Metal Gear Solid sure is a strange duck. Writer/designer Hideo Kojima’s signature work isn’t just one of the most famous series of games ever made. It also has the unique honor of being one of the saddest and wackiest as well, a pile of games willing to tackle the ramifications of gamifying the military and to ask what it means to leave behind a meaningful legacy…while making scat jokes and letting you use peepholes in Porky’s-like fashion. There is perhaps no better series that manages to chart the ambitious highs and juvenile lows of videogames. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, supposedly the last one, is just around the corner so let’s take a look back and settle once and for all which Metal Gear Solid game is the best.
(This ranking does not include non-canonical games like Metal Gear Acid and Metal Gear: Ghost Babel.)
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