After all, MSF was Big Boss’s early incarnation of his dream of Outer Heaven. When the second vocal cord outbreak occurred on Mother Base, Venom risked his own infection to single-handedly enter the quarantine platform to investigate. Up until MGSV, Metal Gear fans have been conditioned to associate the Emmerich characters [Huey, Hal, and Emma] with physical and often emotional weakness but also moral goodness, empathy, and compassion.

Liquid and Solidus Snake likewise echo these sentiments in MGS1 and MGS2. In a broader thematic sense, Skull Face can be seen as an individual who was ruthlessly oppressed and manipulated by individuals until his very sense of being was lost, and as a result he just “snapped.” The Skull Face we see in MGSV is a nihilistic mad man who uses the tools taught to him by his oppressors (covert and military skills) to destroy his oppressors.

Venom stops Skull Face from selling hundreds of nuclear weapons to various terrorist groups, failed states, and warlords who could terrorize or destroy the world. Clearly Venom struggles with his decision for a bit, before ultimately sentencing Huey to exile, leaving a raging Kaz to scream in Venom’s face while being watched by a speechless Diamond Dogs mob. The two formed an odd kinship, probably based somewhat on their similar demeanors. In response, Big Boss sought to create a world where soldiers are given the highest priority and are never subjugated to the arbitrary whims of other forces. The amount of detail and content is great. In an audiotape Big Boss mentions that Venom was “was always the best man we had” in all of MSF, and therefore probably one of the best soldiers in the world.

This war is peace.”.

Big Boss made himself into a legend through his own actions and will throughout his life, and then Venom was granted custody of this legend to continue to Big Boss’s legacy. This prompted Kaz to finally see the error of Big Boss’s ways and become a convert to Venom’s philosophy. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. Venom Snake is many things, but he is not classically charismatic. Typically, heroic Metal Gear characters (early Big Boss, Solid Snake, Raiden, etc.) With each change, I changed, too. We will sometimes have to sell ourselves and services. Then he flashes back to the events on the helicopter during the aftermath of the attack on MSF’s Mother Base, during which time he operated on Paz to remove a bomb from her body and then shielded Big Boss from the second bomb’s explosion.

Again, like most other players, when I first finished the game I thought this was a neat trick, a typically crazy, convoluted, but seductively entertaining twist from one of my favorite storytellers of all time. In opposition, Venom tried to end the cycle entirely.

Later Eli wanted revenge against Big Boss for essentially kidnapping and disarming him. The “Boss” Venom refers to here is not Big Boss, but the Boss.

A similar pattern exists between Big Boss and Venom with nuclear weapons. By extension, Big Boss has the most obvious moral claim of being the Boss’s spiritual successor (which is literally reflected in his name) and therefore has the right to claim a mantle of immense power in the world of the Metal Gear series. He may be a key player at Diamond Dogs who helps Venom and Kaz fight Skull Face, but he was never a part of MSF, and therefore was not intimately connected to its downfall and has no specific impetus for hating Skull Face, let alone wanting to get revenge on him.

Thus after Big Boss watched his entire private army get destroyed by an ambush in a single evening, he decided to change his tactics. Thus during the events of MGSV, they both contend with literal physical phantom pain where their limbs once existed.

The 1984 trailer is probably the last time we'll see MGSV presented through Kojima's eyes until The Phantom Pain's September release; consequently, it felt strange to be sitting inside Konami's LA studio, a building with a conference space appropriately called the "Solidus Room," being among the first to play a game littered with Kojima's fingerprints when the director was nowhere to be found. Judging by the wry smile on his face, no he didn’t. Kaz apparently completely buys into this philosophy and carries it in full force in MGSV.

), VENOM – “So, what, we’re running a daycare now?”. But I also think it takes the protagonist switch to a whole new level, by elevating these themes beyond the confines of a single entry in the Metal Gear series to the entire series.

Warfare for the sake of no greater goals than some sort of immediate emotional catharsis, which only produces a reciprocal need for violence, which leads to a never-ending cycle of war.

The implication is that Venom is a parasite living off of Big Boss.

I may eventually get around to writing an entire separate piece about Huey Emmerich.). The experiment was a success, partially because of Patriot manipulation, but also because of Raiden’s naïve emulation of Solid Snake. While he did save some child soldiers from conflict zones and attempt to reintegrate them into ordinary society (See “Later Career” here), when he finally became the leader of Zanzibarland in anticipation of his grand rebellion, Big Boss launched an ambitious program to recruit disaffected war orphans around the world to train them to be child soldiers in his service. But even still, there is some evidence that Quiet’s character arc is predicated on the difference between Big Boss and Venom Snake.

I'll definitely be buying more of these books from Piggyback in the future. Second, upon hearing the truth of his origin, Venom Snake smiles, thereby signifying his acceptance of his fate as Big Boss’s phantom and willingness to continue Big Boss’s legacy.

He noticed that Zero had more or less successfully created a powerful shadow government in the US entirely through secretive byzantine plots, so Big Boss embarked on his own secretive byzantine plot to destroy Cipher. We go where we’re needed, fighting, not for government, but for ourselves.

All the way back at the start of the series with Metal Gear 1 and 2, Kojima subverted expectations with the surprise twist that the main antagonist of the games was none other than Solid Snake’s commander, Big Boss. The camera work of the Fox Engine; editing, sound, and music choices; juxtaposition—these are all products of Kojima's overtly cinematic ambitions. The other time the Demon appears is at the very end of the “Truth” mission, which I’ll describe in its own section. In doing so, he enhances Venom’s loyalty, pride, and sense of purpose, thereby clouding Venom’s sense of context. MSF’s possession of the nuke was eventually leaked by Cipher to the United Nations, thereby encouraging an inspection of MSF. Note the crescendo at 2:48, when the captured metal gear stands at attention in front of Venom and his lieutenants.

In our struggle to survive the present, we push the future farther away. We will be the deterrent for those with no other recourse. Before they knew the truth of his identity, people thought it was incredibly weird that this legendary warlord who everyone in the game’s universe worships and who proceeds to rebuild his amazing private army bigger and better than ever, almost never actually says anything. There's a balance to be struck in weighing your own freedom against the director's grander vision. Only people who choose to fight should do so, and children are too young to responsibly decide if they should kill people and risk being killed, especially given the grave psychological repercussions typically associated with sustained combat. Rather than attempt to quell his feelings, Kaz feeds them, embraces them as a part of himself. It more or less took control of American foreign affairs, it accelerated weapons research technology to create ever more powerful metal gears, stronger nuclear weapons, the vocal cord parasite, Les Enfentes Terribles, and the Genome Soldier project.

The real Venom Snake ends up as nothing more than a phantom.

Likewise, Quiet goes through a similar arc of desiring revenge only to completely reverse course as a result of her interactions with Venom.

I thought maybe Big Boss had suffered some sort of head trauma from his injuries, or maybe his defeat in Ground Zeroes had irrevocably humbled him. Meanwhile, Metal Gear villains (Volgin, Solidus Snake, the Patriots, Zero, later Big Boss, etc.)

Again, Cipher is undoubtedly not a morally good organization, but neither is Outer Heaven. Thus while Cipher still deserves the lion’s share of the blame, there is no doubt that the heroic Big Boss should also be blamed for all of the horrible deaths we see at the very beginning of MGSV. But what better place for us than this? But as the plot progresses, Venom apparently realizes the discrepancy between Big Boss’s view of the world and his own, and therefore begins to follow his own path. But when she met the man she thought was Big Boss, he was subtly different that she thought he would be.

Metal Gear Solid V is all about the surviving aspects of Venom’s self struggling to exist underneath the stifling presence of Big Boss’s artificially imposed personality.

Someday the world will no longer need us. And at the same time as that, Ocelot was secretly loyal to Big Boss all along and was plotting to one day launch his own Outer Heaven style insurrection, but he had to remain a Patriot spy to monitor their activities.

Then, four years later, Big Boss launched his own nearly identical rebellion from his Outer Heaven base in Zanzibarland.

Put another way, both the mechanical arm and Big Boss’s will could not replace the phantom pain Venom feels for his old self. There is a lot of crucial information packed into this short scene. Seriously, the trailers prominently feature clips from throughout the mid to late game missions, including quite a bit from “Shining Lights, Even in Death” (Snake walking down a hallway filled with the corpses of his comrades, burning bodies, Snake rubbing ashes over his face, etc. As one such soldier, Big Boss figures that he may as well accumulate as much power as he can and usher in the era of chronic warfare. Venom’s ostensible motivations throughout the game are the same as Kaz’s: revenge against Skull Face, XOF, and Cipher for destroying MSF. But even still, Cipher did play a considerable role in keeping the world relatively safe and stable for over forty years while various maniacs kept trying to blow it up. Venom Snake is forced against his will to do Big Boss’s work and then is disposed of at Big Boss’s discretion. You don't have to always be stealthy, but you'll get a better score if you remain unseen for the entire mission. Drinking in all I could see, I wasn't thinking about how this was the end, I guess, because for me it isn't; not as long as I can remember it. In MGSV, it’s the second vocal cord parasite outbreak, and in Peace Walker it’s the discovery that Paz was a Cipher agent all along. We (the players) may not have known anything about Venom before the events of MGSV but that doesn’t change the fact that he was a real person within the Metal Gear universe. Media .