Aside from the excellent stealth combat and long cutscenes, the Metal Gear Solid franchise is known for breaking the fourth wall and having a ton of hidden references and easter eggs. Today, we’re going to take a look at some of those excellent hidden treasures, and perhaps there will be a few you haven’t discovered yet.
So here’s our TGN top 10 Metal Gear Solid easter eggs of all time. Let’s start the countdown.
Top 10: Metal Gear Solid Easter Eggs
10. Ocelot Kisses Snake
At the end of Metal Gear Solid 4, you get to fight Liquid Ocelot with a tired old Snake. It’s a particularly tense moment even with the lame music playing in the background. While fighting, every so often, Ocelot will get Snake in a headlock. If you ignore the Quicktime Event prompts for long enough, Ocelot will give Snake a massive kiss on the cheek!
9. Eva’s Medical Records
In Metal Gear Solid 3, while accompanying Eva to the WIG aircraft, make Snake stand close to her then open the cure menu. Select Eva then press R1 to see her skeleton. You can then press R2 to see a list of her recently eaten meals and medical records, which include an entry for “breast enhancement”. Nice!
8 . “Gabe and Sam”
The Metal Gear Solid 3 bonus disc includes the minigame Snake Vs. Monkey, which is a fun crossover between Metal Gear Solid and Ape Escape. During the opening dialogue between Snake and Campbell, Snake is clearly upset about being chosen to take part in this ape collecting mission, and asks if Gabe or Sam could do it instead. This is a reference to Syphon Filter’s Gabe Logan and Splinter Cell’s Sam Fisher, both main protagonists of other stealth franchises.
7. Beauty Photo Shoot
In Metal Gear Solid 4, after defeating a member of the Beauty and the Beast unit, they will remove their power armor and walk around in their sexy cat suits. After a few minutes, Snake and the Beauty will be teleported to a strange white room. While here, if you equip Snake’s digital camera, the defeated Beauty will strike model poses for you as you take photos.
6. David Hayter Interview
There is an interview with voice actor David Hayter, the voice of Solid Snake, hidden within the opening cut scene of Metal Gear Solid 4. As you start a new game, you can flick through other TV shows by pressing various buttons, including a hidden video interview of Hayter wearing Snake’s Solid Eye device. The interview is also kinda weird on it’s own, with the host asking strange questions like, “Why are you here?”, and never letting David answer at will.
5. Assassin’s Straw Box
There is a cool reference to the Assassin’s Creed series in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. By climbing up on a rooftop, it is possible to perform the Leap of Faith jump from Assassin’s Creed straight into a box of hay. The jump comes complete with the familiar eagle sound effect, and after landing in the hay, Master Miller will call Big Boss on his codec and explain that it is an ancient technique used by a group of assassins.
4. Ocelot Time Paradox
In Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake knocks out a young Ocelot and after knocking him out, you can actually kill Ocelot. Doing so, however, triggers a time paradox “Game Over”, as Ocelot is essential to subsequent games in the series timeline.
3. The End’s Many Deaths
Old time sniper master, The End, can be killed before his boss fight. To do this, you snipe The End with an SVD rifle when he first appears after the Ponizovje Warehouse. Snake will also get upset about killing The End while he was in his wheelchair. This actually removes the boss fight later in the game.
However, there’s another hidden strategy to kill The End. If you manage to get in the boss fight, simply save and quit your game. Then wait a week, or skip your console’s internal clock forward like the cheater you are, and when you return to the game, the elderly sniper will have passed away. Snake will also express regret for winning this way.
2. Sneaky FoxDie Virus
Upon unlocking the classic Solid Snake outfit from Metal Gear Solid, launch back into the Déjà Vu mission in Metal Gear Ground Zeroes. Return to to where Chico and Paz were locked up during the main story portion, and you will notice that Chico and Paz have been replaced with the DARPA Chief and the president of ARMS-Tech. These characters will then die of the FoxDie disease, just like in the original Metal Gear Solid.
The game goes full haywire, displaying terms like FoxEngine and FoxDie among nonsense gibberish. Eventually, the effect goes away and Miller deems that the game’s FoxEngine is so powerful, it was able to counteract Snake’s FoxDie and let him live.
1. Guy Savage’s Dream Sequence
In Metal Gear Solid 3, immediately after Snake is tortured by Volgin and placed in the the cell, save the game and reload your file. You’ll be presented with a nightmare sequence with a totally unrelated character called Guy Savage, and control this character through a hack and slash minigame. This is completely unrelated to the Metal Gear lore, and it’s just another way Kojima found to mess with the minds of players.
Unfortunately, due to it’s lack of exclusivity, the HD remake does not contain the sequence. Bummer, because it’s a crazy little nightmare minigame sequence.
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The difficulty with making a top 10 list about Metal Gear Solid is that we have to leave a bunch of other cool stuff out, like the fight with Psycho Mantis in Metal Gear Solid, or catching Meryl in her underwear.
But, we managed to narrow it down to our top 10 Metal Gear Solid easter eggs. Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below if we missed one of your favorite Metal Gear Solid easter eggs. Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you next time gamers.