So yet another video game will be getting the movie treatment. With any luck, Columbia Pictures and Avi Arad won’t royally cock up a good gaming franchise, although there are very few game-to-movie adaptions that have worked well, so I won’t be holding my breath for a decent movie. But hey-ho, it gives us the chance to look at the timeline of Metal Gear series protagonist, Solid Snake, in the fictional chronology of the games.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Released 2004 // Set during the Cold War in 1964
Snake looking pretty old during his (apparently) earliest mission. His age is a mystery.
Metal Gear Solid: Portable ops
Released 2006 // Set in 1970
Snake, still with eye-patch from an injury suffered eating snakes
Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Released 2010 // Set in 1974
The peace walker, totally ready for peaceful times with an M16 and 2 finger gloves.
Released 1987 // Set in 1995
Not a whole lot of originality from Snake’s first outing. Note the unshamed rip off of Kyle Reese from The Terminator
Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Released 1990 // Set in 1999
Snake looking kinda fat and old, but no longer like Kyle Reese. It’s amazing what 4 years can do to you
Metal Gear Solid
Released 1998 // Set in 2005
Snake looking all arty in one of the greatest games ever. Never has hiding in a cardboard box been so much fun
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Released 2001 // Set in 2007 & 2009
Solid only features in the prologue of MGS2, which sucks because Raiden is a bit girly
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Released 2008 // Set in 2014
Solid ‘I’m old but still gonna kick yo’ass’ Snake makes his final outing in Guns of the Patriots.