ARTICLE: History of Metal Gear Solid

Metal Gear Solid: A History – Fabz_95

Metal Gear Solid… What a series… A series so great the latest game got AAAA! But how did the series start off?

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Well it all started with the original game, Metal Gear Solid (Or MGS, created in 1998) on the PS1 and is a stealth action video game, created by the brilliant Hideo Kojima and was developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan. The game was the third Metal Gear game in the series (With Metal Gear on the NES) and is a direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid 2: Solid Snake which was made for the MSX2. But we’ll talk about those games later.

The game was very original, including many cinematic qualities with great sound, voice acting and film like cutscenes. The game also has a great story, Solid Snake, a retired soldier who infiltrates a nuclear weapons facility to stop a threat from a renegade special forces unit, FOXHOUND. The game did brilliantly, selling over 6 million copies and scoring and average 94/100 on metacritic.

Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty, a direct sequel to the PS1 game, was again created by Hideo Kojima and was developed by Konami Computer Entertainment Japan. The game was released in 2001 for the PS2 and is the 4th Metal Gear game. Another edition of the game, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance was released for not only the PS2 but the Xbox and for PC. The game followed the 1st and the story is about an offshore clean-up facility that has been seized by a group of terrorists, the Sons of Liberty. The game did even better than the Original, selling over 7 million copies and scoring 95% on Gamerankings.

MGS A History – Part 2 – Fabz_95

So here we are with the 2nd part of MGS A History

After the huge success of MGS2 a sequel was sure to follow. And the next game did not dissapoint. The gaming world was blessed with MGS3. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was absolutely huge. The game was released November 17th 2004 and sold 3.6 million copies worldwide! Although it was the 3rd main game in the series MGS3 was actually a prequel to the other two games in the series (it was even given a sequel, MGS: Portable Ops for the PSP.) The game was set in Russia during the Cold War and focused on FOX operative Naked Snake.

Although the last few games were based inside high-tech buildings in an urban environment, this game was completely different as it was set in the wilderness. The game was brilliant, had a great sense of humour, had a brilliant story which was told through many cut scenes and radio sequences and received 91% on Gamerankings.

*Drumroll* Its the finale of the MGS Series. I Introduce you, MGS4.

Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of the Patriots (as we all know) was absolutely amazing.

MGS4, released worldwide on the 12th of June 2008 (10 years after the original MGS) was a beautiful game scoring AAAA on GS. The story, set in 2014, 5 years after the Big shell incident in MGS2, was a huge part of MGS4 and all the fans adored it. Beautiful graphics, an amazing story, great gameplay made this game the reason to buy the PS3, selling 4.33 million copies worldwide.

The Other games

There have been many MGS games that are not part of the main series. Some of these are Metal Gear Solid : The Twin snakes for the GC, Metal Gear Portable Ops for the PSP and the original Metal gear for the NES.

The Twin snakes, released in 2004, was made for the GameCube and was a remake of the original MGS. This game feature updated graphics, new cutscenes and new gameplay functions that were feature in MGS2. Although the game could obviously not match the main series it did fairly well scoring 8.2 on gamespot.

Another game MGS Portable Ops for the PSP was released in 2006, was the third MGS title for the PSP and was a direct sequel to MGS3 : Snake Eater. The game takes place 6 years after Snake eater and was set in 1970. The ame was considered the first MGS game for a portable console.

Finally, Metal Gear was released in 1987 and was made for the MSX2 home computer designed by Hideo Kojima, a port being made years later for the NES. The game revolved around Solid Snake and was based on a mission to destroy Metal Gear.

Anyway thats it for now, I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you guys next time!