Metal Gear Solid: 10 Most Ridiculous Things We Just Had To Go With

Welcome to Hideo Kojima’s world, please mind the vampires, nanomachines and ghosts.

Sam Coleman



If gaming had a Hall of Fame, Hideo Kojima would be in a pretty prime position to be one of the first inductees. It’s an understatement to say that his Metal Gear series garnered immense popularity for the stealth genre; it’s pretty much come to define the genre.

While the first two Metal Gear games helped shape the series, the launch of Metal Gear Solid in 1998 turned it into a gaming force. The 3D graphics helped bring the game to life (leaning up against walls and scoping out enemy placements is still awesome) and the story is suitably complex and exciting with plenty of twists to uncover.

With most series, you tend to get a slight decline in quality as the sequels roll out. Not with Metal Gear Solid. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty is arguably better than the first game (despite some initial controversy) and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater takes us on a 70s action film inspired romp through the series’ roots. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Patriots rounds off Solid Snake’s story in impressive style but the series lives on through Big Boss (the protagonist of Snake Eater) and his storyline which adds further detail to the series already impressive backstory.

Of course, Metal Gear Solid likes to indulge itself a bit too. The plot is largely told through long cutscenes and Codec conversations (especially in Metal Gear Solid 2) and it’s pretty unrealistic in places. There’s definitely some sort of logical thinking behind most of the game’s important events but there are also a lot of supernatural elements included. Still, that’s why we love the series and we’re prepared to overlook some of its more questionable aspects because the games are just so good.

This article provides ten examples of those ridiculous premises or ideas which either make little sense in realistic terms or simply didn’t go down well with certain areas of the fanbase. Nothing here is particularly offensive (Metal Gear Solid 2 features a lot on this list, simply because it introduces a lot of strange choices to the series which thankfully worked out in the long run) but you can definitely see why these inclusions might make someone dubious of the series quality.

Don’t be dubious – go and play these games and love them for yourself and then come back and celebrate their most unique (ridiculous) qualities with this article.