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Two years after the sinking of the tanker USS Discovery, with Solid Snake framed as the suspect and confirmed dead as a result, new FOXHOUND recruit Snake, (changed to Raiden during the mission) was sent to infiltrate the off-shore decontamination facility known as the Big Shell, which was constructed shortly after the sinking of the tanker, which, according the government, spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the New York Harbor. This would later be known as the Big Shell Incident, and more commonly, the Manhattan Incident.

"Big Shell"[]

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The "Big Shell" decontamination facility.

On April 29, 2009, a terrorist group calling themselves the Sons of Liberty seized control of the Big Shell during a routine inspection tour. The group consisted of former special forces unit Dead Cell and Russian private army members, who were apparently being led by Solid Snake himself. The terrorists took nearly 30 people hostage, one of whom was the 44th U.S. President James Johnson, who had been on an inspection tour at the time. The Sons of Liberty's demands were $30 billion, and they claimed that if their demands were not met, they would destroy the Big Shell. Not only would this ignite the crude oil in the Manhattan Harbor, but could also burn the chlorides used during the cleanup, creating high levels of dioxins that would wipe out the bay's ecosystem and become the worst environmental disaster in history.

Initially referred to as "Snake," Raiden had orders to rescue the U.S. President and the other hostages from the Sons of Liberty. Raiden infiltrated the Big Shell by sea while SEAL Team 10 entered by air. SEAL Team 10 was divided into 2 groups: Alpha Team landed at Strut B with orders to rescue the President, and Bravo Team was to assist bomb disposal expert Peter Stillman on Strut C, in order to neutralize any explosives planted within the facility.


Raiden was sent to diffuse the situation on the Big Shell.

As Raiden commenced his underwater infiltration from the Hudson River, he discovered a recently cut hole in the Big Shell's oil fence. After successfully entering the deep sea dock of Strut A, Shell 1, he radioed his commanding officer, the Colonel, about a possible intruder other than himself. The Colonel was taken by surprise, since Raiden should have been the only one to take that infiltration route. Regardless, he ordered Raiden to proceed with caution, after explaining some of the stealth properties of his equipped Skull Suit. Raiden was preparing to exit the immediate area, when he heard sounds of a scuffle emanating from behind a hatch. Opening the hatch, Raiden noticed a peculiar sight in the proceeding hallway: a guard was picking himself up from the floor, having apparently regained consciousness, before heading off in the opposite direction. Following the guard's path into the next room, Raiden witnessed another sentry being catapulted out of the nearby elevator, knocking him unconscious, before coming across the prone body of the previous guard from the hallway. During the ordeal, Raiden managed to catch a brief glimpse of the person responsible, behind the closing elevator doors, thus confirming that there was indeed an intruder other than himself aboard the Big Shell.

The Colonel directed Raiden towards a computer node, which would allow him to access the Big Shell's facilities network. The Colonel then revealed to Raiden that he had selected the "perfect" systems analyst for the mission: his girlfriend Rosemary. Though Raiden was initially unhappy about this development, he reluctantly agreed to her partaking in the mission, but only under the condition that the only participation she had was simply as an analyst, and nothing else. Rose also stated to the Colonel that because of this, she would not follow any orders unless it directly related to her immediate duties. Raiden then accessed the node, his nanomachines bypassing the security clearance, and pulled up the structural map of the dock, allowing him to activate his Soliton Radar. With the guards regaining consciousness, Raiden quickly called the elevator, and was forced to hide until it arrived, before boarding it cautiously to avoid enemy detection. Making his way to the rooftop, Raiden removed the rest of his diving gear.



Vamp murdered the SEAL Team 10 Alpha Squad survivors.

Raiden took extreme care in regards to sneaking around the first struts, with intel provided by the Colonel that the President was on Strut B, along with SEAL Team 10, Alpha Team. After reaching the A-B connecting bridge, Raiden received a transmission from the Alpha commander, which had been intercepted by the Colonel: apparently, Alpha Team had located the President, but before they could leave with him, a mysterious entity attacked them, abruptly cutting off the transmission.

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Pliskin, recovering from Vamp's attack.

Upon entering the transformer room in Strut B, Raiden discovered the many slaughtered bodies of Alpha Team filling the hallway, and the President was nowhere in sight. The perpetrator was Vamp, a mysterious vampire-like member of Dead Cell who ambushed and slaughtered virtually the entire team. Vamp would have also killed Raiden, had it not been for the rescue efforts of the single SEAL Team 10 survivor, Iroquois Pliskin. Pliskin explained the origins of Vamp and Dead Cell and provided Raiden with a SOCOM pistol. He also identified Raiden as a member of FOXHOUND, even though Pliskin explained that the unit was disbanded 4 years ago. Afterwards, Raiden headed onward with his mission.


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Bravo Team fire on Fortune from one of the Big Shell's connecting bridges.

As Raiden made it to the B-C connecting bridge, he encountered Bravo Team, who had managed to surround Dead Cell leader Fortune, with the President in her grasp. Firing their weapons, the SEALs were unable to hit her, as every bullet somehow veered away from her, and even grenades failed to detonate, as though she were gifted with a supernatural luck. Seeing the hopelessness of interfering, and having been ordered to conceal his presence, Raiden chose not to intervene. Fortune then proceeded to kill all the members of Bravo Team with her powerful man-portable rail gun, destroying the bridge leading to the Shell 1 Core which caused the men to fall to their dooms. Vamp and her subsequently took the President and the "football" into the core.


Stillman briefed Raiden and Pliskin on disarming C4 explosives.

Receiving a Codec call from the Colonel, Raiden was informed that both SEALs helicopters were shot down by a Harrier and that the SEALs assault was just a diversion to cover Raiden's infiltration. The Colonel also told Raiden that they had received intelligence regarding the presence of C4 explosives, which had been planted throughout the Big Shell facility. With the new objective of helping to disarm these explosives, Raiden rendezvoused with bomb disposal expert Peter Stillman and, once again, Lieutenant JG Pliskin, in Strut C. Stillman explained to them that Dead Cell member Fatman was one of his students (in fact, his best student). He also informed them that an engineer, Big Shell's security systems architect, entered Big Shell with him to get SEAL Team 10 through all of the plant's security measures. After agreeing that Stillman would be safer hiding where he was, due to a leg injury and the fact that he required a walking stick, Raiden and Pliskin headed out to disarm the C4 planted within Shells 1 and 2, respectively, by Fatman.

However, when all the bombs were disarmed, Raiden received some shocking and disappointing news from a now mobile Stillman. It seemed that all of the "baby" C4s (which had been planted in places where serious damage could not possibly be done to the Big Shell) were simply diversions for the real explosives, which were hidden in the lower levels of Strut A and H. The two were large enough to disturb the structure's integrity and destroy the entirety of the Big Shell if they both detonated. It also turned out that the real bombs were programmed to activate after all of the baby C4s were disarmed. Although Raiden was able to disarm the Strut A bomb, after returning to the deep sea dock, the Strut H bomb detonated, killing Stillman. Pliskin was able to survive unscathed.


The members of Dead Cell involved in the Big Shell takeover, from left to right: Fatman, Fortune, Vamp and George Sears (Solidus Snake).

As Raiden prepared to leave Strut A, he was confronted by Fortune, who was surprised since she had been expecting to find somebody else. Nevertheless, she remarked that he may still be able to "bring her death." Fortune attacked Raiden, devastating the surrounding area in the process with her rail gun. Raiden, unable to hit her, could only evade her attacks. Raiden was soon contacted by Campbell, to relay a demand made by Fatman: Raiden must head to the heliport on Strut E, otherwise another bomb would be detonated there, destroying the entire facility. Shortly thereafter, Vamp arrived in the area to inform Fortune of Fatman's apparent betrayal. Raiden, taking advantage of the distraction, took another shot at Fortune, though the bullets were deflected away from her, and hit Vamp in the forehead and lower chest. While Fortune cradled Vamp in her arms, lamenting that she herself could not follow him in death, Raiden made his escape. However, moments later, Vamp awakened, having shrugged off the seemingly fatal attack.

"Countdown to Disaster"[]

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Fatman encounters Raiden at the Strut E heliport.

With the bomb's countdown having already begun, Raiden headed to the heliport, and neutralized the explosive. He was then confronted by Fatman himself, who professed his disinterest in Dead Cell's and the Sons of Liberty's goals. Fatman was also suspiciously unaware of the existence of the ransom demands for $30 billion. His only wish was to surpass his former mentor, Peter Stillman, and become the most famous bomber in history, by destroying the entire Big Shell. Challenging Raiden to stop him, he proceeded to place multiple explosives in the area, utilizing his quick speed. Raiden was forced to neutralize each bomb in turn, with coolant spray, while simultaenously fighting Fatman. Raiden's perseverance eventually paid off, with Fatman collapsing from his injuries. Informing him that he had yet to disarm the "biggest bomb in the place," Fatman passed away. Raiden, however, discovered this last bomb, which had been hidden beneath his body.

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The Ninja meets Raiden shortly after Fatman's death.

The bomb threat now over, the Colonel informed him that the hostages, including the President, were still in danger. Afterwards, Pliskin told Raiden that the only way to rescue the hostages was to extract them via chopper. Raiden proceeded to leave the heliport in order to locate the President when he was confronted by the Cyborg Ninja; an exoskeleton-encased soldier, brandishing a sword. The Ninja told him that a Secret Service agent named Richard Ames, knew the location of the President, but was being held hostage in the Shell 1 Core. The mysterious informant then provided Raiden with an enemy uniform, which he could use to infiltrate the area. However, the Ninja also warned Raiden that he had three obstacles upon entering the Shell 1 Core: First, the elevator was guarded by a pressure-activated surveillance camera, necessitating the use of the B.D.U. to gain clearance to use the elevator. Second, Ames could only be identified by a unique heartbeat due to his possessing a pacemaker, necessitating a remote sound amplifier to locate him while at the same time not drawing too much suspicion. Third, the door leading to the room the hostages were located at was wired with a biometric scanning system, necessitating that Raiden force one of the guards to be scanned to open the door.

The Ninja also revealed to Raiden that the terrorists had access to a nuke which could be activated, since the nuclear football that could activate the nuke was brought to the Big Shell by a Navy Captain. The Ninja told him that the nuke wasn't brought by the terrorist themselves, but that it was already in the Big Shell to begin with since the Big Shell wasn't really a decontamination plant. In reality, Big Shell was housing a new Metal Gear. The Ninja then left, although not before supplying Raiden with a cell phone for future texts.

"Metal Gear's Already Active!"[]

Once Raiden located Ames in the Shell 1 Core, Ames told him that both of them were working for the same people. He then told him the President's location in the Shell 2 Core, that the tanker accident and oil spill two years ago were planned, and that the Big Shell was built specifically for the development of the Metal Gear. Ames explained that he must be helping the terrorists under his own free will, as his vital signs acted as a biometric password needed to activate the nuke (and the new Metal Gear). Raiden and Ames then cut their conversation short when Ocelot and what seemed to be Solid Snake appeared. Raiden used the directional microphone to eavesdrop on them, learning that they planned on establishing "Outer Heaven." When Raiden mentioned the $30 billion ransom, Ames told him that there was no threat or ransom. According to Ames, the terrorist's intention all along was the high-altitude detonation of the nuke over Manhattan, which would cause an electromagentic pulse, thus "liberating" it. Revolver Ocelot spoke to Ames, revealing that Ames was sent there to keep tabs on the President, suspecting that he might betray "them." Before Ames could give any more information, he suddenly suffered a fatal heart attack.

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RAY saves the Harrier.

Before Raiden could be captured by Ocelot's forces, the Cyborg Ninja suddenly intervened, permitting Raiden to escape. Raiden then headed to President Johnson's location, but on his way there, he was confronted by the terrorist commander, proclaiming himself to be Solid Snake. Enraged by this, Pliskin revealed himself to be the real Solid Snake and fired on the imposter from a Kasatka helicopter. Utilizing an advanced exoskeleton, the terrorist leader evaded Snake's attack and boarded a Harrier, being piloted by Vamp. Snake then told Raiden to shoot it down, throwing a Stinger missile launcher down to him. While Raiden was successful, the Harrier plummeted, only to be caught by Metal Gear RAY, which had been hijacked from the U.S. Marines two years prior. RAY proceeded to launch missiles into the air, destroying sections of the Big Shell, and damaging the Kasatka, forcing it to land. RAY then departed into the ocean, taking the Harrier with it.

After recovering from RAY's attack, Solid Snake contacted Raiden by Codec, informing him of the situation, and introducing him to his partner, the Kasatka's pilot, Otacon. Otacon had rescued Snake from the sinking tanker two years earlier, and Snake had faked his own death using the body of Liquid Snake in place of his own. They revealed to Raiden that they were there to stop the terrorists from using the new Metal Gear prototype, continuing their work for the anti-Metal Gear NGO Philanthropy. They also told Raiden that Otacon has another reason for being in the Big Shell: to rescue his sister, Emma Emmerich.


Olga conversing with Solidus.

Having been convinced that the "nuclear button" had been successfully accessed, due to RAY's sudden appearance, Raiden immediately headed towards the Shell 2 Core to rescue President Johnson. The damage to the Shell 1-2 connecting bridge forced Raiden to hang-grip all the way over to Shell 2, via a dislodged support beam, an act that also aided him to avoid the Gurlukovich soldiers on the next strut, who had arrived to investigate the area. After entering the Shell 2 Core, Raiden listened in on a radio conversation between Olga Gurlukovich, and the terrorist leader. Olga stated that she had unfinished business with Solid Snake, and that after the whole mess, she and her men were to leave for Russia and live for themselves. Olga then activated an electrified walkway, leading to the room in which the President was imprisoned, to prevent him from trying to escape and also to deter intruders from rescuing him. Unable to reach the President, Raiden went into the flooded lower floors of the Shell to locate a Nikita remote-controlled missile launcher, and successfully managed to destroy the control panel for the electricity.

"The Revealed Truth"[]

Raiden proceeded into the President's room, where, after Johnson mistook him for the female assassin[2], he was told about the Patriots, a mysterious organization that secretly ruled over America, even deciding who the next President would be, and that no one knew who the Patriots really were. Johnson only knew that every key decision was made by a group of twelve men called the Wisemen's Committee. He also explained that the terrorist leader was in fact his predecessor, the 43rd U.S. President George Sears, who was known by the codename of Solidus Snake; a clone of the legendary soldier Big Boss, created in the "Les Enfants Terribles" project. Johnson added that it was Solidus who orchestrated the Shadow Moses Incident in 2005, but was removed from office by the Patriots. Solidus wanted to challenge the Patriots, unlike Johnson, who had simply wished to become one of them. Johnson also confirmed to Raiden that the Big Shell was merely a cover up for the construction of Arsenal Gear; a gigantic mobile fortress that employed mass-produced unmanned Metal Gear RAYs to defend itself, and had the ability to fire nuclear warheads from anywhere on the planet. It also had access to the Military's Tactical Network, allowing it to have absolute control over the nation's armed forces and its nuclear arsenal. However, Arsenal's true purpose was to filter information from the internet, and other forms of digital communication, using an AI called GW. By doing this, the Patriots wished to shape history as they saw fit, while maintaining the secret of their own existence.

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President James Johnson.

Johnson’s last request was that Raiden locate GW's main programmer Emma Emmerich, and provide her with a computer worm to eradicate the AI. Feeling he'd said everything he needed to, Johnson suddenly grabbed Raiden's gun, attempting to have Raiden shoot him, thinking that he was to kill him. Raiden resisted. However, before the President could make Raiden kill him by shooting him inside the mouth, Revolver Ocelot suddenly intervened, shooting Johnson before Raiden could act. Afterwards, Snake told Raiden that he knew about the existence of the Arsenal Gear project and the Big Shell being a front for the project, and, as such, there was no threat of dioxins being released. Afterwards, Snake told Raiden what had happened during the Tanker Incident, how the Patriots had used the incident to launch a smear campaign against Snake, and how the U.S. Marines' RAY project had conflicted with the U.S. Navy's (and the Patriots') Arsenal Gear project.

Raiden then headed to find Emma. On the way he fought and defeated Vamp, confused as to how he could still possibly be alive. Before his defeat, Vamp revealed that even without the possibility of a nuclear strike, they could still use Arsenal's purified hydrogen bomb to emit an EMP over Manhattan knocking it offline. He also hinted that, contrary to what the press stated, Dead Cell was actually framed for the terrorist acts six months prior by the Patriots.

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Arsenal Gear

Raiden then rescued Emma, although he first had to convince Emma that he wasn't with the terrorist group, and managed to convince her that he wasn't among them by showing her that he had Codec nanomachines. While taking a short break, Emma told Raiden what she knew about the Patriots. She explained that she had created GW, distributing a program to assist it in a program supposedly used to counter the Y2K bug. Luckily, however, GW was not yet ready for activation and still lacked necessary factors for judging situations. Emma then mentioned that there was supposed to be a major test within the next few days which was to provide GW with complex data to study.

"Twilight Sniping"[]


The oil fence, viewed from Strut L at sunset.

The pair then proceeded to head to the Shell 1 Core. However, thanks to RAY's earlier missile attack, the bridge connecting the two Shells had been destroyed and they needed to cross the oil fence from Shell 2 Strut L to Shell 1 Strut E. Emma slowly made her way across, with Raiden and Snake providing cover with sniper fire. Emma was almost all the way across, when Vamp appeared once again, holding her at knife point. Raiden quickly fired at Vamp, "killing" him once again, but before he fell into the ocean, he impaled Emma. Snake ran to her, shooting down nearby Cyphers along the way. Snake then took her to the Shell 1 Core. When Raiden got there they were inputting the virus that Emma has created to destroy GW.

Emma and Otacon shared one final moment together, before she died as a result of her wound. At that moment, Snake discovered that the virus had not installed properly, and the trio came up with a plan to get inside Arsenal Gear, their only choice now being to take out Solidus and his men. Otacon, heartbroken, decided it would be best if he attempted to help out the hostages as he would only get in their way. Snake reassured him that he was the only one who could save those hostages, and Otacon set off.

"Arsenal Gear"[]

After Otacon had left to rescue the hostages, Snake mentioned to Raiden that they may need a hand getting inside. Just then, the Cyborg Ninja appeared once again and revealed himself to actually have been Olga in disguise. Raiden was then knocked unconscious by Olga, with Snake saying that he didn't recall ever saying he was on Raiden’s side.


Raiden is given Olga's blade by Snake.

When Raiden came to, he was tied to a torture bed completely naked. Solidus and Ocelot talked to him, with Solidus remembering that he taught Raiden everything he knew during the Liberian Civil War, when Raiden's real parents died. He was the star of Solidus' Small Boy Unit, earning him nicknames like "Jack the Ripper" and "White Devil." Solidus now had an eye patch over his left eye (which was damaged when Raiden took down the Harrier) with Ocelot commenting that he was the "spitting image of Big Boss."

After Ocelot left, Olga walked in and told Raiden about her child, whom she had never met because she was stolen by the Patriots. Olga told Raiden that if he were to fail this mission, her child would be killed. Olga could not let this happen, and she had been sent in by the Patriots to assist Raiden. She told him that Snake was waiting up ahead, before leaving the room.

Raiden then received a call from Rose, asking him if what Solidus said was true, which he admitted. He had been a child soldier, raised by Solidus to be a ruthless killing machine. After making his way through the hangar which housed many mass-produced Metal Gear RAY units, he was called by Rose again who nervously told Raiden that she had been a spy for the Patriots all along. She became his girlfriend, simply to keep an eye on him, but truly fell in love with him. She changed her appearance to suit his desires, but her transmission was eventually cut-off with her final words being "Jack… I’m… pregnant, Jack…your baby."

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Fortune blamed Solid Snake for her father's death.

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Snake prepares to stall Fortune while Raiden escapes.

After his bonds were released by Olga, a distressed Raiden pressed on and met up with Snake. Snake apologized for his earlier "betrayal" saying he needed to use Raiden to sneak his way into Arsenal Gear. The two then battled their way through the Arsenal Tengu and, on the way, Otacon discovered that the Colonel Campbell who had been helping Raiden throughout the mission, wasn't the real Colonel, but an AI created by GW, cobbled together from Raiden's hopes and expectations. Just then, Snake was confronted by Fortune, who had been waiting for Snake as she believed that he killed her father, Scott Dolph. Snake and Fortune prepared to battle as Raiden headed up a nearby ladder, and Raiden appeared on a giant platform. Concealing his presence, Solidus called out to Raiden, telling him of the S3 Plan, or Solid Snake Simulation, which had been devised to create the perfect warrior through VR training; training which Raiden had previously undertook. Raiden was then forced to battle a horde of Metal Gear RAYs, destroying several with his Stinger missile launcher, before eventually giving in to exhaustion and falling to his knees. As Solidus emerged from his hiding place, he was ready to kill off Raiden before Olga jumped out in front of them, confronting Solidus. As she gave her life to save Raiden and, therefore, her child, Solidus ordered the remaining RAYs to kill Raiden, but Emma's GW virus started to take effect. Angered by this new development, Solidus destroyed the remaining RAYs and cursed the Patriots. As Fortune entered the area with a handcuffed Snake, Raiden passed out.

"The World Needs Only One Big Boss!"[]

When he awakened the next day, April 30th, Raiden found himself, Solidus Snake, Revolver Ocelot, Fortune and a handcuffed Solid Snake atop Arsenal Gear. Solidus then revealed his true intention: locating information within GW, regarding the identities of the Patriots. Solidus planned to hunt down the individual members, while Fortune and the Sons of Liberty would unintentionally serve as a diversion with their command of Arsenal Gear (since they actually planned to destroy Manhattan with the purified hydrogen bomb instead of going along with Solidus' original idea of using it to create an EMP field to black out Manhattan).

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Solidus Snake

Ocelot, seemingly amused by this plan, then revealed to the group that the entire incident had actually been orchestrated by the Patriots all along, and that similarities between the Shadow Moses Incident and the Big Shell crisis were much more than mere coincidence. The renegade special forces unit Dead Cell, Raiden's relationship to the terrorist leader, and a computer virus that mimicked FOXDIE, were all elements scripted to turn Raiden into the perfect soldier. Similar to President Johnson, the Patriots had used Solidus's ambitions for their own ends. However, the one thing that they had not planned on was the appearance of the real Solid Snake, which is why the AI Colonel had repeatedly told Raiden that Snake wasn't part of this simulation, and not to rely on his help. Ocelot then proceeded to kill Fortune, revealing that her apparent 'supernatural abilities' were simply the result of Patriot technology, and climbed aboard Metal Gear RAY. However, when Ocelot fired RAY's payload, a dying Fortune miraculously deflected its missiles, protecting Raiden, Snake and Solidus.

As Ocelot prepared for a final assault, his arm suddenly spasmed and he was once again possessed by the "spirit" of Liquid Snake. From RAY's cockpit, Liquid proclaimed that it was he who had leaked information about Arsenal Gear to Solid Snake in order to draw him out to the Big Shell. Armed with Ocelot's knowledge of the Patriots' whereabouts, he intended to go and destroy them all. After directing Arsenal Gear onto a collision course with Manhattan, Liquid climbed back inside RAY and took off. Snake, having broken free of his handcuffs, dove into the ocean after RAY.

"Arsenal Is Going to Take Off!"[]

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Arsenal Gear crashed into Manhattan.

Arsenal Gear proceeded on its course, crashing into the banks of New York City and through the streets of lower Manhattan, destroying a sizable portion of the Lower West side of the city, before stopping at Federal Hall. After falling from Arsenal to the Hall's rooftop, and recovering their senses, Solidus attempted to explain his motives to Raiden: expressing his anger at being unable to pass on his own genetic legacy, he wished to be remembered in history. He wanted to destroy the Patriots, not for his own greedy ends, but so that he could restore freedom, civil rights, and opportunities, which had been taken away.

Raiden then received a Codec call from the Patriots, via another AI in the form of both the Colonel and Rose. The AI explained the true nature of the Patriots' goals to Raiden, hinting that they now existed on a digital plane of existence. The dawn of the digital age had allowed for an overabundance of trivial information that would remain intact forever, and accessible by anyone, which supposedly threatened the development of human society. Rather than "Solid Snake Simulation," the S3 Plan actually stood for "Selection for Societal Sanity," and the entire incident on the Big Shell had been orchestrated in order to test S3's crisis management capabilities, echoing what Emma had said earlier. The memetic information that would be passed on to future generations would therefore be decided by the Patriots, since they believed themselves to be in a stronger position to do so over humans. The Patriots considered most humans' tendency to favor overthinking acceptance of unpleasant truths harmful to society as it would create great amounts of junk information that would bury what was indeed true.


Federal Hall.

The AI then ordered Raiden to kill Solidus, and he was forced to comply after realizing that the lives of Olga's child and Rosemary depended on his victory. Solidus told Raiden that he needed to kill him in order to determine the location of the Patriots from the nanomachines in Raiden's head. In order to provoke Raiden into fighting him, Solidus revealed it was he who had murdered his parents. After a vicious sword duel, Raiden struck down Solidus. His spine almost severed, Solidus fell from Federal Hall’s roof to the steps below and crawled his way to the statue of George Washington, arm reaching out towards the figure, before finally collapsing upon its base.

"Who Am I Really?"[]


The Patriots?

As Raiden stood outside the front of Federal Hall, Snake appeared and informed him that he and Otacon were going to find the Patriots using the virus disc (since it had been programmed to censor the names of the Patriots' leaders, it would have some form of indicator to identify what those names were), also revealing that the disc they had supplied Raiden with earlier was actually a dummy disc to ensure that their infiltration could go as planned without risking the Sons of Liberty gaining access to the worm. Raiden insisted on coming with them but Snake told him to stay, telling him that he still had things to do and "people to catch up with." Although the mission had been a simulation, Snake comforted Raiden with the fact that everything he had felt during the mission was his and his alone: it was up to him to decide what to pass on to the future, and to figure out his own purpose for himself. After Snake departed, Raiden was reunited with Rose, and the two vowed to make a life together, both figuratively and literally.

Some time later, Otacon and Snake "successfully" traced the Patriots, but discovered that all twelve of them were dead, and had been for the last hundred years. Snake deduced that the information retrieved from Arsenal Gear was false; it was only a fake lead orchestrated by the Patriots. With this, Philanthropy had lost their only lead, the future of the Patriots uncertain.


This incident would later end up being cited as one of the primary reasons why America was to stay out of military affairs across the world, and thus why PMCs and the war economy would be placed in the forefront during early 2014.

Behind the scenes[]

The Big Shell Incident is the main plot of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. It is referred to as the Plant Chapter during story selections. The year in which the incident took place was originally intended to be 2007, according to Hideo Kojima's "Grand Game Plan" for Metal Gear Solid 2. Also, all of the hostages were originally to have been killed after Arsenal Gear became active. The bodies of the hostages would have been seen floating in the water, crimson from blood, which would have attracted sharks while Raiden and Snake swam through the area. It eventually got its name in Metal Gear Solid 4, during a conversation with Roy Campbell in Act 2.

The scene where Raiden and Snake fought against the Tengu, titled "Snake & Raiden Stand," was later put on Versus Battle, where it competed with Liquid Ocelot's final duel with Old Snake.

Awesome Assault Against All Odds in Arsenal Gear
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Solid Snake and Raiden deal death so expertly that swarms of swordsmen and gunmen fall beneath their bullets & blades like wheat before the scythe
―Snake & Raiden Stand on Versus Battle



Notes and references[]

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Kojima Productions (2008).
    Solidus Snake's body exists as a brain dead biomort in the care of Big Mama after the events of the Big Shell Incident .
  2. ^ Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (script), Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
    President: Is this some kind of sick joke? // Raiden: ? // President: I thought you came here to kill me... // Raiden: ? // The President approaches Raiden. // President: I’m prepared to face the consequences of my betrayal. // Raiden: What are you!? // President: ...(Thinking) // The President pulls Raiden up close. Raiden is surprised by the President’s sudden intimacy. The President reaches between Raiden’s legs. // Raiden: What the --! // President: You’re... a man...? (it’s not that woman) // The President pulls his hand back. He realizes that Raiden is not a member/ninja of the Patriots.

See also[]

Timeline of events in Metal Gear
Date Event Game
1962 Sokolov Defection
Cuban Missile Crisis
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid Δ: Snake Eater
1964 Virtuous Mission
Operation Snake Eater
1970 San Hieronymo Incident* Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops*
1972 Les Enfants Terribles Project
1974 Peace Walker Incident Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Eliminate the Renegade Threat*
Intel Operative Rescue*
Classified Intel Acquisition*
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
19XX Déjà Vu**
XXXX Jamais Vu**
1975 Destroy the Anti-Air Emplacements*
Ground Zeroes Incident
Wormhole Incident** Metal Gear Survive**
1976 Attack on Zero Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
1977 Zero visits Snake
1984 Hospital Escape
Phantom Pain Incident
1995 Outer Heaven Uprising
(AKA "Operation Intrude N313")
Metal Gear
19XX Metal Gear (NES)**
19XX+3 Operation 747** Snake's Revenge**
1997 Mercenary War Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
1999 Zanzibar Land Disturbance
(AKA "Operation Intrude F014")
2002 Galuade Incident** Metal Gear: Ghost Babel**
2003 Assassination of Dr. Clark
2005 Shadow Moses Incident Metal Gear Solid (The Twin Snakes*)
2005-2007 Snake's VR Simulation* Metal Gear Solid Mobile*
2007 Tanker Incident Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
2008 Liquidation of Dead Cell
2009 Big Shell Incident
2011 Raid At Area 51
2012-2013 Raiden's Capture
2014 Guns of the Patriots Incident
(Liquid Sun · Solid Sun · Third Sun · Twin Suns · Old Sun · Naked Sin)
Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
2016 Lobito Island Incident** Metal Gear Acid**
2018 World Marshal Incident*
(AKA "Raiden's Revengeance")
Raid at World Marshal · Ambush in Africa · Abkhazian Coup · Investigation in Guadalajara · Raid in Denver · Operation Tecumseh
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance*
2019 SaintLogic Incident** Metal Gear Acid 2**
* Dubious Canonicity
** Non-Canon