Backed up remotely by Otacon, Snake and Meryl break into the Metal Gear facility, a building hidden on a secret base called Big Shell. Unfortunately for them, Solidus was prepared for this eventuality and stocked the facility with his specially trained group of mercenaries, Dead Cell. The team included the seemingly unkillable Vamp and the incredibly lucky Fortune, but Solidus’ ace in the hole didn’t even realize he was working for the bad guys. Raiden, a former child soldier Solidus had secretly been training, is sent on what he believes to be a virtuous mission: stopping Solid Snake, a former agent gone rogue, from stealing a Metal Gear.
After Raiden finally meets Snake and fights him to a standstill, the angsty young man realized that Snake wasn’t his enemy (after a 30 minute cutscene). Over the next 2 hours of Codec conversations, Raiden whines about the false nature of his existence, as well as his troubled relationship with his girlfriend Rose, all while Snake watches with increasing irritation. Once Raiden had cried himself out, he teams up with Snake to defeat Dead Cell and destroy the Metal Gear production line--though Snake was in charge the whole time, as he logically should've been. Unfortunately, before the good guys could finally take on Solidus, the President is shot and killed by a traitorous Revolver Ocelot, who’d been acting pretty weird since he got his new hand transplant from Liquid Snake’s corpse.