General Strategy continued
After you’re done with Screaming Mantis it’s time for Snake to leave Meryl behind and fulfil his destiny. What follows is a series of long Scarab-filled corridors. With stealth out of the question you really need to have ammo maxed out on all of your most reliable and trusted carbines and SMGs. Don’t worry about going nuts here, after this you won’t need your weapons any more.
Once you’ve navigated these corridors there’s one final gauntlet left to run – a seemingly endless passage that’s constantly blasted by microwaves. There is no strategy here other than to join your will to Snake’s and keep hammering [Triangle] for all you’re worth. It will hurt. You will want to give up, but you have to keep going. Make it to the end and GW’s server room and we defy you not to feel like a goddamn hero. You’ve done it, right? Well, almost. While Snake’s ready to call it day forever, there’s one person he still needs to take down. That’s right – Liquid. Think you’ve got a little fight left? Well, you’re going to need more than that...
Equip – N/A
Special item prize – N/A
After all the shooting, raging techno war, cyborg mechs and nanomachines, this is what it all comes down to. A one-on-one fistfight between Snake and Liquid on the deck of the Patriot’s Ark. And while two ageing men slugging out like tramps in a park would be an anti-climax, series creator Hideo Kojima uses this brutal, punch-up as a summation of 21 years of Metal Gear, incorporating music, health bars, gestures and even, fleetingly, character models from earlier games as the weary pair stubbornly leather each other until nothing is left on display but pure force of will and a lot of liver spots.
It’s an incredible fight to the finish. Stamina is what counts here, so keep circling Liquid until you’re happy you can get the punches in. When you do, keep at it. Eventually you’ll get a special move prompt [Triangle] and it’s this that will really whittle down Liquid’s health. One last piece of advice – keep away from the edge of the arena. You don’t want slip and go out like a sucker with total victory just within your grasp, do you?
The final cutscenes
Equip – Comfy socks, chair
Special item prize – Having all the answers
This is it: the final gauntlet. Sorry to say there aren’t really any tactics we can give you on how best to make it through MGS4’s marathon movie ending. True, you could skip the ending of an epic story that’s taken 21 years to tell but you wouldn’t be about to do that now, would you? So our advice is simple – get comfy, sit back and enjoy every last second of it. Oh, and do wait for the credits to end. There’s a moving final message that’s well worth the wait.
June 13, 2008