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    Tactical, Espionage, Action. A revered and long-running series directed by Hideo Kojima.

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    Overview

    The Metal Gear franchise follows the story of protagonist Solid Snake as he tries to rid the world of Metal Gears and atone for his sins. The Metal Gear series is well-known for its elaborate, complex plot-lines and large amount of cutscenes. The majority of games in the franchise fall under the Metal Gear Solid series. Another sub-series is the Metal Gear Acid series.

    Series Chronology

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (1964)

    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
    Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    Main article: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    Setting: Russia - Groznyi Grad

    Protagonist: Naked Snake

    Allies: Eva, Sokolov

    Radio team: Major Zero, Sigint, Para-medic

    Enemies: The Boss, Volgin, Ocelot , The Cobras - The Pain, The Sorrow, The Fear, The Fury, The Philosophers

    Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops (1970)

    Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
    Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

    Main article: Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops

    Setting: South America - San Hieronymo Peninsula

    Protagonist: Naked Snake / Big Boss

    Allies: Campbell, Jonathan, Elisa

    Radio team: Sigint, Paramedic, Ghost

    Enemies: FOX unit- Gene, Null, Cunningham, Python, Ursula

    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (1974)

    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
    Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    Main article: Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

    Setting: Costa Rica

    Protagonist: Naked Snake / Big Boss

    Allies: Kazuhira Miller (Master Miller), Huey

    Radio team: Amanda, Chico, Paz, Cecile Cosima Caminades

    Enemies: Galvez, Coldman, The Patriots, Dr. Strangelove

    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (1975)

    Meal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
    Meal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    Main article: Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    Setting: Cuba

    Protagonist: Naked Snake / Big Boss

    Allies: Kazuhira Miller, Chico, Paz

    Radio team: Kazuhira Miller

    Enemies: XOF, Skull Face

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (1984)

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Main Article: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Setting: Afghanistan, Africa

    Protagonist: Punished Snake / Big Boss

    Allies: Kazuhira Miller, Ocelot

    Radio Team: ??

    Enemies: Skull Face

    Metal Gear (1995)

    Metal Gear
    Metal Gear

    Main article: Metal Gear

    Setting: Outer Heaven

    Protagonist: Solid Snake

    Allies: Gray Fox, Pettrovich Madnar, Ellen Madnar

    Radio team: Jennifer, Kyle Schneider, Big Boss

    Enemies: Big Boss, Bloody Brad, Dirty Duck, Fire Trooper, Machine Gun Kid, Shotmaker

    Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (1999)

    Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
    Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

    Main article: Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

    Setting: Zanzibar Land

    Protagonist: Solid Snake

    Allies: Holly White, Gustava Heffner, Kio Marv

    Radio team: Campbell, Master Miller, George Kassler, Johan Jacobsen

    Enemies: Big Boss, Gray Fox, Black Ninja, Pettrovich Madnar, Running Man, Four Horsemen, Jungle Evil, Night Fright, Red Blaster

    Metal Gear Solid (2005)

    Metal Gear Solid
    Metal Gear Solid

    Main article: Metal Gear Solid

    Setting: Shadow Moses

    Protagonist: Solid Snake

    Allies: Meryl Silverburgh, Gray Fox

    Codec team: Campbell, Naomi Hunter, Mei Ling, Nastasha Romanenko, Master Miller

    Enemies: Foxhound (Liquid Snake, Revolver Ocelot, Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven, Decoy Octopus)

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2007-2009)

    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
    Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    Main article: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

    Setting: Big Shell, Tanker

    Protagonist: Raiden, Solid Snake

    Allies: Richard Ames, Mr. X, Peter Stillman, Emma "E.E." Emmerich

    Codec team: Campbell, Rose, Otacon

    Enemies: Dead Cell (Solidus Snake, Vamp, Fortune, Fatman), Ocelot, Olga Gurlukovich, Colonel

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (2014)

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

    Main Article: Metal Gear Solid 4: Gun of the Patriots

    Setting: Unnamed Middleeastern Country, Unnamed South American Country, Unnamed European Country, Shadow Moses, Outer Haven

    Protagonist: (Old) Solid Snake

    Allies: Raiden, Metal Gear MK. II, Meryl and Rat Patrol 01- Johnny Sasaki, Ed, Jonathon, Mei Ling, Naomi Hunter, Big Momma/Eva, Drebin

    Codec team: Otacon, Campbell, Rose

    Enemies: (Liquid) Ocelot, Vamp, Beauty and the Beast unit - Laughing Octopus, Raging Raven, Crying Wolf, Screaming Mantis , The Patriots

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (2018)

    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
    Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

    Main article: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

    Setting: Unnamed African Country, Abkhazia, Mexico, Denver, Pakistan

    Protagonist: Raiden

    Allies: Bladewolf

    Codec team: Boris Vyacheslavovic Popov, Kevin Washington, Courtney Collins, "Doktor" Wilhelm Voigt

    Enemies: Senator Armstrong, The Winds of Destruction - Jetstream Sam, Sundowner, Mistral, Monsoon

    Running Themes

    Prisoner

    In titles Metal Gear and Metal Gear Solid 1, 2, and 3. The main protagonist has been taken captive and must escape the prison on his own. Escaping consisted of punching a wall, faking your death, or just waiting to be saved.

    Johnny

    Johnny from MGS4
    Johnny from MGS4

    Every Metal Gear Solid game in the series has a soldier with bowel problems named Johnny. The first son of every generation of the Johnny family is named Johnny. The Johnny of MGS3 is the grandfather of the MGS 1, 2, and 4 Johnny.

    Cyborg Ninja

    The cyborg ninja is a robotically enhanced super soldier that aids Snake in his missions. In MGS1 it was Gray Fox, MGS2 Olga Gurlukovich, and MGS4 Raiden.

    Hind D

    The Mi-24D is the helicopter of choice in the Metal Gear Series. It is featured in Metal Gear 1 and 2 and Metal Gear Solid as a boss and a transport vehicle in MGS3.

    Cigarettes

    Naked Snake smoking a cigarette
    Naked Snake smoking a cigarette

    Even though he is stripped down to nothing, Snake is always able to sneak a pack of cigs, probably by eating them. Big Boss on the other hand likes cigars instead.

    Control

    A major theme that Kojima gets across is that of control. Both Snake and Raiden follow orders without question, never thinking about why or for what purpose. Not only this, but The Patriots is an organization completely based on controlling all of mankind, and throughout the series Kojima clearly states how dangerous he thinks this can be.

    Nanomachines

    In the future, apparently, everyone will have nanomachines coursing through their veins. They allow people to have superhuman abilities, such as the ones exhibited by Vamp. They can also be used to keep people's emotions repressed, such as seen with the various PMCs seen throughout Metal Gear Solid 4. Nanomachines are another form of control.

    War Economy

    War
    War

    Metal Gear Solid 4 constantly emphasizes how in the MGS universe, the world has become a place governed by war, a slave to war. It is an age where countries can fight each other via proxy wars, not having to risk any of their own people or soldiers.

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