The Metal Gear series is over sixteen years old, with the first Metal Gear game appearing in 1987, however the popularity of the series really began to explode when Metal Gear Solid was released for the PSOne in 1997, to be honest, we would have been pleased for a direct port of this game with a few enhancements, but Konami have gone out and developed an entirely new Metal Gear game.
However, before you jump up and down for joy, and rush to your nearest games store to preorder the title, their are a few revelations that make this a little different to your normal Metal Gear title, for starters, the game is a card game.
A card game? The concept is completely different to anything that has ever been tried before for the franchise, and believe it or not, it appears that Konami have pulled off a fairly decent launch title.
The story is set in the future, where a jumbo passenger jet is hijacked by a mysterious hijacker, who uses a muscle-relaxing gas to quieten all the passengers on the plane. The story links back to an evil henchman who wants the U.S government to give into his demands, and the only person who can save the day is Solid Snake (at least he made it into the game).
So how does the card concept work? When the game begins you have a selection of six cards with each card having its own attributes. Some cards are able to blow things up, whereas some are less aggresive, such as extra turns. The idea is to get to the end of the level, using as little cards as possible, this does make the game seem like more of a strategy title, than an action adventure title.
The graphics are high class and definitely make the title look like a Metal Gear game, but we can't help but think the graphics hint at what could have been, rather than what the game is in reality. A Metal Gear action adventure game is easily possible on the PSP (hell it was possible on the NES) so we hope Konami look into this idea in the future.
Metal Gear Acid looks like it will satisfy the needs of Metal Gear fans, after the initial disappointment of a card game it appears to be a pretty enthralling title, we cannot help but feel that it could have been a little more though.
Metal Gear Acid will be a lauch title for the PSP when it is launched on September 1st, 2005. We will have a review of the title as soon to that date as possible, check back tomorrow for another exclusive PSP preview.