We haven’t gone mad. It’s a mark of Kojima’s genius that such a banal scene burns in our memory. It’s all about context - forcing you to reflect on previous battles, while creating epic scale. You really feel like you’re on a journey.
Taken in isolation, the ladder scene is dull - all you do is press up for about ten minutes. Taken in context, it’s a blissful moment of reflection after a tense, confusing and inventive one hour roller coaster boss battle with The End. And his, erm, parrot.
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