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Incredible MGS for PSP with unnecessary flaws!,
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This latest MGS for PSP is a fantastic title with the a story on par with the rest of the series. The production values are massive and no MGS fan nor any PSP owner should miss it. That being said, I am disappointed concerning some flaws the game and its system itself. First of all, the game is very hard. Period. Then, to achieve proper team strength and actually progress in the game you have to replay the past missions over and over. While this can be accepted as a strategic device, what really annoyed me is the structure of many additional missions later in the game, which are almost imposible to beat without several human co-players. I never have played online and I never will. While this is my problem, I fail to see why the solo part of a game requires co-op support from a certain point on to actually be completed. I don't get why Kojima structured the game this way. Any MGS title should stand on its own without this kind of major flaw. Furthermore, most of the bonus missions (extra ops) rehash the same battles. For example, during the main game, the player encounters about 2 armored vehicle/Tank battles and 2 helicopter battles. In extra ops, this is repeated for another 40 times with ever stronger opposition in the same locations! What is that about? Sadly, these missions need to be completed to actually unlock more missions. So, many times you find yourself totally stuck trying to beat one particular mission for hours and hours to unlock more missions exactly like it. But without this tactic, many items and weapons as well as character developments cannot be accessed within the game. While I have played the main storyline and most extra missions, I will probably never fully complete this game, which I find quite sad. To make a long story short: Kojima has created a great MGS for the PSP that easily beats MGS-Portable OPS (another great game!), but tends to frustrate the player with its convoluted structure as well as its insane difficulty and constant rehashing. In his next effort, I would like to see a more linear and thus cinematic approach, as most of the MGS series is. Nonetheless, this game is top notch!