Alright! Let’s start the mass confusion that will be Metal Gear Solid. This update will contain a whole bunch of images and text. Future updates will contain less images and more text. Not because I want to take a crapload of pictures, but this is a game you have to read (or be narrated to) to understand. It’ll start slow, but make sure you keep with it, especially if you haven’t played the game or any of the series before. With that out of the way, let’s go.
Since the game has a hell of a lot of text, and lots of different characters, there’ll be more reading than looking at pretty pictures. When we’re all finished, though, you’ll understand why I’m doing it the way I’m doing it.
Snake’s lines will be bold.
Supporting cast (on screen) will be italic and prefaced with their name.
Supporting cast (odff screen) will be bold and italic and prefaced with their name.
Finally, my (not really) witty commentary will be in normal text.
It will make sense as you match it with the pictures.
Quick, who remembers the PlayStation’s Konami Code?
The red line is non-conformist.
Didn’t it JUST tell us this?
This may not mean anything to you. It may mean something to you. It WILL mean something to you when we’re done.
By the way, the game takes place in 2005.
They want the remains of some dude, and if they don’t get them, they’ll nuke? What the Christ?!
Sounds simple enough.
Oh, sure, drag the dude out of retirement and ask him to save the world.
SWIM? In Alaskan waters? The guy’ll freeze!
It would appear so.
A gang of speds? WONDERFUL!
Solid and Liquid. Hurr. Where did they get these naming schemes at?
Quick lesson: Fox Hound code names are like a ranking system. The better your code name, the better you preform. The name Snake is the second highest code name in Fox Hound.
So, let’s get this straight, you’re sending in a guy who’s a bad-ass, but been in retirement into a nuclear situation alone and unarmed?
Let’s get this show on the road.
Just an example of how stealthy Snake can be.
Who is that blonde haired man, and what flies is he talking about?
This is Snake. Colonel, can you hear me?
Campbell : Loud and clear Snake. What’s the situation?
Looks like the elevator in the back is the only way up.
Campbell : Just as I expected. You’ll have to take the elevator to the surface. But make sure that nobody sees you. If you need to contact me by codec, the frequency is 140.85. When you want to use the codec push the Select button. When we need to contact you the codec will beep. When you hear that noise push the Select button. The codec directly stimulates the small bones of your ear, no one but you will be able to hear it.
Got it, okay, I’m ready to go.
The what button?
Fuckin’ with some guards. NOTE: Stealth Camo. Screw being stealthy, messing with guards is fun.
Oh god, I think I can COUNT the polygons in Snake’s face.
It’s Snake. I’m in front of the disposal facility.
Campbell : Excellent, Snake. Age hasn’t slowed you down one bit.
Naomi : How’s that Sneaking Suit working out?
I’m nice and dry, but it is a little hard to move.
Naomi : Bear with it. It’s designed to prevent hypothermia. This is Alaska you know.
Take it easy, I’m grateful. If it wasn’t for your suit and your shot I would have turned into a popsicle out there.
Naomi : An anti-freezing peptide Snake. All of the Genome soldiers in this excercise are using it.
I’m relieved to hear that. Already tested, huh? By the way, how’s the diversionary operation going?
Campbell : Two F-16s just took off from Galena and are headed your way. The terrorist’s radar should have picked them up by now.
Well, I guess we know what the flies were.
Campbell : There are only 18 hours left until their deadline. You’ve got to hurry.
Mei Ling : Wow…you must be crazy to fly a Hind in this kind of weather.
Campbell : Oh sorry, I haven’t introduced you two yet. This is Mei Ling. She was assigned to us as our visual and data processing specialist. She designed your codec, as well as your Soliton radar system. Contact her if you have any questions about either of them.
And she speaks with a bad accent.
Mei Ling : Nice to meet you Snake. It’s an honor to speak to a living legend like yourself.
Mei Ling : What’s wrong?
Wait for it…
Mei Ling : You’re just flattering me…
No, I’m serious. Now I know I won’t be bored for the next 18 hours.
Mei Ling : C’mon, I can’t believe I’m being hit on by the famous Solid Snake… But I’m surprised, you’re very frank for a trained killer.
Looks like we both have a lot to learn about each other.
Mei Ling : Yeah, I’m looking forward to meeting the man behind the legend…but first, let me explain about your Soliton radar system.
I’m imagining “Hello Kitty” stickers and plushies in her office, everywhere!
Mei Ling : The bright dot in the middle is you Snake. The red dots are your enemies and the blue cone shape represents their field of vision.
Naomi : Be careful Snake. The Genome soldiers have highly developed senses of hearing and vision due to their gene therapy. Make sure you don’t let them see you.
Campbell : First I want you to infiltrate the disposal site and look for the DARPA Chief.
Naomi : The DARPA Chief was injected with the same GPS transmitting nanomachines as you.
Mei Ling : He should appear on your radar as a green dot.
Campbell : Get whatever information you can from him about the terrorists. If he’s alive that is…
How does Snake see this radar?
Mei Ling : Snake, your radar isn’t affected by the weather, but if you’re discovered by an enemy you won’t be able to use it.
Campbell : Yes, it gets jammed easily I’m afraid.
Mei Ling : Yes, it’s all made from currently existing technology. You won’t be able to use it in an area with strong harmonic resonance. So be careful.
Campbell : We’ll be monitoring your movements by radar… so contact us by Codec anytime you want.
Got it. I’ll call if I’m feeling lonely.
Naomi : Seriously Snake. We’re here to back you up, so call if you need some information or advice.
Mei Ling : I’m also in charge of your mission data. Contact me if you want me to record your current status. My frequency is 140.96. It’s a dedicated frequency for saving data. Don’t forget it.
Campbell : Remember, except for your binoculars you’re naked. You need to arm yourself with whatever weapons you can find.
Current technology? As opposed to?!
I’ll hold you to that doctor. By the way, sorry to dissapoint you but I did manage to smuggle out my smokes.
Naomi : How did you do that?
In my stomach. Thanks to the shot you gave me that suppressed my stomach acids.
Mei Ling : Cigarettes? How are those going to help you?
You never know.
I love this set of lines.
Campbell : If you want to get in, there’s the front door.
Campbell : It’s the fastest way, but there’s too much risk of being spotted by the enemy.
I can’t just knock on the door and ask them to let me in. One sentry on the left and one on the right. They’re armed with “five five sixers” and pineapples…
Campbell : What about the air duct near the door?
Campbell : There should also be a duct on the second floor.
I can’t see it from here.
Campbell : I’ll let you decide the best COA. I’m counting on you Snake.
Great. Now, can I finally play?
Yes, Snake, they do keep those in places like these.
“What was the noise?”
Master : Snake, it’s been a long time.
Master? What are you doing here?
Master : I quit being a drill instructor, so I moved out here for some peace and quiet. I’m in retirement just like you. Once in a while I still help train the Alaskan Scouts.
Passing on the skills to a new generation, huh?
Master : Campbell told me about the situation here. I thought I might be of some use.
There’s no one I’d rather have in a foxhole than you.
Master : Well, I know lots about survival in a harsh environment. I’ve lived in Alaska longer than you, so call me if you have any questions about the flora or fauna out here. My frequency is 141.80.
There are a LOT of annoying Codec calls in the beginning of the game.
Genome 1 :I moved the DARPA Chief to the cell in the 1st floor basement.
Genome 2 : : What about the vent shaft cleaning?
Genome 1 : They just opened the vent covers. They’re about to start spraying for rats.
First floor basement ventilation shaft…
Genome 1 : Shut those covers as soon as they’re done spraying. Also, keep your eye on that woman in the cell. Don’t get careless now.
Woman in the cell?
Protip: Anytime things are repeated in the game, they’re important.
I’ll get right on that, after you people stop calling me and telling me how to work a goddamn elevator.
It’s a collection of polygons that resembles a woman. With pointy boobs.
DARPA chief : Who… who, who’s that?
I’m here to save you. You’re the DARPA Chief, Donald Anderson, right?
DARPA chief : You’re here to save me, huh? What’s your outfit?
I’m the pawn they sent here to save your worthless butt.
DARPA chief : Really? It’s true… You don’t look like one of them. In that case, hurry up and get me out of here.
Slow down. Don’t worry. First I want some information… about the terrorists.
DARPA chief : The terrorists?
Do they really have the ability to launch a nuke?
DARPA chief : What are you talking about?
The terrorists are threatening the White House. They say if they don’t accede to their demands they’ll launch a nuclear weapon.
DARPA chief : Sweet Jesus…
Is it possible?!
DARPA chief : … It’s possible. They… could launch a nuke.
How do they plan to launch? I though this place was just for keeping the dismantled warheads. They shouldn’t have access to a missile…
Allah Akbar! The terrorists! NEVAR FORGET!!!!
DARPA chief : What I’m about to tell you is classified information. Okay? We were conducting excercises of a new type of experimental weapon. A weapon that will change the world.
DARPA chief : A weapon with the ability to launch a nuclear attack from any place on the face of the earth. A nuclear equipped, walking battle tank.
This can only mean one thing…
Metal Gear!? It can’t be!
DARPA chief : … You knew!? Metal Gear is one of the most secret black projects! How did you know that?
We’ve had a couple of run-ins in the past. So that’s the reason you were here at this disposal site?
DARPA chief : Why else would I come to a God-forsaken place like this.
I had heard the Metal Gear project was scrapped.
Apparently, it wasn’t.
DARPA chief : On the contrary, it has grown into a huge joint project between ArmsTech and ourselves. We were going to use this exercise as raw data and then proceed to mass production. If it hadn’t been for the revolution.
DARPA chief : Rex has fallen into the hands of terrorists.
DARPA chief : Metal Gear Rex, the codename for the new Metal Gear prototype. They’re probably already finished aiming the warhead they plan to use with Rex. These guys are pros. They’re all experienced in handling and equipping weapons.
Huh? How did he just wave that guard away after loudly announcing all this information to Snake?
But I thought that all nuclear watheads were equipped with safety measures. Some kind of detonation code that you have to input.
DARPA chief : Oh, you mean PAL. Yes, of course, there is a PAL. It’s set up so that you need to input two different passwords in order to launch the device.
There are two passwords?
DARPA chief : Yes. Baker knows one and I know one.
Baker? The president of ArmsTech?
DARPA chief : That’s right. Each of us has to input our password or there can be no launch. But… they found out my password.
DARPA chief : Psycho Mantis can read people’s minds. You can’t resist.
DARPA chief : One of the members of FOX-HOUND. He has psychic powers.
…This is bad…
DARPA chief : It’s just a metter of time before they get Baker’s too.
If they find out Baker’s password…
Great. Things are just turning out lovely, aren’t they?
DARPA chief : Yes. They’ll be able to launch a nuke anytime. But there is a way to stop the launch.
DARPA chief : The card keys. They were designed by ArmsTech, the system developers as an emergency override. even without the passwords, you can just insert the card keys and engage the safety lock.
And if I do that?
DARPA chief : Yes. You can stop the launch.
Great, now let’s go get those damned Card Keys!
Woman : That card key… ?
So where are the keys?
DARPA chief : Baker should have them. Listen. You need three card keys. There are three different slots to put them in. You need to insert a card into each one of them.
Okay three card keys. Do you know where they mught be keeping Baker?
DARPA chief : Somewhere in the 2nd floor basement.
Second floor basement?
DARPA chief : I heard the guard say they moved him to an area that has a lot of electronic jamming.
Any other clues?
DARPA chief : Yes… they cemented over the entrances but but didn’t have enough time to paint over them. Why don’t you look for the areas where the walls are a different cover?
Another puzzle that says “Fuck the color blind!”.
DARPA chief : Here, take this. It’s my ID card. It’ll open any level one security door. It’s called a PAN card. It works together with your body’s own electrical field.
Personal Area Network, huh?
DARPA chief : It transmits data using the salts in your body as the transmission medium. As you approach the door’s security devices they’ll read the data stored in the card.
And the doors will open automatically, gotcha. OK. I’m going to get you out of here.
DARPA chief : Wait a minute.
What is it?
DARPA chief : You haven’t heard of another way to disarm the PAL, have you? From your bosses or anyone.
DARPA chief : Are you sure you haven’t heard anything?
I just said no.
DARPA chief : So, does the White House plan to give in to the terrorists demands?
That’s their problem. It has nothing to do with my orders.
DARPA chief : But… what about the Pentagon?
Huh? What’s going on here?
The chief had a heart attack, which is odd, because he looked like he was in fine health.
Naomi! The chief! What happened?
Naomi : I… I don’t know. It looked like a heart attack but…
Campbell : A heart attack? No…
…Colonel, are you hiding something from me?
Campbell : Absolutely not. Snake, you’ve got to understand. This op is security level Red. You need the highest security clearance to get access to the complete file.
You want me to believe that you are in charge of this op, but you don’t have access to the complete file!?
Campbell : I told you. The Secretary of Defense is in operational control. I’m just here as your support.
Campbell : Snake, we don’t have time to debate. get out of there and find President Baker!
What in the hell is going on here?
Woman : Don’t move! So you killed the Chief. You bastard!
Woman : Liquid!? No… you’re not.
Woman : Don’t move!
Is this the first time you’ve ever pointed a gun at a person? Your hands are shaking.
A female soldier? Huh..
Can you shoot me, rookie?
Woman : Careful, I’m no rookie!!
Liar! That nervous glance… that scared look in your eyes. They’re rookie’s eyes if I ever saw them. You’ve never shot a person, am I right?
Woman : You talk too much.
You haven’t even taken the safety off, rookie.
Woman : I told you I’m no rookie!!!
It must be that time of the month, or something. Jeez.
Woman : Open that door! You’ve got a card don’t you!?
Woman : So we can get the hell out of here.
Looks like we’ll be a little delayed. What are you doing!? Don’t think! Shoot!
“Don’t think! Shoot!” Good advice.
Hm. What are you looking at there, Snake?
First man : You fool! You’ve killed him!!
Second man : I’m sorry, Sir.
Third man : …His mental shielding was very strong. I could not dive into his mind.
First man : Now we’ll never get that detonation code…
Third man : Boss, I have a good idea.
What’s going on here? Just think about it. It will all be revealed later on.
Naomi, I just had some kind of hallucination. Is it from the nanomachines?
Naomi : No Snake. The nanomachines are funtioning properly.
So what was it?
Naomi : It must have been psychometric interferance coming from Psycho Mantis. FOX-HOUND’s psychic. Think of it as a mental feedback loop.
So that was Mantis…?
And this is where we stop.
It’s alright if you’re confused, and not knowing what in the hell is going on. That’s exactly how you should be feeling. You might have a slight grasp on what’s going on here, try to hang on to it.