There's a lot to love about Peace Walker. Its visuals, non-critical quests and activities, the addictive-as-crack base management, controls, and even co-op options (if that's your thing), offer a level of polish and craft rarely seen in a portable title. Unfortunately, its boring, hard-as-hell boss encounters keep it a couple of notches below a perfect score. MGS fans are unconditionally faithful, so they'll want to check this one out regardless of its shortcomings.
They should, however, prepare to be brought to tears when those chapter-capping big bads begin unleashing the hot metal. Trust me, the game won't be the only thing screaming "Snaaake!"