Most geeks, or at least most comic-book geeks, remember exactly where they were the first time they saw Batman: Dead End. Personally, I was walking down one of the aisles at the very first Wizard World Texas. It was the first decent convention to come around in a long time, and this beautifully-crafted short film was playing it seemed on every corner, and then some. Read on
Metal Gear Solid familiarized the gaming world with the concept of survival over glory. You play as special forces agent Solid Snake, sent to Shadow Moses Island in Alaska's Fox archipelago, which has been taken over by next-generation special forces, including members of your old unit. What follows is a twisted web of lies, deceit, double-crosses, and lots of fantastic explosions.
- Almost all voice actors in this game used an alias on the official credits for this game.1
- Over six million copies have been sold of Metal Gear Solid worldwide.2
- TV and magazine ads, in-store merchandise give-aways for purchasers, in-store sampling, direct mail promotions, PlayStation hardware pack-ins and more demo giveaways were all part of a huge promotional campaign which cost the a total of US$8 million.3
A remake titled Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes was developed by Silicon Knights under the supervision of Hideo Kojima and released for GameCube in March 2004. While Twin Snakes was largely developed at Silicon Knights, its cutscenes were developed in-house at Konami and directed by Japanese film director Ryuhei Kitamura, reflecting his dynamic signature style, utilizing bullet time photography and choreographed gunplay. While the storyline and settings of the game were unchanged (although a select few lines of dialog were re-written more closely resembling the original Japanese version), a variety of gameplay features from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty were added such as the first-person aiming and hanging from bars on walls. Another change involved the voice acting; Mei Ling, Naomi, and Nastasha.
In 2000, Konami released a non-canonical Metal Gear game for Game Boy Color, Metal Gear Solid: Ghost Babel (titled Metal Gear Solid in North America).