GameSpot has posted a hands-on preview of Konami’s upcoming Metal Gear Solid game for the PSP titled “Portable Ops.” The preview covers the multiplayer functions of the game and boy does it sound good! As stated it our previous post about Portable Ops, this game isn’t just a spin-off of the Metal Gear series. Portable Ops is going to be a full on Solid game with the classic real-time Solid gameplay. For those who like Metal Gear but hated Acid’s card battling system, this game is definitely going to get you excited.
Portable Ops will include multiplayer gameplay via ad-hoc and infrastructure. Metal Gear Solid: Online, which was first introduced in the special addition Metal Gear Solid 3: Substance, is going to be integrated into Portable Ops. You will be able to compete against other players all over the world over the internet.
We got to go a few rounds in a four-player deathmatch mode as the producer of the game provided some detail about some of the differences (often while shooting us in the face–he was playing along with three others). Essentially this is the Metal Gear Solid 3 gameplay you’d expect if you’ve played Metal Gear Online as part of Subsistence. The underlying mechanics are nearly identical to the PS2 version, and we were relieved to find that the camera controls already seemed quite good. The analog stick is used to run in any direction, while the D-pad is used to rotate your view around your character. The left trigger snaps the view behind your back if you need to reorient yourself, and when the character would obstruct the camera angle (such as when his back is to a wall), he becomes transparent so you can see.