Metal Gear Solid released in Japan exactly 15 years ago today. Here are 15 interesting facts about this timeless game.
When Yoji Shinkawa designed Snake, he looked at the existing character from the MSX games and went from there. Also, he based the character’s face on Christopher Walken, and his body on Jean-Claude Van Damme.
After Snake has been captured and put into his cell, there are three ways to escape: you can use ketchup to fool the guard in thinking you are bleeding, you can hide below the bed so the guard comes in looking for you, or you can simply wait until Gray Fox shows up and slices up the door.
Snake’s real name, David, was inspired by the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Otacon shares his name with the artificial intelligence from the same movie, Hal. The fact that Snake’s voice actor is called David as well is purely a coincidence.
Metal Gear Solid is the only game in the series that has two different endings. While the ending in which Snake rescues Meryl is the official one, there’s certain information that can only be obtained by watching the alternative ending. This is where we learn Roy Campbell is actually Meryl’s father.
In 2004, Nintendo, Konami and Silicon Knights collaborated on a Gamecube exclusive remake of Metal Gear Solid, called Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. The cutscenes were directed by Japanese film director Ryûhei Kitamura, who is a friend of Kojima’s. The script is almost identical, although it is said to be closer to the Japanese.
Since the release of Metal Gear Solid, the game’s story has been retold multiple ways: there’s a novel, a graphic novel, a digital graphic novel, and a radio drama. Currently a live action movie based on Metal Gear Solid is in pre-production. It isn’t supposed to come out until at least three years from now though.
To conclude, after 15 years Metal Gear Solid is still one of the most beloved games ever created, and in all likelihood will continue to live on as a classic.