Memorable Metal Gear Moments: Truckloads of Easter Eggs

One of the things Metal Gear is praised for are the countless secrets, easter eggs and hidden stuff attentive players can find in the games. Sometimes they are just little jokes or references to other games or movies, other times you can get your hands on a special item.

At a certain point in Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Big Boss is tasked with finding a truck carrying nukes. Having followed the truck into a hanger where a whole row of them is parked, the player now has to choose which vehicle to inspect. Since you can just guess it’s easy enough, but even so, it’s worth it to check each truck, as they all hold their own little jokes and secrets, or even extras.

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For example, one of the trucks just contains a shipment of fish. Nothing too unusual, soldiers got to eat as well. The license plate is 57577, and in stead of ‘Centro America’, the location name reads ‘Shina Gawa’. Many Japanese license plates are printed in this city, so its a common sight in Tokyo. Why the fish? Well, maybe because Shina Gawa is a harbor town.

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Another truck has a poster of Mei Ling attached to the wall. Veteran players may have recognized the license plate: 140.96, Mei Ling’s CODEC frequency in Metal Gear Solid.

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Then there is a truck that contains a stack of strange looking sunflowers, and a voice yelling ‘sun light’ echoes through the interior. Those who are familiar with the Boktai-series, an trilogy of action RPGs on Game Boy Advance produced by Kojima, will recognize the reference to those games. In this game you could charge your ‘solar gun’ in the sun, hence the ‘sun light’ accompanied with a charging sound. The license plate of this truck is 00000, so that makes sense – the batteries were empty.

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A fourth just has a whole bunch of casino chips – but what else do you expect, when the license plate says 777?

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Another one reveals a stack of shiny cogs, to which Snake automatically responds with his famous words ‘Metal… Gear?!”, though this time around he’s not referring to a demonic weapon threatening the fate of he world, but to, well… gears made of metal.

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But probably the highlight is the truck that holds the ultimate special character for Mother Base: Hideo Kojima himself. “Mister Kojima?!”, Snake responds with sincere surprise, as he discovers the famous game designer huddled in the corner of the truck’s cargo space. Kojima merrily waves back at his own creation.

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Noteworthy is the license plate of this truck: 63824. Hideo Kojima was born on August 24, 1963.

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Finding Kojima in the truck will actually recruit him and send him to Mother Base via Fulton Recovery, where you can put his skills as an engineer to use.

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Hideo Kojima will also put his own likeness in Metal Gear Solid V, and with the new technology allowing for exact 3D-scans of a person, it’ll be interesting to see.

  • Kaniebas

    Wow, didn’t know about the Hideo character at all!

    • Nyxus

      I recruited him both on PSP and PS3, he has some good stats!

  • Outlawdg

    In case you guys didn’t know, there are soldiers whose comment is something along the lines of “Hey, did you hear? someone said they saw God in the back of a truck!” I found that quite funny.

    • Nyxus

      I didn’t know that. Probably a reference to the ‘Kojima is God’ thing in the cassette tape recording about Cecile’s name.

      • Outlawdg

        funny, because I didn’t know about that, haha

  • William of Orange

    I noticed in the credits of mgs 4 that kojima is the voice of god. Is there a secret I’m missing out on?

    • Jonny2x4

      He can be heard during the Psycho Mantis sequence after defeating Screaming Mantis.

  • Janeo

    Peace walker has some of the funniest moments in the entire series not sure you would call an Easter egg but I love when big boss recruits to many people with Fulton recovery and kaz calls telling him he is recruiting to many people and you can hear them all in the background then if you keep recruiting kaz will call again then you hear someone fall into the water and kaz just yells man overboard. This happened while I was doing extra ops after my first play though and it just made me laugh pretty badly I love mgs humor

    • Nyxus

      Yeah there are many funny CODEC conversations, about macaroons, about NORAD tracking Santa, etc. Never heard the one you mentioned, but that’s pretty funny!

      • Jason Mounce

        Yea, the one he mentioned is hilarious. You hear ramblings and people talking behind him(If I recall) as if its stuffed to the brim, he yells out “STOP PUSHING!” then you hear a scream in the background as someone falls overboard only to hear Kaz scream out “Damnit! Man overboard!”

    • César H. Sandoval

      “Hey! stop PUSHING!”

      • Janeo

        I laugh every time I think about that

    • Cartmangus

      I need to hear this codec call, lol. Is it on youtube? One thing I found hilarious in Peace Walker are the various game over screens, the one I always lose my shit at is when Kaz just yells “AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-WZYY_VW5M&t=4m22s

      • Janeo

        I’m on my iPad so I can’t work out how to put a link here but just type in peace walker Easter eggs then go to part 3 and 5 minutes through it has that

        • Cartmangus

          Thanks, that was great, lol. I love how much of this stuff is crammed into all of these games, it’s just made with so much love, so many insane little things put in that most developers would never care for.

          • Janeo

            Yeah I never see anything like this in any other games even very well made games like the last of us or uncharted have anything like this. I don’t think any director works like hideo he treats every little part of his games like it is the most important this is why no games are better

      • Janeo

        Just watched that game over screen video I love how snake goes crazy when kaz and Paz walk away from him. A lot of fans don’t like peace walker, I just don’t know how they think this game is bad I think it even may have become my favourite game over the years there are so many things to do the story is amazing and I love the codec conversations they just help us get to know every character better and the humour is the best it’s been no game movie or show has made me laugh as much as peace walker. It’s funny but it’s also serious in a way metal gear can only do, I just think if you aren’t a fan of this game how can you be a fan of metal gear.

        • Cartmangus

          I ignored Peace Walker for way too long, I hated playing games on my PSP and I fucking hated the controls, so I just went on to ignore it, I wasn’t a big fan of the portable style gameplay either, the short missions. But last year I finally played it on the HD collection and I must say I really respect how much work went into it, specially considering it was made for psp.

          It’s still my least favorite game in the series, but I thought it had some real nice character moments, Kaz is fucking fantastic. It had some nice character development for BB. Story didn’t do much for me, not really a fan. Surprisingly I enjoyed some of the boss battles, it’s bittersweet though, like I can’t say I’m a fan of how suddenly everything is just super futuristic with crazier designs for these robots than ever before but Pupa was a really fun battle, first and second battle against the Peace Walker was fucking great too, I think the fact that they were based around coop made them more fun solo due to the increased difficulty. The short missions I think, obviously it’s less ideal when playing on your television, but it is made for PSP so it’s hard to knock it for that, but I would’ve preferred less back and forth between menus during gameplay.

          As far as the actual stealth gameplay goes, while it has some issues with difficulty, mainly it being too easy at times I just can’t help but love it, the fact that it was designed around waist high cover made for much more fun sneaking in close quarters, very reminiscent of MGS1 and 2 actually and I fucking love that, and I hope it is something that is continued in GZ/TPP, I don’t have anything against crawling but at times in MGS4 there was just too much required of that, but yeah as much as I love the stealth it was kind of too easy, no difficulty levels meant you couldn’t crank that up and get guards that had better vision, more aggressive, etc, and top that off with the super powerful tranquilizer and ontop of that the fulton recovery, there wasn’t any penalty to putting people to sleep then pulling them all up into the sky and never having to deal with them waking up again and going back on patrol.

          Overall while I have my problems with PW and while there are some things that stop me from enjoying it as much as I could’ve, I think it’s a very solid game worth playing and I very much respect how much work went into it.

          • Janeo

            I get what your saying a lot of people don’t like peace walker but there has to be some things they enjoy. I liked the fast pace stealth it’s actually the second metal gear game I played and I just loved every second. It looks like you will have a choice between a fast pace stealth or a slower pace. I agree about kaz he is an amazing character one of my favourites did you listen to all his audio tapes

          • Cartmangus

            Yupp, I listened to everything, some very entertaining ones for sure.

    • Cyberlum

      I have yet to play Peace Walker. I guess I’m in for an amazing treat.

  • Janeo

    I just hope hideo didn’t die during the mother base attack I got him in my first play though although I’m not sure if I knew he was exactly back then peace walker was my second mgs game

    • Cartmangus

      He said the hospital scene in the GDC trailer was from his eyes, so when Kaz said “What about him?” he’s probably talking about Kojima

      • Janeo

        I thought he was being sarcastic then though

        • Cartmangus

          I thought so too at first but then he showed how he’s doing mocap for the game and recording dialogue as well so I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be a character with dialogue in the game this time.

          • Janeo

            I knew he was doing mo cap but not dialogue I wonder who will do his voice in the English dub

          • Cartmangus

            hopefully they don’t dub that, would kind of ruin the whole thing

          • Janeo

            I guess it depends on the lines he has although I did hear people will speak different languages depending what country your in so maybe they won’t dub it

          • Nyxus

            I assume it’s Kojima himself. When doing voice overs, he said it was difficult to pronounce because it wasn’t Japanese. So I assume it was English: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=9575

          • Bob Faget

            I seriously doubt he’d put a silly meta joke into a serious scene like that.

            He was obviously just taking a piss by being meta.

          • Cartmangus

            Oh, he’d definitely be one to do something like that, Mr Faget.

          • Bob Faget

            Yeah, no.

            Kojima pulls some silly shit, but not to that jarring a level. Having a blatantly silly non-canon cameo appearance in one of the most tragic moments in the series is bad writing.

  • Golgari

    Ahh, Peace Walker humor.
    HOW CAN YOU FORGET ABOUT THIS? My personal favourite. It’s not an easter egg but I just can’t mention it in the easter egg/MGS:PW jokes thread.

  • PrinceHeir

    I too got the easter egg, though it came off a little pretentious to me, but ehh it was just for fun and giggles.

    Was hoping for Frank Eager and if this was the story where he was saved by Big Boss.

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