Ranking the Best and Worst of the Metal Gear Series


September 1 had been a date that had long been a fixture on the calendar of Metal Gear fans; after nearly three decades, 10 canonical titles and umpteen Easter eggs, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain brings the curtain down on Hideo Kojima’s tenure at the helm of Konami’s stealth masterclass — and it does so in style

Conspiracies theories have been hatched, society-controlling empires have fallen and ultimately, players have been enthralled with Metal Gear’s deep, complex and unashamedly convoluted narrative. From triple-crossing sleeper agents to the La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo, few franchises boast such a rich history, but how does each entry rank when compared with one another?

On the heels of our ranking of the Call of Duty series, it’s now time to usher Konami’s opus into the limelight as we all collectively brace ourselves for The Phantom Pain.

One thing worth keeping in mind is that this list will only consider the canonical entries in Kojima’s medium-defining body of work. As such, the likes of Metal Gear Acid, Snake’s Revenge and Metal Gear Revengeance won’t be rubbing shoulders with entries such as Snake Eater and Guns of the Patriots.

Buckle up, soldiers (and flip that safety off), it’s time to delve into the Metal Gear lore in all of its confounding, fourth-wall-smashing glory.

Do you agree with our rankings? Don’t forget that taste is subjective, so there’s really no wrong answer here. How would you rank the main entries in the series in top ten order? Let us know in the comments below.

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