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The locations of the Metal Gear games

Snake travels far and wide to stop terrorists from destroying the world with Metal Gear. He's been to most of the continents now, and below is a map of all the locations in the Metal Gear games right from the original to the latest MGS4: Guns of the Patriots. Click the image below to see a bigger, clearer version.

About the locations

  • Metal Gear, the first game of the series was set in a place called Outer Heaven, a fictional nation 200km north of a place called Galzburg, also fictional. Galzburg was supposedly in South Africa.
  • Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake was located in Zanzibar Land (also, Zanzibarland), another fictional location. This is not to be confused with Zanzibar, a real island off Tanzania in Africa. Zanzibar Land was supposedly located between the former Soviet Union, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China.
  • Metal Gear Solid was set on a fictional island called Shadow Moses Island, supposedly one of the Fox Islands (which are real) off the coast of Alaska, in the Bering Sea.
  • Metal Gear: Ghost Babel was located in central Africa in a fictional area called Galuade within the fictional nation of Gindra.
  • Metal Gear Solid 2 was divided into two stages, the first being set on a tanker ship in the Hudson River, New York City. The second was in an off-shore facility called the Big Shell, also in New York. The final part of the game is set in Manhattan itself.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3 is set in an obscure jungle in central USSR. The location of Tselinoyarsk is fictional.
  • Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops is located in South America, in a fictional peninsula off Columbia called the San Hieronymo Peninsula.
  • Metal Gear Solid 4 is the most diverse in its locations, being set in five different places. The first three are in non-specific places within the Middle East, South America and Eastern Europe. After that it is set on Shadow Moses Island - the same location as in MGS1 - and finally on a vessel entitled Outer Haven.