Metal Gear Solid is back, baby! The widely praised tactical stealth action series has been gone for years, with the last official retro compilation The Legacy Collection on PlayStation 3 a decade ago. Now this one Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol is here, combining the 1998s Metal Gear Solid, 2001s Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty2004s Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eaterthe two 8-bit games and lots of bonus content.
Metal Gear Solid Creator Hideo Kojima is known for his attention to detail and bizarre sense of humor. So whether you are a Metal Gear Solid Whether you’re a newbie or a veteran looking to see something new, here are ten crazy things you need to try.
Midway Metal Gear Solid You will be asked to go through caves where wolf dogs live. These animals are very affectionate towards Meryl Silverburgh and as you travel through these caves with her, they will run towards her with hearts over their heads and wagging their tails.
When you attack Meryl near the wolfhounds, quickly equip your trusty cardboard box, a wolfhound puppy will stretch out its leg and pee on the box. Congratulations, you now have a pee scented box! This strange piece of equipment is surprisingly useful, as it will deter the dogs from attacking you if you equip it each time you travel through the caves.
The most Metal Gear Solid Games involve torturing the player character, requiring you to press the button for an extended period of time to simulate the stress and pain that Snake experiences. This usually leaves you with a sore arm, but your support team is here to help.
Between torture sessions, chat with Naomi Hunter via the CODEC and she will offer to give Snake a massage using the nanomachines in his blood to stimulate his muscle fibers. But it’s not just Snake who gets the treatment, Naomi asks you to hold your controller to your arm, then activates the vibration function and massages you!
Towards the end of the game, you must retrieve a security card that falls into a drainage ditch. Most of the time you just go down and fish it out of the water, although occasionally a rat will eat it. You will then need to use your mine detector to hunt the rodent as it scurries between its hiding places.
Some believe this happening is related to the number of alarms you set off, others to your reactions during the torture sequence, and others to the amount of time you play. Either way, it seems that playing well is the key. It’s worth seeing Snake’s incredulous reaction to this “ridiculous” situation.
Metal Gear Solid 2 was a showcase for the next-gen power of the PlayStation 2. Perhaps to demonstrate this, there is a bucket full of ice cubes in the bar area at the start of the Tanker chapter. When you shoot it, the counter becomes covered in individual ice cubes that slowly melt before your eyes in real time (and each cube can be shot individually). This mechanic never appears in the game again and serves absolutely no purpose.
In Metal Gear Solid 2 You can find pentazemine, an anti-anxiety medication, to help you stabilize your aim when using a sniper rifle. This also appears in the tanker chapter, which does not have a section on snipers. If Snake calls Otacon while it is equipped, he is told that it will relieve his seasickness. Accept it and when you call Otacon back, Snake will happily say he’s feeling much better. Otacon will then mock you for your naivety and say that this proves the placebo effect is working on you.
This became clear to me when you can call Snake about pentazemine four years later in the plant chapter. If you’ve had the above conversation, Snake will explain that it doesn’t help with seasickness, and then complain that “sometimes faith can overcome medical science…”.
You will receive a directional microphone Metal Gear Solid 2 This will help you figure out which hostage is Secret Service Agent Ames by pointing it at them, pressing triangle and saying, “Are you Ames?” Later in the game you will meet Emma Emmerich’s parrot. If you point the microphone at it and repeatedly say, “Are you Ames?” the parrot will eventually learn the phrase and repeat it to you.
Metal Gear Solid 3 set in the 1960s, acts as a prequel to the saga and features younger versions of several key characters. You meet a young Revolver Ocelot at the start of the game and soon fight him. At this point you can break the continuity by shooting him, thus creating a time paradox by killing him long before his time.
You’ll get a unique game-over-screen, a cameo from Colonel Campbell (“Snake! What have you done! You’ve changed the future! You’ve created a time paradox!”) and the trophy/achievement “Problem Solved, Series over.”
Go to the survival menu and you can examine Snake’s model. Spin it around a lot, return to the game and Snake will blow chunks away. But it’s not just for laughs. If Snake eats spoiled or poisonous food, he can get food poisoning, which can be cured by making him throw it up again. The mechanic can also be used to escape from a prison cell, as this will cause the guard to open the door to investigate. You can also throw up in front of your sexy lover Eva, which unsurprisingly gets an “Ewww!” reaction.
Through Metal Gear Solid 3 They eat their way through the local wildlife, but can’t partake of the forbidden meat… Well, not exactly. If you kill a guard in the mountain section, a vulture will swoop down to feed on its carcass. Shoot the vulture and eat it, and you’ve effectively eaten that soldier too.
Snake’s support team fills him in on the details and he replies, “Ugh, you had to tell me that after I ate one…” But wait, there’s more! If you do this, the ensuing Sorrow boss fight will feature the ghost of a soldier muttering “You ate me.”
The fearsome Colonel Volgin has a relationship with the handsome officer Ivan Raidenovitch Raikov, and this proves to be his emotional weak point. During the infiltration, you disguise yourself as Raikov, either killing him or knocking him unconscious and wearing a realistic mask of his face. Later, when you fight Volgin, you can choose to put on this mask again.
Volgin will freeze in surprise, extend his arms to hug you, and say, “Ivan…is it really you?” This is the perfect time to quickly attack him. However, don’t think you’ll get off easy, because Volgin will be angry at your deception and will attack more violently from this point on.
The Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 will be released on October 24th on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC.