Konami Ships MGS Portable Ops

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Konami Digital Entertainment today announced that Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops for the PlayStation Portable has shipped to retail stores throughout North America. An all-new installment in Hideo Kojima’s legendary Metal Gear Solid series, Portable Ops features a full stealth-action single player story mode as well as breakthrough wireless features that let players recruit and play as a unique squadron of battle-hardened mercenaries.

Set in 1970, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops follows the events of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and lets players take on the role of the infamous “Big Boss” as he establishes the elite FOXHOUND unit and attempts to topple a bloody revolt instigated by the treacherous FOX unit. Featuring the return of many notable characters in the Metal Gear saga, the game completes a major portion of the ongoing Metal Gear timeline, as players participate in the events that directly lead into later games in the series, including Big Boss’ greatest tragedy.

Featuring a full-fledged story mode, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops introduces a new team building mechanic that brings additional depth and gameplay variety to the series’ acclaimed stealth-based action. Players can now capture and recruit characters that they encounter in any of the game’s levels and assign them to different units that will perform different functions, such as healing teammates, gathering intelligence and creating new items. Players can also recruit rare and unique characters with special abilities throughout the game. Each character is rated on a series of more than ten attributes, giving players incredible variety in building the ideal squad and creating different teams that are best suited to different types of combat situations.

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