Ask anybody who grew up playing PlayStation consoles to name some of the most iconic video game characters of all time, and I guarantee Solid Snake will show up on their list.
The Metal Gear Solid series has become one of the most beloved franchises in all of video gaming. With multiple entries earning millions of sales, numerous awards, and cultivating a fan base of thousands of people worldwide, the stealth-action series has stood the test of time, and made something of an industry celebrity of its creator, Hideo Kojima.
The series unfortunately seems to be in an uncertain state as of 2017, with Kojima having had a very public and unfriendly split with Metal Gear publisher Konami. The company has pledged to continue the franchise without him, but their first new series entry, a zombie-survival shooter set in an alternate game universe, has fans less than impressed.
However, July 1987 marks the release of the game that started it all: Metal Gear, released on the Japan-only MSX computer and later ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System for North American audiences.
In honor of this, and the memories it would soon create for several generations of gamers, let's take a look at just what made the original Metal Gear so influential and amazing.