Metal Gear is unbeknownably one of the greatest video game franchises of all time. Hideo Kojima''s utterly insane yet heartfelt, socially relevant, and thematically powerful story is woven together. Solid Snake is attached to every arc narratively or thematically to the story he was first told when invading Outer Heaven in Metal Gear for the MSX.
Metal Gear is a franchise that is more than the sum of all of its components. Certain games are indeed masterpieces in the medium, while others leave quite a bit to be desired at the moment. Metal Gear is a ruthless franchise, but here are their best outings.
Tom Bowen on May 14, 2022: Given how unlikely Kojima and Konami will kiss and make up anytime soon, the future of the Metal Gear series will be in jeopardy. For many, a metal Gear game without Kojima would only be Metal Gear, while others may wonder who, if anyone, could, take up the mantle if Konami did choose to create a new game without him. These are among the best Metal Gear games available since the series was first launched in 1987.
12 Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions
Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions (also known as Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions as it was in PAL regions) was a spinoff game that shaped the sequel to the first Metal Gear Solid game on the PlayStation 1 and now features a series of special VR missions, each of which puts a lot of emphasis on stealth.
Given how important stealth a given for the Metal Gear series, being able to build one''s abilities across a wide variety of scenarios proved to be beneficial for many series enthusiasts. Sadly, there''sn''t really a story to say, but with 300 unique missions, it should be able to keep players busy for a while. However, some of the future challenges may be extremely difficult for those without Big Boss'' DNA.
11 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Raiden was born in Metal Gear Solid 2, but his attitudes toward him have been reduced over the years. Together, time, and his own spin-off game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, have helped to give series fans a greater understanding and appreciation for the badass cyborg ninja.
Revengeance may be a bit divisive, since it''s quite different from a standard Metal Gear game. Despite PlatinumGames and Kojima both being open to making a sequel, it is still a formidable experience. However, despite a significant Japanese developer and Konami''s disagreement, the company is in the works.
10 Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Portable Ops stands out on something of a pedestal. Not in any way that demonstrates its performance, but because of its canonicity. Before Kojimas'' retcon in Peace Walker, it appears, feels, and sounds like Metal Gear Solid, but to an extreme.
The game largely enlivens themes and moments from MGS1 and 3, twisting them so they are engaging enough to play a second time around, although they are all fairly powerful. Portable Ops has only a few good ideas of its own (though they are all mostly good,) and instead rallies from its better predecessors. It feels painfully different when everything is said and done.
9 Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Many believe that the Metal Gear Solid 2s Tanker mission is a huge highlight of the game, but it is, in terms of level design, a better half. It''s a mechanical playground that allows Snake to play while also creating an incredible story.
Ground Zeroes wants to be the Phantom Pain, but Ground Zeroes fails. Camp Omega is an amazing battlefield that is horrific at its launch, but its overall length is too short. It''s all too short as a result. There are no beats, nor is it a lot of narrative. This implies some spectacular moment-to-moment gameplay.
8 Metal Gear
The original Metal Gear is both impressive and unimpressive. On the one hand, Kojima managed to make stealth gameplay work on an 8-bit console, both mechanically and in terms of design. Metal Gear is fun, responsive, and quite tense. On the other hand, the difficulty curve is sloppy, and the story is a bit bland.
The latter of which should not be addressed as a bit of a dread as this was the series presenting its skeleton. Metal Gear 2 would immediately flesh out everything. At the same time, the difficulty curve makes for a frustrating game. At the least, Metal Gear is a fun game.
7 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
It''s almost calculating how much of a decline in quality Guns of the Patriots from Snake Eater. The series was picking up speed at an extremely rapid pace and dropped all its momentum in its last act. Its a deliberate decision by Kojima and almost admirable in some ways, but its nonetheless a disappointing conclusion.
Metal Gear Solid 4 brings the series to its clear thematic close, but it challenges its gameplay and story. The latter of which features fantastic gunplay and level design, but lacks any inclination to indulge. The latter is gruesomely paced and cluttered beyond belief, leading to a bizarre conclusion that is unpredictably optimistic for its own benefit.
6 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is a complicated game with an even more complicated development. Optimally on a design level, the game provides much of a playground, resulting in a main game that never fails to figure a way to stand out in terms of setting. The mechanics are fun, but the story is bored and the level design is surprisingly stalled.
The gameplay is truly amazing, and the stealth in gaming has never been better. Its story isnt as bad as it may seem on a surface level. The Phantom Pain has rich themes that tie back to the franchise''s roots. It''s a game that looks back to the past in a subtle way.
5 Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Peace Walker, a great little game that rarely receives the credit it deserves, is basically Metal Gear Solid and Monster Hunters. Although fully derivative of both Snake Eater and Portable Ops, Peace Walker has a surprisingly excellent plot, a humbling script, and a particularly favorable feel compared to other games.
Peace Walker indulges in the wackiest qualities of Metal Gears. Others may find it offputting, but there''s value there. Plus, all this leads to more over-the-top gameplay moments. Peace Walker is a really fun game to just sit down and play in a way that other games arent.
4 Solid Snake
Solid Snake, a great 8-bit game for Metal Gear Solid, is where Kojima had acquired a battlefield with history, three-dimensional characters, and addictive gameplay.
The first Metal Gear Solid includes a lot of its finest set pieces from Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake. Although Metal Gear 2 does do an interesting fight, showing off Metal Gear in 2D. Despite its non-canon status, Ghost Babel is certainly as good, if not better.
3 Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater is a fantastic game with a few flaws. At times, the jungle is unfocused, while Volgin is perhaps too one-dimensional. That said, it is truly outstanding.
Both the story and the gameplay bring the game to new heights. Groznyj Grad is easily the best area in the entire franchise, offering incredible stealth opportunities at every turn. It is also the most emotional MGS game, really diving into its characters in an intimate way. Snake Eater is one of the best.
2 Metal Gear Solid
Metal Gear Solid is truly remarkable. Even with its PS1 blocky graphics, and honestly because of it, it still looks fantastic to this day. It has the series best script, its finest performances, and best cinematography. Arguably. Both MGS2 and MGS3 give it a rough run for its money.
Shadow Moses, which is if slightly short and delayed by the end, is an iconic piece of video game level design, offering some exciting moment-to-moment gameplay. The story itself is also fantastic, playing out like a great action movie at times. MGS1 has so much to offer to everyone.
1 Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is a one-of-a-kind video game of all time. It explained a wide spectrum of things far ahead of its time, predicting the future of the information age, while also revealing what it meant for Sons of Liberty to be a sequel.
Metal Gear Solid 2 is thought-provoking from start to finish, posing challenges with Metal Gears'' core themes. Kojimas received a clear conclusion for the series, and it shows. Everything is resolved even if the conclusions are painfully out of sight. This is to say nothing of the Big Shell. It may not be visually all too pleasant, but it offers the overall best gameplay in the franchise.