The Metal Gear Solid series is one that is held quite dearly to me, as they have given me some of the best moments in gaming. Each game has moments of pure brilliance, unforgettable characters and plot twists that stick in your mind.

With the release of the final Hideo Kojima produced game due in the next few days, I wanted to share a few of the moments that have left Metal Gear Solid my all time favourite franchise to play.


Metal Gear Solid (PS1) – Opening Scene

The opening credits of the first MGS game set the scene for what would be the start of one of the most epic games I had played ever.


Metal Gear Solid – Psycho Mantis Fight

Coming face-to-mask with Psycho Mantis in the most unique boss fight is memorable, mainly due to the way he must be beaten. Being a mind reader meant he could anticipate your every move and counter/evade accordingly, or at least from port 1. By plugging the controller into port 2 meant he was left in the dark, and could be easily beaten. The way he could read your memory card for other Konami titles, or move the controller due to its vibration function, broke the fourth wall completely.


Metal Gear Solid – End of Gray Fox

The end of Gray Fox aka Frank Jaeger was an emotional moment. Discovering Fox is the reason for Naomi’s revenge actions, that he is the one who ended her parents life, watching helplessly as Liquid crushes the life out of him with REX, hearing his life after Zanzibarland, and Snakes cry of “Fooooooox!!!”. You are given the chance to fire your Stinger during Fox’s reminiscence of his past and wanting need for death to take him, although Snake refuses point blank to listen to your button prompts.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Son’s of Liberty – Death of Emma Emmerich

This scene got me. Emma Emmerich, or “EE” to Otacon, laying in Otacons arms, slowly dying, after Vamp struck her. Knowing their past from previous conversations, hearing her say she never hated him, and she never wanted to hurt him, wanting to follow in his footsteps working with Arsenal Gear to get closer, her final request to hear him call her Emma. That moment when she passed, and the music playing, struck me hard. Otacon recalling his past, and how he was the reason for their fathers suicide.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Son’s of Liberty – Naked Raiden

After being stripped of equipment and clothing, Raiden finds himself in the depths of Arsenal Gear in just his birthday suit.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Son’s of Liberty – Raiden, not Snake

There aren’t any videos as this isn’t an actual scene in the game. It’s more of a realization that Solid Snake, the main man behind the games title, is not going to be the star in the sequel. Playing through the Tanker mission as Snake was such a misleading troll by creator Kojima, and is certainly a moment that stuck with fans. During the reveal/teasers for Metal Gear Solid 4, the tech video out of Kojima Productions actually made reference to the fans mockery of Raiden.


Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – Ladder

That ladder. That endless ladder. It is almost enough to warrant being a boss battle in itself, as it just kept on going and going, like a Duracell battery. The reasoning behind why the ladder is so long, at least in my opinion, is to give the player adequate time to reflect on what had just happened and what is still yet to come.


Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – The End Battle

The End, the oldest and most deadly sniper to have ever roamed this Earth gave way to perhaps one of the best boss battles in any given game, period. Taking place over several areas, the battle could last quite a while, depending on play style, difficulty etc. It is one that needs to be played, as words alone cannot describe how amazing this battle is. It’s worth noting The End can be taken down earlier in the game, if you’re fast enough with a sniper rifle, or by simply saving the game and coming back a week later, as The End dies of old age.


Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater – The Boss Battle

The Boss: The Joy, the legendary soldier, final child of the Philosophers, mentor to Naked Snake, a true patriot. Similar to the fight with The End, words alone cannot begin to touch the surface on just how utterly amazing and emotional this scene is, and it has to be played to thoroughly enjoy. Snake has to defeat the one person who meant more than anything to him.


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Opening Scene

“War has changed”. Those words resonate with MGS4 so well, as the opening monologue delivered by David Hayter as Solid Snake was so powerful.


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Naomi’s Death

Another moment for Otacon to lose someone close to him. Almost as powerful a scene as the death of his sister EE in Son’s of Liberty, the death of Naomi Hunter is another emotional moment. Learning the FOXALIVE Program had been completed, she supressed the nano machines inside herself that were keeping her alive due to terminal cancer. Her farewell to Snake, and Otacon in particular, has brought more than a tear to my eyes on more than one occasion.


Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Microwave Corridor

In the moment where the fate of everyone is at stake, it is Snake himself who must press on through a corridor of microwaves in order to reach the point to stop Liquid Ocelots plans. Snakes OctoCamo suit rupturing as he is cooked alive, the pain he is going through brought to the player by the frantic, never ending hammering of the triangle button to spur Snake on to the end. Otacon is encouraging him on via Mk.III, the picture splits into two; Snake on the bottom, while the top shows scenes from those around him, such as Johnny and Meryl, Mei Ling, and Raiden. The stakes are so high, and Snake cannot give up. One of the best scenes from MGS4, and almost tops the Ladder scene from Snake Eater.


Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker – A.I. Boss End

The final moments of Peace Walkers false ending. While not the true ending for Peace Walker, the end scene after the battle with the AI Boss is very good, bringing closure to Snake ready for him to throw away his past and finally become Big Boss.


There is also a vast amount of Codec conversations that were either memorable in that they revealed plot twists, or just plain funny calls. Below is one of my personal favourites from MGS4, making reference to the fact the original MGS required a second disc after the sniper battle on Shadow Moses Island.


So there we have it. Just a few of the most memorable moments from the Metal Gear Solid games. With Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain out in a few days, no doubt there will be more epic moments to be had.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain is out September 1st worldwide on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.