Metal Gear Solid
Digital Graphic Novel

Format: PSP

4 012927 061510
Age Restrictions: 12+
22 September 2006

Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel represents a new way to view materials on PSP and is based on the existing Metal Gear Solid comic books, which have been digitally edited into a 3D medium and now feature sound effects, animations and music to bring the story to vibrant life...

The Metal Gear Solid franchise has been given a new twist with the latest instalment on the PSP. Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel (MGS: DGN) is based on the existing Metal Gear Solid comic book.

The plot of this interactive graphic novel follows the story of the first Metal Gear Solid console game. At any point in the game you can switch to Search mode. This allows you to examine the page you are on and unearth more information on things on the screen. As you progress through the story, you can zoom in and out of the images using the analogue stick to move around the page, and the control buttons to zoom in on specific points of interest. These scanned images are then stored in a library of 100s of similarly noteworthy elements, adding replay value to the story.

It's an interesting idea - an interactive graphic novel that lets you scan the pages to obtain more information, but I couldn't helping feeling that something a little more exciting could have been done with the format and reusing the plot of the first game was a little bit of a cheap shot.

To be honest, while this new genre shows promise, MGS: DGN is only really going to appeal to die-hard Metal Gear Solid fans who are also big comic readers. If you don't fit into this category then you are strongly advised to rent before buying. However, if you do fit into this category then you'll love this game.

Nick Smithson

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