From a hidden hack-and-slash game to the Sixaxis’ secret shame, here’s 10 of the weirdest facts about the Metal Gear Solid series!
Since its move to 3D in 1998, the Metal Gear Solid series has been one of the strangest game franchises in history. In a series filled with clones, conspiracies, and crossovers, finding obscure and offbeat trivia within is simultaneously simple, yet painstakingly difficulty. With an embarrassment of riches in terms of weirdness, what bits of info are the most bizarre? We’ve scanned every frequency on our mental codecs and checked inside every locker in our memories, and have come up with the following 10 bits of trivia that would even melt Psycho Mantis’ brain.
1– METAL GEAR SOLID 3 HAS CAMEOS FROM ALMOST EVERY MAJOR GAME MAGAZINE
Print magazines have been a major element since the beginning of the Metal Gear Solid series, but folks tend to only remember the girly mags that distract the guards (which have included in-game versions of Playboy and a specially made Hooters magazine). However, many popular gaming magazines have made a cameo in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. The original release included multiplatform staples of the time like GamePro and Electronic Gaming Monthly. Thanks to the re-release on platforms for all three console manufacturers, the big three console-specific magazines made cameos, too! You can find Official Xbox Magazine and the dearly departed PlayStation: The Official Magazine on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, while the late, great Nintendo Power is in Metal Gear Solid Snake Eater 3D.
2– E-CIGS WERE CONCEIVED BEFORE 1984
The Metal Gear Solid series isn’t afraid to defy traditional history when implementing tech; the iDroid in the recently released Phantom Pain is a perfect example. Another seemingly outlandish part of Big Boss’ inventory actually has some merit to exist in the mid-80s. An inventor named Herbert Gilbert (not to be confused with our own Henry Gilbert) patented a “smokeless non-tobacco cigarette” in 1965. While that’s after Big Boss’ Snake Eater adventures in 1964, it’s possible that the military industrial complex adopted the tech to create vaping devices in the 19 years after.
3- SNAKE’S BEARD IN METAL GEAR SOLID 2 CAN BE SHAVED
On top of the largely hated bait-and-switch where Raiden replaced Snake in MGS2: Sons of Liberty, when Solid returned as the bearded Iroquois Pliskin, it came with a slightly shaggy look that put off fans even further. But even though you still can’t play as Snake after the tanker section, a helpful hidden item at Big Shell makes him more palatable to longtime fans. If Raiden finds the “shaver” item on Strut A of the Deep Sea Dock, he’ll hand the electric trimmer over to Pliskin, who’ll have no beard the next time you see him, looking just a little bit more like he did in the original Metal Gear Solid. – Henry Gilbert.
4 – METAL GEAR SOLID 4 RETCONNED A JOKE INTO THE SERIES’ BRAVEST CHARACTER
If you played the first two Metal Gear Solid games, you probably remember Johnny Sasaki, a helpless soldier who’s suffered the following calamities; suffering from diarrhea, getting mugged for his clothes, and ending his tenure as a Genome Soldier ass-up naked in a hallway. His return in Metal Gear Solid 4 doesn’t start well as he attempts a firefight with a safety on and shits his pants within the first act. However, near the end of the game, his physical ailments are a byproduct of refusing the nanomachines that aid every other soldier in war. Thus, when he saves Meryl during their final battle, he’s actually exhibiting more bravery than any other soldier in the series, since he’s the only one doing it without performance-enhancers.
5– PSYCHO MANTIS HATES THE SIXAXIS
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots released during a weird time in the PlayStation 3’s lifecycle. In June of 2008, the PS3 had just started to incorporate the DualShock 3 after a year and a half of the rumble-free Sixaxis serving as the system’s primary controller. If you use the outdated device while battling Psycho Mantis near the end of MGS4 (or just turn off the rumble feature in the Options menu), he’ll freak out when he’s unable to replicate the controller trick from his original appearance.
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