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Metal Gear Acid 2 Review - in 3D! (PSP)

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The Bottom Line

While I liked Metal Gear Acid, I gave it 4/5 stars , it had issues. Some of the levels were more frustrating than fun, and the camera needed help. In Metal Gear Acid 2, they've fixed any gripes I may have had with the first one, and thrown in so much new goodness that I hereby declare this my favorite PSP game thus far, unseating Lumines. It is fun, bizarre, addictive and it's in 3D. Hideo Kojima, I bow before your very strange greatness, Metal Gear Acid 2 is a work of handheld art.
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Pros

  • 3D! With slick goggles and everything... freaking 3D!
  • It does replicates everything good about Metal Gear Acid, and brings in a whole lot more
  • Improved graphics engine
  • 3D cinema features - watch your favorite MGS cut scenes and some odd films of Japanese women in 3D!
  • Expanded card selection, much improved level design, lots of mini-bosses

Cons

  • If you don't like 3D... well, I guess you don't have to turn the option on

Description

  • Graphics: 5 - Metal Gear Acid 2's new cel-shaded graphics shine and the unlockable movies are lovely
  • Sound: 4 - Excellent music is hampered by occasionally weak sound effects
  • Concept: 5 -Take the most unique game on the PSP and make it 3D? Very, very clever
  • Control: 4 - The control scheme works great, and the camera problems seem to have vanished
  • Difficulty: 3 - If you can figure out Metal gear Acid 2's bizarre acronyms, you'll be just fine
  • Multiplayer: 3 - While the multiplayer is fun, it seems odd that you can always see your opponent
  • Portability: 4.5 - It plays great on the road, the only drawback is MGA2 is a big time thief
  • All scores are out of 5. The overall rating is not an average of the above scores
  • Rated: Mature - for blood, sex, violence and bizarre Japanese girls posing for your pleasure
  • Note: If you own the original MGA you can pull over a card into the new game, pick the Cyber Ninja

Guide Review - Metal Gear Acid 2 Review - in 3D! (PSP)

Metal Gear Acid presented PSP gamers with a truly original game. It took a treasured franchise and turned it into a digital a customizable card game, and it did it with flair. Metal Gear Acid 2 captures the same sense of novelty, by placing the game in 3D, but this time, we have been blessed with more than originality, we have been treated to greatness.

MGA2 is in 3D, but it doesn't have to be. All the zany CCG action can be played in widescreen 2D, albeit with much improved cel-shaded graphics, or you can snap on the included 3D viewer and play it in eye popping, make you giggle with delight, 3D. More than a gimmick, the 3D is also used to display short movies that you unlock when you gain certain cards. Some of the films are 3D renditions of Metal Gear Solid cut scenes (which look stunning BTW), and some are, well different. Many of the cards unlock 3D films of Japanese models cleaning guns, leaning against walls, or umm, just sitting on a couch. I can't decide if it's funny or creepy, but it is the first game I've seen to feature Japanese voyeurism.

The action and controls remain untouched, but the enemy are far more diverse with not one, but two Metal Gear to encounter. Lots of mini-bosses and other twists make it a very memorable ride. The ability to hook the game up to MGS: Subsistence and play MGA2 online show Konami's dedication to the PSP platform. Metal Gear Acid 2 is a fully featured handheld game like none before. Simply put, it's superb.

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