Friday, 21 Jun 2024

A Beginner’s Guide to Big Boss

If you’re new to the Metal Gear series, you may be unfamiliar with the enigmatic character known as Big Boss. In this article, we’ll provide you with some background information on this iconic figure, giving you a better understanding of the world’s greatest soldier.

The Boss and Operation Snake Eater

Big Boss, formerly known as John, began his training at the age of 15 under the guidance of a woman named The Boss. She taught him a variety of skills, including combat, stealth, and demolition. Eventually, they went their separate ways, and Big Boss, now operating under the codename Snake, became a highly decorated soldier.

In 1964, Snake was sent on a mission to rescue a defecting Soviet scientist in the Russian jungle. To his surprise, he discovered that The Boss had apparently defected to America’s Cold War enemy. Snake and The Boss engaged in a climactic battle, resulting in Snake reluctantly fulfilling his mission and killing his former mentor.

Formation of The Patriots

In 1970, Big Boss joined a group called The Patriots, founded by his former commander, Zero, and Ocelot. The goal of The Patriots was to control every aspect of global human life from behind the scenes. However, Big Boss interpreted The Boss’s dream differently. He believed that soldiers should not be treated as expendable tools by the government, causing a rift between him and Zero.

Peace Walker and Militaires Sans Frontieres

In 1972, Big Boss established his own independent military group called Militaires Sans Frontieres, meaning “soldiers without borders.” The group acted as mercenaries for anyone who requested their services, regardless of nationality or intention. Big Boss also constructed Metal Gear Zeke, a nuclear tank serving as a deterrent for the group.

During the recruitment process, Big Boss encountered a child soldier named Chico and brought him under the MSF umbrella. Unfortunately, two individuals who claimed to be Costa Ricans turned out to be KGB double agents named Vladimir Zadornov and Pacifica Ocean. Big Boss eliminated Zadornov but was unable to capture Pacifica. She escaped on Metal Gear Zeke but was eventually defeated by Big Boss.

Ground Zeroes

The events of Ground Zeroes take place in Cuba at a U.S. base called Camp Omega. Big Boss is tasked with rescuing Chico and Paz, who survived the confrontation with Pacifica. The outcome of this mission ultimately leads to Big Boss falling into a nine-year coma and sets the stage for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is expected to bring Big Boss’ story full circle. In the game’s extended trailer, a young blond boy named Eli appears, leading to speculation that he may be a young Liquid Snake. If this is the case, it raises the possibility of Solid Snake also making an appearance in the game. The Phantom Pain has the potential to be a pivotal chapter in the Metal Gear series.


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Big Boss is a complex character with a rich backstory. From his training with The Boss to his involvement with The Patriots and Militaires Sans Frontieres, his journey has been filled with twists and turns. As we look forward to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, it’s clear that Big Boss’ story is far from over. Keep an eye on the Game Informer hub link below for more updates on the game and the series as a whole.

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