Metal Gear Profiles-Mr.Hideo Kojima

 

The mysterious, but highly skilled mercenary and informant known as Hideo Kojima was discovered by Big Boss in the back of a truck while the mercenary searched around. He was then recruited to, and became a valued member, of MSF’s intel team.

Later that year, he was sent to Cuba where he gained major intelligence at a “Black site” Camp, similar to Camp Omega. After he gained the intel, he made his escape, and was covered by Big Boss in his HIND piloted by Morpho.

 

Finally rescuing him, they returned to him his glasses, although he wandered what took so long.

 

Surviving the destruction of Mother Base, Mr.Kojima was eventually captured by the Soviet Union, and once again had to be bailed out by Big Boss (or rather, his Phantom “Venom Snake”)-especially since he was a highly valued VIP member of MSF, and well suited to Diamond Dogs. He pretty much had the exact same reaction as before.

It’s unknown what happened to Mr. Kojima after that, although it’s possible he was part of Outer Heaven and Zanzibar Land. Perhaps he commanded-and then haunts-Shadow Moses Island

 

 

 

 

Or perhaps he decided to go into creating video games….

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Johnny “Akiba” Sasaki

 

Johnny Sasaki was one of the members of Liquid Snake’s army at Shadow Moses, the Genome soldiers, although it’s possible he was couersed into it by Psycho Mantis mind control. His grandfather also guarded the original Snake-the man who became Big Boss-during Operation Snake Eater.During snake’s mission, Johnny suffered from several stomach problems, prompting many trips to the bathroom. He was eventually left to guard the cell of Meryl Silverburgh, who he was infatuated with. His general incompetence and stomach problems allowed both Meryl to escape (in disguise with his clothes, weapons and equipment) and later Solid Snake when he was briefly held prisoner.

He later also showed up as part of the Gurlucovitch mercenaries, but once again allowed another escape due to his issues….Emma Emmerich, the stepsister of Hal “Otacon” Emmerich.

Eventually, Johnny rejoined the US military despite working for the bad guys twice, and was assigned to Meryl’s unit, Rat Patrol I (Which was technically-and unknowingly-serving the real bad guys, the Patriots AI). Although his earlier incompetence was marked by bathroom breaks, now he had at least technology to show what he could do,  with a wrist keyboard on his arm that gave stats to his “smart” goggles. He was also an expert in traps. This earned him the nickname “Akiba”, a reference to Tokyo’s electronics district) However, his other character traits still existed, as when he confronted Solid Snake with the safety on his gun still on….and crapped himself during a tense fight with Ocelot’s main unit, the FROGS.

 

Johnny however was able to redeem himself. Having a phobia of needles, he wasn’t privy to the various nanomachines injections that other soldiers had received, and when Ocelot messed with the system, which affected all soldiers including Snake and Meryl- he wa s able to take Snake to safety. Later, he saved Meryl from drowning, and administered CPR to her. She rewarded her with a kiss.

Later, when the Outer Haven operation was underway, Johnny-although earlier checking out Mei Ling-saved her and Snake from a group of FROGS, and later when Snake left for the Patriots AI, he supported Meryl in combat.

During the battle, Johnny mentioned that the reasons he’d been able to help is that he hadn’t taken any shots, and Meryl reasoned that this is why he might’ve been having stomach aches and accidents all the time, as the nanomachines didn’t seem to suppress them. As they were in combat, he revealed his true feelings for her and wanted to marry her. She refused his proposal, but only because she wanted to do things her way…so she proposed to him.

….and as they tried to work out their wedding plans, they continued to fight the Frogs.

 

Later, after Snake’s sucess and battle with Liquid Ocelot, the two got married near Snake’s plane, the NOMAD, in a ceremony attended by the other RAT PATROL members (and officiated by Ed, one of the team as well), Meryl’s father Roy Campbell, Huey “Emmerich” Otacon, his adopted daughter Sunny, and Mei Ling.

 

Metal Gear profiles-Rosemary

Rosemary was a former Pentagon data analyst who was eventually ordered to get to know the solider known as Jack-the man later known as Raiden-by the Patriots AI, and trick him into a rescue mission on the “Big Shell” rig, where they could gather valuable data to help enforce their rule by creating a similar operation to Solid Snake’s Shadow Moses.

 

The two met on April 30th,  2007, and started flirting by talking about-and watching-the 1933 version of King Kong, arguing whether it was the Chrystler or Empire State building that Kong climbed in the movie.

 

The two then discovered they worked in the same military complex (What an amazing coincidence)  and started dating, although at times their relationship was strained by Jack’s coldness and aloof nature at times. Two years passed.

Eventually, Jack was assigned to infiltrate the Big Shell, and Rosemary, suprisingly, served as mission support. During the operation, there were many revelations, such as Jack’s past and the true nature of the mission-and also that she was pregnant. Her transmission then faded, although a simulated version of her-a Patriot AI-eventually taunted Raiden as he fought Solidus Snake, causing Raiden to wonder if Rose was real, or simply just false information fed to him by the Patriots. At the end however, Snake revealed to Raiden that Rose was indeed, real.

 

However, the threats of both the Patriots, and Jack’s dark past caused the couple to drift apart a bit (Raiden also lost a good chunk of his body, becoming a cyborg ninja). She also seemed to miscarry their child. In an unexpected move, she married Colonel Campbell, which further divided the rift between the Colonel and his daughter, Meryl.

 

Rose re-emerged at her “husband’s” request to help Solid Snake with stress during his fight with Liquid Ocelot. After the Patriots were defeated, she finally was able to speak with Raiden again. Raiden, recovering from his injuries and getting some more cosmetic skin grafts for a more human appearance, was introduced to his son John, and her miscarriage and marriage to Campbell had both been lies designed to protect them from the Patriots.

 

The two got married, and were still married around the time of 2018 when Raiden fought the Desperado group.

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Solid V’s 80’s music

Metal Gear Solid V is set in 1984, and of course makes a few references to the current events of the time (such as the brief warming up of the cold war) and George Orwell’s novel also set in a fictional version of that year-Metal Gear Solid V, like many other ‘open world’ games-utilizes a licensed soundtrack. It’s not necessarily the first Metal Gear game to do so-Metal Gear Solid V and Ground Zeroes utilized “Here’s to You” and Peace Walker had “Sing” by Karen Carpenter. Like those songs, some of the music selected for inclusion in MGSV have some connection to the story. I’ve already covered The Bowie/Ure Man Who Sold the World, this will look into some other features. I’ll admit, some of this is guesswork, and may not represent the intentions of Hideo Kojima.

 

 

 

First up we have Laura Braningan’s song “Gloria” from 1983 (Although based on a 1979 song). The song somewhat alludes to a woman being increasingly paranoid, to the point of hearing voices in her head. In the game, this sort of has a double meaning-Venom Snake experiences hallucinations due in part to severe trauma such as having shrapnel logged in his head….while Kaz Miller, his second-in-command, is increasingly paranoid throughout the game-likewise due to his own trauma and desire for revenge against Cipher.

 

Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell”‘s inclusion seems kind of obvious. Just compare Idol’s look in the video, and Eli’s (Liquid Snake’s). Plus Eli is quite the rebel himself.

You Spin Me Right Round from Dead or Alive is a bit tricky, to be honest. Although here’s a few guesses:

-Peter burns is wearing an eyepatch in the video, like Big Boss/Venom Snake/Solidus Snake.

 

Or Revolver Ocelot’s spinning guns trick:

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or the fact that the beat of the song is based on part of the Ride of the Valkyries (really!) which is also included in V’s soundtrack.

 

Dancing with tears in my eyes is by Ultravox, one of Kojima’s favorite 80’s  bands-in fact, Midge Ure sings the 80’s version of the Man Who Sold The World featured in the opening. The song is sort of talking about a lost love, which could be Big Boss’s loss of the Boss, although that’s not a major theme of V (as it was as Peace Walker). The video however deals with a couple’s moments before a nuclear explosion, and one of the main themes in the games? Nukes of course! They play a fairly important role in the FOB multiplayer missions of the game….

 

I’m guessing this might also in part explain the use of Europe’s Final Countdown as well, as that has similar apocalyptic imagery in it’s lyrics.

 

 

 

Katchagoogooo’s “Too shy”? Well I’m guessing it was chosen to reflect Quiet’s “hush-hush” (She doesn’t speak for reasons explained in the game) or “Eye-to-eye” (Well, the weird blotches in her eyes when she uses her powers).

Japan’s Quiet Life? Same thing, except it’s somewhat more obvious by the title of the song.

Hall and Oates’s Maneater is also fairly easy. Quiet might be Quiet of course, but she’s also extremely dangerous.

It’s very telling that this tape is at Lamar Khate palace, where Quiet, in her final mission, goes totally berserk on her captors.

 

 

 

Spandau Ballet’s “True” is of course known best as one of the tunes from Sixteen candles, but it’s also in this game.

Metal Gear Solid V in a way, deals with the concept of truth-the endgame tapes which reveal the deception used to create Venom Snake detail this.

  However, some of true’s lyrics deal with the true meaning of words, and words themselves. In Metal Gear Solid V , words can  kill, via Skull Face’s language-targeting viruses.

“This is the sound of my soul,
This is the sound.
I bought a ticket to the world,
But now Ive come back again.
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
Oh I want the truth to be said.”

A-Ha’s “Take on Me” is of course the song with the famous music video of a guy in a newspaper comic coming to life and dragging a woman from a cafe into his world.

The song in part deals sort of an unspoken love-which is truely the case with Quiet and Venom Snake.

This is even clear in Quiet’s song, originally created for the game:

Birds in the sky
Carry these words for me.
Life tasted sweet,
It let me live,
It let me breathe.

Love hurts so bad,
But still saved my soul.
Flowers of a brighter past,
They bloomed so free,
Beneath the sun.

Memories,
I want to give them to you,
So you can see,
What we left there.

When all hope bleeds out,
What remains is doubt,
Should have left it all for you for tomorrow.
As your time draws near,
Will you live in fear?
Could have left it all for you,
But we let go.

 

and her final tape:

I did not choose to be Quiet. I wanted to express my feelings to you. If only we shared a common tongue. Vengeance was what drove me to them… The only language left to me, revenge. But the words we shared… No, that was no language at all. That is why… I chose the language of gratitude instead, and go back to silence. I am Quiet… I am… the absence of words.

Thomas Dolby’s “She blinded Me with Science” sort of has an explanation too. There’s at least two key scientists in Metal Gear Solid V-one, Huey Emmerich, who is-more or less-the guy who developed Metal Gear in the first place (based on plans from his Russian friend Granin).

and of course Code Talker, whose research into parasites is perverted by Skull Face…

 

although I suppose it could also refer to the eyes of Kazuhira Miller, which are extremely sensitive to light (therefore requiring him to wear sunglasses).

 

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Metal Gear Profiles-Solid Snake Part IV

War has changed. It’s no longer about nations, ideologies or ethnicity. It’s an endless series of proxy battles, fought by mercenaries and machines. War, and its consumption of life, has become a well-oiled machine. War has changed. ID tagged soldiers carry ID tagged weapons, use ID tagged gear. Nanomachines inside their bodies enhance and regulate their abilities. Genetic control. Information control. Emotion control. Battlefield control. Everything is monitored, and kept under control. War has changed. The age of deterrence has become the age of control. All in the name of averting catastrophe from weapons of mass destruction. And he who controls the battlefield, controls history. War has changed. When the battlefield is under total control, war… becomes routine.

 

Five years past-and Snake starts to age much faster than anticipated, seeming to age nearly at 5 times the normal rate as he reaches his 42nd birthday, physically resembling a man in his early 70’s. Solid Snake becomes “old Snake”-although he’s still formidable. He grows a mustache as well. He appears to have only a year to live as well…

 

 

He lives mostly on board the carrier Nomad with Otacon and Sunny Emmerich, Olga’s daughter who was rescued by Raiden and adopted by Otacon. However, one day Roy Campbell-his former commanding officer-tells him that they’ve located Liquid Ocelot in the middle east-and it’s time to take him down. Ocelot has formed his own PMC-part of a military industry being controlled by the Patriots AI-which has extended it’s database into much of society (The dream of the Boss and Zero-but badly warped)…but has other plans up his sleeve as well.

 

Arriving in the Middle East-and musing the war has changed-and after evading multiple “Gekkos” (Mass produced Metal Gear-esque units) FROGS (Ocelot’s main soldiers) and the Beauty and the Beast Unit.Snake soon teams with Meryl’s rat patrol unit, and Meryl is shocked at the aged sight of her ex. Snake also receives some extra support in the field-gun runner Drebin 893 (Who gives Snake an injection to take control of SOP ID weapons) and Metal Gear Mk.II, a tiny remote robot much less deadly than it’s larger cousins.

However, about to confront Ocelot, Snake is incapcitated by Liquid activating the SOP system, causing all the soldiers in the area with nanomachines in their systems-including Meryl’s team (minus Johnny Sasaki) suffer seizures..and Liquid Ocelot escapes.

After recovering, the Nomad received a clue from Naomi Hunter-who helped Snake during the Shadow Moses inciddent. He went to meet her in South America, and also have her examine why he was rapidly aging. Unfortunately, he had double the bad news.

 

Not only was Snake aging to death because of his clone nature, but FOXDIE-the virus designed to target the rogue Foxhound unit-was mutating, and wouldn’t just target any specific person-it could target anyone. The only way to stop it was for Snake to die before it mutated to that stage. With the help of Raiden-now a cyborg ninja, he was able to rescue Naomi. Raiden-injured in a battle with Vamp-implored him to seek out the mysterious “Big Mama” who might hold the key to defeating Ocelot.

 

Big Mama as it turned out, was Eva, Big Boss’s friend and lover during Operation Snake Eater, and also one of the founding members of the Patriots. She outlined her involvement in his birth-The Les Infant Terribles-and how it led to the Patriots breaking into two factions-One-Big Boss, Ocelot, and Eva-who went with the “Outer Heaven” idea, and the others-Zero, SIGINT/Donald Anderson and Para-Medic/Dr.Clark-who went for AI control over society. She then worked with Snake to move Big Boss’s body to a safe location, but unfortunately Ocelot caught up with them, and used the body to hijack the SOP system, giving him total control over the world’s nano-machined controlled weapons-and starting his own war on the Patriots.

 

 

The chaos that followed led to a fire that consumed the body, fatally wounding Eva and burning Snake’s face, scarring him permanently (Meryl nearly died, but was saved by Rat Patrol team member Johnny Sasaki). He and Otacon next worked out that Liquid’s plan was to use Metal Gear Rex-which had laid dormant at Shadow Moses after his battle with Liquid nearly a decade before-to take out the Patriot’s AI using it’s nuke to attack an orbiting satellite. He would have to once again return to Shadow Moses, to get to the gear before Ocelot did.

Snake re-entered the base, which had been mostly abandoned except by Ocelot’s AI weapons, the Gekkos and their dwarf counterparts.  REX was still in it’s hanger, but Snake was too late-Rex’s railgun had already been taken-and he found himself surrounded by Gekkos. Naomi Hunter also took her life as well.

With the help of a grieving Otacon and Raiden, however, Snake was able to reactivate Rex, and the old gear still packed a punch.

Finally reaching the outside, Snake found himself to face with Ocelot, who had his Metal Gear Ray handy, and the two might war machines clashed. Eventually Ocelot however summonded his arsenal gear, the Outer Haven, and started heading toward a point where he could attack the satellite.

Snake and the others then boarded the USS Missouri, and laid out a plan to take out Outer Haven before Ocelot could use Rex’s railgun (Which Snake dubbed “Liquid’s very own Death Star” to attack the satellite. Their plan was to board the ship-despite heavy opposition-FROGS,Gekkos, Metal Gear RAYS and the last member of the Beauty and the Beast unit, Screaming Mantis.

 

Supported by Raiden, Meryl, and Johnny, as well as Otacon and Mei Ling in the Missouri, Snake undertook his final mission.  After grueling combat-and most agonizingly of all, a long  corridor of microwaves….

Snake finally reached the GW AI that was giving Ocelot control of the SOP system, and sent it a virus. Unexpectedly though, the virus actually erased the entire Patriot control network-undoing their influence but leaving several other systems intact. The virus was called “FOXALIVE”.

But there was still a score to settle with “Liquid”. On the top of Outer Haven, the two got into brutal hand to hand combat, mirroring Solid Snake’s duel with Liquid on top of Rex a decade before. Liquid also revealed that he wanted Snake to defeat the Patriots all along, although he thought society would tumble into anarchy, like the Wild West.

Finally, Ocelot collapsed, and seemed to once again regain his former personality, giving Snake his catchphrase one last time “You’re pretty good!” as he died.

As others celebrated at Meryl and Johnny’s wedding, Snake went to Arlington, and considered ending his life so that the FOXDIE virus would not turn into an epidemic. However, he had an unexpected guest-Big Boss-who had been revived.

However, Big Boss was not there to fight, but to explain things-and reconcile somewhat with his ‘son’. How both he, Zero, and the Patriots managed to mess up the will of the Boss; how Ocelot in fact hypnotized himself into believing he was Liquid to get the Patriots confused; how the body of Solidus-and not him-was used to get into the system etc. He also explained that the FOXDIE would not mutate into an epidemic-in fact, a *new* virus was implanted into Snake by Drebin earlier (as Drebin was acting on behalf of the Patriots), that actually killed Eva and Ocelot-and which would now kill Big Boss, but not anybody else.

 

Big Boss finally pulled the plug on Zero, who had been in a vegetative state since the 80’s due to the machinations of Skull Face, and ending the last trace of the original Patriots.

 

After finally saluting his mentor one last time, Big Boss implored his son to live not as a not as a snake-but as a man…although he probably would die soon himself, he would be at peace and not waste the life he had left fighting. Solid Snake lit his father’s cigar as he died.

 

Solid Snake then joined Otacon and Sunny once again, but as he left, Otacon noticed he forgot his cigarettes.

 

Otacon : Snake, wait up! You forgot these….

Snake : No thanks. I’m quitting.

Otacon : Snake? Snake : These things will kill ya.

Otacon : Where will you go…? Our fight is finished. There’s nothing left for us to do.

Snake : No. There’s one thing I still have to do. I have to see this age off… See what the future brings.

Otacon : Sounds good to me. I’ll go with you.

Snake : Otacon, I’m gonna be dead soon. You don’t have to come.

Otacon : You said it yourself, Snake. There’s nothing inside you can pass on to the next generation. No genes, no memes… You’re man-made… You’re a beast.

Snake : I know… A blue rose. There won’t be any happy “Beauty and the Beast” ending for me. What little time I have left will be spent living… As a beast. A shadow of the inside… Of the old age.

Otacon : Exactly. That’s why you need me. As a witness.

Snake : A witness?

Otacon : Yeah. Someone on the outside to bear witness to your final days. Someone to pass on your story… Not that I’m the only witness. But I’ll remember everything you were… And stick with you to the end.

Snake : Otacon….

Otacon : Besides, you wouldn’t let me suffer Sunny’s eggs alone, would you?

Solid Snake, at some point later, died…but peacefully.

 

 

 

 

Metal Gear Profiles-Solid Snake Part III

Life isn’t just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature and movies… what we’ve seen, heard, felt… anger, joy and sorrow… these are the things I will pass on. That’s what I live for. We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end some time, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing-Solid Snake

 

After the Shadow Moses incident, Snake and Meryl eventually parted ways, with her taking control of the “Rat Patrol” unit (Unknowingly controlled in part by the Patriots- “Rat Patrol” being an anagram of Patriots). It was soon discovered that Revolver Ocelot had stolen the plans to Metal Gear Rex and had sold them to various world powers….so now *everybody* could build a Metal Gear.

 

To combat this threat, Solid Snake, Otacon, Mei Ling and others from the Shadow Moses incident formed the group “Philanthropy” dedicated to ridding the world of these walking nuclear battle tanks.

 

Eventually, the US Navy began developing it’s own solution to the problem-an anti-Metal Gear…Metal Gear. RAY-sitting in a tanker on Hudson-held no nuclear weapons but still was formidable.

 

Snake and Otacon weren’t too happy about this, of course, although RAY had no nuclear capability. So Snake boarded the freighter where it was being stowed and worked to photograph it to expose it. However, they weren’t alone-Revolver Ocelot and the Gurlocovitch mercenaries had boarded too.

Snake confronted the second in command of the unit-Olga Gurlucovitch-and tranquilized her after a brief fight. He then headed to the hanger to photograph Ray, but the Commandant demonstrating the unit-Scott Dolph-was captured by Gurlucovitch’s father and Ocelot. Ocelot then turned on his former ally, killing both him and Dolph, before stealing the Metal Gear which damaged the tanker, causing it to to sink-allegedly with Snake onboard.  Before falling into the waves, Snake learned that Ocelot seemed to posses a split personality-that of Liquid Snake, whose arm now replaced Ocelot’s lost one.

In the two years that followed, Solid Snake was presumed dead, and Snake and philanthropy were framed for the loss of the tanker. A facility-Big Shell-was built on top of the wreck, supposedly to clean up the oil spilled in the bay…but in fact hiding something more serious. Soon, Big Shell, during a visit from the president, was taken over by the group known as the “Sons of Liberty”-which was led by a man claiming to be Solid Snake.

However, the real Solid Snake was still alive, and with Otacon’s help, infiltrated Big Shell as a member of the SEAL team, using the alias “Iroquis Pliskin”, where he ran into Raiden, the man tasked with rescuing the President, during an encounter with Dead Cell member Vamp. The two combined forces, helping defuse explosive devices left by Dead Cell member Fatman, and with Otacon. Solid also learned the identity of the man impersonating him-his other brother, Solidus Snake. They also learned that the Big Shell facility was in fact cover for a new Gear-the Arsenal Gear battleship, that Solidus intended to capture and launch a nuke to disrupt the Patriot’s network with an EMP.

 

No, that is NOT Solid Snake. Stop impersonating him!

Re-adopting his original identity, Snake also encountered Olga-working with her in her quise as Mr.X, and the two formed an alliance-in part because the Patriots held her child captive.  He also teamed with Emma Emmerich, Raiden and Otacon to attempt to disable Arsenal Gear’s AI GW, but was unfortunately unable to save Otacon’s stepsister, Emma Emmerich. Otacon was overcome with grief, but Snake trusted him to help save the rest of the hostages on Big Shell, while he and Raiden would take care of Arsenal Gear. The two shared an epic walk and handshake.

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Donning his old sneaking suit and bandana-although knocking out Raiden first as a distraction to sneak into Arsenal Gear, Snake and Raiden began working together against Solidus’s forces, including elite “Tengu” guards. He also gave Raiden Olga’s High Frequency blade-which she used in her disguise as the Cyborg ninja (It would later become Raiden’s trademark weapon when *he* became a Cyborg ninja!)

 

Snake then confronted Dead Cell member Fortune while Raiden dealt with an army of mass produced  Metal Gear RAYS. Captured by Fortune, he was taken up to the hull of Arsenal gear, where he learned that Raiden’s mission was in part an attempt at gathering data for the Patriots-based on his own mission at Shadow Moses. He also learned that it was Ocelot’s Liquid persona who had lured him to the tanker in the first place. Once again, Ocelot escaped in RAY, although Snake was able to place a tracker on the gear…and gain some information on the Patriots via Emma’s work. He later met with Raiden after he defeated Solidus, and also vowed to rescue Olga’s daughter. He gave Raiden an inspiring speech, and then left him.

 

Otacon then looked at the information gleaned from Arsenal Gear, and briefed Snake on it….

Otacon : Snake, you there? It’s me. I’ve finished going over that disc.

Snake : Did you find the Patriots’ list?

Otacon : Of course. It contains the personal data of twelve people. There
was a name on it — Snake, it was one of our biggest
contributors.

Snake : What’s going on around here?

Otacon : I don’t know…

Snake : Anyway, where are they?

Otacon : Well, we were right about them being on Manhattan, but…

Snake : But what?

Otacon : They’re already dead. All twelve of them.

Snake : When did it happen?

Otacon : Well, ah…about a hundred years ago.

Snake : What the hell?

A mystery that would remain unsolved for quite some time-and just when Snake’s time itself was almost up.

Metal Gear Profiles-David/Solid Snake Part II

When his brother Liquid took control of Shadow Moses island, colonel Campbell once against sought out Solid Snake, living in retirement in the Alaskan wilderness fairly close by, raising 50 huskies and participating in Sleigh races. Although he was initially reluctant to accept the mission, the involvement of a rogue FOXHOUND unit, Big Boss’s remains being sought as the ransom and the fact that he resembled the FOXHOUND leader intriqued Snake-and likewise, Campbell revealed he’d release the ‘dirt’ on his files if he didn’t participate. Snake’s main mission was to rescue two hostages-Darpa Chief Donald Anderson (The former SIGINT) and Kenneth Baker, ARMSTECH president.

Getting his hair cut and dyed so he wouldn’t be mistaken for Liquid, Snake then infiltrated Shadow Moses from underwater. In addition to Campbell and Naomi Hunter, he was given technical and moral support by Mei Ling, Natasha Romenko and Master Miller..However, he soon discovered that Campbell-and mission Doctor Naomi-hadn’t been telling him the whole truth-Snake had been given a virus by Naomi-FOXDIE-designed to target the members of the rogue Foxhound unit (and possibly Snake himself); and also Shadow Moses was the testing ground for a new model Metal Gear-Metal Gear REX.

 

 

His initial mission failed when FOXDIE killed both Donald Anderson and Kenneth Baker (although in the first case, it was actually Decoy Octopus, who was misleading Snake in order to get him to actually activate Metal Gear REX). However, he was soon able to rescue other captives-Hal Emmerich, or Otacon, and Campbell’s “niece” (actually daughter) Meryl Silverburgh. He also had an ongoing semi-alliance with a  Cyborg Ninja-actually the cybernetically resurrected Grey Fox-who helped him but also craved one final fight with his former friend and rival.

 

Taking on the members of FOXHOUND in combat, as well as the genome army, Snake made his way through the base, and finally reached the Metal Gear after a long trial, including Meryl getting badly wounded and captured by Sniper Wolf. He finally reached REX’s hanger, but unexpectedly, instead of deactivating the Gear, he *activated* it, having been tricked by “Miller” who was in fact Liquid Snake in disguise. He also learned he had largely been a pawn used by Defense secretary Jim Houseman, and part of his mission was to cover up the existence of REX, the rogue FOXHOUND and the genome army.

Liquid also had a startling revelation about Solid Snake’s past-not only were they the sons of Big Boss, but they were the product of the Les Infant Terribles project, an attempt to clone the legendary soldier. Liquid then boarded the Metal Gear, and faced off against his brother, with Grey Fox aiding Snake in destroying the Radome, leaving Liquid more vulnerable.

Solid Snake was able to disable the gear, but the resulting explosion knocked him out. He woke up to face his brother again, on top of the unit and holding Meryl captive.

 

The two got into a tense fistfight, and Liquid fell off the gear, severely injured. Snake then rescued Meryl and the two escaped Shadow Moses….but Liquid wasn’t quite dead yet.

After a chase in the jeep, which ended up with both crashing, Liquid Snake finally succumbed to FOXDIE.

After that, Snake and Meryl found a jetski nearby, and Solid Snake wondered if he could now pursue a new life, a new purpose, perhaps a life with Meryl by his side. He also revealed his real name: David.

Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want….as Snake would soon find out-and he would become further entangled in his father’s legacy.