When I bought the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection I was thrilled, I finally had a new game to play after having surgery. I had read and watched many reviews on all the games, as I was told it was a great series, but had never played a single game until Metal Gear Solid 4 Guns of The Patriots years after it was released. Knowing that there was a lot of back story to that game didn't necessarily scare me, but I really didn't want to sit through another hour long cutscene. When I popped that disk in and played Metal Gear Solid 2 Sons of liberty followed by its sequel and then playing Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker, I believed that I was playing the greatest video game series of all time. I was right, but I also was extremely confused. Diving into the Metal Gear Series at any point other than the beginning seems to be as hard to understand as understanding The Da Vinci Code while also understanding the plot of Lost.
There are so many plot points, stories and events that are over-arching that you may need to go back and play the games again just to get a clear explanation. When I played Metal Gear Solid 4 I met Big Boss, a character players of previous installments were so much more familiar with than I. From what my brain originally absorbed from the epilogue was that Solid, Liquid, and Solidous Snake were clones of Big Boss who was an enemy of Solid Snake at one time whom the later thought the former dead. Upon playing the HD Collection however, I realized that even though Big Boss is rarely the character controlled by the player, he is the central character of the entire series and for the most part the reason everything happens.
I attempted to explain to my friend the importance of this series and explain as many plot points as I could. This discussion went on for thirty minutes and suffice to say, he knows as much now as he did before. My advice to people new to the series would be to start as close to the beginning as possible. Even though I have yet to play it, Metal Gear Solid is currently available on the Playstation Store. Currently I am waiting for the newest Metal Gear Solid game to grace our presence so I can delve deeper into the greatest series of all time.