot service in East Japan. Has the letter "S" written on his balaclava.
- NTT West soldier
- Available by connecting the game to NTT's Flet's Spot service in West Japan. Has the hiragana "す" (su) written on his balaclava.
- Two-Han Princess soldier
- Available via a a password published in a promotional poster for Konami's Portable Ops Plus tournament. It is based on the singing duo composed of actresses Kikuko Inoue and Yumi Kikuchi. This is one of two special camo soldiers that was retained for the western versions of Portable Ops Plus. Also called "Tsuhan soldier"
- Hidechan Radio soldier
- Awarded to players who participated at Konami's official Portable Ops Plus tournament that was held at Tokyo and Osaka on December 15, 2007. It is derived from the radio show Hidechan radio, known outside Japan as the Kojima Productions Blogcast. This is the only other of two special camo soldiers that was retained for the western versions of Portable Ops Plus. In the latter case, it is published via password.
- Championship soldier
- Awarded to the winning player of Konami's official Portable Ops Plus tournament that was held at Tokyo and Osaka on December 15, 2007. Wears a white military officer uniform with a gold medal, as well as a Japanese character on the back. The winner of this tournament was a player by the username [CNCM]KID.
Portable Ops Plus passwords
- Sofmap soldier - WSUZYJGGJJTY
- GEO soldier - XHMUDPFBZHZB
- WonderGoo soldier - UPWGTNFVUJXO
- Bic Camera Soldier - XNLMIHVCP
- Yodohashi Camera soldier - PWSJJJWYRQT
- Sakuraya soldier - SUCRZUKNMPAP
- Furuhon Ichiba soldier - XFEUOVZDC
- TV Panic/Wanpaku/COMG! soldier - KMGOMGYYBF
- Famitsu soldier - ZKUJZUYXJUH
- Dengeki PlayStation soldier - YLFSSVBCDLGO
- Unlock Arms soldier - TTOGZWSREYD
- NTT East soldier - OLUKOKSSFG
- NTT West soldier - IUHYUYOSM
- Quiz Magic Academy soldier - NEFGBSJWLIDY
- Mahjong Fight Club soldier - XABEFPHPE
- Two-Han Princess soldier IHBKUHDTQC
- Hidechan Radio soldier - RGBWJVHRO
- Championship soldier - ULOUFHSPJAN
North American version
- Hidechan soldier - RU8XRCLPUUT
- Two-Han Princess soldier - A9KK7WYWVCV
Featured in Portable Ops
Featured in Portable Ops Plus
Notes and references
- ^ Specifically, the password was ZKUJZUYXJUH
- ^ http://www10.atwiki.jp/mpoplus/pages/13.html
- ^ Specifically, the password was YLFSSVBCDLGO
- ^ Specifically, the password was TTOGZWSREYD
- ^ Specifically, the password in at least the US release was A9KK7WYWVCV
- ^ http://www.gamefaqs.com/psp/942155-metal-gear-solid-portable-ops-plus/cheats
- ^ Specifically, the password was RU8XRCLPUUT
- MPO news updates
- MPO Special Camo Soldier info
- MPO+ news updates
- MPO+ Store Camo Soldier info
- MPO+ e-Amusement Camo Soldier info
- MPO+ tournament soldier info on Dengeki's website
- Famitsu 2007 TGS download soldier stats on the Japanese Atwiki