Metal Gear {Essay} 3: Snake Eater

~ art by Noriyoshi Ohrai

The Snake

Metal Gear fictional chronology:

~ Snake eyeing some tasty snakes in the long grass
THE LADDER ~ Metal Gear Solid 3 finds beauty in an endlessly long ladder climb

The Mission

The Boss, wearing THE iconic headband
The Boss ~ art by Yoji Shinkawa
~ art by Yoji Shinkawa
The Boss and Naked Snake

The Origin

With the capitalist v. communist Cold War conflict backdropping it all, Snake’s cold-hearted hunt of his bleeding-heart master alongside all her wacky comrades, his slow engagement of a sexy, forbidden romance with fellow spy EVA, his repeated showdowns with an upstart melodramatic dweeb in yung Ocelot, and all of the action set-pieces and foregrounding, weighty musical production — Snake Eater is undoubtedly the most ardently dramatic film-esque production in the saga yet. Undoubtedly, Kojima and his team felt most inspired by Bond films in their generation of the game’s aesthetic. In it, he crafts perhaps the simplest tale, definitely the most action packed, and thusly, the most satisfying on its own; understanding the character relationships and the complex weaving of events tied to real world conflicts, past and future, are all right in front of you, and not partly concealed within the lore of other plots (like practically every other game in the series). Snake Eater is, in fact, the prime informer of such future lore, as it unfolds the true origin of Metal Gear’s most crucial player in Big Boss.

~ Snake and Eva, on the run from the Shagohod in the game’s thrilling finale
~ art by amirulhafiz
“Big Boss” ~ art source
The Pain!
The Fear!!
The End…
The Fury!!!
The S o r r o w
FOXHOUND and their precursors, Cobra Unit
FOXHOUND
~ The sigil of Outer Heaven, Big Boss’ utopian dream
Solid Snake and Raiden, our 21st century postmodern heroes
The Wiseman’s Committee, origin of The Philosophers
The Patriots
The Boss, first and last appearance in MGS3
The Boss ~ art by Kuvshinov Ilya
~ Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater ending cinematic
~ Big Boss saluting The Boss

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