Game Groups > Metal Gear series

Metal Gear games, self-described as "tactical espionage action", are action games with a heavy emphasis on stealth. Most Metal Gear games were designed by Hideo Kojima and developed by Konami. The events depicted in the games usually take place in the near future (a few years later than their respective release dates), though some of the games are set during the Cold War period of the 20th century. The games share an overarching storyline and recurrent characters, most notably the special forces operative with the codename Solid Snake.

The series made its debut in 1987, with the release of the first Metal Gear, which established its gameplay style and general tone. The gameplay in Metal Gear games encourages stealthy approach; the protagonist must typically avoid attention in order to succeed. However, direct confrontation is not uncommon: during the course of the games, the main character may use firearms, engage opponents in hand-to-hand combat, and face mandatory boss enemies. Many tasks in these games take the shape of mini-game-like activities.

Starting with Metal Gear Solid (1998), the series have become known for extended usage of cinematic cutscenes, conversations, and storylines that touched upon political, ethical, and philosophical problems.

Trivia Dub-step artist Burial's track Near Dark from the album Untrue (2007) contains samples of bullet casings hitting the floor, taken from one of the Metal Gear Solid* games.

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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear 1987 MSX, Windows (+2 more) Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear 1987 NES, DOS (+1 more) Action
6.9
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake 1990 MSX, J2ME (+1 more) Action
7.7
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Ac!d 2004 PSP Strategy / tactics
7.0
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Ac!d² 2005 PSP Strategy / tactics
7.7
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2014 Windows, Macintosh (+1 more) Action
7.3
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 2013 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Blade Wolf 2013 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Jetstream 2013 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 2000 Game Boy Color Action
8.5
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 1998 PlayStation, PSP (+2 more) Action
8.5
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 1999 PlayStation, Windows (+3 more) Action
7.8
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid / Metal Gear Solid: Special Missions 2000 PlayStation Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty 2001 PlayStation 2 Action
8.6
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Master... 2023 PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch (+3 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance 2002 PlayStation 2, Windows (+4 more) Action
7.9
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 2004 PlayStation 2 Action
8.7
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (Premium Package) 2004 PlayStation 2 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Master... 2023 PlayStation 5, Xbox Series (+3 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence 2005 PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 (+1 more) Action
8.8
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence (Limited Edition) 2005 PlayStation 2 Special edition
8.0
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots 2008 PlayStation 3, PlayStation Now Action
8.8
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots... 2008 PlayStation 3 Special edition
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Metal Gear Solid HD Edition (Konami Style... 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Special edition
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Metal Gear Solid HD Edition (Premium Package) 2011 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid Mobile 2008 N-Gage (service), J2ME (+2 more) Action
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid Touch 2009 iPhone, iPad Action
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes 2014 Xbox 360, Windows (+3 more) Action
7.0
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Definitive Experience 2016 Windows, PlayStation 4 (+1 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 2015 Windows, Xbox 360 (+3 more) Action
8.4
box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain... 2015 PlayStation 4, Xbox One Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Day One Edition) 2015 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (+2 more) Special edition
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 100... 2015 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 1150... 2015 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 3500... 2015 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 550... 2015 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - 6000... 2015 PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Adam-ska Special 2015 Xbox One, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Bionic... 2015 Xbox One, Xbox 360 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox One, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Costume... 2015 Xbox One, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) Compilation
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Data... 2016 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Emblem... 2015 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox One, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox One, PlayStation 4 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox One, Xbox 360 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 (+2 more) DLC / Add-on
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box cover thumbnail Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain -... 2015 Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 (+3 more) DLC / Add-on
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