Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Metal Gear Saga

Timeline and Analysis of The Metal Gear Series
I decided that it would be an interesting and fun project to create a two-page timeline of the events in the Konami Metal Gear video-game series.  I've played through each of the games and even though they were extremely enjoyable, there were always bits of dialogue (and secret phone calls) that left me wondering what the Hell was going on.  The layers of loyalty for each character (except Snake) are so convoluted that at times I didn't know who was a bad guy and who was a good guy!  Additionally, since each game was created without expectation of a sequel, the game designers themselves sometimes had to create elaborate retcons (retroactive continuity) to explain why a certain character "changed".  A perfect example is "Liquid's arm".  I'm pretty positive in MGS 2 that was supposed to be the real Liquid, not a hypnotized Ocelot as retconned in MGS 4.  Anyways, there are several MGS timelines on the web, but none that exactly answered all my questions in a straightforward way, so this two-page chronology ballooned out to a 12-page analysis.  I used the time line at the Metal Gear Wiki as a starting point and whittled down/added/reinterpreted it so that the entire saga now makes complete sense, even though it was never designed as a 9 game (!) continued series. 
I divided the saga into three thematic arcs: 

1. The Philosophers' Legacy
(The birth of the Philosophers and the contest to obtain the Philosophers' Legacy fund)
Metal Gear Solid 3 - Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops 

2. The Patriots
(The rise and factionalization of Zero's Patriots.  Big Boss' journey to Outer Heaven.  Solid Snake vs Big Boss.) 
Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes/The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear  
Metal Gear 2 - Solid Snake

(Solid Snake becomes a bio-weapon. The creation of a nano-machine-controlled war population. The final struggle between Ocelot and Zero for the destiny of the world.)
Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid 2 - Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Guns of the Patriots


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