The complete history of Metal Gear

Snake and Otacon found the anti-Metal Gear organization Philanthropy. Ocelot’s body begins to be possessed by Liquid. It’s later revealed that the “possession” is a combination of hypnotherapy and nanoengineering designed to trick the Patriots.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
PS2 (2001)
Remakes and expansions: Xbox (2002), PS2 (2003), PC (2003) - MGS2: Substance
Details: You’ll spend the first hour of Metal Gear Solid 2 as Snake but the rest of it as Raiden, which was as unwelcome a revelation as the Arbiter levels of Halo 2. Raiden is a bit of a pussy and spends most of the game utterly bewildered and getting bitched at by his girlfriend, but makes a more masculine comeback in MGS 4.

The story: Otacon is contacted by his sister and creator of the GW AI, Emma Emmerich, about the development of the new anti-Metal Gear Metal Gear codenamed RAY. Snake and Otacon plan to intercept and expose RAY onboard the oil tanker being used to transport the machine before it leaves New York’s harbor. Shortly after Snake arrives onboard the tanker is hijacked by mercenaries led by Sergei Gurlukovich under orders from Ocelot, now ‘possessed’ by Liquid’s arm. Ocelot escapes in RAY and frames Snake for the destruction of the tanker which allegedly floods New York’s harbor with oil.

Two years later the off-shore decontamination rig named Big Shell is seized by the Sons of Liberty, led by Solidus Snake, who kidnaps the current US president and threatens the destruction of the rig. On orders from a fake AI-generated Campbell, Raiden infiltrates the rig, fights unkillable super-soldier Vamp, and discovers Snake is also aboard Big Shell. Raiden learns about the Patriots from President Johnson and that Big Shell is itself a colossal Metal Gear named Arsenal Gear. Raiden watches Emma Emmerich die at Vamp’s hands but together Snake and Raiden use her plans to implant a virus in the Patriots’ GW AI, housed within Arsenal Gear. Snake is captured and Raiden fights an unending army of RAYs but is saved by Olga Gurlukovich who dies to save her daughter, Sunny, who had been abducted by the Patriots to force her to help Raiden. The entire mission is revealed as an attempt by Zero’s Patriot AIs to turn Raiden into the Patriots’ new legendary soldier.

Raiden passes out and awakens the following morning, in time to learn that he has been manipulated and for Liquid – in the body of Ocelot – to crash Big Shell into Manhattan Island. Raiden kills Solidus Snake outside New York’s Federal Hall as Ocelot escapes in the last remaining RAY. After the events of MGS 2, Liquid Ocelot recovers the remains of GW from Arsenal Gear and replaces Liquid’s arm with a cybernetic prosthetic.

The rise of Private Military Companies begins. The world’s five largest PMCs are run by Liquid Ocelot.

Metal Gear Solid Rising
360 (2011), PS3 (2011)
Details: Metal Gear Solid Rising will tell the story of the years between Sons of Liberty and Guns of the Patriots, following Raiden’s mission to recover Sunny, his loss of humanity, and his mission to secure Big Boss’ – actually Solidus’ – body. Still very much a stealth game, MGS: Rising does for swords what MGS 4 does for guns and lets you slice and dice anything and anyone into tiny pieces.

The story: Following the Big Shell incident, Raiden is contacted by Big Mama – an aged EVA – who trades the location of Olga’s daughter Sunny for the whereabouts of Big Boss’ body, which Raiden stole from the GW AI. With EVA’s help Raiden extracts Sunny from Area 51 and entrusts the young girl to Otacon’s care. A technical genius, she will eventually be responsible for half of the FOXALIVE virus used to kill the Patriot AI aboard Ocelot’s Arsenal Gear.

Raiden’s girlfriend Rose gives birth to a son but tells Raiden she miscarried to protect the baby from the Patriots who she knows aren’t above abducting the boy to manipulate Raiden into becoming their next legendary soldier. Despondent, Raiden leaves Rose, who then fakes a marriage with Roy Campbell for her own protection. Raiden wanders the Earth and trains in hunting and tracking before agreeing to assist EVA’s own anti-Patriot organization in liberating Big Boss’ body.

The mission leads to Raiden’s capture and the total loss of his humanity as the Patriots remove his head and spine, fusing them with a new cybernetic body. Raiden escapes the Patriots with EVA’s assistance and recovers Big Boss’ comatose remains, but Raiden retreats from the life he once knew and goes off the grid until 2014.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Format: PS3 (2008)
Details: Metal Gear Solid 4 is a five-mission campaign with some of the most indulgent cutscene interludes in Metal Gear history. It’s the first with a ‘westernized’ control scheme and is the first to be playable almost entirely as a shooter, which would be sort of missing the point, really.

The story: With the world now running on OILIX the oil economy is replaced by a war economy and unending battles are fought by Private Military Companies across the globe. The five biggest PMCs are run by Liquid Ocelot, and a suspicious Campbell asks a prematurely aging Snake to assassinate him.
Snake extracts Naomi Hunter from Ocelot’s South American base and is assisted by Raiden who fights Vamp in the city’s streets. Raiden tells Snake to find Big Mama and recover the body of Big Boss, which is later revealed to be not Big Boss, but Solidus. Since Solidus is genetically identical to Big Boss, Ocelot uses the genetic key to interface with the Patriot AIs and seize control of nanomachines worldwide, disarming every army on Earth except his own. Ocelot massacres the defenseless US forces and EVA dies in Snake’s arms as Ocelot escapes to Shadow Moses.

On Shadow Moses Naomi Hunter is killed by the nanomachine-powered Vamp, who finally fights Raiden to the death atop the original Metal Gear REX. With Raiden riding on the Metal Gear’s hull, Snake escapes Shadow Moses in REX but is intercepted by Ocelot in the stolen Metal Gear RAY. The fight between the two machines leaves both men beaten but Ocelot is able to escape aboard his own flagship, named Outer Heaven. Ocelot had returned to Shadow Moses to recover REX’s rail gun, which will be used to launch a nuke at chief Patriot AI JD and allow him take control of the Patriots network himself.

Snake boards Outer Heaven, fights his way to the stolen Patriot AI GW, and implants a virus created by Naomi Hunter and Sunny which propagates to all the lesser Patriot AIs. The Patriots are destroyed and Liquid’s plan for control collapses. Snake kills Liquid Ocelot atop Outer Heaven.

Later, Raiden’s body is restored and he is reunited with Rose, Meryl is reunited with Campbell, and Snake meets a very much alive Big Boss at Big Boss’ own grave. Freed from the nanomachines’ influence, Big Boss awakened and sought out Zero, ending the Patriots forever by suffocating Zero and allowing himself to be killed by the FOXDIE virus still living in Snake’s body. Snake retires and lives out his final days in peace with Otacon and Sunny. Phew, eh?

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Oct 4, 2010




  • stayinfrosty707 - October 18, 2013 5:39 p.m.

    Coming from someone whos never fully played a MGS game, this is great, and has got me up to speed on the MGS story. Now if only there was video footage for this....
  • SolidJohn - December 13, 2010 1:37 p.m.

    I love the Metal Gear storyline, but holy fuck is it hard to follow sometimes. Whoever wrote this deserves a cookie. However, he should bring up the fact that Ocelot was actually tricked into thinking he succeeded in his plans, hence his "this is just as I had hoped things would end!" line, and how he predicts that the world will descend into chaos, thus fulfilling Big Boss' will (ie Outer Heaven, a world where people will fight and know the fullness of life)... all of which Otacon contradicts when he explains how FOXALIVE cut off the Patriots, while also preserving society. I see people confuse this issue and think Ocelot actually WANTED FOXALIVE to preserve society (even though he actually said otherwise), so I think this should be cleared up here. Either way, this and The Snake Soup editorial "A World Of Men, Not Snakes" are my two favorite articles/analysis on the basic Metal Gear storyline.
  • miguju999 - October 21, 2010 6:34 a.m.

    portable ops+!!!
  • JESS - October 8, 2010 4:10 p.m.

    Finally!! I was basicly busting my head open to figure out what happend to Raiden body!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • zerate - October 6, 2010 3:22 p.m.

    Finally i understand ^_^
  • KippDynamite - October 5, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    Written by an xbox mag? huh . . .
  • lovinmyps3 - October 5, 2010 4:18 p.m.

    And Naomi wasn't killed by Vamp, Naomi allowed herself to be killed by the cancer that should have killed her a long time ago, but she was being sustained by nanomachines of her own creation.
  • cj12297 - October 5, 2010 4:05 p.m.

    why is this by a 360 magazine
  • lovinmyps3 - October 5, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    Holy shit! I didn't know that stuff about Paz! Apparently I haven't beat Peace Walker after all.
  • Sleepingdragon - October 5, 2010 3:12 p.m.

  • KiwiCommander - October 5, 2010 1:18 p.m.

    Awesome, I love Metal Gear and glad you guys made a time line. BTW, dont forget about ZOE too... IMO they are in the same universe :P
  • philipshaw - October 5, 2010 12:05 p.m.

    I already knew all of this. Also typical of a 360 mag to slag off MGS4
  • sleepy92ismypsn - October 5, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    Why is this from a Xbox 360 magazine? I bought MGS4 day 1 and even though it was my first MGS game it ended up being one of my favorite games of this gen. I recently played through 1 and 2 and I have 3 but haven't started it. Don't want to spoil anything so I'll favorite this article and read it after I finish 3 and Peace Walker.
  • Thequestion 121 - October 5, 2010 4:52 a.m.

    That has got to be the greatest history of the Metal Gear series I have ever read!
  • bamb0o-stick - October 5, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    Just wanted to add a correction: Naomi doesn't get killed by Vamp. She actually kills herself by allowing the nano-machines that were suppressing her cancer to stop functioning. I'm guessing it was acting as some sort of life-support and by injecting herself with Snake's serum it shuts them all down. There's probably some more crap I left out, but that's what I got out of that part of the game.
  • NightCrawler_358 - October 5, 2010 2:58 a.m.

    Very nice, but it made me feel like such a nerd to already know all this lol. But great for people being introduced to this great series.
  • batmanboy11 - October 5, 2010 12:42 a.m.

    I'm suprised it can be condensed so much. When I tried to explain everything to my friend, it took like an hour, and he just barely understood.
  • scrimbleshanks - October 5, 2010 12:35 a.m.

    Not a bad article but, Ocelot was G.R.U. not spetznaz.
  • RazielArcanum - October 5, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    Beautiful. The only reason I got my PS3 (this year, the wait killed me) was for MGS4 and the only reason I've ever considered getting a PSP is for the MGS games on that. Guess I'll take the plunge after Christmas.
  • FnKaiser - October 5, 2010 12:20 a.m.

    great article, i love gamesradar features for articles like this one. just awesome.

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