Hideo Kojima's famous stealth action series is renowned for its twisted and complex narratives. However, there are many seriously eerie moments that are often overlooked so here are ten of the creepiest from the entire series.
Spoiler warning: please only read this list if you already finished every Metal Gear Solid game or don't mind having a few things spoiled.
10 Who's stalking who?
In Guns of the Patriots, Snake follows the trail of a resistance member in order to reach Big Mama (head of the Paradise Lost Army). As you carefully sneak through the Eastern European city, you can see a figure in a trench coat and fedora watching you from behind at certain points. Upon further inspection with Solid Eye's help, it's clear that it's just three Dwarf Gekkos stacked on top of each other.
9 Don't do it, Meryl!
Psycho Mantis is one creepy son of a gun. Upon first meeting him in the original Metal Gear Solid, he forces Meryl to point her gun at Snake and demand that he makes love to her. While fighting Mantis, he commands Meryl to point the gun at her own head. If she goes through with it, how will she ever marry that dude who constantly has diarrhea? Don't do it, Meryl!
8 Finding yourself in a hospital bed is rarely a good sign
There's no denying that The Phantom Pain has one of the most epically mind-altering openings in gaming history. Waking up from an almost nine year coma will definitely play tricks with your head yet Venom Snake discovers that he quickly must escape the hospital with the help of a mysterious man who looks and sounds a lot like him. As if getting out was trippy enough with soldiers murdering everyone in sight, a Psycho Mantis-like child floating through the halls, and a "Man on Fire" lumbering about; Snake soon finds himself being chased by a demon riding a unicorn. I don't know what kind of drugs they have at that hospital, but I'd like to try them.
7 Why is that Octopus Laughing at me?
Laughing Octopus in Guns of the Patriots is one of the scariest encounters in the entire series. Although you battle in a brightly lit area, having a tentacled monstrosity jump out at you from unexpected hiding places after mercilessly taunting you then watching it slither around while it laughs maniacally makes for one hair-raising boss fight.
6 Confronting your sins
While Laughing Octopus may provide a few scares, Snake Eater's The Sorrow will give you nightmares. All of the soldiers that you've killed up to the point where you face him will haunt Snake with screams of terror as he trudges through a seemingly endless river. If that doesn't make you feel guilty for using lethal force, I don't know what will.
5 Codec craziness with Colonel Campbell
Near the end of Sons of Liberty when Raiden comes to in a torture chamber as nude as the day he was born, he had no idea what was about to unfold. While sneaking past a handful of heavily armed guards with junk in hand, the colonel informs him that he's been playing the game too long and that he should turn it off. Okay, maybe playing something else is a good idea. This is too weird.
4 That's a lot of blood...
Playing through the original Metal Gear Solid for the first time was quite an experience. Shooting Genome Soldiers and watching them die as if they're underpaid actors in an old Western film is great fun. However, as you approach the fight with Cyborg Ninja, the hallway is littered with mutilated corpses and the walls are covered in blood. Now, that's how to set the player up for a tough boss fight!
3 ...and here's even more!
The vocal cord parasite in The Phantom Pain is just as far-fetched as Foxdie was in the original except it's a whole lot more brutal. First, witnessing unspeakable horrors in a makeshift hospital will put anyone on edge. Then, your own base gets infected with it. I don't want to think about what Venom Snake had to do when it broke out but let's just say it'll scar anyone with a moral compass.
2 Shadow Moses just ain't what it used to be
Revisiting Shadow Moses in Guns of the Patriots isn't as nostalgic as it sounds. The Genome Army are long gone and all that's left is a frozen wasteland... and mechanized guards waiting to leap out at you from under the snow. Not only is traversing the now desolate environment bone-chilling, battling Crying Wolf is one of the most intense fights in the series. Time to use those thermal goggles!
1 This Guy sure is Savage
Imagine you're playing Snake Eater late at night and reach the point where Snake is imprisoned. You save and quit to go have a snack, come back, load your save and all of a sudden, it's an entirely different game. Slaughtering mutant police officers in the colourless warehouse as blood splashes all around is enough to make anyone think that they accidentally put in the wrong disc. After a couple minutes go by and you see Snake wake up from a nightmare, it's a good time to take a deep breath and finally go to bed.