Ready For MGS4? - The Entire Metal Gear Solid Plot Explained

(in chronological order)

Applicable titles:
Metal Gear Solid (PSX)
Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes (NGC)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (XBOX, PS2)
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (PS2)

Non-applicable titles!
Metal Gear (MSX2, NES)
Metal Gear 2 (MSX2)
Snake's Revenge (NES)
Metal Gear: Ghost Babel (GBC, Japan, UK)
Metal Gear Solid (GBC, US)
Metal Gear AC!D (PSP)

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Anego Montoya FTMFW4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

If your planning on BUYING MGS4 and you HAVEN`T played the previous MGSs.

do your self a favor and read this.

trust me.


no problem.


marinelife94670d ago

This definitely helped a lot. I remeber seeing the MGS4 trailer and only hearing the names of the characters mentioned but not knowing who they were.

MGS4 will be my first Metal Gear but now I might go back and try to play some of the older ones.

mikeslemonade4670d ago

MGS is so hard that if you know story now you will forget all the small details once MGS4 is released in 3 months. It's best to read this like a week before MGS4 is released.

TheTwelve4670d ago

This an awesome read. I've played all of the Metal Gears except for 3, and I'm still confused so I'll be all over this.


Bebedora4670d ago

Sounds more like a spoiler??? (haven't read it)

rawg4670d ago

I've only played MGS1 and MGS2 so this article answered a lot of questions I had about the prior games. Good reminder of how complex and rich the MGS games are. Makes me want MGS4 even more now.

And yes - full of spoilers if you haven't played all of the prior games.

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Spike474670d ago

I had to stop reading.

This is too confusig, but kojima sure knows how to make up a good storyline, not you're typical ww2 or fps scifi shooter.

This is one of the best storylines in games.

kevoncox4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

The story line is complex but it's utter crap.
It is a grown up story line is pretty bad.
Scenerio 1:

Snake is in a air duct, codec goes off. Snake is told to find the head of some army division and rescue them. Snake navigates the base he is sent to and finds said army offical locked away. But wait, it's a reversal of fortune, the army offical he is sent to find is really his half clone brother in disgues. Snake escapes but not before fighting a group of rebal soliders, each with their own unique battle style. Snake's last battle is with a mech he was sent to destroy....

Change the names and the setting and slap a different # on the cover and you have MGS.

I thing MGS is the 2nd Greatest game of all time. I sold my N64 for a PSx to play that game. However, 2 and 3 were 8's at best. Come on Kojima give me

Anego Montoya FTMFW4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )


and keep saving up for your ps3.

until then, STFU.

please and thank u


my ps3 purchase was validated day 1.
my 360 purchase was NOT.

you sold your 360, right? like me.

MGS2 was NOT perfect, but for how early in the ps2 lifecycle is was SUPER AMBITIOUS.

give respect where respects due.

and don`t try to be THAT GUY.

kevoncox4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

Why should I stfu. i'm entitled to my opinion. You may not like it but it's mine. The games plot is filled with mindless plot twist and tons of unanswered omissions. Can you honestly say MGS2 was anythign but a graphic whore's wet dream?

Again, MGS1 is a close 2nd to Mario 64 for G O A T, so I'm not a MGS hater. I just think that the series has been going down hill since it's amazing start.

I believe you feel that way becaus eyou purchase of a ps3 has to be validated by MGS4. I haven't bought a ps3 yet so I can give a f8ck about validating anything. I am telling it like I see it, so please keep crying like a lil b*tch.


MGS2 was nor revolutionary during the timeframe it came out. It came out at the same time as DMC and GTA. MGS1 was revolutionary, Part two ws not. It did however, have amazing graphics.

Lord Cheese4670d ago

damnit i really need to buy back a copy of MGS3 - i sold it on having not even loaded it once...

mighty_douche4670d ago

Hell yeah im ready and waiting!!

(come on xbox crowd, im ready for the "this is waiting" comments)

Anego Montoya FTMFW4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

only on the waitstation. lol.


would you rather wait for a good game or wait to get your system fixed?

agree- good game
disagree- system

mighty_douche4670d ago

well i wouldnt know about waiting for your system as ive never had to return one.

But i can easily say, id rather wait for a game to be finished to the standard it deserves than have it released on time but half assed and buggy.

Anego Montoya FTMFW4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

lucky you.

i had to return 2 360s(one to MS, one to a Pawnshop), it sucks.

being super into a game, and then don`t get to play it for weeks/ever.


@creeping death

i know, same thing happen to me, but they wanted $170 i payed it once, second time, i sold it to a pawnshop (which isn`t the nicest thing to do) to get something back.

did you get the "disc unreadable error" w/ the japanese writing screen after?

i was playing DEAD RISING lots at the time,
the funny thing is it died right after i got the kill 53,000 (i think) zombie acv. (which was great fun, just driving thru the tunnels all day)

also, when i was one the phone w/ a MS employee she advised me to stay away from the 360 cause they won`t be able to actually fix the problem.

between me and 5 friends.

we`ve gone thru about 16 xbox360s.

when i want to play something i`ll rent it or borrow my friends(but not for to long, so it doesn`t die on ME)

I said, F**k MSFT
and it looks like i made the right decision.

cr33ping_death4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

my 360 died on 2 days ago..... sold everything for it the very next day..... i had to pay 99 bucks for [email protected] that..... i now only own " the most reliable console" on the market... the PS3.... i jumped in but sh!tty console spit me back out. to hell with [email protected]

edit: i got a black screen with white dots going across it.... i could hear everything like it was fine...but no video was showing. i bought UT3 and finished paying off MGS4 with the money i got back from selling my 360 stuff.

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akaFullMetal4670d ago

yea you can say wow again, really if you havent played many of the previous mgs, then yea your going to be lost.

mighty_douche4670d ago

maybe not....

they've said that MGS4 will have all the cut scenes from previous MGS titles, here how its gonna work, say suddenly someone "new" pops up in MGS4, you have no idea who they are but Snakes seems to, you can hit triangle and view the cut scenes from previous title to give you a better understanding of their story and relationship to snake/mgs.

i hope thats understandable^^

Hapimeses4670d ago (Edited 4670d ago )

Really, are they doing that? I missed that little gem. That rests my worries a great deal, as I've only played MGS2 (although I'm thinking of picking the others up to play before I hit the new game).

I'm bubbling you up -- I meant to on another thread, but I seem not to have, so here they come.


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