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So what is this Metal Gear?!

"Metal Gear" is a video game which was released in 1987 for the MSX2. It was created by a Japanese man named Hideo Kojima who was working for a games company called Konami. Metal Gear had a storyline which involved a soldier named Solid Snake (the playable character). Snake had to infiltrate an enemy fortress to destroy a dangerous new nuclear weapon called Metal Gear, and put a stop to the terrorists who were threatening to use it. Metal Gear was such a success not only for its enjoyable storyline but also because it brought a new concept to the gaming industry. Instead of just shooting every enemy in sight, as is the aim in "shoot 'em ups", Metal Gear emphasised the importance of sneaking around unseen. Snake was most successful if he could avoid detection and carry out his mission objectives without leaving a trail of blood behind him.

The game's success prompted a sequel which came out in the form of "Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake" in 1990. After this the games faded away for a while along with the consoles they were released for. They became collectors' items and not much else... until at last in 1998 when Kojima-san released another installment in the Metal Gear series, "Metal Gear Solid" for the PlayStation.

Metal Gear Solid was an enormous success worldwide, and many people did not realise it was a sequel. The "Solid" in the title referred not only to Solid Snake, but also to the fact that this was the series' first 3D game in a "solid" environment (and thirdly that it was superior to anything from Squaresoft!). Because MGS was such an incredible winner and sold millions, Kojima-san was begged by fans to continue the series, a feat he pulled off marvellously, releasing game after game, all of which have been widely regarded as masterpieces.

"MGS2: Sons of Liberty" was the direct sequel to MGS and "MGS3: Snake Eater" ended up being a prequel, set in the 1960s with the main character being the father of Solid Snake. Both were released for the PlayStation 2. The next installment in the series, "MGS4: Guns of the Patriots" has been a massive success for the PlayStation 3. "Peace Walker" is the most recent release and there are yet more projects currently in development.

The games are not restricted only to those listed above, but also branch out into sub-games, re-releases and add-ons, with something for almost every console on the market. Most notable extras are the PlayStation Portable games including "MGS: Portable Ops", a new mission in its own right. Others for the PSP include card-based games "Metal Gear Acid" and "Metal Gear Acid 2". The Game Boy Color also had its own game, "Metal Gear: Ghost Babel" and an add-on for the PlayStation "MGS: Special Missions" focused on the training levels of MGS.

Many of the games in the series have been re-released so they can be enjoyed even more. MGS was remade for the Gamecube with enhanced graphics and gameplay, under the title "The Twin Snakes" and both MGS2 and MGS3 came out again with added features under the new titles "Substance" and "Subsistence" respectively. The latter even included the original two Metal Gear games so that finally people could play the first installments in the series without having to track them down second hand, possibly along with working consoles to play them on!

The more recent games have also benefited from online multiplayer modes where gamers across the world can take each other on in a Metal Gear environment. Konami have also been developing games for certain makes of mobile phone and iPod. The series has been a phenomenal success and has delighted millions of gamers worldwide. May it long continue to do so!

Game chronology

The order the games were released, as with many things, does not necessarily make them sequential. It's completely fine to play them all in the order they were released of course, but if you want to play them chronologically, there are currently only eight games to take into consideration and their order and years are shown below:

  1. METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER 1964
  2. METAL GEAR SOLID: PORTABLE OPS - 1970-1
  3. METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER - 1974
  4. METAL GEAR - 1995
  5. METAL GEAR 2: SOLID SNAKE - 1999
  6. METAL GEAR SOLID - 2005
  7. METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY - 2007/9
  8. METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS - 2014

Details of all the games, in release order, are given below complete with a screenshot. Please note that the cover illustrations are from UK versions. More detail about each game is given on its own page.

Metal Gear

Name: Metal Gear
Platform: MSX2/NES
First release date: 12 July 1987 (Japan)
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Snake's Revenge

Name: Metal Gear 2: Snake's Revenge
Platform: NES
First release date: April 1990 (North America)
More info: Snake's revenge was made by Konami for an American audience but without Hideo Kojima's consent, and is therefore not considered part of the official series.

Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

Name: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Platform: MSX2
First release date: 19 July 1990 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid

Name: Metal Gear Solid
Platform: PlayStation/PC
First release date: 3 September 1998 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions

Name: Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions/VR Missions/Integral (Europe/America/Japan respectively)
Platform: PlayStation/PC
First release date: 25 June 1999 (Japan)
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Metal Gear: Ghost Babel

Name: Metal Gear: Ghost Babel/Metal Gear Solid (Japan/rest of world respectively)
Platform: Game Boy Color
First release date: 27 April 2000 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Name: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Platform: PlayStation 2
First release date: 13 November 2001 (North America)
 
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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

Name: Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance
Platform: PlayStation 2/Xbox/PC
First release date: 5 November 2002 (North America)
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Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

Name: Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes
Platform: Gamecube
First release date: 9 March 2004 (North America)
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Name: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Platform: PlayStation 2
First release date: 17 November 2004 (North America)
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Metal Gear Acid

Name: Metal Gear AC!D
Platform: PlayStation Portable
First release date: 16 December 2004 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Acid 2

Name: Metal Gear AC!D2
Platform: PlayStation Portable
First release date: 8 December 2005 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

Name: Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
Platform: PlayStation 2
First release date: 22 December 2005 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

Name: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Platform: PlayStation Portable
First release date: 21 December 2006 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops Plus

Name: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops +
Platform: PlayStation Portable
First release date: 20 September 2007 (Japan)
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Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Name: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Platform: PlayStation 3
First release date: 12 June 2008 (Worldwide)
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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Name: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Platform: PlayStation Portable
First release date: 28 April 2010 (Japan)
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Other Kojima games

Hideo Kojima is most famous for his Metal Gear games but he has also helped produce and direct some other titles including Snatcher, Policenauts, the Zone of the Enders series and the Boktai series. For more information on these games, click here!