"We're all playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain right now, and as a result, we all have the series' complicated lore and story on our minds. Not all of Metal Gear's entries, however, play into the tricky narrative of Big Boss and his clones. There are a number of Metal Gear games that serve as standalone entries with no ties to the larger series. We wrote this feature collecting these games back when we featured Metal Gear Solid V was on our cover, but thought now would be the perfect time to reshare it. This feature originally published on February 18, 2014."