While it seems like just yesterday the gaming world was in a heated battle between Sonic and Mario, today marks fifteen years that another iconic series was launched. On September 3rd, 1998, Metal Gear Solid was released in Japan, with a U.S. release that followed a month later. The game is a sequel to 1990’s Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake, but was far removed from it, offering a rich 3D environment full of cutscenes. The game offered one of the deepest stories seen in a video game at that time — one that still holds up today. Instead of being simply about teaming up defeat a dragon or rescue a princess, Metal Gear Solid contained an emotional story that proved video games were capable of offering a cinematic narrative.
The game sold a whopping six million copies, helped move even more PlayStation consoles and was critically acclaimed, often ranked near the top of the list for the generation. This helped launch an incredibly successful franchise that had its last released five years ago with Guns of the Patriots, and is soon set to resurface with The Phantom Pain. A well-received remake that incorporated changes seen in Metal Gear Solid 2 was released six years later, titled Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes, but due to publishing issues with Nintendo, has not been released since.
So happy birthday, Metal Gear Solid! Now finish The Phantom Pain to celebrate it, Kojima.