Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is still lacking a release date for PS4 and Xbox One consoles, meaning that our wait for Hideo Kojima's next entry into the franchise will be an arduous one, filled with uncertainty. Luckily though, we have over 20 years of MGS games to keep us busy!
As I find myself in the final hours of the PS1's Metal Gear Solid, I thought I would take a look at the series as a whole, to commemorate its accomplishments in the furthering of the art of video games. There are a tremendous amount of features that one could praise in the Metal Gear series, but I thought I'd take look at my favourite moments in the hope that you will let me know what your's are in the comments! Note: This went way beyond 5 best moments.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 20 Years of Amazing MGS Moments
MGS 3: Ladder
Before I jump into these moments in greater depth, I'd like to share my own personal favourite moment from the series that takes place in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. You're running up towards a ladder, as you do in so many games, and you begin to climb. You start to realise that this is actually a seriously big ladder...and then you hear it.
This moment sums up the series for me. Kojima is one of the only video game directors that plays with the notion of a game while you're playing the campaign. A lot of games have easter eggs sure, but they're nothing like the 4th wall breaking references that Kojima includes in the MGS series. This moment made one of the most banal moments in video games, climbing up a ladder, not only awesome and beautiful, but a insightful look at the mechanics of gaming and the first time I saw it, I adored it.
Metal Gear Solid: Best Moments
Metal Gear Solid is laden with moments of pure genius. Therefore, we'll take a look at a few of its greatest scenes out of respect for this remarkable title. Let's start off with a moment that runs throughout the Metal Gear series: The Box.
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I still remember the first moment that I flicked through my inventory and saw that I was carrying a cardboard box. Naturally I was confused, but the idea of hiding inside a box is now a well established joke throughout the series, you can even see it in the new Metal Gear Online trailer! It's a moment that we've all experienced in a different way and the unpredictable nature of MGS is one the series' greatest attributes.
Another moment of sheer bliss has got to be the torture scene. The game beautifully mocks its own nature as Ocelot constrains Snake and then informs him how he can prevent himself from dying: by mashing the O button. He also comments on whether you have saved or not, and that should you die you'll be going back pretty far. Genius.
Another moment of personal greatness is the first time that we come into contact with being detected. That moment when you see the exclamation mark over your enemy's head and hear that amazing detection sound, I don't know about you, but I panicked. The fact that the series has retained this sound effect is glorious, one of my friend's actually has it as his message tone on his phone. I was so startled every time I heard it when I was next to him!
One can't mention Metal Gear Solid without including the incredible Psycho Mantis section. This boss fight has got to be one of the greatest in history. From him asking you to put your control on the floor to show you how he can use his psychic powers (the controller vibrated furiously and moved across your floor), to the incredible realisation that you had to plug your controller into controller port 2 so he couldn't read your mind.
I also particularly loved when Meryl was shot and the cheesy albeit excellent speech she gives Snake as she lies there dying from the sniper wounds. Anything else you loved from Metal Gear Solid? Let us know!
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
I don't know about you, but Sons of Liberty is still a seriously confusing game. It has one of the most convoluted plot-lines ever, but man, what a game. It was pretty controversial to have a game that didn't feature Snake as the lead, and a lot of players were disheartened by the fact that they were forced to play as the winy Raiden. Granted though, the guy has had a massive character development and is now a total badass.
Metal Gear Solid 2 is probably my least favourite in the series, but when you take into account the quality of MGS its still one of the best games ever. What I loved about it was the introduction to the game: It's raining heavily and Solid Snake is making his first appearance, three years after Metal Gear Solid. Harry Gregson-Williams' score gives us chills once more and we knew we were back n Kojima's amazing world (I seriously cannot wait for Metal Gear Solid 5).
You've gotta love that moment when the Colonel starts loosing his mind on the codec and Raiden starts running around commenting on how insane this game is: "Don't worry, it's a game! It's a game just like usual." More meta Metal Gear, love it!
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A heart wrenching moment had to be the loss of Emma. Seeing Otacon hold his sister in his arms as she slipped away was a remarkably emotional experience. I really feel like these games were the first ones that made me care for characters just as much as I do for cinematic ones. Another memorable moment is the battle with Vamp, man this series has some of the greatest bosses!!
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
This game is a serious fan favourite and I often switch between this and Metal Gear Solid when I'm trying to pick the best game in the series (Metal Gear Solid 4 is also a contender). Snake Eater is a remarkable stealth game and the addition of being able to eat to stay alive and change your camouflage was just remarkable. It's still as engaging as it was when it came out!
Some of the greatest moments of the series are tucked away in Snake Eater. The battle with The End is extraordinarily cool! It's different for every single player and Kojima initially wanted the battle to last (and this is not a joke) for a week. A week in which you'd have to learn his patterns and patiently hunt him down, ultimately defeating him after a week of intense patience. The studio then had to step in and say there's no way we can do this. Would have been interesting but sounds a bit intense...
The End's death from old age on the battlefield was seriously cool it must be said! Actually, all of my favourite moments in this game, aside from the ladder, come from the boss fights. Fighting your master in a field of white flowers was so beautiful. The image of this fight is forever engrained in my mind.
The entire sequence with The Sorrow was astounding, as Snake is confronted with all of the soldiers that he killed. This scene is one of the most strongly supernatural in the entire series, and it really does show how inventive this game was. Last point about MGS 3 has got to be the Ocelot time paradox, what an ingenious inclusion on Kojima's part:
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Metal Gear Solid fans know that Zero plays a pivotal role in the storyline, but few expected him to show up like he did in Metal Gear Solid 4. In a scene following Meryl and Akiba's wedding on the tarmac, Snake is shown standing over a grave in a cemetery when Big Boss appears, pushing a man in a wheelchair – Zero, who's still alive. His reappearance startled many.
This game as a whole was just a great moment. I really didn't know whether returning to a Metal Gear game would be as good as it was, and it was incredible to see that Snake aged beautifully and the stealth genre he helped define was still a place that he could dominate.
Having not played Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker I can't really comment on the game as whole but I have seen this glorious Kojima cameo in the game! This man just has the greatest sense of humour!
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an excellent game. I'm dying to replay it before the release of Metal Gear Solid 5! The entire scene where your eye is cut and your hand is chopped off is probably my favourite. The whole introduction sequence was just a perfect introduction to this game and the free blade system. Anything else you enjoyed in Revengeance?
I'm still holding off on buying Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, as I want to play it directly before jumping into Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. I'm sure that the latter will have some remarkable MGS moments in store! I adore this series and I cannot wait to see how it develops over the years.
A fan of Metal Gear Solid? Then let us know what your favourite game is in the comments or even name a scene that is your favourite from the series! Till next time Metal Gear fans!