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Why Metal Gear Solid is the greatest Video Game Story ever told Part 1

This will be a three part editorial on why the Metal Gear Solid franchise is to me, the greatest story ever told in a video game. When Metal Gear Solid 1 for the Playstation 1 came out, I was around 13 years old and thus too young to understand the awesomeness of this game. However when Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty for the Playstation 2 arrived; I was old enough to own my own console and had some money to buy any game I wanted, there was no real reason why I chose Metal Gear Solid 2, It was a complete random choice. One thing is for sure though, when I played that game I was completely sucked in to the Metal Gear Solid universe, and that one game remains to be the game that I have beaten more times out of any other game I have owned. I have played a whole lot of phenomenal video games in my lifetime, but as far as story and presentation I have to say Metal Gear Solid is the overall best.

This three part editorial is to show why I appreciate this game so much and to hopefully bring new people into this master piece franchise who maybe never tried it out before. I plan to go into depth about the genius behind Hideo Kojima's master piece of a franchise, discussing the best parts of the series. This part of the editorial will focus on the Facts and the Reality that the series represents, look out for Part 2 which will arrive next week. (Culture, Metal Gear Solid, Metal gear solid 2, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Metal Gear Solid Rising, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops, PS2, PS3, PSP)

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DragonWarrior_4  +   2310d ago
The_Darkest_Red  +   2309d ago
Allow me to tell you what. MGS story is the best in a game ever. I dare say better than 95% of movies. Maybe more.

Play them now!
GameForFame  +   2309d ago
Many complain about the different aspects of these games but at the same time so many people have different ideas of what video games should offer.

I've always welcomed the lengthy cut-scenes as it seems to just immerse you even more so into the story, at least for me and the people I know that enjoy the games. Usually I do not seem to feel such a connection to characters in games, which might sound weird, but for some reason I get so into the story/characters/action.

Crazy action and then you're hit with some movie-like video and it all just seems so deep. The crazy twists and turns, the complex and sometimes "out there" ideas - for some reason it all just seems to work so perfectly. MGS for the original PS is what basically made me a "hardcore" gamer - I had never played anything like it and it just seemed so amazing. The footprints, the silliness in things like the box, choking out guys - everything. It just seemed so deep and I never really experienced anything like it up until then. I never knew video games could offer such an experience.

MGS is like my FF, I know so many people get into those and I never really have, but I think I know where they're coming from.
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Greywulf  +   2309d ago
Agreed, but it needs

Thats all, just a snip here and a snip there. Thats all.
irish-leprecaun  +   2309d ago
mgs: rising
may loose the series its title of best story.
Megaton  +   2309d ago
The plot kinda crawls up its own ass sometimes, but I still agree it's one of the best in gaming. Could definitely benefit from some editing.

MGS4 was an extremely important game. It wrapped up the story on some of the biggest and most beloved characters in gaming. It's not everyday that a franchise as old and complex as Metal Gear comes to an end (story-wise).
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Elimin8  +   2309d ago
yes it is.
Timesplitter14  +   2309d ago
How does it feel like to have over 25 disagrees and ZERO agrees?
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ceedubya9  +   2309d ago
I don't even need to read this article, because I agree 100%.

That game sucked you in from the start and never let go.
pain777pas  +   2307d ago
Can't really argue this opinion. I have a hardtime trying to think of game that is even in its league. FF7 is right up there with Crisis Core + FF7 but you cannot ignore the masterpiece that is the MGS series.
A_Little_Girl  +   2309d ago
great article and well written, anyone that disagree is a fanboy
The Matrix  +   2309d ago
I'm not going to argue with that. MGS had a great story. Especially snake eater :) Idk about THE best but definitely up there.
Millah  +   2309d ago
Oh is that so? I love how these stupid articles try to argue things as if its a matter of fact instead of opinions. Anyone who disagrees is a fanboy? No, anyone who tries to act as if its fact is the fanboy.

MGS has a great story and is definitely top 3, but to say its number 1 is purely opinion. In my opinion Xenogears is the greatest video game story ever told BY FAR. But I'm not going to try and force it down your throat as if its fact, because its only an opinion.
somekindofmike  +   2309d ago
I read it as... the fact is that it was a "great article and well written" not that it was fact that MGS has the best story ever, but I may be wrong...
MetalGearBear  +   2309d ago
Metal Gear Solid is the greatest Video Game
that true.
also, best stealth games in all history.
theEnemy  +   2309d ago
And every gamer should have atleast played a Metal Gear Solid game(1-4)

Luckily I have played 1-4. Greatest series ever.
deadreckoning666  +   2309d ago
ICO, Shadow of the Colossus,Beyond Good and Evil,GTA4 are great too. Storywise MGS is second to none but as an overall game id take MW2 or Conviction any day. No fanboyism here, but Sam Fisher is wayyy cooler than Solid Snake and the only reason people say otherwise is because Snakes been around longer and people dont like change.
cranium  +   2309d ago
Dude you've never even played MW2 or Conviction so stop talking. Oh wait, now that I see how many bubbles you have I understand.
Darkeyes  +   2309d ago
Reads post.... See's Bubbles.... facepalm....
ShinMaster  +   2309d ago
GTA4??? great story???
ThatCanadianGuy  +   2309d ago
Yeah man.Foreign guy comes to America, lives a life of crime & murder trying to make his way to the top.

A real rags to riches story.Not like that's ever been done before..

/Immense sarcasm
Simon_Brezhnev  +   2309d ago
i think RPGs have the greatest stories
dktxx2  +   2309d ago
Most have pretty crappy stories. Then there are some that have great characters, but still have crappy or cliche stories behind them (Final Fantasy.) Then their's dragon quest 8 (the only one i know of at least) that has both. Of course personal preferences largely determine what a great story is.
crazy25000  +   2309d ago
MGS has an amazing story....I was very impressed with 4
I couldnt believe how awesome it was.....I used to say ill play for 5 more minutes and ended up playing it for 4-5 more hours!
PotNoodle  +   2309d ago
Agree. The Metal Gear Solid series is my favourite game series of all time.
table  +   2309d ago
The one game I have played through more than any other is also MGS2. Amazing... truely amazing game series. Funny thing is the story was so complex it wasn't until several years later I read up on it to fully understand what the hell was going on. Now that I understand it, I can fully appreciate Kojima's genius.
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cranium  +   2309d ago
I don't know how you did it. I have read the downloadable encyclopedia, beat MGS4 8 times and I just recently purchased and beat MGS. I know about half of the stuff that goes on in MGS4. It's a freaking nightmare to figure out :(
PLAYINB3YOND  +   2309d ago
TBH before MGS4 I had never had a chance to play a MGS game but IMO MGS$ is one of the greatest games with the greatest story ever made. It should have got all the GOTY accolades and it really is an amazing acheivment, it easily allowed me to catch up on the backstory and the humour was the best.
irish-leprecaun  +   2309d ago
im afraid
little stole most of its game of thee year awards!
RockmanII7  +   2309d ago
I only saw 1 GoTY in '08 and Halo 3 won it. (PS before you disagree, the link is here and remember it was 2008).
Cenobia  +   2309d ago
GOTY is not announced by one company/website/TV show. A lot of people have a lot of different opinions about GOTY and it's more of a fun thing to see who shares what opinion. You can also see what ~5 games were the best of the year.

I believe the G4 awards were voted on, and any game that came out THE FUDGING YEAR BEFORE should have been disqualified.
cereal_killa  +   2309d ago
I only saw 1 GoTY in '08 and Halo 3 won it
Halo 3 came out in 2007 duuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! so how could it have won GOTY 2008 LBP and MGS own that title. and just because G4 claims Halo GOTY doesn't mean that 1 show speaks for every other site, magazine, ect..
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El Botto  +   2309d ago
Another PS franchise being nominated for "best ever" award
Thats why one can only truly play next gen and beyond on the PS3.
TheColbertinator  +   2309d ago
Look I think Metal Gear is one of the greatest franchises,if not the greatest,of all time.Honestly though you Sony fans need to remember that Metal Gear began on the MSX and followed its progress on the Nintendo systems.Not to mention that Metal Gear Solid 2 appeared on Xbox and Metal Gear Solid:Twin Snakes appeared on the Nintendo Gamecube.MGS has never been truly exclusive to Sony.

Even Kojima worked on several non-Sony consoles like the Sega CD(Snatcher),Lunar Knights(NDS),boktai(Gameboy Advance),and the Iphone.
PirateThom  +   2309d ago
Please, let's not even count those NES abominations (Metal Gear and Snake's Revenge). They weren't even done by Kojima, they broke Metal Gear and Snake's Revenge sucked.
ShinMaster  +   2309d ago
@ 1.1
It didn't follow any progress on NES.
The NES simply got downgraded ports.

I remember playing on a Sony MSX.

Anyways. It says Metal Gear SOLID. The first MGS game being on PS1.
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-MD-  +   2309d ago
Well I'm glad your precious franchise made it's way to Microsoft's camp. AGAIN.
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Etseix  +   2309d ago
metal gear rising?

metal gear SOLID

even kojima said no Snake for Xbox =/

Kojima preffers PS brand instead any other, all the ppl knows that,
TheTruth89  +   2309d ago
Raiden != Snake

360 just use the 'Metal Gear Solid' prefix, but this game is not MGS

MGS5 will come exclusively for PS3.
ifhd  +   2309d ago
SKUD  +   2309d ago
True dat.
Amir51  +   2309d ago
I agree
Metal Gear Solid is my favorite gaming series of all time.

Aside from the gripping story and superb gameplay the thing that stands out for me is that it seems obvious that its always a game made with love, as cliche as it sounds.

The trademark series humor, all the secrets, easter eggs and in jokes the series had. All the times the 4th wall was almost completely breached.

And the most creative boss fights ever! Psycho mantis? The End?


No other series has been so consistently outstanding and praised.

I salute you kojima, fair f*cking play.
Etseix  +   2309d ago
dam straight!

Psycho Mantis.. jesus man.. o__e''

am I the only one who killed Mantis without changing the controller to the 2nd port?

yea i know, he dodged all the moves, (like. 6 punches, then the 7 hits) yes , true, i didnt change the controller (BECUASE I DIDNT KNOW THAT ! LOL"!) i took around 3-4 hours to beat him :P ROFL, but hey, thats like my best trophy for me

*beat Psycho Mantis without changing the controller to the 2nd port*

P.D- yeah, i was gettin all angry all the times that he killed me (cuz i had already wasted like 2-3 hours on him)
Amir51  +   2309d ago
Yeah i didn't realize the controller port trick until after i beat the game, i cant remember how i did it i was only 10 or something at the time.

I do remember getting stuck for ages at the part where you have to call meryl to open the tanker door, as i actually lost the cd case!
Keowrath  +   2309d ago

Absolutely no mention of the ladder! You call yourself an MGS fan and you forgot the freaking ladder!? Blasphemy!


But the ladder WAS epic too =)
Amir51  +   2308d ago
haha the ladder was awesome too!

And the crazy parts in MGS2 - FISSION MAILED

How about the hideo puns...

'No where to hideo'

shutupandplay  +   2309d ago
Pshhh, all the droids doing damage control in the rage article, can`t even come in here and give MGS a nod. Sad.
Shadow Haze501  +   2309d ago
Neo604  +   2309d ago
I play metal gear since nes day.
kojima really put a lot of detail in it.
I agree.
-Mezzo-  +   2309d ago
I don't have to read an article on something i am already aware off, MGS story has always been the best.
-Mezzo-  +   2309d ago
I agree that it is the best story ever told, but i am sad that it's going to Xbox 360 well not because i wanted an exclusive for PS3 but for the fact that such a big/remarkable franchise will have to cut out it's shinny ends just to fit in that M$ box and we PS3 owner will have to suffer as well.
RockmanII7  +   2309d ago
So your going to suffer because of MGS: Rising? You have a bad taste in games.
freitox  +   2309d ago
To me MGS1 was a revelation of what a game could be, I played the game for the first time without a memory card:O The game is just a benchmark in storytelling and presentation, I was young when I first played it, probable younger than the reviewer, but that game hit me like a brick, it was one of the best gaming experiences I have had, actually here is a top(just to bore you a bit:):
MGS1 tie Shadow of The colossus
Mark of Kri

intense,engaging,awesome,grea t pace, all around great experiences.

MGS1 is the psx game that has aged better, FACT. :)
gamejediben  +   2309d ago
Seriously if this franchise ever were to disappear from gaming... I would too.

Metal Gear to a fan is their REASON for gaming. I dont think Kojima will ever be topped.
chewmandinga  +   2309d ago
Metal Gear Solid
"This is Snake, Colonel can you hear me?"

Best intro - EVER! My text tone is the Codec ring haha.

But...Where the F*CK is my Metal Gear 1 download for the EURO PSN?!?! Konami know I want it and they're not giving it to me because they are cruel cruel bast*rds.
umair_s51  +   2309d ago
Where can I that tone?
chewmandinga  +   2309d ago
search on google for
Metal Gear Solid 3 Codec Sound, on the first link there is a forum, and in that there should be a link to a page where you can get it.

my friend bluetooth'd me his a few weeks ago. I used to have the "gong - MORTAL KOMBAT!" sound from the movie, but i just love pretending i have the codec (no soliton radar yet though. made of currently existing technology so it won't work on my crappy phone lol).
umair_s51  +   2308d ago
Bubbles for you my friend
chewmandinga  +   2308d ago
Muchos Gracias
The next step is replacing your contacts photos with character GIFs. Nothing i love more than talking to my girlfriend with Colonel Campbell looking back at me...
umair_s51  +   2309d ago
You know what, I highly doubt articles like these usually hitting the front page, as this isn't even news.

But this is MGS.
greyfox235  +   2309d ago
go to newgrounds and tyoe metal gear fiesta
vShinobi  +   2309d ago
Hard to say the greatest ever but definitely among the greats, MGS4 was simply outstanding.
Braid  +   2309d ago
100% AGREED!
Never played such a great game on any platform, never seen such a great story in a game or even in a movie. MGS is the only thing that has always made me proud of being a gamer, and it was actually THE reason of me being a gamer. Now the series has ended as epic as it could be and I literally don't know what to do with my PS3. I know that The Last Guardian and Heavy Rain will kick a$$, but I still feel like an adopted child while playing other games. Some bloodlines must come to an end eh? :(

PS: I can't wait to get my hands on Peace Walker too but let's face it guys, the game has never been the same on PSP. And please don't tell me that there'll be another MGS game called Metal Gear... Gaiden. Please don't. I'll consider it never released!
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clintos59  +   2309d ago
Games like the metal gear solid series which ends at peace walker....
Will be always on WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL STATUS in "GREATNESS" just because it DELIVERS more than EXPECTED & lures the player in with its AMAZING STORY that brings the player to feel the BOND u get with the "Baddest Stealth Action Hero" in gaming history.

What im trying to say is you wont ever get the kind of cennection & bond with any other series out there besides the MGS series. This is a series that us gamers who fell in love with this series, will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN even when WERE DEAD & GONE this series will live on to be "The GREATEST STORY TELLING Series of ALL TIME". Thanx Kojima for giving us such an amazing series u wont find in any other series that is CONSISTANT at what u do best. Nuff said.
Digitaldude  +   2309d ago
Amen to this article.
Its even better to those who actually understand it, playing through it once doesnt mean you understand it.
Saaking  +   2309d ago
To all the bots, be honest, you wanted MGS 4 but what you got was a spin-off with one of the weakest and lamest characters in series that probably doesn't even feature any of the classic gameplay features of the Metal Gear Solid series. As I've said before it just has "solid" in the title so MS can they they stole MGS. It should be Metal Gear: Raiden not Solid.
cereal_killa  +   2309d ago

"I didnt say anything about Sorid Snake" Classic!!!
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Saaking  +   2309d ago
Kojima owned that stupid MS rep
Shadow017  +   2309d ago
LOL Kojima looked so sad and constipated representing MGS on microsoft e3.
Chad Warden Returns   2309d ago | Spam
PS360PCROCKS  +   2309d ago
Personally I think Gears Of War wins! Lmao j/k j/k
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