Memorable Metal Gear Moments – Entering REX’s Lair

To many people, Metal Gear Solid on PlayStation is one of the most memorable gaming experiences they’ve had. It’s full of surprising, touching and crazy moments. One of those is when the player, near the end of the game, finally meets the main threat: Metal Gear REX.

Throughout the entire game we have heard of this mysterious and deadly weapon. We have met the financiers, the designer, the hijackers. But aside from a few glimpses, we haven’t seen it yet in the flesh. Until now.

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After passing a hall filled with armored cameras, Snake finally reaches his destination. There it is: a towering giant, looming over him. It’s like a prehistoric beast, made of steel and circuits, surrounded by walkways and surveillance cameras. Still sleeping. Its design is both monstrous and awe inspiring. It looks like a diabolical fusion of raw, primitive power and advanced technical mastery. The rail gun and radome also make it look like a knight wielding a sword and shield.

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Ominous music plays while Snake makes his way up to the control room. He climbs the ladders and crosses the iron walkways that surround the immense machine, allowing Snake to finally see it up close and from all sides. Its presence fills the looming darkness of the room, literally. Ever higher Snake goes, until he reaches the beast’s head, which he uses to cross to the other side. It’s big enough for a man to walk around on.

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The whole time Otacon, who is trying to break into the security system, keeps checking in with updates and information he has found, revealing the true threat this weapon offers. Until Snake finally arrives at the control room, where Liquid and Ocelot are making preparations. Snake hides behind the doorway and listens in on their conversation. But little does he know, their plan has been set into motion and he will soon have to face off against this mighty beast himself.

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  • Leonardo Campos

    “zooon”… 😀

    • Ma2a

      Haha 🙂 Good one.

  • decoyF0XX

    Metal…Gear?

    • No Place For Hayter

      Beat me to it.

    • prothy

      DAMN, I wanted to write that comment! lol

  • Alex

    It’s the most well executed and realized Metal Gear, which is why it’s everybody’s favorite.

    • Schmojima

      I second that! 😀
      It is by far THE ps1 classic for me and I get the shivers just thinkin’ about it.
      I really do hope (or rather think) that TPP will be just as epic. (seems kinda possible actually)

      Edit:
      to be fair: I think every mgs was really really (REALLY) well executed!
      (I haven’t played acid and the like, so I don’t know about these)

    • MichaelPayneV

      Not really, MGS3 is The Best Metal Gear for various reasons:

      -Better Writing
      -Perfect Balance between Drama, Comedy and Action.
      -A More Complex Story
      -A More relatable and Developed Main Character (You know Big Boss Favorite Food, you know him as a person, he is sometimes selfish, he has humor, he is more human then Solid, you feel his emotions)
      -Tougher and Memorable Boss Fights.
      -More Complex and immersive Gameplay

      You may think that MGS1 is his best work because of nostalgia, but if you analyse it, you’ll find out that MGS3 is Hideo’s Best Work.

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        I also crown mgs3 as best mgs.But mgs 1 has the best experience.

        • MichaelPayneV

          Exactly, MGS1 was something New, when Snake Eater/Subsistence was Metal Gear Perfected.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            I completely agree with you.

        • decoyF0XX

          If I were to choose between the two (1 and 3), I’d say MGS1 because it had a better script, it had a very grim atmosphere, the gameplay was more interesting because of puzzles and other things, the camera angle was better, and most importantly, the bosses seemed to have more of a reason for fighting, they had their own philosophies and they were well developed characters, you ended up feeling something for them after defeating them and that’s something I’ve never seen in any other game. Love MGS3 anyway. MGS2 is my favourite though.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            That is true but mgs3 is my favourite because of its variety.MGS3 was brutal yet had really quirky humor.

      • cardboardbox engineer

        dude , i think he’s talking about metal gear,,, you know? the walking tank!!!

        • MichaelPayneV

          Oh, i though that he was talking about “Best Metal Gear” as a Game.

          And Yes, i agree, Rex is The Best Metal Gear so far, now let’s see if TPP’s Metal Gear Ridgeback will surpass it.
          http://www.metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MGSV-The-Phantom-Pain-Metal-Gear.jpg

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            I don’t think its name is MG ridgeback despite its appearance.Snake might change its name if he manages to get it.

          • MichaelPayneV

            If we look at History the Metal Gears are named after an animal (Rex, Ray, Zeke etc.)

            and it looks like this Metal Gear looks like Rex, but the Legs and the Mouth look like a Dog, more exactly like a Ridgeback which is also the Dog from the Diamond Dogs Logo, so this Metal Gear is definitely going to be called “Metal Gear Ridgeback” and represent “Diamond Dogs”
            http://metalgearinformer.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/foxengine1.jpg

            http://img.webme.com/pic/r/rhodesian-ridgeback-dasha/dasha-juni.jpg

            http://ih2.redbubble.net/image.22987657.4684/flat,800×800,075,t.jpg

            So there is no reason for Hideo to break the “Tradition” on naming Metal Gears after animals.

          • MrVux007

            i think they were refering Solid Snake or Liquid Snake as a weapon to surpass Metal Gear(depending if they were in africa at that time) …and Metal Gear shown in TPP trailer is possibly an prototype made out of Zeke…

          • MichaelPayneV

            Which could be named “Gidgeback”

          • AgitAngst

            That’s very interesting point of view! But can you link me to Zeke animal? I don’t know what is it and I can’t find it.:(

          • There’s another meaning behind ‘rex’ and ‘ray’: “Both of these are the same as the code names used by the U.S. Armed Forces to refer to Japanese war planes during World War 2.” (Colonel AI in MGS2)

          • AgitAngst

            Thx for the info, Nyxus!

          • What if we can pimp our Metal Gear with diamonds? 😛

          • MichaelPayneV

            Gangsta sh*t. i see what you did there

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            I don’t understand!!!!!!!!!!!!!
            *looks for “when you don’t understand a reference” gif

          • MichaelPayneV

            Is very simple, is Sarcasm.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            sarcasm about what?

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            oh wait I understand!!!!!!!!!!
            yep that’s definitely sarcasm.A bling bling MG would really be ugly.Im not joking.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Sarcasm about my statement on the name of the New Metal Gear?

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            yep I know it definitely looks like a ridgeback.But its name couldbe different or be more than mgr.BTW ZEKE is not an animal.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            since a ridgeback can play with a lion or even kill it.Its logical.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            Are you a #1 fan of the boss or what?Cuz your ign account also has her picture.

      • Le Guy who drowned quiet

        There’s also the right amount of brutality.Snake cutting soviet soldiers eyes was brutal but badass.

      • dave-pliskin

        this is why i can’t stand MGS3 fans anymore.

        • Le Guy who drowned quiet

          seriously this is why I cant stand solid snake fanboys anymore.

          • dave-pliskin

            u wot m8

            there’s nothing wrong with MGS3, but people really need to stop going on about it being the best when the other entries are just as good, if not better.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            that’s his opinion.He has the right to say it.

          • MichaelPayneV

            I just gave you arguments on why MGS3 is The Best MGS, plus MGS3 is also David Hayter’s Favorite MGS.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            BTW you have the right to love mgs1.But people like me and Michael love mgs3.some people love mgs2 and others mgspw.

      • Golgari

        Better writing is not really. They are all perfectly written. the only problem with 1st and 2nd game is that there was always issue with the editor.
        Perfect balance was always there in MGS series. Can’t see how MGS3 trumps them.
        A more relatable and dev. main char again not. He is really developed but compared to let’s say Raiden he is not even close.
        Memorable boss fights – that is subjective. I like all bosses from all of the series but I will say that compared to MGS1 and 2 they were underdeveloped in terms of the story. That’s a fact.
        – More complex gameplay – indeed. That’s true but compared to MGS4 it is not.

        the best Hideo’s work is the game that has the highest rank at metacritic and according to meta it’s not MGS3. MGS3 is a masterpiece. It’s fact but Hideo Kojima played very safely with that game after the second one.

        Also, everyone has their favourite Metal Gear. You can’t judge what is better. Each Metal Gear was developed for it’s time and improved on it’s older versions. Some people love 1st, some people love 4th and some people love 2nd or third. Experience what is important. First impressions are important.

        • MichaelPayneV

          By writing i mean the Dialogue, and the dialogue in MGS1 was sometimes, just, bad, like for example the MGS1 ending, the message was forced, when during any of Snake Eater Cutscenes, the messages didn’t felt forged.

          Sniper Wolf’s Death was Great Written, but the rest of the Game had things that didn’t make any sense, like why is Liquid Snake calling Solid Snake “Snaaaaaake” when he is Snake as well, and when Solid clearly calls him “Liquiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid”, things like that.

          Point is MGS1 is Hideo’s First Work with Voice Actors, when during Snake Eater he already had 6 years of experience with actors and with 3D Cutscenes, and with Cinematography in Video Games, and the PS2 era had the most complex Video Games as Far as Features, therefore MGS3 is the Best.

          Why isn’t MGS4? Is because the Story itself is not as Entertaining, the Plot was Great, but the Story was slightly lower, and as far as Game Features, MGS4 is the Most Limited MGS.

          The Good News is that MGSV looks like is going to be as Complex as Snake Eater.

        • decoyF0XX

          Totally agree with your points, Solid Snake from MGS1 and Raiden are very very relatable characters and MGS1 has the most memorable boss fights. I might add that MGS2 had the smoothest gampeplay.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Not as relatable as Big Boss, i mean, Big Boss is just more Human, he is better developed, Solid feels like a Part of Big Boss, like what he is, a clone, when Raiden feels like Big Boss Personality.

          • decoyF0XX

            I could relate more to Solid Snake to be honest, like the way he felt about society, being an angsty teenager and all. My best out of the snakes however is Solidus. I can relate to how he decided to take control of the situation. I would try to take down The Patriots if I could by all means too, maybe not kill anybody though lol.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Well i guess this may be subject, but even from an Objective point Big Boss is more complex.

          • uya333

            Not really, I mean not objectivly speaking. Because for me, a guy who killed he´s own “Father” and went PSTD alcohol and everything, then change into an stoic person with an incredible force of will, determined to finish the job with a shit-old body makes (for me of course) a more complex character than a guy who killed he´s “mother” but instead of get over with it and find something to believe in and pass it on to the next gen, he got stuck, and turns the world to shit because of he´s ego… Don´t get my wrong, i love both snake, I am just trying to say that everything is subjective. But for the Fox Engine and the new mo-cap ability, using Big Boss as a character and not an stoic guy is the obvius path to take.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Indeed, but also you can’t deny that Solid feels like the 30 years old Big Boss, that his personality doesn’t change that much, including MGS4, he was the same Snake for MGS1 and MGS4, just looking and Sounding Older, when with Big Boss, he is more sensible, his personality changes with his Age, unlike Solid.

            That being said, Solid Snake is only Aging Outside, when Big Boss is aging both Outside and Inside, i mean Big Boss in Peace Walker is not the Same Big Boss from Snake Eater, and Big Boss from Ground Zeroes is not the same Big Boss from Peace Walker, and Big Boss from GZ, is not the same from TPP, when Solid is The Same, which is an advantage for Solid, but a disadvantage in his Story, making it repetitive, at least that’s how i see it.

          • uya333

            I can´t disagree more with you. I mean in MGS1 he was this typical anti-hero and all. In MGS2 he has a reason to fight and becomes more wise. In MGS4 he is mentally weak, you can see how he gets affected with everything that people say. The MGS1 and 2 Snake does not give a shit about what people say. He is a sad oldman.

            And sorry but if you think he feels like a 30 year old Big boss, I mean you didn´t pay too much attention about how different they are (I mean of course they feel the same because they look the same and talk the same and both are lonely characters) But common, Naked Snake is a fukin patriotic boy scout, naive, not wise at all (this change in PW), and totally insecure, not into women (Solid Snake would raped Eva). He is far of being an anti-hero in Snake Eater. But of course I respect your opinion (well not this- Indeed, but also you can’t deny that Solid feels like the 30 years old Big Boss- but whatever).

          • uya333

            It amaze my how people who prefer more MGS2 has a personality and thoughts like my own. I have exactly the same opinion as you do. MGS2 is a fukin masterpiece and Solidus did nothing wrong… except killing a lot of people. Solid Snake is a far more interesting character (my opinion of course) and playing as Raiden gives u an interesting perspective.

      • Alex

        Calm down, I was referring to the actual Metal Gear, not MGS1 as a whole. Luckily, we agree about MGS3, but each one has their own unique strengths as well and ultimately it comes down to preference as to which is people’s favorite. When it comes to established education on narrative, MGS3 always wins, but Kojima breaks the rules all the time too.

        • MichaelPayneV

          I didn’t say any different, each MGS is great for what it is, and far what that platform could do, but i’m just saying that MGS3 is The Best and The Most Balanced, the Gameplay, the Signature Features, Cutscenes and Graphics are all at the same Level, when for Example MGS4 Gameplay and Features are not at the same level with the Cutscenes and the Script, and that is due to how Limited the PS3 was.

          It shouldn’t be a Surprise MGS3 is The Best, because most of Today Franchise’s best Enetries are the PS2 Ones, from Metal Gear, to GTA, to Resident Evil and So on, is just that PS2 was ones of The Best Tool for Gaming Developers, that’s when the Gaming industry Evolved to a New Level, but ever since then, the Next Consoles PS3 and PS4 didn’t had the same impact as the O.G. PS2.

          • PS2 was actually the weakest system of that generation, while PS3 and PS4 are the strongest of their respective generations. But in the end, it’s about how the developer uses them.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Yet the PS2 Games are The Most Impressive as Far as the Balance between Gameplay and Graphics, and Number of Features each Game had, take a look at San Andreas, then take a Look at GTA IV, take a look at Resident Evil 4, then take a look at Resident Evil 5 and 6, and so on.

            It was the Weakest, bu apparently it was easy to Develop on, the Architecture was impressive, which cannot be said abut the PS3 and the PS4.

          • decoyF0XX

            I think that PS2 generation was really one of the best, tying with the SNES/Sega Mega Drive generation.

          • MichaelPayneV

            Exactly, which is why i Consider MGS3 being The Perfect MGS.

          • Le Guy who drowned quiet

            Me too!

          • decoyF0XX

            Mmmm, MGS2 was on PS2 too…?

          • MichaelPayneV

            But it was the First Metal Gear on PS2, when Snake Eater was already familiar with the System.

            Same for GTA, GTA III and Vice City were on PS2, but by the time San Andreas released, GTA was already familiar with the System,

      • decoyF0XX

        I’m more of an MGS2 guy though…

      • Big_Boss88

        We all got our opinions of which is the best MGS game, but it’s pretty hard to choose though. As they are all masterpieces. For me it is MGS3 for reasons.

        But sometimes when I’m replaying the other MGS games I think “Wow this game is just so amazing, like the best ever etc”. Because they’re just all so good ;).

  • Golgari

    ZOOOOOOOMMMMM!

    • Sly

      The most annoying song in the series and yet so lovable.

    • Big_Boss88

      One of my many favorite MGS songs ;). To be honest, I still think today that MGS1 maybe holds the best and most memorable songs for me of the saga ;D.

  • Invader_skoodge

    When I Played this for the first time. It took me a while to figure out the card key and it was a very intense experience racing back to the control room though all those ladders on metal gear, thinking that I would not make it in time and the card would go back to room temperature. Talk about Drama!! LOL

    • Big_Boss88

      LOL yep huge drama ;D, I always worried that my card temperature change to normal after heating it up in the Blast Furnace. Because had to run back through the freezing Vulcan Raven’s area xD.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      you know how to describe a masterpiece.

  • Big_Boss88

    Very memorable part indeed with that epic music in the background ;D.

    This part was awesome:
    “Pal code entry complete…detonation code activated” I was like omfg what o_O!?

    Campbell: Snake you’ve been talking to…
    Miller: Me…dear brother!

    Shiiiit XD, Liquid truly played Solid like a fiddle.

    • Le Guy who drowned quiet

      it was really memorable as the article said.

  • Cartmangus

    Rex’s Lair is definitely one of my favorite themes from MGS1 and the series in general. This part of the game certainly helped to make Rex the most intimidating and memorable Metal Gear to date.

  • Hanna-Mari

    Only thing what I’m remembering about MGS1 and REX is that battle. Still a good and nostalgic fight, but hardest fight to me. I’ve played so many games with differend bosses but REX… just want to smash everything and pull my eyes out while thinking that battle. I just wanted see world burning while battling with REX.

    But end of rage story. Btw, thanks now I can hear “ZOOOM” in my head whole day 😀

    • Mini gear

      Liquids voice hurt my ears whoever I shoot him, he was so loud

  • PrinceHeir

    Definitely one of the most memorable games out there. The thing that really interested me is the music. You can definitely feel something bad is gonna happen at any moment.

    What’s even more surprising is how few guards are patrolling one of the most deadliest weapons out there. You know somethings not right if Snake can just infiltrate the base like that.

    I also notice the change of artstyle to very greenish screen. Just look at the screens, backgrounds and even the radar. For me it felt like you were in a simulator of some kind. It kinda reminds me of Ghost in the Shell and its opening.

    I really wish MGS would go back to MGS1 style.

    MGS1 is definitely an amazing game. I don’t mind replaying it once again in the near future!

    http://abload.de/img/2014-07-2016_53_22-enxaerd.png

  • SpiderJerusalem

    Imagine Solid Snake beeing brainwashed as a child soldier in The Phantom Pain telling him what he later tells Meryl in the Commander’s Office:

    -What’s your name? Your real name?
    -A name means nothing on the battlefield
    -How old are you?
    -Old enough to know what death looks like
    -Any family?
    -No, but I was raised by many people.
    -Is there anyone you like?
    -I’ve never been interested in anyone else’s life

    Is just a funny thought. (Sorry for bad english)

  • vic boss

    Do you guys know? Kojima is going to show Metal Gear online in the video game awards next friday (December 05). fingers crossed for the release date

    • MichaelPayneV

      Hell Fukkin Yeah!

      • Big_Boss88

        OMG YEAH 😀 !

    • SpiderJerusalem

      When Mgo came out I didn’t have internet to play but then Saladin came, my only benefactor. I gonna buy so much blood serum so I dont have to go away of the ps or pc.

  • Le Guy who drowned quiet

    BREAKING NEWS
    Geoff Keighley:Im honoured to have hideo kojiya world premiere MGO next friday

  • XIFF-5

    MGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mini gear

    Just heard that kojimas presenting metal gear online at the event

    • cardboardbox engineer

      yeah, i saw that on kutako. hope we get a release date on that

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