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…
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.