1964 MGS3: SNAKE EATER
CIA agent Naked Snake is guided by The Boss as he hunts for a Soviet weapons designer, Sokolov. The mission’s compromised when The Boss defects. Thus begins Operation Snake Eater – Naked Snake works to rectify the errors of the previous mission. Eventually successful, he’s awarded the title Big Boss, which he spurns.
1970 MGS: PORTABLE OPS
Big Boss’ former FOX Unit goes rogue, rebelling against the CIA. FOX captures Big Boss and tortures him, attempting to find the location of lost war money.Boss escapes, and exacts revenge on the FOX Unit. Big Boss then sets up Foxhound, taking over the US government.
2005 METAL GEAR SOLID
FOXHOUND goes rogue, and its leader – Liquid Snake – takes over a nuclear facility on Shadow Moses Island, demanding Big Boss’ comatose body. Solid Snake, a Big Boss clone, infiltrates the facility and wipes out Foxhound. Atop Metal Gear Rex, Solid defeats Liquid and escapes with former hostage Meryl. Ocelot escapes and sells Metal Gear plans worldwide.
1984 MGSV: THE PHANTOM PAIN
Comatose since 1975, Snake awakens with his left arm missing and heavy shrapnel wounds. Snake escapes the hospital and sets up the Diamond Dogs – a new merc group. Changing his name to Punished Snake, he travels to Afghanistan to hunt down those who hospitalised him.
1975 MGSV: GROUND ZEROES
Snake hunts Paz to an American military camp, located on Cuban soil, with the intent of extracting Paz and Chico – a child soldier. Something goes badly wrong and XOF, under the command of Skull Face, critically wounds Snake after attacking MSF’s HQ.
1974 MGS: PEACE WALKER
Big Boss (now simply Snake) and his merc group MSF shuts down an illegal AI weapons programme. Snake decides to build his own Metal Gear: Zeke, with peacekeeping intentions in mind. Due to interference from Paz – a University of Peace student – Snake destroys Zeke.
2007 MGS2: SONS OF LIBERTY (TANKER)
Snake sneaks onto a cargo ship to recon a suspected Metal Gear shipment and once again clashes with Ocelot. Ocelot steals the Metal Gear and implicates Solid as the perpetrator. Snake fakes his own death.
2009 MGS2: SONS OF LIBERTY (BIG SHELL)
Solidus Snake (acting president of the US) invades Big Shell – a nuclear weapon (Arsenal Gear) disguised as a facility cleaning up the tanker’s mess. Raiden is called in to deal with the situation, but it turns out it was a simulation emulating Shadow Moses to see if a soldier like Solid Snake could be replicated. Raiden eventually kills Solidus, but Ocelot runs off (again) with The Patriots’ AI core.
2014 MGS4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS
The world has gone to war. Solid Snake is now Old Snake, and Ocelot manages to kill everyone’s soldiers but his own with nanomachines. Snake tracks Ocelot down but he escapes again, back to Shadow Moses. Snake teams up with Raiden and a Metal Gear battle ensues, with Ocelot escaping. Again. Later, Ocelot finally dies, Big Boss wakes up and destroys every trace of The Patriots and Snake lives happily ever after.