YMMV / Metal Gear: Ghost Babel

  • Awesome Music: Lots of fitting and catchy tunes, including some remixes from the MSX2 games and Metal Gear Solid.
  • Fridge Logic: Solid Snake's sneaking suit looking blue made sense in Metal Gear Solid: the landscape was bluish-gray, after all. But why is he wearing the same suit in the very green jungle?
  • Harsher in Hindsight: As of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, there's a slim chance that in this universe it was still Venom Snake and not Big Boss who died in Outer Heaven. It's likely that while Solid Snake is piddling around in Galuade and going to war against the manipulative parts of the U.S. government, Big Boss is still out there, building his own Outer Heaven.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Marionette Owl's dolls. They are made out of various body parts of his victims. According to him, Snake's clavicle and femur bones would be good to use. After he's defeated, he reveals to Snake that when he was 12, he found the remains of a friend of his named Laura, dismembered, disemboweled, and spread into a field. The event gradually turned him insane and he re-lived the moment of discovery every night in his dreams. Finally, before he dies, Owl realizes he's going to hell:
    Marionette Owl: No! NO! PLEASE! You can't-!
    • Pyro Bison. His lovingly detailed talk of how he loves to watch people burn as all their sins appear in the hissing flesh and bubbling fat is one thing. But then after you defeat him, his own fire consumes him and he screams out, not in pain, but because it is utter bliss to him!
  • Older Than They Think: The canonical sequels of the original Metal Gear Solid offered up more details as to the "truth" of Outer Heaven, most notably detailing Big Boss' own involvement with the Patriots/Cipher as a founding member gone rogue; the explanation became increasingly convoluted with each game however, as more and more layers were added to the saga. Ghost Babel, by contrast, offers a much more simple explanation, detailing that Big Boss was a CIA asset used in Outer Heaven to create disruption and a need for American intervention outside the United States, who then went rogue with incredibly dangerous technology. Surprisingly, the canonical sequels show that Big Boss and his own mentor, The Boss, had a similarly strained relationship with the CIA.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Ghost Babel was rated E, the only Metal Gear game to have received less than a T rating during the lifetime of ESRB. The only visible sign of this rating is switching Snake's ubiquitous cigarettes to a "fogger" gadget. Aside from that, this is very much a Metal Gear game with its gamut of Dark and Troubled Past and Ax-Crazy antagonists. To list a few:
    • The backstory for the entire setting of the game includes ethnic cleansing.
    • One of the support characters (Weasel) tells the story of how he (likely) killed his own brother, which resulted in his mother committing suicide and his father attacking him with a knife, which in turn landed the father in a wheelchair due to a case of excessive self-defense.
    • One boss (Marionette Owl) is a serial killer who builds life-sized dolls out of his victims, tells how he found his female friend murdered and dismembered as a child, describes exactly what parts he's going to tear from Snake's body and goes to hell as Snake watches.
    • Another boss (Pyro Bison) gleefully describes how he enjoys watching people burn, and kills himself by self-immolation while in the throes of orgasmic joy.
    • Snake and Colonel Campbell discuss liquor preparation in the prologue and there are numerous instances in which Christ and the Lord's name are taken in vain.