Thursday, June 23, 2011

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD Demo Footage Is All Looks, No Brains

By Paul Hunter

During Konami's pre-E3 show the company announced an HD home console version of Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker will be hitting shelves this November, and this week they're ready to show the game in action. Even at this early stage the game is looking incredible, much improved over the PSP version which already looked great on Sony's portable device. You have to wonder though, why did Konami let such an incompetent player demo this game for us for the very first time?

You'll notice the blunders right away, with the player advancing Snake to a small shack with little cover only to be spotted by a patrol guard within seconds. Poor old Snake gets shot a couple of times as the player fumbles to neutralize him with a tranquilizer gun. It's the last 30 seconds that are just bizarre to watch, with the player disregarding stealth altogether as he alerts every soldier in sight and then tries to hide in three inch tall grass. Of course he's shot and killed within seconds, the death music chimes in and then it looks to me like an A.I. soldier teabags him. Please tell me I'm wrong.

Obviously the actions of the player in the demo has no bearing on the overall quality of the game, which without a doubt looks stunning in HD. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker is included in Konami's upcoming Metal Gear Solid HD Collection which will also contain HD versions of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The collection will be available for both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

For Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD you already see the rich, new textures that have been applied and the polygons have been rendered in crisp HD. The user-interface has also been redone with a cleaner look and sharper fonts.

Surprisingly enough after searching the Konami YouTube channel I stumbled upon a second demo for Peace Walker HD, led by Kojima Productions Assistant Producer Sean Eyestone, and it's really what the above demo should have been. In Eyestone's walk-through he plays Metal Gear Solid the way it was meant to be played, with stealth, strategy and quick reflexes. Check it out:

To get a sense of just how improved Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker HD is over the original PSP version, check out these comparison screen shots provided by Konami:

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (PS3, Xbox 360)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (PS3, Xbox 360)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker HD (PS3, Xbox 360)

Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (PSP)

[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Meh, the graphics are all right. I'm just excited to get my hands on another MGS title, seeing as how I don't have a PSP and everything.

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