So we’re approaching the 20 year anniversary of Metal Gear Solid, what better time to take a look back at the series which won multiple awards, spawned a whole generation of Tactical Espionage fans and a whole new genre of games.
Lets dive straight in.
Metal Gear Solid (1998)
Metal Gear Solid was the first outing in the series since 1991– the first in 3D and the most Iconic to date, Introducing some of the game’s most well known mechanics and weapons, including Stinger Missiles, the Boxes and the Codec.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)
In this game, the player no longer plays as Snake alone, but also as Raiden, a new character Kojima introduced to show Solid Snake from a different perspective. The second MGS game improved the enemy AI, making the guards smarter. The graphics were enhanced as well thanks to the PlayStation 2 graphical capability.
Who could also forget the infamous and completely surreal “Fission Mailed” section where Colonel Campbell loses his shit.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004)
In the third MGS game, and fifth instalment, you resume control over Snake, although not Solid Snake. The game rewinds back in time to 1964 during the Cold War, and will have you follow the story of Naked Snake as he becomes the legendary Big Boss. In this game, Kojima also featured a new close combat system and a “camouflage index” which shows the player how visible Snake will be to enemies.
In MGS 4, the player resumes the role of Solid Snake, as the game is set a few years after the events of MGS2. This is the first MGS game on the PlayStation 3 system, with new over-the-shoulder view and Psyche Meter. One thing fans remember was the long cut-scene that runs longer than thirty minutes. The game also introduced a robot sidekick, Metal Gear Mk.II.
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010)
Peace Walker is the third game of the series made for the PlayStation Portable platform. Set in 1974, ten years after the events of MGS3, the game follows the story of the founding and creation of Outer Heaven. Many characters from Peace Walker reappear in MGSV, making it a must-play for fans to follow the story and understand everything.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Ground Zeroes is the first part of MGSV, with an open world environment. The game provides the backstory behind the events of the new game, The Phantom Pain.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The upcoming The Phantom Pain is said to be the finale of Kojima’s legacy, with a trailer that looks back on the game series, closing it on a high note. A must-play for MGS fans and stealth game lovers.