The Story of Metal Gear, Part 1
Mission in Outer Heaven


Metal Gear, along with it's sequels (and prequel) was and still is one of the most innovative games ever created. Hideo Kojima wanted to focus on covert action instead of open assault, and this meant creating a game where the best way to reach the goal is not eliminating the enemy, but avoiding him altogether. He then combined this with a great storyline. Even today this concept remains new, fresh and ultimately more rewarding. The plots are intense and confusing, some actions can only be understood after the game is completed, thereby increasing the replay value of the games. So, surprised it remained unnoded, I present to you the story of Metal Gear, part two of the Metal Gear Big Boss Trilogy (even though it was the first Metal Gear to be released).

Metal Gear:

The armed fortress of Outer Heaven, situated 200km north of Salzburg, deep in South Africa, was taken over by a group of mercenaries in the late 1990s. Top secret information was intercepted revealing that a Top Secret weapon capable of changing the face of land-warfare as we know it was being developed in Outer Heaven. So the hi-tech informal squad Fox-Hound was ordered to infiltrate and reconnoiter the fortress. They sent their best man, an agent named Grey Fox, on the mission that was called INTRUDE N313, but a few days later, the contact with Grey Fox broke down after a short, incomplete message:

...metal gear...

Still in need to find out more facts, Foxhound sent out a second man, operating under the code name Solid Snake. He infiltrated Outer Heaven, contacting resistance members such as Schneider, Jennifer and Diane. With their help, he rescued the captive Grey Fox and learned about the nuclear-weapon mounting heavy walking tank called Metal Gear, which would confer military superiority to Outer Heaven.

Snake also rescued an Eastern scientist, Dr. Petrovich Madnar, the developer of Metal Gear, kidnapped by the enemy and used to upgrade the base defenses with modern technology. After finding his daughter Ellen, Petrovich revealed the weaknesses of Metal Gear, telling Snake how to destroy it.

But the closer Snake came to the truth, the more difficult it became, as if someone revealed all his actions to the enemy. In the midst of the escalating battle, the leader of the resistance, Schneider, fell into the hands of the enemy, and Snake himself was injured through the deadly battles with Outer Heaven's best mercenaries. But Snake's indomitable spirit lead him to the 100th floor basement of the secret base where Metal Gear was developed. Evading the powerful defense system that wipes out all intruders, Snake ultimately succeeded in destroying Metal Gear.

Snake tried to escape from Outer Heaven upon completing the mission, but was confronted by Foxhound commander-in-chief Big Boss, who laughed at the astounded Snake and told him of the truth about his mission: While serving as the commander-in-chief of Foxhound, Big Boss also ran a mercenary dispatch company utilizing his connections and capital gained as a merc. He was planning to build this company a larger military establishment and he built Outer Heaven as its base. His purpose for sending the rookie Snake to Outer Heaven was to cause disinformation in the west.

But, Big Boss miscalculated, as he never expected Snake to make it this far... Having lost Metal Gear, Big Boss activated the self-destruct-system of the underground base. While the countdown to destruction continued, a battle between two men commenced -- free of idelogy and politics...

The armed fortress nation, Outer Heaven, collapsed. The impenetrable fortress made from the best military technology and occupied by the toughest mercenaries burned in flames. And when the dust cleared, only Snake remained in what used to be Outer Heaven.

Official Metal Gear Games List:
Metal Gear - Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Metal Gear Solid (see also Twin Snakes) - Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (Substance) - Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Subsistance)
(Metal Gear: Ghost Babel) - (Metal Gear: AC!D) - (Metal Gear: AC!D 2)