April 16, 2018

‘Metal Gear Solid 4’: An Act By Act Analysis

There is not a single video game that opens as profoundly, or as appropriately, as Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots does with Solid Snake’s “War has changed” monologue. In less than five minutes, not only is the game’s tone established, so is a new direction for the franchise as a whole.
April 10, 2018

‘Portable Ops: Metal Gear Solid’s Missing Link

the problem with Portable Ops is that it became a missing link despite being critically important in understanding the direction the series adopted with Guns of the Patriots.
March 30, 2018
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‘Metal Gear Solid 3’: A Perfect Circle

With The Boss, and with Metal Gear Solid 3, Kojima recontextualizes the entire Metal Gear narrative to tie into Metal Gear Solid 2’s ending. In that sense, the series also becomes a story that was always leading to an ending like MGS2’s. Metal Gear becomes a perfect circle.
March 22, 2018

‘Metal Gear Solid 2’: Conclusions and Resolutions

Sons of Liberty was meant to be the last game in the series, and Kojima wanted to leave the audience with a feeling of ambiguity.
February 15, 2018
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Games That Changed Our Lives: ‘Demo 1’ and ‘Metal Gear Solid’

How a PlayStation "Demo 1" disc introduced me to some strange game called "Metal Gear Solid".
January 19, 2018

A Tribute to Gaming’s Greatest Cardboard Boxes

By stretching the limits of how we accept such everyday objects to function, Metal Gear Solid imbues The Cardboard Box with a mundane absurdism to match the magical realism that infiltrates the rest of its universe.
August 25, 2016

‘Metal Gear Survive’ (Putting Out Fires With Gasoline)

There I was, sat sipping a cup of steaming hot tea (milk, four sugars) and stroking my cat on a warm August morning. I was in my pyjamas, perusing Facebook and trying to keep up to date with who was posting thinly veiled shade about who. I had ‘Let’s Dance’ […]
June 9, 2016

From the Man Who Sold the World: Kojima’s Goodbye to ‘Metal Gear’ and that Shocking Third Ending

There’s been a lot of talk lately about how Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain‘s story stacks up against other entries in the series. It’s not difficult to see why. As possibly the final Metal Gear Solid game, and certainly the final one by its creator and mastermind, Hideo […]
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