Metal Gear Acid

Action/Adventure Game - PSP - MPN: 26002
Product Details
Description
The legendary Metal Gear series returns with a whole new gameplay system utilizing strategic battle cards that focuses on deep tactical strategy with an entirely new Metal Gear storyline. As the role of top-secret agent, Solid Snake, players will make calculated decisions to plan out their infiltration strategy and accomplish the mission in a turn-based style of game. METAL GEAR ACID delivers the trademark stealth-action experience in a new game for the PSP handheld system.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Expert Reviews
Metal Gear Acid
4 Star Review  GameZone - Mar 29, 2005

Imagine if you will Hideo Kojima’s stealthy-action Metal Gear series in the palm of your hand. Oh the very thought of it filled a long-time fan like myself with joy and you better believe I couldn’t wait until March. Well Sony’s PSP is here and so is Metal Gear Acid, but this is not the Metal Gear we all know. Interested in finding out why this is still a pretty amazing PSP game? Please read on. First of all, the game might look a lot like a Metal Gear Solid game and yes, you’ll find all of the same features that make up the series, but this is not a Metal Gear Solid game.

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Metal Gear Acid Review
4.5 Star Review  mobiletechreview.com - Apr 20, 2005

And now, Kojima defies logic by taking his beloved game series and turning it into a card game. However, it would be more accurate to describe Kojima as something of a mad scientist… Though his ideas may be strange and extraordinary, the product is always a spectacle to behold in its completed stage. For Metal Gear Acid, Kojima took it to the slab. He took Metal Gear, gave it the brain of Final Fantasy Tactics, stuck it with some cards, and gave the whole thing a thousand volts of stealth and strategy, and the end result is one of the most enjoyable games on the PSP to date.

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Metal Gear Acid
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Metal Gear Acid receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.15 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #1,918 game of all time, #19 game of 2005 for the PlayStation Portable and #58 PlayStation Portable game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 73 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Metal Gear Acid
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 7 expert reviews for Metal Gear Acid and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Metal Gear Ac!d
4 Star Review   By member shipwreck1 - Oct 29, 2005   

Strengths: Unique card-based gameplay, beautiful graphics

Weakness: Card-based gameplay may upset some Metal Gear fans

Metal Gear Acid is a card-based strategy game based around the Metal Gear license. This is the first card game that I have ever played, and I'd have to say that I enjoyed it. I liked how all the cards were related to things that I was already familiar with from playing the previous Metal Gear games, so I think that helped me ease into the gameplay. I thought the decks of cards which are randomly generated are pretty fun, but it can get aggravating waiting for a card that you want to come up. Even so, I thouroughly enjoyed this game and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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Random luck
3 Star Review   By member dafunkk12 - Oct 28, 2005   

Strengths: Promising concept. Offbeat humor.

Weakness: Relies too much on random luck getting the cards you need. No voice acting. Multiplayer mode is an exercise in frustration.

This is a fresh take on the Metal Gear series, utilizing a turn-based card-battling system instead of a real-time action engine. The biggest problem with being turn-based is that you still have to take stealth into consideration. If you are discovered, you may not have enough time until your next turn to react before too many "bad things" have happened around you. Its greater problem is the random nature in which you are issued cards. Some missions require specific cards for certain objectives, and you'll find yourself wasting turn after turn hoping to finally draw the magic card that will allow you to proceed. Multiplayer is so much of a hassle, it's not worth it. In order to first unlock it, you need to first spend several hours progressing through the main missions. In addition, it utilizes a sort of "fog of war." If enemies are not within your sight range, you do not know where they are. And with everybody constantly moving around the map, you'll have trouble just finding someone to interact with. Graphic look like a non-pixelated PS1 game. The story is presented primarily through static cutscenes injected with the same odd, offbeat humor and logic present in the other Metal Gear games. Strangely, as cinematic as those games are, there is not even any voice acting in these scenes. It is an understandable technical issue with a handheld game, but it is missed. Metal Gear Ac!d has so many problems that you shouldn't be able to enjoy it, but if you put up with its issues, you may just find that are enjoying it.

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MGA
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Heaps

Weakness: hard to learn how to play

MGA is a hard game to learn how to play properly but once you get into it, its simply fantastic and amazing as far as a cardgame and psp game goes.

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Metal Gear Acid (PSP)
4 Star Review   By member anchoi123 - Aug 23, 2005   

I'm not one to play these card battle games and stuff, but Metal Gear Ac!d is an exception. It's addicting and fun. It really puts Dont judge a book by its cover to the test. Looked crappy at first but... It's one of the best!

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A Metal Gear Acid Review
5 Star Review   By member infinitepez - Aug 13, 2005   

Strengths: Snake's back in action, story is less confusing than old recent Metal Gears

Weakness: It's a card battle game, which is a miss with most people, and some cards are rediculously broken

Whether or not you like this game is entirely based on your stances on card games. I have no problem with them, so i was really able to enjoy the game.

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Only if you like startegy
3 Star Review   By member Kuruption84 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: It's Metal Gear! Great visuals, pretty good story.

Weakness: It's not your typical Metal Gear game so traditional fans of the series may be turned off, the game is hard.

Snake is back in an all new Metal Gear game for Sony's handheld. This is an awesome game for what it is which is a strategy game. It has a pretty good story and it is very challenging. The only downside I found in this title was the load times and the fact that some of the stages were very long for a portable. Pick this title up if you like stategy games, I enjoyed it a lot.

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odd title for the Metal Gear series but good
4 Star Review   By member bauerpower - Jul 15, 2005   

Strengths: lots of cards to collect, 20+ hour game first time through, turn based strategy, cards based on previous Kojima games

Weakness: may turn off Metal Gear fans looking for typical stealth action

Metal Gear Acid is a turn based strategy that uses cards for your commands and actions. Don't be turned off by the cards, it is much like a turn based strategy game like Fire Emblem. Beware that this is a strategy game, not an action game like previous Metal Gear Solid games. This game is pretty difficult too, but very fun to play if you like the strategy genre. The cards are cool to collect, especially if you're a fan of Hideo Kojima games. The cards cover past Metal Gear games including Metal Gear Solid 3, and even covers non MGS games like Snatcher and Boktai. If you're a Metal Gear fan and like strategy games, pick this one up. Then pick up Metal Gear Acid 2 that's coming out sometime this year!

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It's like Metal Gear on Acid...while playing 52 card pick up!
2 Star Review   By member Spartan117 - Jul 8, 2005   

Strengths: Great portability. Can be saved on the go.

Weakness: Easy to lose horridly. Some battles waaay too long. Sometimes it takes waay to long to recieve a movement card.

Ok...I love the Metal Gear series...but this one just annoys me. I love the whole idea of using tactics to stay hidden to beat the game...but sometimes with the lack of movement cards it gets horrendous. I have wanted to throw my PSP into the ground from time to time in frustration, and I'm only at the 3rd area!

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4 Star Review   By member mustangoline75 - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Card-based gameplay, fluid animation, decent challenge, play as Snake, innovative ideas, re-imagining of the metal gear series.

Weakness: Lack of voice acting, gameplay sometimes oo slow for handheld format, not for casual gamer.

Metal Gear Ac!d is an experimental game that continues the quality tradition of the metal gear series in a rather unusual way. The control of the protagonist, Solid Snake, is no longer in the hands of the player, now it is a card based combat system. Cross Final Fantasy Tactics with Yu-Gi-Oh, and Metal gear solid, and you've got Metal Gear Ac!d. The game succeeds for the most part, with the card based gameplay appealing to the more strategic of gamers, and the very solid execution of the new system. The difficulty is present, just like in the Metal Gear games before it, due to a smart AI and a knack for never having the right cards to play. The same wacky plot and wonderful characters are present in this metal gear, but some of the charm has been lost because of the lack of voices for the characters and the pick up and put down nature of the handheld. Overall, Metal Gear Ac!d is a game that will appeal to the brainier Metal Gear fans and to anyone looking for a good challenge on the new handheld.

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3 Star Review   By member VF19 - Jun 24, 2005   

Strengths: Interesting story, card collecting

Weakness: Turned based gameplay doesn't fit the Metal Gear series, Game can be slow

Metal Gear games are usually action oriented games so it's a bit awkward that the action becomes slower paced. There's really nothing wrong with that becaue the card game mechanics are fun even though it takes some getting used to. There's really not a lot of stradegy required in the game since its easier to clear out a room by taking out all the enemy soldiers than trying to avoid them with stealth. Not for the casual "gamer". Though it's made for a portable machine the games would've fit better on a console for long gaming sessions.

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Product Details
Description
The legendary Metal Gear series returns with a whole new gameplay system utilizing strategic battle cards that focuses on deep tactical strategy with an entirely new Metal Gear storyline. As the role of top-secret agent, Solid Snake, players will make calculated decisions to plan out their infiltration strategy and accomplish the mission in a turn-based style of game. METAL GEAR ACID delivers the trademark stealth-action experience in a new game for the PSP handheld system.
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre Action/Adventure Game
Summary
Product Title Metal Gear Acid
Manufacturer 3M
Power Score 4.1 | 18 Reviews
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Expert Reviews
Metal Gear Acid
4 Star Review  GameZone - Mar 29, 2005

Imagine if you will Hideo Kojima’s stealthy-action Metal Gear series in the palm of your hand. Oh the very thought of it filled a long-time fan like myself with joy and you better believe I couldn’t wait until March. Well Sony’s PSP is here and so is Metal Gear Acid, but this is not the Metal Gear we all know. Interested in finding out why this is still a pretty amazing PSP game? Please read on. First of all, the game might look a lot like a Metal Gear Solid game and yes, you’ll find all of the same features that make up the series, but this is not a Metal Gear Solid game.

Read the full review »

Metal Gear Acid Review
4.5 Star Review  mobiletechreview.com - Apr 20, 2005

And now, Kojima defies logic by taking his beloved game series and turning it into a card game. However, it would be more accurate to describe Kojima as something of a mad scientist… Though his ideas may be strange and extraordinary, the product is always a spectacle to behold in its completed stage. For Metal Gear Acid, Kojima took it to the slab. He took Metal Gear, gave it the brain of Final Fantasy Tactics, stuck it with some cards, and gave the whole thing a thousand volts of stealth and strategy, and the end result is one of the most enjoyable games on the PSP to date.

Read the full review »

Metal Gear Acid
4 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Metal Gear Acid receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.15 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #1,918 game of all time, #19 game of 2005 for the PlayStation Portable and #58 PlayStation Portable game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 73 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

Metal Gear Acid
4.5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 29, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 7 expert reviews for Metal Gear Acid and the average expert rating is 86 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Metal Gear Ac!d
4 Star Review   By member shipwreck1 - Oct 29, 2005   

Strengths: Unique card-based gameplay, beautiful graphics

Weakness: Card-based gameplay may upset some Metal Gear fans

Metal Gear Acid is a card-based strategy game based around the Metal Gear license. This is the first card game that I have ever played, and I'd have to say that I enjoyed it. I liked how all the cards were related to things that I was already familiar with from playing the previous Metal Gear games, so I think that helped me ease into the gameplay. I thought the decks of cards which are randomly generated are pretty fun, but it can get aggravating waiting for a card that you want to come up. Even so, I thouroughly enjoyed this game and I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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Random luck
3 Star Review   By member dafunkk12 - Oct 28, 2005   

Strengths: Promising concept. Offbeat humor.

Weakness: Relies too much on random luck getting the cards you need. No voice acting. Multiplayer mode is an exercise in frustration.

This is a fresh take on the Metal Gear series, utilizing a turn-based card-battling system instead of a real-time action engine. The biggest problem with being turn-based is that you still have to take stealth into consideration. If you are discovered, you may not have enough time until your next turn to react before too many "bad things" have happened around you. Its greater problem is the random nature in which you are issued cards. Some missions require specific cards for certain objectives, and you'll find yourself wasting turn after turn hoping to finally draw the magic card that will allow you to proceed. Multiplayer is so much of a hassle, it's not worth it. In order to first unlock it, you need to first spend several hours progressing through the main missions. In addition, it utilizes a sort of "fog of war." If enemies are not within your sight range, you do not know where they are. And with everybody constantly moving around the map, you'll have trouble just finding someone to interact with. Graphic look like a non-pixelated PS1 game. The story is presented primarily through static cutscenes injected with the same odd, offbeat humor and logic present in the other Metal Gear games. Strangely, as cinematic as those games are, there is not even any voice acting in these scenes. It is an understandable technical issue with a handheld game, but it is missed. Metal Gear Ac!d has so many problems that you shouldn't be able to enjoy it, but if you put up with its issues, you may just find that are enjoying it.

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MGA
5 Star Review     

Strengths: Heaps

Weakness: hard to learn how to play

MGA is a hard game to learn how to play properly but once you get into it, its simply fantastic and amazing as far as a cardgame and psp game goes.

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Metal Gear Acid (PSP)
4 Star Review   By member anchoi123 - Aug 23, 2005   

I'm not one to play these card battle games and stuff, but Metal Gear Ac!d is an exception. It's addicting and fun. It really puts Dont judge a book by its cover to the test. Looked crappy at first but... It's one of the best!

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A Metal Gear Acid Review
5 Star Review   By member infinitepez - Aug 13, 2005   

Strengths: Snake's back in action, story is less confusing than old recent Metal Gears

Weakness: It's a card battle game, which is a miss with most people, and some cards are rediculously broken

Whether or not you like this game is entirely based on your stances on card games. I have no problem with them, so i was really able to enjoy the game.

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Only if you like startegy
3 Star Review   By member Kuruption84 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: It's Metal Gear! Great visuals, pretty good story.

Weakness: It's not your typical Metal Gear game so traditional fans of the series may be turned off, the game is hard.

Snake is back in an all new Metal Gear game for Sony's handheld. This is an awesome game for what it is which is a strategy game. It has a pretty good story and it is very challenging. The only downside I found in this title was the load times and the fact that some of the stages were very long for a portable. Pick this title up if you like stategy games, I enjoyed it a lot.

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odd title for the Metal Gear series but good
4 Star Review   By member bauerpower - Jul 15, 2005   

Strengths: lots of cards to collect, 20+ hour game first time through, turn based strategy, cards based on previous Kojima games

Weakness: may turn off Metal Gear fans looking for typical stealth action

Metal Gear Acid is a turn based strategy that uses cards for your commands and actions. Don't be turned off by the cards, it is much like a turn based strategy game like Fire Emblem. Beware that this is a strategy game, not an action game like previous Metal Gear Solid games. This game is pretty difficult too, but very fun to play if you like the strategy genre. The cards are cool to collect, especially if you're a fan of Hideo Kojima games. The cards cover past Metal Gear games including Metal Gear Solid 3, and even covers non MGS games like Snatcher and Boktai. If you're a Metal Gear fan and like strategy games, pick this one up. Then pick up Metal Gear Acid 2 that's coming out sometime this year!

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It's like Metal Gear on Acid...while playing 52 card pick up!
2 Star Review   By member Spartan117 - Jul 8, 2005   

Strengths: Great portability. Can be saved on the go.

Weakness: Easy to lose horridly. Some battles waaay too long. Sometimes it takes waay to long to recieve a movement card.

Ok...I love the Metal Gear series...but this one just annoys me. I love the whole idea of using tactics to stay hidden to beat the game...but sometimes with the lack of movement cards it gets horrendous. I have wanted to throw my PSP into the ground from time to time in frustration, and I'm only at the 3rd area!

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4 Star Review   By member mustangoline75 - Jul 1, 2005   

Strengths: Card-based gameplay, fluid animation, decent challenge, play as Snake, innovative ideas, re-imagining of the metal gear series.

Weakness: Lack of voice acting, gameplay sometimes oo slow for handheld format, not for casual gamer.

Metal Gear Ac!d is an experimental game that continues the quality tradition of the metal gear series in a rather unusual way. The control of the protagonist, Solid Snake, is no longer in the hands of the player, now it is a card based combat system. Cross Final Fantasy Tactics with Yu-Gi-Oh, and Metal gear solid, and you've got Metal Gear Ac!d. The game succeeds for the most part, with the card based gameplay appealing to the more strategic of gamers, and the very solid execution of the new system. The difficulty is present, just like in the Metal Gear games before it, due to a smart AI and a knack for never having the right cards to play. The same wacky plot and wonderful characters are present in this metal gear, but some of the charm has been lost because of the lack of voices for the characters and the pick up and put down nature of the handheld. Overall, Metal Gear Ac!d is a game that will appeal to the brainier Metal Gear fans and to anyone looking for a good challenge on the new handheld.

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3 Star Review   By member VF19 - Jun 24, 2005   

Strengths: Interesting story, card collecting

Weakness: Turned based gameplay doesn't fit the Metal Gear series, Game can be slow

Metal Gear games are usually action oriented games so it's a bit awkward that the action becomes slower paced. There's really nothing wrong with that becaue the card game mechanics are fun even though it takes some getting used to. There's really not a lot of stradegy required in the game since its easier to clear out a room by taking out all the enemy soldiers than trying to avoid them with stealth. Not for the casual "gamer". Though it's made for a portable machine the games would've fit better on a console for long gaming sessions.

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4 Star Review   By member RiCeBoi - Jun 22, 2005   

Strengths: -Graphics -Excellent storyline -Cards fit in the game very well

Weakness: -Too much reading for a game -Strange new concept for a Metal Gear game -Not for everyone

When you hear the word Metal Gear, you always think of a sneaking game where you can control your character right? Wrong, not this time! Although the sneaking aspect is still in the game, you cannot control your character like the past Metal Gear games. Instead, you have to use cards to move your character. I know this may sound weird at first but it is actually not. You play this game like any card games, except the rules aren't as complicated like the newer card games out today. Each card has a "cost" to it. The lower cost you use a turn means the quicker it will be for your turn. The higher it is the longer it will take until your turn. It may sound confusing now, but the game actually explains it very well. This game has very good graphics and an excellent story/plot. Only weak points to this game is that there are no voice acting whatsoever, but instead you have to read, and you have to read A LOT! This game is also not for everyone. There are some fans of the Metal Gear series who enjoy this game, and there are some who will not. It all depends on your taste for games. I myself enjoy it very much! Overall, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys strategy/card games. For those who does not know if they will like it or not, I suggest renting first.

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4 Star Review   By member sononkyo - Jun 17, 2005   

Strengths: Engaging storyline Card Variations Graphics Metal Gear Lineage

Weakness: Hate it or love it polarized gameplay Tedious beginning, game handholds you Incomplete explanations/poor translations Equip type of weapons poorly explained

This is definitely a game geared towards the more cerebral Metal Gear Solid fans, ones who have played the PS2 or the Xbox versions as a tactician. For those used to playing MGS more as an action adventure with direct user input, this game will fail miserably in recreating that experience. As a turn-based card strategy card game, this game melds two genres of gaming into one. The turn based aspect of the game will resemble some Final Fantasy Tactics, or X-com, or Jagged Alliance. Those three standard bearers of turn based strategy should hint to the aspect of this Metal Gear. The card game is similar to a Pokemon game, except that the cards are also used as action pieces...literally you have to use one to be able to move. Some people might be turned off to this fact. However, it was intuitive to me to be able to use a card as a function to use and to move. It wasn't that hard for me. Combat is achieved by strategizing which card to use and at which appropiate time. Sometimes, if you build a deck wrong, you will find it hard to combat the enemies at that state. Trial and error will be used often. I find it challenging to prepare for "battle" using certain cards gained from those trial and error experiences. Your mileage may vary. Again, the game uses the whole 16:9 screen which in turn does a great job with particles and effects from explosions, guns, and assorted special effects. There is a slight showdown sometimes, but it isn't a showstopper--> more like a 2ms lag. Sounds is pretty nice, with guns sounding different and discrete. "Sharp" sounding is an adjective I would use. Strategy gamers on the PSP platform should definitely pick this up.

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2 Star Review   By member purevim - Jun 6, 2005   

Strengths: + Allows an avid gamer to get some sleep.

Weakness: - Long storyline, - Weird concept of controls

The first 5 minutes of this games was a huge turn off. It's okay for a game to have a storyline, but not a story so long that you ending reading more than playing. Really tried hard to like this game, but unfortunately this game was quite disappointing.

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1 Star Review   By member yogi93555 - Mar 26, 2005   

Strengths: Hmm...can't think of any except graphics look alright

Weakness: Movement of caractor is poor. Reading the game just isn't fun.

If I wanted to read I would have bought a book. Moving the caractor by using cards is a strange concept. I don't think this game was well thought out.

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