Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty – Raiden Replaces Snake
For as long as the internet has existed, there have always been trolls online. One can witness them in forums and comment sections across all areas of human interest, changing the tide of conversation away from the subject at hand for the sake of the precious “lol.” Lo and behold, no one is above trolling, not even the developers who make the video game industry what it is today. The following is a list of the best moments when creators clearly trolled their fan bases all for the sole purpose of pulling a fast one on us.
Hideo Kojima can perhaps be considered the gaming industry’s best troll. From Moby Dick Studio to repeated claims that he’ll never make a Metal Gear game ever again (though at this point that seems certain), Kojima has fooled us time and time again. His best trick has to be in the form of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, however, a title in which the genius trolled everyone before trolling was even a thing.
Marketing materials and the cover of the game itself advertised the return of Snake to the series, a gaming icon who established himself well on the original PlayStation. When fans booted up the title for the first time and got through the first mission, however, they soon found out that the game was mostly centered around the story of a new protagonist named Raiden. Needless to say, players were quite surprised and even a little annoyed that a trick had been played on them. What’s more is that towards the end of the game even more features were introduced to purposefully troll the player, like a loss of all equipment and a fake Game Over screen. Well played Kojima. Well played.