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Konami䀙s card-based spin-off of its Metal Gear Solid franchise makes its second appearance on PSP with more cards, a new game mode, and special 3D effects. Once again players must make strategic decisions by playing a choice of 500 cards to initiate specific actions. The storyline finds Solid Snake unwittingly involved in a secret government plot to create a deadly new Metal Gear robotics system. As Snake delves deeper into the operation, he begins to have flashbacks of earlier conflicts in his life, creating a new problem to overcome: his past. Players will be able to directly guide Snake䀙s movements and initiate a wider assortment of moves, from crawling to fighting. Card types have expanded to include linkage cards, which can be played for bonuses, and trap cards, which implement location-specific hazards to ensnare the enemy. Each card can also be upgraded during the course of play for added functionality and strength.
Metal Gear Acid includes a new arena mode where players can confront an assortment of boss characters, many of which have been pulled from earlier games in the Metal Gear Solid series. Players can also link up with a friend in Ad-hoc mode for head-to-head tag matches with their custom card decks. The developers have focused on a number of visual enhancements to further draw players into the handheld game, with cel-shaded graphics for a comic book look, more varied animations, and 3D effects brought to life with the exclusive Solid Eye viewer. The Solid Eye fits directly over the PSP to display videos in 3D as well as downloaded images from Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence on PlayStation 2. Those new to the Metal Gear Acid universe will be able to learn how to implement stealth tactics using the card system through an interactive tutorial mode, allowing them to fine-tune their tactics before trying them out in the middle of a mission. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide