oxm ex­plores the world of metal gear

The sneaky Snakes in the Metal Gear se­ries have been sav­ing the world for the past 30 years, and seen some lovely lo­ca­tions along the way…

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - START - Pub­lisher Kon­ami / De­vel­oper Kon­ami/KCEJ/Ko­jima Pro­duc­tions / re­lease dates 1987—2017 Adam Bryant

Alaska’s Fox Ar­chi­pel­ago Metal Gear Solid

Solid Snake was so fond of the icy Alaskan tun­dra that he set­tled down there. That was un­til he was pulled out of re­tire­ment to sort out a bunch of both­er­some ter­ror­ists, one of which hap­pened to be his twin brother who was sit­ting on a stock­pile of nu­clear weapons and a brand new Metal Gear. Suf­fice to say, they didn’t quite see eye to eye.

Nicaragua Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Af­ter chas­ing the nu­clear launch plat­form, Peace Walker, into Nicaragua, Big Boss was struck by the coun­try’s beauty and the same com­pul­sion he had to pro­tect Costa Rica. Un­for­tu­nately, things didn’t quite go as planned, as he ended up fly-tip­ping in Lake Co­ci­bolca by sink­ing Peace Walker in it. All those chem­i­cals and nu­clear ma­te­ri­als can’t be good for the wildlife.

Costa Rica Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker

Coun­tries hardly get more stun­ning than Costa Rica with its ex­quis­ite plant and an­i­mal life. That’s why Big Boss jumped at the chance to visit when asked to in­ves­ti­gate a mys­te­ri­ous army that set up shop there, and why he was so des­per­ate to pro­tect it when he dis­cov­ered that same army had ac­cess to nu­clear weapons.

Camp Omega, Cuba Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Ze­roes

Turns out Solid Snake’s dad is par­tial to some tor­ren­tial rain, and dur­ing an ex­cep­tion­ally wet March in 1975, Big Boss took a stroll around an Amer­i­can black site. His mis­sion was to save a cou­ple of hostages, but he ended up spend­ing most of his time rolling around in the rain and col­lect­ing em­broi­dered patches. Clas­sic dad stuff.

Hud­son River, New York/New Jersey Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Lib­erty

Solid Snake is quite the plu­vio­phile, and thor­oughly en­joyed his stay on board the USS Dis­cov­ery as it sailed down the Hud­son River in the pour­ing rain. Yes, tech­ni­cally he was there to in­ves­ti­gate clas­si­fied in­tel­li­gence of a new type of Metal Gear and Rus­sian mer­ce­nar­ies ended up hi­jack­ing the tanker, but he didn’t let that spoil the mood. He would go again if it hadn’t sunk and caused a ter­ri­ble oil spill.

Mother Base Caribbean Sea/Sey­chelles Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker; Metal Gear Solid V: The Phan­tom Pain

Con­sid­ered a coun­try in its own right, this off­shore base was Big Boss’s main base of op­er­a­tions. He’d of­ten be seen gaz­ing out over the Caribbean Sea, but then covert strike force XOF went and blew the thing up. Another base was built in the Sey­chelles. Now Big Boss just spends his time pes­ter­ing his staff.

Eastern Europe Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns Of The Pa­tri­ots

Ap­par­ently 2014 wasn’t just filled with Pri­vate Mil­i­tary Com­pa­nies, but strange tele­vi­sion ad­verts, iPod Clas­sics, and kids who can only cook fried eggs. In this dystopian vi­sion of the fu­ture (at the time) Solid Snake de­cided to take a trip to Eastern Europe, and dis­cov­ered he had a mum. Shock­ing! But not for long, as a brief car chase through the city ends in her death. Poor Snake.

South Africa Metal Gear—Outer Heaven

When Solid Snake was told he was go­ing to this fic­tional lo­ca­tion in South Africa for his first mis­sion, he was hop­ing he’d catch a glimpse of the di­vine Drak­ens­burg Moun­tains or even the sweep­ing sa­van­nah of the Kala­hari, but alas it was all busi­ness; the only things he saw were long grey cor­ri­dors and be­trayal. Still, blow­ing up a gi­ant mech and sav­ing the world was pretty cool.

Tseli­no­yarsk, Rus­sia Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Some­times it’s not just about how great a place looks but about how good the food is, and Naked Snake thought that this fic­tional for­mer state put on a rather spec­tac­u­lar spread when he vis­ited in 1968. It’s not for ev­ery­one though, as all the dishes con­sisted of raw snakes, frogs, and spi­ders. He also loved the way Tseli­no­yarsk was pronounced, and took ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to say it.

An­gola-Zaire Bor­der, Africa Metal Gear Solid V: The Phan­tom Pain

As exquisitely beau­ti­ful as the forests and jun­gles that Naked Snake vis­ited were, there was a sin­is­ter un­der­tone to the whole trip af­ter to the dis­cov­ery of child sol­diers, one of which just so hap­pened to be Big Boss’s cloned son, Eli (Liq­uid Snake). It was a rather tense re­union, as Eli des­per­ately wanted to kill his sup­posed fa­ther.

Zanzibar Land Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake

Big Boss caused trou­ble again as leader of the fic­tional land­locked state, Zanzibar Land. Solid Snake was so over­joyed with its lush green jun­gles that he didn’t mind be­ing tasked with de­stroy­ing a new Metal Gear, bat­tling his ex-FOXHOUND friend Gray Fox in hand-to-hand com­bat in the mid­dle of mine­field, and burn­ing Big Boss alive us­ing a lighter and aerosol can.

North­ern Kabul, Afghanistan Metal Gear Solid V: The Phan­tom Pain

Venom Snake vis­ited rocky Afghanistan to res­cue his old pal Kazuhira Miller, but ended up staying a lit­tle while try­ing to gather in­tel­li­gence on Ci­pher. It wasn’t the most beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tion Snake had ever vis­ited, but he’ll al­ways have fond mem­o­ries of the place be­cause he made friends with a dog who was a very good boy in­deed.

Cyprus Metal Gear Solid V: The Phan­tom Pain

Af­ter a bomb put a downer on things fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful mis­sion in Cuba, Big Boss got him­self into a lit­tle bit of an ac­ci­dent, and woke up in a hos­pi­tal in Cyprus nine years later. He didn’t re­ally get a chance to see the sights as sol­diers im­me­di­ately stormed the hos­pi­tal and start­ing killing ev­ery­one. The man rid­ing a horse while on fire didn’t re­ally help ei­ther.

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