Memorable Metal Gear Moments: Rescuing Hideo Kojima in Ground Zeroes


Hideo Kojima has made several appearances in his Metal Gear games. In Metal Gear Solid, it was only his name that appeared on screen during the Mantis fight (although in the Japanese version, you would hear his voice if there were save files for both Snatcher and Policenauts on your memory card). Also, in MGS1’s remake, The Twin Snakes, a picture of Kojima can be seen hanging on the wall in the commander’s office. In Metal Gear Solid 4, his voice can be heard during certain moments, and during Mantis’ appearance you can see flashes of a picture of Kojima. He can also be spotted during some of the surreal live action videos at the start of the game. In Peace Walker, the game designer has a more substantial cameo, he can be acquired as a Mother Base staff member. But his most elaborate role is in Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, where there’s a whole side mission dedicated to securing the game’s director – after all, he is kind of crucial to the series.

In a side op called ‘Intel Operative Rescue’, Snake is tasked with saving an important operative who needs to be extracted from the enemy base. During the briefing, Snake is holding a pair of glasses. Very familiar glasses for most Metal Gear fans. ‘To say he’s a critical VIP would be a massive understatement.’ Kaz says.


The first part of the mission has Snake providing cover fire from a helicopter, while the operative moves through the base trying to reach the helipad. He communicates with Snake in short sentences with a thick accent. Upon arriving at the heliport, the chopper sets down and after clearing the area, Snake carries the operative aboard. They set off, while Snake has to take out an enemy helicopter firing at them.


If you are unable to protect the operative, the mission is over. A time paradox, right? Can’t have your creator die when he still has 40 years of canon storyline to write.


After they managed to get away safely, Snake shuts the door, and turns towards the operative. ‘Snake…’ the man murmurs. He takes off his pilot shades and drops them on the floor. Snake hands him his glasses. The operative carefully puts them on, the camera moving in for a close up, a lens flare lights up the rim, adding to the drama. He raises his head and looks at Snake, but then suddenly turns to the left and makes eye contact with the player.


At this point he can say two different things, depending on the player’s performance. Normally he asks ‘What took you so long?’, but if you’ve managed to obtain an S-rank, he says ‘That was perfect!’. The thematic Ground Zeroes guitar riff plays. Hideo Kojima has been rescued. The future of the series has been secured.



In the months prior to the game’s release, Kojima gave some hints that he was working on such a cameo. Pictures of him doing voice overs, and suited up in the motion capture studio. What’s cool about these cameos is how they’re clearly a product of the ideas and technologies central to their respective games. In a sense, they are a timeline of the developments, in a playful manner. In MGS1, it was part of the breaking of the fourth wall that plays a big role during the Mantis fight (and in the Japanese version, made use of the memory card functionality). In Peace Walker, it tied into the base building aspect; you can actually employ Kojima to work in Mother Base. In Ground Zeroes, Kojima really is a fully-fledged character, with a highly detailed character model created using the 3D scanning that is so important to the game, including voice overs in two different languages. It’s another cameo, but one they could not realize before. Plus, it’s just damn fun.


Hideo Kojima also has a cameo in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. In a side op, he needs to be rescued by Snake again, and he can be found tied to the same pole as Miller in the first story mission. Like Miller, he says: “Snake… what took you so long?” Kojima will also join Mother Base as a volunteer, but only if you rescued him in Ground Zeroes and transferred your save data.



  • Ground Zeroes is so underrated in my opinion. It is small, but one of the best stealth experiences ever. I was so impressed when MGSV:GZ came out. The graphics, presentation, cutscene and overall so much ideas were in the game. I was impressed with the AI, controls were so great that I wanted to run with Snake and could not stop him because it felt so amazing.

    Camp Omega was so great and it is a shame that we could not visit it again at the MGSV:TPP. Maybe there were plans, but damn… I will replay Ground Zeroes again.

    I hope that NEW Kojima Productions will make another stealth action game… Kojima can put there horror or survival elements. It does not matter, but I hope that he does not abandon his stealth roots. He is the king of the genre.

    • MichaelPayneV

      The only bad part about GZ is that it was nothing more than a TPP Flackback turned in to a paid title.

      I can bet that the GZ section was supposed to be the played after rescuing Kaz, just after that, Rescuing Kaz showing how the game works in daytime, and GZ showing us how it works in night time, then the Mother Base!

    • MichaelPayneV

      No offense, but GZ is the best example on how Konami ruined TPP, TPP could have been better if Konami didn’t fukked it up.

    • MichaelPayneV

      PS: All hail Kojima, can’t wait to see what he does now with no limitation, i’m genuinely scared and excited about Hiodeo’s Futuristic SF-Noir Title!

      • Spectralbuttplug


    • gRammarnazi

      In my opinion it was better than TPP from a gameplay perspective.

    • Mr.Pony

      The atmosphere was incredible, the lighting and the nigh-time plus the rain added so much dramatic effect to an already tense situation, infiltrating an enemy camp with little escape routes. I wished that were more areas like camp omega in TPP.

    • Biggy

      Get back the mgs rights hopefully!! They should be his

  • Tong Ninja

    Did you know that the ghost of Hideo Kojima can be seen in MGS2 as well? 🙂

    This is when Solid Snake photographs a particular projector screen in the Tanker mission. Although this is in the HD PS3/Xbox 360 version of MGS2. Not sure about the original PS2 version. But any way if you managed to photograph him, you will get the trophy “Who Ya Gonna Call?” (movie reference from Ghostbusters haha).

    See below at 2:22- 2:25

  • Spectralbuttplug

    Since when does sir bowie swear?”I WAS LOOKING FOR YOUR ASS”

  • kuaikukia

    for me, the best cameo is when Big boss meet Trenya, talking cat from monster hunter. Big boss even know language of felyne. I laugh so hard when Big boss try to speak one

  • SNKtheStampede

    Nice article! I can’t remeber at wich moment we hear Kojima’s voice in MGS4 and I missed him the commercials at the begining of the same game. Could someone enlight me?

    • As for the voice of Kojima, there is a bit of debate on where it is, it could be during the Mantis fight when you see his picture, you hear someone yell ‘traitor!’, but it’s hard to make out wether it’s Kojima or Psycho Mantis.

      As for the live action tv segments, he is in the cooking show (it’s a but blurry but you can see him on the right side):

      • SNKtheStampede

        Ahah, that cameo! Thank you Nyxus 😉

  • Jav

    Watching episode 51 I felt it like ground zeroes. With an intro listening kaz, kiefer answering little things and then the mission starts.
    Could we see it as a 20 dollars dlc?

    • Lewis

      I am so desperate for more TPP story content, that I’ve given up on my moral. I will pay any money for any DLC for TPP. Gonna regret it years later, but I think I lost this battle. 😀

      • Jav

        Me too.

  • MrVux007

    Im finally coming home and im now waiting my 12 hour flight!
    Cant wait to play MGSV(will take my time with it tho) and most importantly i cant wait to see my loved ones after quite some time!I will give you my insights on it as soon as possible either here or on forums…
    Peace out friends and ….

    “V has come to…”

    • Gatsu

      That’s awesome to hear Vux :D, congrats seriously! V has finally come to you ^_^. Remember to play lots of MGSV, drink, party and check other games you missed too. If you don’t play LiS also, well I’m gonna come over and kick your ass :).

      • Jav

        Hey, I started to play this today and I dont know if keep playing it. I felt it like a game for women. I dont know. The exploration is tedious.

        • Gatsu

          Just keep playing :P, it starts a bit slow and gets really good. But of course not 100% of gamers like same stuff in the end.

          • Jav

            Thanks, I will play it. I always choose the wrong choices, lol. And I want to know about the missing girl and the school guard chasing that emo girl.

          • Gatsu

            Np. It’s like real life, choices aren’t always right :D. I often made choices I thought were right but didn’t feel like it later xD. I love the characters and can relate to some of them. I hope you enjoy it and play past episode 2 :).

          • Lewis

            There are no “wrong” choices in such games. Once I wanted to replay TWD to see other paths, but I could not choose anything else, from what I chose earlier. Those choices define you and your personality, no need to call it right or wrong.

          • Jav

            Yeah, but the reactions of the people made me change my choice. I just wanted the best for kate and everything ended bad. Today I will finish chapter 5.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            I NEED TO TRY LIS BUT JUDGING FROM THE REVIEWS I WONT LIKE IT.I ABSOLUTELY LIKED TWD BY TELTALE THO.Have you stoped hating episodical games coz you should imo(fvii)

          • Gatsu

            Don’t trust game site’s reviews. To me it’s 10/10, 43k positive user reviews out of 45 in Steam and most were probably as mindblown as I was to see how great it is :D.

            Imo it is way better than Telltales games that I have played. The damn feeels :D.

            Yeah I admit I have, I disliked it first but LiS and FF7 Remake changed my mind. ^^

          • Spectralbuttplug


    • Biggy

      I envy you i wish i could deleite my mgsV in my brain so i can play it as a brand new experience again

      • Spectralbuttplug

        You are talking about tpp as if it was not good 😀

        • Biggy

          What? It’s crazy good. I’m just recalling the first few days with it were so awesome I wish I could go back a really good memory like getting the game cutting a crappy general class to go play it. Ohh yeahhhhh id definitely do that again

      • Gatsu

        I wish that for many games ;), first time is always the best.

    • No Place For Hayter

      OOOO Grats, welcome back.

      Love it or hate it, it will stick 😉 hope you have fun

    • Full Options

      Does it sticks, buddy ??
      Glad you are back on SOLID grounds ! Let me know.
      Happy New Year !

  • Robin030

    ‘To say he’s a critical VIP would be a massive understatement.’

    that sentence got me so pumped it had this special MGS feeling to it that i missed for the most time in TPP

  • Punished Fox

    Remember when GZ came out everyone liked to hate on it, specially that new hipster bullshit culture because it was too small and because it was a glorified $20 demo, blah blah, then TPP came out and everyone started saying GZ was the shit and it was better than the entire Phantom Pain because it was small, compact and it had awesome atmosphere? It was time for that sick, bullshit “I grew up in the 80’s and I know what true videogames ought to be like” asshole critics to shit on the new Kojima game so every good thing GZ had magically started showing up out of nowhere RIGHT?, yeah people are shit and critics are shit. I guess we’ll have to wait for the next Kojima game to get some love for TPP.

    • Jav

      gz is better

    • hunner

      Anybody who says a 2 hour game with a tiny map is better than TPP is delusional.

    • No Place For Hayter

      People whom don’t actually form an opinion of their own for actual reasons get no respect or time from me, lol. I’m just glad I’m not one of those people. Hated GZ for a great many reasons, and I still think the same about it, lol.

    • Lewis

      I really liked GZ, apart from it being really a demo. A demo in the ways of items and number of missions. But I kinda agree with people, who now prefer it to TPP. I won’t say GZ is better than TPP, but I would be much more happier to get a real 60-dollar GZ, than what I got in TPP. No open world, but smaller areas with lots of areas to approach. More story focus, less faceless “VIP” rescues. And I really prefer even the single GZ guitar riff over the entire TPP soundtrack.

      Still, this is what I “would like”, so it’s not the reason to hate TPP. We got what we got, and still enjoyed those 5 days I skipped work to play TPP. 😀

  • PrinceHeir

    I really miss Ground Zeroes. I prefer the structural and compact but multiple entry environments rather than open world like The Phantom Pain. Even the dark artstyle and blue lens flare is actually pretty amazing and fitting for the game(they reduced it on The Phantom Pain).

    If they remake the MSX games, i don’t mind if it’s only Ground Zeroes style, which is perfect for me 🙂

  • Gatsu

    Saving Kojima was the crowning moment of GZ. Epic prologue and that intro cutscene is still some of the best stuff I’ve ever seen.

  • PrinceHeir


    I hope it includes all the patches, DLCs, and expansion packs in one disc. Perfect for those who want to jump in 🙂

    “The Witcher 3 Enhanced Edition” listed early February.

    • Gatsu

      Hey Prince :D, yeah it’d be great! I still haven’t finished Witcher 3 haha, but I made to Skellige :P. Too many games to play + open world fatigue. I’m enjoying linear games so much now ;). I’m not sure when the next expansion was coming though for TW3, maybe during March-April or then it just might release during Enhanced Edition.

    • Mr.Pony

      It seems it was a mistake by retailers according to CD Projekt Red marketing responsible.

  • Icosikaidigon

    If you don’t transfer your GZ data to TPP, but still do the side-op where you rescue Kojima, do you still get him on your team or not?

    • No, you have to complete the rescue mission in GZ and upload your data to TPP.

  • Schmojima

    David Bowie died…. ;_;

    • Spectralbuttplug

      So “i was looking for ur ass” was his goodbye song.fuk u cancer

  • David Bowie… The Man Who Sold The World,


  • FMercenary

    All Hail David Bowie!

    • Plissken

      Our original Diamond Dog. “A shining light, even in death.”

    • Have a safe flight Boss o7

  • VenomSnake1974

    Fkn cancer took away David… 🙁
    Great artists never die, though: a little piece of the world dies without them.

  • VenomSnake1974

    There’s a starman waitin’ in the sky…

  • Spectralbuttplug

    Fuck u cancer ziggy stardust quit our world

  • SNKtheStampede

    I’m so sad and stunned for the death of David Bowie… This morning just as I woke I found my mother watching the news on TV and I saw that ;_; Not an artist touched my heart as he did. Words can’t express my pain. I’m thankful though for having discovered him a few years ago and never stopped listening and studying his discography and his personality. Thank you David, by my heart. Your music will be passed on to the next generations until the end of history. The world thank you.

  • Gatsu

    Just read the news of Bowie in coffee break, geez what can I say. RIP Legend :(…
    It’s so sad but everyone go at some point and I wonder when more of my favorite actors, musicians, developers go etc.

    David and his music will be forever remembered. :C

  • [MSF]Vinicius

    My God , I woke up now and read this news and be very sad to see great legends go 🙁 a little phrase of his song ” Heroes” that will take a lifetime.
    we can be a hero just for one day
    RIP David Bowie

  • Venom_Sina

    It’s interesting.Yesterday I asked a question about “The Man Who Sold The World” and today I found out that we lost David Bowie.RIP Mr. David Bowie.May your soul rest in peace.

    • MichaelPayneV
      • Spectralbuttplug

        Fuck cancer I heard canabis oil could relieve side effects of chemo

        • MichaelPayneV

          Interesting info, i guess.

    • No Place For Hayter

      Yeah, it beyond sucks, one of (if not the most) influential musicians for other forms of media, lol, Kojma clearly loves him uses lots of his stuff, even the two british TV shows, life on mars, and ashes to ashes. Losing Bowie is quite a bombshell, he will be missed. Rest in Peace David Bowie.

      • Venom_Sina

        Hey,man.How you doin’?I missed you.Good to see you again.

        • No Place For Hayter

          I was great, been kind of down since Bowie died of course lol. I’ve Been around, always hiding in the shadows, lol.

          • Gatsu

            Like a ninja :)…good to see ya bro.

  • MichaelPayneV

    Wow, this is new!

    • Spectralbuttplug


  • Gatsu
  • No Place For Hayter

    Rest in Peace David Bowie.

    Time to spend the whole day listening to his music, not a hard thing to do 😉

    • i’m heartbroken man i didn’t saw this one coming at all.

  • Mr.Pony

    Off-topic: For those who’ve seen the new star wars, has anyone immediately thought of TPP when they saw this?

    • Jav

      Yeah. I think in tpp all the time. 🙁
      Every time I hear someone saying “now go”, in a movie or tv show, I immediately think “let the legend come back to life”.

    • MichaelPayneV

      I did, and JJ Abrams did got a TPP Copy from Hideo himself, signed, and i did feel “Kojima” influence in “The Force Awakens”

  • MichaelPayneV

    Off-Topic: Anyone else remembers this apparently forgotten Game?
    I have a feeling that Hideo’s Game will be very similar to Cyberpunk 2077, and that these 2 tittles will come out at the same time, and compete for Best IP!
    2015 was CD Projekt’s return Vs Kojima Productions at its prime, now it will be CD Projekt better than EVER Vs a wounded, in healing process “Kojima Productions” who do you think will win?

    PS: We, of course, we will be the winners no matter what, we will get 2 amazing titles.

    • It’s not forgotten. They are developing it. It is going to be interesting to see what Cd Projekt Red can come up with next.

      Not sure that they are going to be similar. This one is based on the classic roleplaying pen and paper RPG universe and Kojima’s game is smth that is about SSci-Fi or Space. We don’t know anything about his next game. We don’t even know what genre Kojima’s new game will have.

      Kojima Productions are not at the healing stage at all. They are at the stage of a creating new studio while CD Projekt Red is already independent full force studio with it’s own proprietary engine, tools and resources.

      • MichaelPayneV

        “They are at the stage of creating new studio ” which is exactly what i meant by “healing stage” that the New Studio in this stage will not be as BIG and STRONG as it was during TPP Development, and that CD Projekt on the other hand is better and bigger than ever thanks to the success of Wither 3, and that based on the new Kojima Logo and Shinkawa’s New artwork, looks like these 2 Games may just be part of the same genera, and that Hideo’s “Enemy/Competition” won’t be “Splinter Cell” but CD Project.

        TL;DR: The Stakes are A LOT Higher for Kojima, and i expect both Games to be INCREDIBLE MIND BLOWING Futuristic SF.

        Oh, how i can tell that these 2 will be similar, by the new Kojima Productions Logo, it has “Cyberpunk” culture written all over it, and i love it!

        • Spectralbuttplug

          remember tpp at vga 2012!APPEARANCES DECEIVE

    • Jav

      There is no gameplay yet, I think.

    • Spectralbuttplug


  • If someone still care MGO PC beta starts tomorrow or something, Motherbase map and something about knifes

  • Kojimaphile

    I loved and hated this mission at the same time. It was really hard for me on the PlayStation 3 trying to go non-lethal with that shitty stun revolver. I prefer sneaking over a full-on assault any day, but this mission gets a pass for being so damn worth it.

    Shame we can’t play as him tho. Was looking forward to that in Phantom Pain.

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