E3 2011: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD Edition Hands-On

We revisit Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker--this time, in high definition and on the Xbox 360.

Just ahead of E3, Konami announced Metal Gear Solid HD Collection: a bundle of high-definition remasters of Metal Gear Solids 2 and 3 and last year's PSP title Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, due for release on both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in November. We sampled the Xbox 360 version of Peace Walker on the E3 2011 show floor, looking for how this HD reworking stacks up against the rather good PSP original.

The E3 demo took us to a mission we recognised from early in the PSP game. The maps and objectives appeared to be the same as those in the original game: track down Amanda, leader of the Sandinista rebel group, by stealthing (or otherwise) through a network of bite-sized, guard-patrolled areas in the Costa Rican jungle. The high-definition visuals are the biggest difference, of course. Though the handheld original version was far from ugly, the remake's 1080p picture is easier on the eyes; textures have greater detail, and character models appear less blocky. Shorter loading times in the transitions between one area and the next are another benefit of Peace Walker coming to more powerful platforms.

Peace Walker's controls benefit from the second analog stick on the Xbox 360 controller (or on the PS3 controller). You use the right stick to control the camera now, rather than the face buttons on the right-hand side of the PSP, which feels much less fiddly. Other controls are less impressive. It seems awkward that the right and left triggers are both given over to opening the item menu window, while aiming is mapped to the left bumper and shooting to the right bumper--shooting with the right trigger would have surely felt more natural.

For those who sunk hours into playing and replaying Peace Walker's missions on the PSP, growing and honing their private army, Peace Walker HD Edition has a treat in store in the shape of "transfarring," the awkwardly named means by which you will be able to continue your game on both the PS3 and PSP. Transfarring, a kind of cross-platform save transfer, will let you take your progress on the PS3 version and then shift it onto the PSP version for portable play.

Though it's not present in the E3 demo, Peace Walker's multiplayer cooperative action will also make the transition from the handheld to the home console version. We'll have more on that when we get our hands on it and on Peace Walker HD Edition generally in due course, ahead of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection's launch in November.

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106 comments
undyingRuin
undyingRuin

I'm gonna rent it defiantly but why no MGS1?

Blazakenki
Blazakenki

I know im gonna get alot of thumbs down for this but..... I was expecting it to be H Freaking D. As in, no more blocky Snake. Something similar,BUT NOT EXACTLY, to MGS 4 quality. Kind of a letdown...

tima2222
tima2222

what about metal gear 1 ? :S

Goatlord6669
Goatlord6669

* watches Dominic's friend's leave him in the dark cold corner to play the hell outta this..... As for my opinion on this release...*Drool

Dominic_18
Dominic_18

excuse me but i am not accepting this sony crap game aka "metal gear" on my xbox , xbox is made for hardcore gamers and all the games on the xbox are better x10 than sony craps

taker254isback
taker254isback

great! wonder how the xbox360 version is gonna be like. usually them sony based engines when translated for the xbox360 come out funny like acecombat and tekken.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@Hirasugi Twin snakes wasn't an HD remake, just a remake. The HD remakes they are doing are generally bringing a game forward a generation. So that would be appropriate to bring Twin Snakes to HD.

eliebaz
eliebaz

@Sackboy_man i am wondering the same thing can anybody please help resolve this issue?

WelBluVid
WelBluVid

I've played all of these except the Peace Walker (No PSP) lol This is definitely a buy & why are they not giving us ThePS3 MG version???

toms123
toms123

Please tell me that the MGS 3 will have a mode called Elimination Mode, you know the mode that was in Metal Gear Solid back on the PS one. The mode could be for use on the MP maps from Metal Gear Solid 3. The servers for MGS3 were taken down after only about a year when the game came out and I had no internet back then so I never even had a chance to play the game online.

steelmouth
steelmouth

so pumped for this as i have never played any mgs tittle before and here is to hopping for mgs4 on the 360

Sackboy_man
Sackboy_man

Will Peace Walker have split-screen multiplayer?...

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@RitsukoEX --The Wii won the console wars. It sold most of the Wii,PS3,and xbox 360.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

@ShadowofSonic HA! funny! and what console have top sales in the U.S.?

beanofengland
beanofengland

I loved the original MGS on ps1 but the GameCube remake was even better, it took gameplay elements from mgs 2 like being able to aim in first person and climb over railings and such, plus the cutscenes were even more jawdroppingly cool, I remember reading that David Hayter (the voice of Solid Snake) actually put up a lot of his own money to get the original voice actors back and make the game happen! Legend. I kinda wish it had been made on a sony platform though as that version will never make it into this HD collection which is a massive shame!!!

STONEMONSTER
STONEMONSTER

Metal Gear on the the playstation 1 was epic....

Vicionator
Vicionator

i would like to see if in the future they could make a remake of the first 2 metal gear games, you know the 2d ones

JorgeChC
JorgeChC

I don't care which console it is on, I already played MGS 2 and Peace Walker, Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2 Solid Snake, Ghost Babel, etc. I just like videogames, no matter what console they are on.

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

Look,they are trying hard to show people that the Xbox 360 doesnt suck. Too bad it does.

don_bidarian
don_bidarian

I will definitely get this. but I want MGS1 full remake.

gggames
gggames

This marks the end of 3rd party console exclusive titles. smh. such a sad day it is.

JorgeChC
JorgeChC

Finally I will be able to play MGS3 and Replay (for the 1000000 time) MGS2, since I had a lot of problems with my PS2 back in those years, now I have a 360. You know, MGS2 was my favorite PS2 game, and the only reason for buying a PS2. Later when MGS3 was announced my PS2 didn't work again.

calebcop
calebcop

I'm going to love this!!!

Dawg9000
Dawg9000

So, who's getting that European Extreme no alerts no kills trophy first? Finally, a trophy enabled MGS game.

littleghostie
littleghostie

Where is metal gear 1 & 2, The twin snakes and portable ops?

CLOCKWORKIAN
CLOCKWORKIAN

@Jonny-Two-Delta Though, I enjoyed your attempt at an insult, I'm afraid to say that your reasoning behind seems to be a bit unfounded based on your comment to me. You said: "Correct me if I'm wrong, but the controls for Peacewalker on the PSP are radically customisable. I'm certain that they will allow us to do the same for the HD version." And yes, you are right about the PSP customization. But I did not say anything to the contrary about the PSP version. I was talking about the 360 controller based on the comments of Jane Douglas, who you praised highly in your own comment to me. I am taking her own comments and giving my reasoning behind it. If I could give you a word of advice, I would say that before you try to criticize someone's comments, make sure you realize exactly what they are saying in their comment and give careful reflection and contemplation to it before trying to give a reply-it will make you seem much more intelligent and gain people's respect-thereby allowing for a more mature conversation that might make both you and the other party become a little wiser...instead of trying to start a name-calling competition because someone posted a comment that you disagreed with.

Franzkill
Franzkill

Please put a trophy patch in for MGS4 Konami :)

X-RS
X-RS

My god. How could anyone need THIS MUCH mgs.

Silly90
Silly90

Raidennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigBoss712
BigBoss712

Glad that its coming to the PS3 since I don't have a psp.

021-Vincent
021-Vincent

@cameio Yeah Man Thanks I'll Get The Colection For My Console For Sure ;) Oh By The Way I Didn't Mentioned One Thing In My Last Comment And That Is I've A PS3 Too But It's Kinda New To Me And I Was A Xbox360 Player For 3 Or 4 Years And It's Kinda Hard To Synchronize My Self With It And That's A Real Problem For Me And I've Played MGS4 And I Must Say That Was REALLY REALLY REALLY Awesome :D I Hope Peace Walker Is Awesome Like MGS4 :D

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@Hirasugi, it's ok if your a little off in the head.

Hirasugi
Hirasugi

@ShadowofSonic My only point is that MGS Twin Snakes was a HD remake of the original MGS for the ps1. Having an HD remake of an HD remake seems a bit much in my book. Not trying to offend, you are totally entitled to your opinion...

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

And yes, RAIDENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ShadowofSonic
ShadowofSonic

@Hirasugi I said HD dude, Twin Snakes doesnt get the love it should. I loved it

Videowsgames
Videowsgames

Looks alright I guess...wonder how the ps3 version looks cause im planning to buy the ps3 version

BigFH
BigFH

So excited for these games. I love stealth games so I can't wait to pick this game up. I wish the collection included the first metal gear solid game as well. But oh well. I am the most excited for snake eater. But they all look pretty fun.

Darnasian
Darnasian

@SemiMaster I suppose there are achievements and trophies because Microsoft added to every game on the xbox 360 since the launch titles achievements and I suppose Sony will put trophies too! Plus it would be awesome to have some badass achievements and trophies!

normsta
normsta

@McTabish They already announced trophies for MGS4, You'll be able once the greatest hits version of MGS4 comes out... sometime before Rising comes out... I guess it's good to do it chronologically too... :)

McTabish
McTabish

Funny how we'll all be able to get platinum trophies on 10 year old MGS2 and 7 year old MGS 3 before we get a trophy patch for MGS4. Come on guys, listen to the fans!!!

PURE_DESS
PURE_DESS

Oh man, I can't wait for this game... MGS2 substance(Great) MGSPW(Remastered in HD as it should've been from the start. But what I love is MGS3 subsistence. I really wanted this version of the game for the new camera controls and now I'll finally get it!