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* Where and when exactly did Gray Fox get hold of the arm mounted laser cannon he uses to destroy Rex's radome? Firstly at no point was this weapon even alluded to until he comes to Snake's aid - Otacon or Natasha certainly won't mention it if you call them. Secondly he blatantly doesn't own the thing during your boss fight with him meaning he must have aquired it afterward from... the armoury? Alongside the Nikita in the nuclear storage building? both places have been explored completely ''before'' you fight him. Nowhere else on this base apparently stores small arms so keeping this gun anywhere else would be stupid in itself.
** Gray Fox is a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot sci fi futuristic cyborg ninja]]. Just because he didn't use the laser cannon in his fight against Snake doesn't mean he didn't have access to it at that point. He wanted to fight Snake ''fairly''. Hand to hand. He ''spells this out during the fight''. The reason he busts it out against Rex is because Rex is a different opponent, that he's not going to be able to fight hand to hand, or with a sword.
* What was Solidus' motivation for Shadow Moses I mean at the end of this game it is stated that Ocelot and Solidus are behind everything, I mean what was going on what was the point.
** There's no specific source that really attacks this issue, but based on information from [=MGS4=] [[spoiler: For Solidus specifically, it's fairly obvious by now that he was being played by Ocelot all along. His motivations have always been clear - he was manipulated by the Patriots into office, but he had always resented their control and wanted to seize "liberty" for himself all along. REX was the weapon he likely planned on using as a bargaining chip to back the Patriots into a corner and cut them down, just as he did with Arsenal Gear in [=MGS2=]. He simply didn't realize the extent of what he was dealing with until it was too late. As for events of the first game as a whole, it's possible it has to do with Ocelot's masterminding and the deconstructive forces behind the breakdown of the Patriots. If Big Mama is to be believed, Big Boss' betrayal was the final straw for Zero. He lost his faith in humanity and chose to leave his legacy in the hands of an immortal AI, so that means by the time this game rolls around, the AI structure is already in place thanks to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem Y2K]] scare and other efforts on his part. It seems logical to assume that this would cause friction amidst the Patriots - after all, Eva had already formally left to create her own resistance, Paramedic/Dr. Clark was dead, Ocelot was working as a double-spy. So that leaves us with Donald Anderson, aka Sigint. It doesn't seem too far of a stretch to think he might have had his own motivations for aiding in the development of REX in an effort thwart Zero or otherwise. In addition, while Ocelot couldn't have predicted the far-reaching impact that leads to the events of [=MGS4=], he certainly could have maneuvered much of the Moses mission in order to give himself a wild card. Ocelot's presence in the Patriots means that he would've known of the coming development of SOP - creating REX gave him a weapon that would be free of Patriot control. After all, why else would a nuclear walking tank be sitting around, functional and unused in an abandoned facility? The government isn't that negligent. Somebody must've worked it so that Shadow Moses was left buried for its potential use as a last resort.]] Mind you, this is just one fan's speculation, so the point is highly debatable.
*** I was under the impression that the Patriots allowed the development of REX to fuel the early stages of the war economy - after all, they must have planned for the REX documentation to be sold on the black market, otherwise it wouldn't have been allowed. Remember that in [=MGS2=], they not only know what Solidus will do, but have actively planned his every step up throughout the game, so it's not unreasonable to assume they'd planned this out, too. Sigint is on hand as Zero's representative during the game, making sure everything comes together as planned, Solidus intends to use REX against the Patriots but is forced to pull out and resign, and Ocelot, with his, what, ''quadruple agent'' status takes advantage of everyone involved for his own ends, killing Anderson and playing Liquid and Solidus like cheap violins. It's stated that, in part, Shadow Moses was Solidus' scheme against the Patriots, to have a weapon that he can use against them - just as the President in [=MGS2=] allies with Solidus to use Arsenal against the Patriots. But the Patriots are behind nearly everything until Ocelot outwits them and takes charge in the fourth game, meaning that REX would have been theirs, in the end, just like RAY is once Ocelot steals it to become part of Arsenal's defense systems.
** Solidus loves his daddy. Why wouldn't he want a Metal Gear unit ready and waiting for him just a faked death away? In addition, though the Shadow Moses incident destroyed his presidency (before the faked death part), it also ended the career of his Secretary of Defense. Secretary Houseman witnessed the births of the Les Enfants Terible and was [[spoiler: close friends with one of the founders of the Patriots]], and he was working in Sears' own office. When Solidus says he resented the Patriot's control over him, he very well might have been talking about this man, specifically.
* Why does everyone, in this game at least, call Solid Snake "Snake" and Liquid Snake "Liquid"?
** Snake was the original holder of the codename. Liquid got it later. Solid is the one everybody thinks of when they hear the word "snake" in soldier context.
* Liquid Snake's plan [[spoiler: requires Solid Snake's presence in order to activate Metal Gear REX. He then sticks the Fox Hound unit and the Genome Army in Snake's path. OK, he's got to keep the charade up to avoid suspicion, but isn't this going a ''bit'' far? Either Snake's going to die and his plan's a failure, or Fox Hound are going to get killed, which makes his whole "I want a world where warriors are respected" spiel seem a tad hypocritical.]]
** [[spoiler:It's not hypocritical. It's believing that in order to ''make'' that world, sacrifices have to be made. Liquid and the others were willing to make that sacrifice.]]
** Could they have at least [[spoiler:turned off the electric floor and gas? I don't see Snake saying "It's safe to walk on this floor? I must be doing their dirty work for them!"]]
** Or just kill Snake and take his PAL key?
*** Actually, that won't work. There was a specific way on getting using the PAL key (memory shape alloy) and only the chief knows how to open it. The bad guys figured that Snake will somehow know this, and he did, thanks to Otacon hacking the account of the chief and discovering how it can open.
*** Welcome to [[GambitRoulette Metal Gear Solid]]. Actually, maybe the [[spoiler: Microwave Scene in [=MGS4=] was the faraway justification for that, since in that scene it's stated flat out that Liquid absolutely needed Snake to get through his killer hallway in order for his plan to work. I guess Liquid just feels like he's not being sneaky enough if Snake isn't being killed by a hallway.]]
**** [=MGS4=] actually makes more sense, since Liquid had a [[spoiler:back-up plan: the rail gun.]] In the first game, [[spoiler:he had nothing, and if Snake died, he was screwed.]]
*** Remember that Ocelot is a torture fanatic, as stated in [=MGS3=] he feels a man only shows his true self when subjected to pain and fear of death. Forcing Snake to half kill himself to get to the objective is perfectly in character for him.
** [[spoiler:Liquid's plan didn't HINGE on Snake finding the PAL key for him, he was just simply killing two birds with one stone. He knew he had to find the key, and he also knew that Snake was coming and would royally ruin his shit. Instead of diverting everyone's attention between looking for the key and holding off Snake, he decided to let Snake look for the key instead while FOXHOUND tried to kill him, eliminating one of their burdens. If they killed Snake, fine. Now they can look for the key in peace. If Snake finds the key, awesome. Let him come and turn on REX like an idiot.]]
** Nothing wrong with Liquid's plan - it worked, after all. It's just that [[spoiler:no one was actually following the plan.]]
*** [[spoiler:Vulcan Raven and Sniper Wolf are just playing with Snake when they first meet him; they're both perfectly fine after their respective encounters. Later the plan gets thrown out of the window when both Raven and Wolf get obsessed with killing Snake for their disturbed personal reasons. Psycho Mantis never cared about the plan in the first place; he only cares about killing and thus tries to murder Snake for real in their first encounter. Liquid actually berates their actions as Master Miller if you call him after you kill them.]]
*** [[spoiler:The danger to the Genome Soldiers was probably considered acceptable, since the FOXHOUND would've expected Snake to evade them all sneaky-like (that's the point of the game, after all).]]
*** [[spoiler:As for the lethal traps, Liquid might have simply overestimated Snake's abilities. Liquid himself is a Bad Ass who's seen taking massive amounts of punishment throughout the game and shrugging it off moments later. Solid Snake is supposed to be genetically superior to Liquid, so Liquid might have figured that Solid must be capable of withstanding even more. Liquid doesn't know Solid is actually the inferior one, so it's possible Liquid never realized how close Solid actually came to dying in his mission.]]
* Okay, so the genome soldiers are supposedly all super soldiers enhanced with Big Boss' genes, yet they can't see past 6 feet in front of them, can easily be distracted ("whose footprints are these?!"), fall asleep while on duty, don't seem to be much tougher than a normal human and are in fact very weak compared to other characters in those games and apparently can't even stop a nerdy guy like Otacon, who has no fighting or sneaking skills (sorry but the camo combination doesn't explain everything. Knowing him, he must bump into loads of noisy crap or even into soldiers, which would blow his cover) from freely roaming through their base. What sense does it make?! Real life Soldiers are a bigger threat than these supposedly "enhanced" ones!
** GameplayAndStorySegregation. If you were up against enemies who were on par with what normal people could see, hear, and do, the game would have been '''impossible''' because they would have spotted [[HighlyVisibleNinja Snake in his black sneaking suit]] against the white snow, and filled him full of lead right when he got off the elevator.
*** Not only that, but there were more limitations on AI back on the PS1 on 1998 due to hardware and software. But yeah, in-story, they are supposed to be better than real soldiers, even if it doesn't seem like it in gameplay.
*** There is also the possibility that Snake is ''just that good.'' The Genome soldiers are the fastest, smartest, toughest soldiers ever... it just doesn't ''seem'' that way from our perspective because we're controlling the most legendary mercenary alive. Kind of like how Krillin is one of the strongest guys in the universe until you stand him alongside Super Saiyan 3 Goku.
** As for Otacon, he is pretty smart, even if he does get scared easily. Combined with his camo and a little luck, it isn't unreasonable that he was able to plan and execute his way around guards and so on for a few hours.
** Of course, since [[spoiler: it was all a ploy to get Snake to activate [=REX=]]], they might have been doing it deliberately.
* So...what happens if you use autofire during the torture scene anyway?
** Nothing special. Ocelot won't know it.
** I've heard conflicting accounts. Some say he is bluffing and the game can't tell if you are using autofire, others say if the game detects an unlikely high amount of button presses in a short time, and others say that if you use a controller which is older than the game it can tell if you are using autofire but that's not the case for controllers made after the game. If he CAN tell, you are supposed to get a game over. I have no idea what is true for what version, though.
** I can confirm this. I remember well as a young kid cheating my way through that scene... and ending up with a dead Meryl.
* They said that a railgun-launched nuke would be impossible to track, because there would be no exhaust. I'm pretty sure that the air resistance from firing a shell into orbit would generate at least as much heat as just using a rocket.
** Most of the mass of a missile holds the fuel, while the railgun whould just fire the warheads. So it's possible the warhead couldn't be tracked due its small size, though you're right about air resistance.
* If Psycho Mantis is so disgusted by sex, why does he dress in bondage gear?
** Strictly speaking, he's disgusted by the fact that sex is what everyone thinks about all the time. (Incidentally, artbooks reveal that he is... ''pierced''.)
*** I always though Psycho Mantis was wearing a prototype version of the FOXHOUND Skull Suit. Not only is he in the correct organization but Raiden's version also has a mask.
* On behalf of one of my friends who just played the game for the first time: Just a minor quibble, but does Meryl know who Liquid is (and his relationship to Snake) from the beginning?
** She does seem to know who Liquid is (she notes that Snake looks almost identical to him...), but she doesn't know his relationship to Snake (...but she says it in a way that implies she doesn't know Liquid has any relatives or BBBBBROOOTHER's)
* On the back of the box for "The Twin Snakes", it says, "Two of the greatest games of all time, VideoGame/MetalGearSolid and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'' are fused together to form the Nintendo GameCube classic VideoGame/MetalGearSolid The Twin Snakes". Obviously, this is not the case. Why does it say this when there's only one game?
** It is making reference to the gameplay of Metal Gear Solid 2 being infused with Metal Gear Solid, they both have the same general controls now. It is not saying that Twin Snakes has both Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2 on a single disc.
* Part of Gray Fox's backstory for this installment involves him literally getting resurrected by Dr. Clark and his team. So, yeah: science figures out how to bring someone back from death...and the process is never repeated or discussed again.
** For that matter, why did Clark even need to resurrect Fox in the first place? Remember, he wasn't trying to synthesize the world's first resurrection serum or anything; all he needed was a test subject for his prototype exoskeleton and gene therapy techniques. He could have just tested those on a ''living'' person.
** Depends on how "dead" he was. If you get to someone fast enough after they receive a mortal wound, yeah, you can "bring them back." Medical history is filled with people who were considered clinically dead for minutes or longer who were "brought back." So no, Dr. Clark didn't develop some magical bring-someone-back-from-the-dead serum, so much as she got to the body fast enough that his tissues were still usable.\\\
As for why they used Grey Fox, if you're going to build a cyborg ninja, it makes sense to make one out of the best damn soldier you have available, and from all accounts, Grey Fox was the next best thing at fighting to Big Boss himself. Also, being legally dead meant his rights were forfeit--a living person is going to have to ''agree'' to it, and be adequately compensated.
** As for why it was never repeated, most people wouldn't consider the Cyborg Ninja a resounding success. Yes, he was able to walk through armies like they were tin foil, but he was also so bat-shit insane that no one could control him. Also, didn't he kill Dr. Clark after he was activated? If so, then it's likely that Clark took the secret of how to do this to her grave.
* So how was someone without the game box supposed to get Meryl's codec? I get that in 1998 the idea of digitally distributed games was in its infancy, but surely there'd be some practical way in-game to get it. If one had to look online or ask a friend or something to get the code, would that be an intentional GuideDangIt?
** It's a low number, so players who don't get it/don't have the box and just start at the bottom until they find it don't have far to go.
** If you call Campbell enough, the code will be displayed for you.
* Does Otacon ever actually give you rations and ammo? I've played through the game three times and every time I call him he just chats about the plot.
** The only instance in the game in which he gives you a ration is when he meets up with you in the holding cell after getting tortured by Ocelot. Other than that...
* When Snake is snooping in the REX Hangar's control room and hearing Liquid and Ocelot's discussion, Ocelot clearly sees Snake on a surveillance camera for some time, and then Liquid does as well. When Snake looks over the PAL Key and Ocelot quickly shoots it out of his hand, Ocelot said "who's that?" Wouldn't he know the guy he's been seeing on camera by the door for the last five minutes probably be the guy screwing around with a key right outside the door?
** Did you miss the part where they're constantly putting on an act for Snake's benefit?
*** I wouldn't think they would need to bother for shooting the card. In fact, if anything, that would make Snake more likely to react and dodge the shot quicker. [[DullSurprise Then again...]]
*** In that scene, they need him to hear what they're saying--if they let on that they know it's him, and the only reason they can know it's him is because of the camera, Snake is going to wonder why in the hell they only shot at him after the big infodump. By going "Who's that?" Ocelot makes it seem like they only just spotted Snake, instead of knowing he was there the whole time.
* Usually when I play, Psycho Mantis tells me that I'm a "cautious man, the kind who checks his tires before he goes for a drive". What triggers this specific line? The only thing I can think of is that I usually pick up the mine detector early. And what are the alternatives to that line?
** If memory serves, he says that if you save a lot.
*** That's not it. I always get that line, and I almost never save before that point. Plus he follows up with "You have not saved often, you are somewhat reckless". You're giving me mixed messages here, Mantis!
** Did you have any other game saves on the memory card? He's got a bunch of responses to finding other savegames on your cards... I'm sure some psychoti-, er, devoted individual out there has run through that scene with save files from every Playstation game ever published just to check them all. Maybe he's reacting to a save file from a racing game or something? Or how often you used the mine detector, perhaps.
** It's based, at least in part, on how many alerts you trigger before that scene. If you are cautious and avoid getting seen too often, he will call you cautious. If your philosophy is MoreDakka, then you will get one about being reckless.
* The Metal Gear Solid novel mentioned this and I have to wonder: Why did they put sound effects in Metal Gears post REX? It doesn't sound like it would provide any sort of beneficial effect.
** Well Ray was an underwater Metal Gear so the funny noises it makes could be part of it sonar system. Its really funky sonar system.
** Psychological intimidation. Yes a gigantic animalistic ultra effective walking tank is scary in and of itself, but if you're an enemy guarding an outpost I think you'll be even more shit scared if it launches a surprise assault and makes dinosaur-esque screams, right? Same reason why the Gekko models make cow and cicada noises.
* So do you think Snake ever got around to competing in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iditarod_Trail_Sled_Dog_Race Iditarod?]] Obviously he was too busy being on the run to compete the year he was training for at the start of the game but do you think he ever had another opportunity to compete in one?
* What was the purpose of the two cell's Maryl and The Darpa Chief were being held in before Fox Hound took control? There is an office right next to it but they are designed like prison cells. This was supposed to be a civilian base. So why did they have it?
** In case one of the soldiers needed to be held for court marshal or something along those lines. They're in the middle of Alaska, it's probably easier logistics than having them shipped somewhere else first.
*** Fair enough I suppose. But why only have two in that case if the security detail was so much larger even before FoxHound? The torture room was designed to be a medical bay apparently so it isn't like they had another place to put them.
* What was the purpose of creating an inferior clone?
** As Liquid understands it, it was sorta like in ''Film/{{Twins}}'' where they made Snake out of the inferior genes left over from Big Boss. But Liquid's a dope when it comes to genetics, and fact is there was no "inferior" clone, it was just a bunch of BS fed to Liquid to give him an inferiority complex.
*** I haven't seen ''Twins'' in ages, but why would anyone bother to use the leftover genes?
*** That's probably a better question for that film's page (though in Twins, I think, they say it just sort of happened, not that they did it on purpose).
* Why does Cambell's voice sound so different from call to call? Cambell's voice seems to alternate between regularly gruff and digitally enhanced and it sounds weird. If you don't know what I mean listen to these to conversations: Get the PSG1 and hear him say "You got a PSG1, you can use that against Sniper Wolf! Hurry up and save Meryl!" Compare it to calling him on the docks and saying "Snake don't forget this is a covert operation, there are lots of bad guys and only one of you. If your spotted you'll be surrounded before you know it!"