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July 12, 2005
Metal Gear Acid - Preview
Release Date Publisher Developer Anticipation Players Price
Sept. 2005KonamiKonami Studios1-2$TBA

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Solid Snake is back.
What a way to kick off the launch of a new system - with a new Metal Gear Solid title. This is quite a different game to previous titles in the series however as the game now utilizes strategic battle cards that focuses on deep tactical strategy with an entirely new Metal Gear storyline. The question has to be asked though; will gamers who have been brought up with Solid Snake in a third person action game enjoy this very different title? Our belief, of course they will.

The year 2016 -- the United States of America. Jumbo jet flight number 326 flying at an altitude of 35,000 feet gets hijacked by those unknown. They have used the muscle relaxant Vecuronium Bromide -- a chemical that could be lethal if inhaled excessively. Among the 517 passengers who are taken hostage in the cabin filled with Vecuronium Bromide is Senator Hach -- a man rumored to become the next United States President.

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Taking on a robot.
In the meantime on Lobito Island of the Moloni Republic in southern Africa... Inside the Lobito Physics and Chemistry Laboratory compound guarded by a mysterious armed force is a man standing. His name is Solid Snake. The hijackers of flight 326 are making only one request -- the handing over of "Pythagoras". The United States work on identifying the hijackers and determining what the mysterious "Pythagoras" is and soon finds out that it is the name of a project on which research is conducted on Lobito Island.

The Moloni government is reluctant to cooperate, saying that it does not want any interference in its domestic affairs. Losing its patience, the US government sends in its special forces operation HRT, but the force gets attacked by the armed force there. All communications are lost. With all of what is going on, contents of the classified research at the Lobito Physics and Chemistry Laboratory are about to be revealed.

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More conversations
With things in a deadlock, the US government decides to make use of its last resort -- the already retired legendary mercenary Solid Snake. There is not much time left till the time limit. Solid Snake's new battle begins at the secret lab on the mysterious and enchanting island.

This turn based strategy systems allows for deep tactics including over 200 abilities available to accomplish the mission. When you start the game you are given six cards. Each of these cards offers a new option, to move, to use grenades, or weapons to shoot enemies. Each card has a cost to it and when you run out of credits itís the end of your turn. This is certainly quite different gameplay to the Playstation 2 titles.

One promising addition to the American version of Metal Gear Acid - and which should make it to the Australian version is the Link Battle mode allowing you to link 2 PSPís together. Link Battles are played as 2-on-2 tag matches, with each player controlling a Snake & Teliko team. The match ends when one team eliminates the other, or collects enough items and reaches the goal.

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Face-to-face with an enemy!
The graphics are certainly one of the games highlights as well. In fact, the graphics in Metal Gear Acid don't look too far removed from Konami's Playstation 2 Metal Gear Solid titles and we can also assure you that the game moves remarkably well. Expect a similarly high standard of audio.

We have to say we're intrigued by Metal Gear Acid. The change in gameplay styles could do two things - it could provide a refreshing and interesting change to the series, or it could alienate fans and turn into a great big mess. We somehow seem to thing that the game is going to provide an interesting change. Expect a release either at, or just after the PSP launches in Australia.