__ __ ____ ____ __ __ ___ ____ __ ____ ( \/ )( ___)(_ _) /__\ ( ) / __)( ___) /__\ ( _ \ ) ( )__) )( /(__)\ )(__ ( (_-. )__) /(__)\ ) / (_/\/\_)(____) (__)(__)(__)(____) \___/(____)(__)(__)(_)\_) ___ _____ __ ____ ____ __ / __)( _ )( ) (_ _)( _ \ /. | \__ \ )(_)( )(__ _)(_ )(_) ) (_ _) (___/(_____)(____)(____)(____/ (_) GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS ____________________________ | Metal Gear Solid 4 Guide | | Created by: Axel7174 | | FAQ and Walkthrough | | Copyright 2008 Ryne Gardner| |____________________________| Version History --------------- Version 1.00 - 6/17/08 - 6/27/08 --Guide started. Well, I sort of tried to rush but I had so many other things to do so working on this took some time. I wanted to get this up soon so some sections aren't done yet, but the main walkthrough is. I'm also going to try and diligently get the others up soon. Version 1.25 - 7/1/08 --I made a few changes in information. Some things were just mindless errors I totally didn't notice (perhaps due to my rushing the guide down the stretch). Others included things I meant to put in, but for some reason forgot. I have started the No Kills/Alerts walkthrough, and started adding some of the other things for listing purposes. I threw in a few more frequently asked questions. I also noted in my walkthrough about finding the Stinger in Act 3, but feeling like I had found it once before that. I remembered where: Act 2, and I have fixed that, as well as a few other things. Version 1.35 - 7/2/08 --A few more additions, many of them small fixes and things like that. I also added more to the No Kills/Alerts walkthrough, up to just after the boss in Act 2. Somehow I missed a pretty cool spot in Act 2 and now I've decided to change my walkthrough for a certain part around a little bit. More on the way soon. Version 1.40 - 7/3/08 --Small update due to my being so busy with other things, including preparation for the holiday. I continued the No Kills/Alerts walkthrough, up to Act 2's end. I also added more of the unlockables. I still got more to add there though, so they're on their way. Happy 4th of July folks! Version 1.60 - 7/5/08 --Well, I hope everyone had a nice holiday (for those of you who celebrate it). Anyways, back to business. I added a lot more to the Unlockables, and started the Extras sections with Easter Eggs. More is on the way though. I'm looking to update the No Kills/No Alerts walkthrough tonight. One other thing I added was some info relating to the psyche gauge and flashbacks. And again, I ask that if you have a tip or submission, please, please hold it until later. I have a lot of things that need my attention including my job and my family, not to mention I need to add about 10 people's submissions for my GTA IV guide which are more than a week overdue. So if you can, please hold your tips until I get a little more work in on this guide. Thanks. Version 1.65 - 7/7/08 --Ok, I'm getting near the end now. I have almost all of the stuff that I wanted to add. I put more unlockables, a few more Easter Eggs, and I also put up to the start of Act 4 in the No Kills/Alerts walkthrough. I'm going to be ready to add submissions soon so please, hold out until then. *** Also, I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, I will add either a brief strategy walkthrough or assorted tips for The Boss Extreme, in trying to obtain the elusive Big Boss Emblem. I realize a lot of players are attempting to get this so it might be worth adding. So, I guess what I'm getting at is a sort of small voting poll. If you think you would like to see a BBE strategy added, please e-mail me and let me know! *** Table of Contents 1. Introduction........................................... (hrwr) * About the Author * About This Guide (what to expect) * About Metal Gear Solid 2. Snake's Intel....................................... (intl) * What Are We Looking At Here? * Button Layout * Triangle - Special Actions * CQC * Other Things * Enemies * Advanced Tips 3. Standard Walkthrough................................... (wlkt) * Foreword * Act I.................................................. (act1) * Act II................................................. (act2) * Act III................................................ (act3) * Act IV................................................. (act4) * Act V.................................................. (act5) 4. No Kills/No Alerts Walkthrough......................... (exwt) * Foreword * Tips * Act I.................................................. (exa1) * Act II................................................. (exa2) * Act III................................................ (exa3) * Act IV................................................. (exa4) * Act V.................................................. (exa5) 5. Extras................................................. (exra) * Easter Eggs............................................ (ovresy) * Fun Things To Do....................................... (hvfn) * Cheats................................................. (chts) 6. Unlockables............................................ (unlk) * Weapons/Items.......................................... (wpns) * FaceCamo............................................... (fccm) * Costumes............................................... (cstu) * Emblems................................................ (embd) * iPod Songs............................................. (hlycrp) * Other.................................................. (otra) 7. Miscellaneous.......................................... (mscl) * Frequently Asked Questions............................. (afak) * Regarding Submissions * Credits/Special Thanks * Contact Info * Legal Gibberish _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Introduction - Here We Are (hrwr) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ About the Author ---------------- Well, this is going to sound awfully repetitive, but... what can I say? I'm making yet another guide. This is going to be third guide and you know the strange part about it? All of my guides so far have been for games issuing their fourth installments. Yes, all for game series who produced their 4th game. Devil May Cry 4, Grand Theft Auto IV. Now here we are, a guide for the much anticipated Metal Gear Solid 4. All I can say about myself is I'm here to help. I enjoy writing and I write a lot of stories and so forth and English is more or less my strongest subject, so all of those go into the idea of making a guide. I'm a resident New Yorker and I just like to have a good time with friends and play baseball, and of course, chill back and play a good video game. About This Guide (What To Expect) --------------------------------- In this guide, I'm hoping to provide a quality walkthrough to help players get through the main story. On top of that, I aim to also provide a second walkthrough for those who want to get through the game with no alerts and no kills. ZOMGZ DOS WALKTHROUGHS?! Yes. I figured it would be a good addition since a lot of people are doing these kind of runs and it will not only help you get more unlockables, but you'll get more out of the game. When it comes to spoilers, I will not ever discuss any of the game's lengthy revelations and other things that pertain to the intricate plot. I may often say, "Watch the scene. (insert character) will tell you to go _______ " and for the most part, I will be avoiding spoilers in doing this. You won't have to worry about me revealing anything such as the game's ending or anything like that during the course of this guide. About Metal Gear Solid ---------------------- I have to admit, I'm now a huge Kojima fan. My first Metal Gear Solid game was Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. The game itself always talked about things from the first game. It was such a rich and rewarding experience, but it made me hunger for more. I wanted to know, what is FOXHOUND? Who exactly is this guy Liquid? What exactly did Snake had to go through? So I played Metal Gear Solid, the original, and was also, quite rewarded. Thanks to MGS3: Subsistence, I also got a chance to play original MG games as well. I was impressed and entranced by Kojima's way of entertainment. Kojima expressed once that he doesn't see videogames as art. I find it somewhat ironic because in my opinion, the MGS series is a rare find. It's got a wonderful gameplay system, surrounded by a story that is well told with quality voice acting and cinematic beauty. It may not be the best game series ever, but it's still a very good one. _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Snake's Intel (intl) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ What Are We Looking At Here? ---------------------------- Just a brief layout of the HUD display on the screen when you're controlling Snake. Health and Psyche bar: This is the one at the top left it has Snake's name on it as Old Snake. The top solid bar is Snake's health. When it's depleted, Snake of course, dies. THE PSYCHE GAUGE - New in MGS4, but quite similar to the Stamina Gauge from MGS3. If it goes down, Snake's performance is affected. He can't hold his gun straight and his vision is impaired slightly. Psyche is affected by many stimuli, but mostly the stress caused by combat. Therefore, avoiding detection helps keep Snake's psyche high. Psyche is the smaller slotted bar below Health. Wind/Radar: At the top right, it begins as a wind direction thing. When you have the Solid Eye on however, it displays a much more detailed radar. The small dots of light represent nearby sounds or movement. Camo Index: Much like MGS3, you can see your Camo Index at the top right in the same display. On my crappy TV, I cannot see it for my life. I swear, if I didn't read the instruction manual, I never would have known it was there. It measures how well Snake is blended in. Wear FaceCamo to increase this. Item: When you have an item selected from the Item Menu, it shows up at the bottom left. Weapon: When you have a weapon selected from the Weapon Menu, it shows up at the bottom right. Button Layout ------------- Ok, I'm going to outline all of the controls briefly. If you want more help, refer to that little booklet that comes with your game. You know... the instruction manual (da da daaaaah!). It's important to get used to the controls since some things have changed since the last installment. We'll start with the basics. _____________________________________________________________________________ |Button|Not Moving |Moving |When Aiming |Laying Flat |Behind Cover | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |X |Prone/Lay flat|Roll |N/A |Prone/Stand |Stand/Prone | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Square|N/A |N/A |Autoaim/Manual|N/A |N/A | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Circle|Reload |Reload |Reload |Reload |Reload | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |Triang|Cover/Special |Climb |Scope/FPV |Play dead/turn |Leave cover | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |LAS |Walk/Run |Run |Move Snake |Crawl |Move along wall| |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |RAS |Camera |Camera |Move Reticle |Camera |Camera | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |L1 |Aim |Aim |N/A |Aim |Jump out shot | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |L2 |Items/Equip |Items/E.|Items/Equip |Items/Equip |Items/Equip | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |L3 |N/A |N/A |N/A |N/A |N/A | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |R1 |CQC |CQC |Fire Weapon |N/A |Fire/Tap wall | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |R2 |Weapons/Equip |Wep/Eq. |Weapons/Equip |Weapons/Equip |Weapons/Equip | |-----------------------------------------------------------------------------| |R3 |Center camera |C. Cam. |L/R Shoulder |Center camera |Center Camera | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Triangle - Special Actions -------------------------- In many situations, the function of the Triangle button will change. Most of the time, you will be using it to enter and leave cover behind walls and other objects. However, there are times when the function will change. You can use the button to climb up small ledges like onto crates and such, as well as climb ladders. There are even more times however, that you'll find during the course of the game where the Triangle button will appear and prompt you to do something special. It also figures prominently into the next section. Snake - Soldier Interactions ----------------------------- When dealing with enemy soldiers, there are few things to cover about the controls in particular. R1 becomes your CQC button (covered next), and things like movement become important. Don't run, lest you give your position away to the enemy. Tilt the stick slightly to walk. This will allow you to get the jump on your enemy and perform some CQC moves. Again, that's all covered in the next part. We have a few techniques to go over first. -Hold Ups: To hold up an enemy soldier, sneak up on them and point your gun with L1. Snake will tell them to freeze and the enemy will put their hands up and drop their gun. -Shake for items: Right after you've held someone up, while still holding L1, maneuver Snake to the front of your enemy and then release L1. Press triangle to begin searching for items. Snake will search the enemy's body and the prompt for Triangle will appear. Press it at the right time and you'll get some ammo and other items from the soldier. Time it wrong and you'll miss. Eventually, Snake will then be able to stun the enemy, so time that prompt right to knock the soldier out. -Picking up bodies: Stand near a dead or incapacitated soldier and hold the Triangle button to pick up their body. Using the Left Analog Stick, you can drag their body around. The reason for doing this is to hide it from other enemies that may spot it and therefore will call in back up. However, leaving a body can be useful (see tips). -Hiding bodies: Often times, if you know where the enemy searches, you can keep them from finding their fallen comrades if you place the body in the right place. However, if you want to be sure, drag the body to a nearby locker (if there is one). The locker needs to be open. Drag the body into it and Snake will put them inside and close the door. CQC - Close Quarters Combat --------------------------- CQC returns from MGS3 and it's much improved this time around. It's a valuable weapon for Snake in his mission. There are a number of different CQC techniques and they change depending on Snake's situation. In a way, this is an offshoot of the previous section because obviously, CQC requires an enemy soldier as well. *======* Basics *======* Grabbing: Grab an enemy with R1 and Snake will place them in a chokehold. This can only be done with one handed weapons (pistols) or with no weapon equipped at all. Melee: If you have no weapon or just a pistol equipped, pressing R1 three times in succession will let Snake perform a short melee combo. If he has an assault rifle weapon equipped, he can perform a one hit strike attack with it. Holding an Enemy vs Choking: Hold R1 lightly to simply hold an enemy. Use the left analog stick to drag them around. *==========* Techniques *==========* -Throw Enemy to Ground: Press R1 and down on the Left Analog Stick at the same time to toss the enemy hard to the ground. This will stun them for a short time. -Knock Weapon Away: After grabbing with R1, release R1 as Snake is pulling the enemy toward him, then hit R1 again to make the enemy drop their weapon. -Choke Out: Hold R1 firmly to choke an enemy. Eventually they will be knocked out. -Snap Neck: Keep tapping R1 when the enemy is beind held to snap an their neck and kill them -Throw to Ground: After already grabbing an enemy, press down on the Left Analog Stick and R1 to throw them down. This is not as powerful as the normal throw, so it will not knock the enemy out, so be mindful of that. -Human Shield: While holding R1 to keep the enemy in your grasp, use L1 to aim your pistol and use the held soldier as a human shield. Other enemies will hesitate to fire at you. It makes getting out of hairy situations much easier. -Assault Rifle Throw Down: With an M4 or other assault rifle equipped, approach an enemy and press down on the Left Analog Stick and R1. Snake will perform a quick combo which ends with a throw down, knocking the soldier unconscious. -Choke Out on Ground: While holding an enemy, press X to crouch, then release R1 quickly. Press R1 again immediately and down on the Left Analog Stick at the same time to place the enemy face down and get on top of them. Hold R1 and the enemy will eventually be choked into a stunned position. *============* Other Things *============* There are a few more things to watch out for when you play the game. While they don't allow you full control, there is a bit of limited player interaction in these specific sequences. -Flashbacks: When watching cutscenes, you may see an X prompt in the top right. Press X several times to see various flashbacks that are relevant to the previous MGS games and other things. There are a few hidden ones however when X doesn't show up but you can still hit it to see something. -Snake's View: You can get a glimpse of what Snake is looking at during some scenes by looking for the L1 prompt in the top left corner. Hold it to see what Snake sees. Like flashbacks, there are a few hidden ones where the prompt does not appear. Psyche Drops: During cutscenes, some things characters say to Snake, or at times, Snake's own actions result in him getting a drop in Psyche. You can tell this when the Health/Psyche gauge becomes visible during the scene and the Psyche drops a little. Prevent this by tapping X repeatedly when it drops to restore it back. *=======* Enemies *=======* Snake doesn't face a wide array of enemies, but a few of them can be more deadly than most enemies he's fought in his video game career! Boning up on them might just help you avoid a swift death. PMC Soldier ----------- Where: Acts 1, 2, and 3 Description: Your most typical MGS enemy Equipment: Mk. 17, Grenades, Stun G., WP G., G3A3, M60E4, etc. Difficulty: 1/5 Tips: All strategies in dealing with enemies advocate stealth as a primary option, but sometimes, as you know, being stealthy isn't always easy. So when you have to, favor pistols or automatic weapons and submachine guns. These guys go down pretty easily. When you're remaining stealthy, use the Mk. 2 and Stun Grenades. Very susceptible to CQC moves. Use Human Shield when you get in a bind. FROG Soldier ------------ Where: Acts 1, 2, 3, and 5 Description: Female soldiers with special armor and combat abilities. Equipment: P90, Five-Seven Difficulty: 2/5 Tips: Avoid using the Solid Eye when trying to sneak through an area with these gals. They can detect the sound. Also avoid CQCing them directly. Direct means when they can clearly see you coming. The FROGs have a counterattack and most of the time, it will backfire on you. If you can sneak up on them, it's easier, but avoid doing it directly. They like to move around, using the ceilings and walls to cling to. Don't let them flank you and use assault rifles and the like, as well as sniper rifles and sometimes grenades. Gekko ----- Where: All Acts Description: Unmanned mech unit, uses sounds of Cicada and Bull Weapons: Machine gun, grenades Difficulty: 4/5 Tips: The most primary strategy is to just avoid detection at all costs. There are times when **** happens though, and also a time (Act 4) where killing them becomes a necessity. Without the Rail Gun, killing a Gekko is not all that hard. The important thing is to keep moving and never let it get too close to you. The Gekko's kick attacks are deadly and will obliterate Snake. Use the Solid Eye to find the Gekko's weak points. Fire at its legs to bring it to its knees. Aim for the neck to bring it all the way down, then fire at the head until it blows up. When you get the Rail Gun, charge it up all the way and deliver a shot to the head for an instant kill. Raven's Minions --------------- Where: Act 3 Description: Unmanned flying units that look like birds, drop bombs from above Weapons: Rockets, bombs Difficulty: 1/5 Tips: These things are pretty easy. During the chase sequence, just aim at them with your submachine gun. You only have to be so accurate and they are very weak. During the boss fight, take them out if you prefer, it will make things a little easier. They offer a little problem if they start attacking so stay in the building. Scarab ------ Where: Acts 4 and 5 Description: Small spherical units with 3 arms, they move in groups Equipment: DE Difficulty: 3/5 Tips: These guys are really annoying and they prove that in Act 4. They comb the area and being spotted by a single one of them brings on a hellish experience for Snake. They attack in giant swarms and respawn continually until you shake the Alert phase, which is by the way, not easy. Killing a Scarab may often call in even more too which makes things harder as well so avoid it most times. Learn their patrol routes and avoid their search beams. Their biggest weakness? Chaff Grenades. Hope you saved up! If you get attacked, don't let them swarm you. Use a Machine Gun or the MGL-140. They may grab Snake and use a laser on him, just execute a roll with X when they latch on. _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Walkthrough (wlkt) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ Foreword -------- This walkthrough is, and I will emphasize this, made for a very basic run through. By that I mean, you want to just get through the game and you don't care if you kill your enemies and bosses or not. If you're looking to stamina kill bosses, then seek out the second walkthrough further down. I decided to loop No Kills/Alerts with the stamina boss killing strategies in one, since they go hand in hand with each other. This walkthrough is meant to be your first playthrough, whereas the second is geared toward those who have already beaten the game, and therefore want to get some unlockables by trying to get no alerts/kills and stamina killing the bosses. ***This guide was made to suit the Solid Normal difficulty. You may notice slight differences playing it on a different setting.*** _____ __________________________________________ (, / | _ / /---| _ _/_ / / / LIQUID SUN ) / |_(__(__ / / (act1) (_/ / / / _____________________/ Watch the cutscenes. After a few moments, you'll gain control. You'll start out at.... Middle East - Ground Zero ------------------------- From where you are now, get on your stomach and crawl under the nearby truck. You'll find a ration tucked away there. To continue, go to the other truck and crawl under it. If you take too long, this will be done automatically. Watch the next scene. When it's over, you'll be standing behind a bunch of crates with a fallen Rebel soldier near you. Walk over the gun near him to pick it up. You get an AK-102. Now just proceed forward. Don't bother shooting these guys around you; they're not your enemies. Just move north for another scene. All hell breaks loose when the Gekkos show up. After the scene, enter the door right next to your position. Climb up the stairs to the second floor. On the wall to your left is a big hole. Run toward it and hit X to roll out of the wall and onto the street below. Go left to the next street, then right at the corner. If a Gekko spots you, just run. At the corner turn right and take cover near the next street. There's a large opening across and to the north into a sanctuary of sorts. That's your destination, but DON'T run out there right away. Stay behind all the junk at the corner. Another Gekko will fall out of the sky and if you had run out there right away, it might have killed you instantly with the impact. Just stay where you are and let it pass by. If you use the junk and so forth for cover, you should be fine if it turns toward you. If it does see you however, run for it fast. Just get across the street and into that large opening for a bunch of scenes. When they're over, you'll get a Codec call from Otacon. Otacon will tell you to meet up with the Mk. II and that becomes your next objective. After that you'll be rewarded with OctoCamo. This is the function built into Snake's new suit that lets him mimic the appearance of surrounding surfaces, as you saw in one of the previous cutscenes. It will be one of the most valuable assets for Snake in this mission. Middle East - Red Zone NW Sector -------------------------------- From where you are now, turn around and go down the alley. You'll find a dead soldier there. Pick up his AK for some ammo. Head back and turn right twice to get onto the main street. Some soldiers are patrolling here. Stay under the roof and look for the opening on the right wall. Enter here and move forward. In the next room, there's a ration sitting in front of all the junk right across from the open doorway. You'll see a scene where an enemy APC will roll in and drop off more troops. Just keep moving forward in this room til you reach the door. Don't go out this way though. Lay down and crawl through the hole adjacent to the door. Inside here you'll find an Arsenal Compress, useful if you get any back aches. When you get out of the crawlspace, move out back to the street. While still crawling, turn the corner and stay in between the wall and the destroyed car. The APC vehicle has a sensor so you don't want it to spot you. Enter the door on your right when you get the chance. Inside is a dead soldier and a gun. Pick it up for more ammo, then keep moving toward that big pile of debris. Crawl again and you can slip underneath. You'll see a rebel solider get executed by a PMC. Stay still and wait for the PMC to move away. You can kill him if you want by headshotting him from the ground with your AK, but you might want to go with a more subtle tactic. It's up to you but we're gonna knock him out with some CQC. Get on your feet and slowly creep up behind him. Then press R1 and down on the Left Analog Stick at the same time. Snake will throw the enemy to the ground and knock him out. He'll also drop his gun, an MK. 17, which has an ID lock unfortunately, so you can't use it. Proceed down this alley where the pile of boxes are at the end. When you get close to the street, you'll see a solider prone there. Crawl and activate your OctoCamo. Just wait for the soldier to proceed forward. Another PMC soldier will also move forward, coming from the right. Wait for them both to pass, then crawl out of there and turn right. When the coast is clear, get on your feet and proceed toward the door behind the large container. Middle East - Red Zone ---------------------- You might remember this area if you watched the 15 minute gameplay trailer. The sad part is, you can't do everything that was done in that trailer, such as use a sniper rifle. Oh well. You can still camouflage yourself among the statues in front of you by climbing onto the pedestal with triangle, then pressing it again. Snake will blend in with the other statues. Unfortunately, it's not really useful since the only nearby patrol will soon slip out of sight. If you get spotted though, run back here if you'd like and use it. Also, blend in three times with the statues for something funny. Anyways, when you're ready, proceed up the stairs to the left of where you entered. As Otacon advises, use X to roll across the gap. There might be an enemy soldier beyond the doorway. If so, wait for him to move into the adjacent room. Take cover near the doorway here to blend in with the wall. Wait for him to come back into the room. Again, the choice is up to you whether you want to ignore him or not. I'm going to hold him up and shake him down for items. To do that, sneak up on him and when behind, point your gun at him with L1 to get him to throw his hands up and drop his gun. Move in front of him and let go of L1, then press Triangle to begin the search. Press Triangle when the prompts show up to find items, but time it wrong and you'll miss. Time it on the last prompt to knock the enemy out. Otherwise just CQC him. Holding up the enemies here may yield some new weapons though, like Stun and WP Grenades. With that taken care of, open the second nearby locker for a Playboy magazine. Useful for distracting enemies. Move out the doorway that the PMC soldier was hanging around at. Turn around and go down the stairs. In this room is another set of lockers, on which holds another Ration. Go back upstairs. Move toward the large opening in the wall there. Jump over the gap with Triangle and then just proceed. Stay prone here and just keep moving; if you're standing, you might attract the attention of another PMC soldier. Keep moving up this ledge to the very end. Here, you'll see a large green container below you. Drop down here. In the corner across from the container is a Compress. Use the container as cover and see if you can spot the enemy soldier. If he's coming toward you, just stay where you are. When he turns his back, go ahead and run out and turn right. In this alley, you'll see some more PMC soldiers ahead. There's a dumpster on your right if you need to hide. These two PMC soldiers will turn around and come down the alley toward you. Don't stay at the corner of the wall because they'll see you. Instead, move into the alley and just lay flat, using OctoCamo to hide yourself. The patrol will come down, peek in, and then move into the adjacent street. Now you can proceed. Turn right to face that first alley again, and enter the opening in the wall on your right for a scene. You get a bunch of new goodies now. For one, you've got the use of the Mk. II, which can help you do some recon. It has stealth so you can have it run around and stun enemies or pick up items for Snake. It has limited range though, like an RC car so send it out too far and you won't be able to use it. You also receive two new guns, an Operator pistol, and the Mk. 2 Pistol which is your standard tranquilizer gun. On top of that, you get the Solid Eye which has numerous functions, including personnel data, highlighting of items, better radar, and infrared/night vision functions. Schwing! Move forward. A group of PMC soldiers will fire on rebels down the way. Just sit tight and wait for them to move. When they're gone, get onto the street and lay low. If you want, tranq or kill the soldiers, or just let them keep moving. They'll all enter the barricades on the left. Creep up toward the two you can see easily. Tranq or kill them both. The Solid Eye makes dropped weapons and items easier to see. Keep picking up their stuff. Enter the barricade they've set up under that little roof. Take down any more PMC soldiers, then, scurry across the street to the other side. These guys are rebels, so they won't attack you. They don't exactly "like" you yet either though. We want the next part to go easily so let's change that. Take cover behind the sandbag barricade and look down the street. There's an enemy APC with a gun turret, which you can't do much about now. However, there are a few enemy soldiers taking cover near there. Take them down and the rebels will see that and appreciate the help, and therefore they will like Snake more. Let's seal the deal though. To the right of all the barricades is a doorway. It might be hard to see but it's there. There might be a rebel coming out of the door. Have a Ration or other healing item equipped, and walk up to him. Press Triangle when the prompt shows up and Snake will give the rebel the item. Do this and it will make any militias like you more, and may yield rewards as well. Give them more items if you wish, otherwise just proceed into the door. Middle East - Militia Safehouse ------------------------------- You're inside the rebels' underground base. Rebels are all around. If you did not help them you might have to treat this part like a sneaking mission. Avoid the rebels at all costs by using your OctoCamo. If you did help them out and gave some items, they probably still won't like Snake yet (unless you're playing on a lower difficulty in which case they're easy to please). In this case, you will have two options. The rebels will see you if you don't hide and they'll confront Snake as if he's an enemy, but they will only attack if you run away. If you stay still, they'll let you by. So you can just use sneaking tactics for the most part and if you're seen, don't move, and you can get through this part, no problem. If you want it easier though, keep picking up items you find around here (use the Solid Eye). For every soldier you come across, give him an item. Eventually, they will get hearts above their heads, which means they like Snake now and they won't confront him. Either way, proceed through, picking up items until you reach the room with all the chickens. Pick up some more items here, then proceed down the next hall. There's two rebels. Like I said before, if you can, try to appease them and hopefully they'll start to like Snake. If not, just wait for them to confront you and they should let Snake pass if you don't make any sudden movements. Turn left at this fork here and enter the room with some dead PMC troops. There's some items and ammo here, as well as a new gun, the GSR pistol. Pick it all up, then leave and go down the other fork. In this next room are the injured rebels. Again, if you haven't made them happy, you might want to use stealth here. There's only one uninjured soldier here that can actually see you though. There's some pentazamin on the crate to the left, some ammo near there at a soldier's side, and some ammo in the far right corner. Grab it all and proceed through the next corridor. Before going around the bend, look to your left. In an alcove here, you'll find an iPod song, the "Theme of Tara". Pick it up, and keep moving. In the next small room, there is some ammo to the right. In the next hallway is another rebel. Do what you have to and enter the next room. Here two rebels will be looking over the wing of one of those flying enemies. Go to the far door and into the next hall. Right here is another fork. Look in front of you though with Night Vision on. There's something under that table there right in front of you. Crawl under there to find, yes! The signature cardboard box! Turn left at the fork and enter the room. Pick up the items to find a whole mess of grenades, including regular, Stun, and Smoke. Leave and go down the other way. Here you'll find yet another fork. Turn down the right passage and into another small room. This one yields some much nicer rewards though. You'll find some ammo, among other things, but the most important find is the RPG-7 in the right corner, along with ammo. Wow, bet you didn't expect to get such a powerful weapon this early, huh? There's more though, open the lockers to get a Playboy, some AK ammo, and the Middle Eastern Militia disguise. This is the same outfit Snake wore in the opening scenes. Leave this room and go back to the original path. Proceed into another room with two rebels. The corridor after that leads you to a left to right hallway. On the left is some RPG-7 ammo, so pick that up, then go down the opposite way. In this last room you'll find some ammo, a Ration, and the Petro Bomb behind the pillar near the stairs. When you have everything, go up the stairs into the next area. Watch the scene. You'll meet Drebin and afterwards get a call from Otacon. When it's all over, you'll get another call, and then you'll have your hands on the M4 Custom. Now that you've met Drebin, you can start earning points in his shop to buy new guns and ammo for your existing arsenal. This will be helpful in completing the game. Whenever you find guns you already have, Snake will keep the ammo, and the gun itself will be sold to Drebin for points. Also, your performance in the game will now have a chance to earn you points. Have less alerts, less kills, consume less healing items, etc., and you will earn even more Drebin Points. You can also use the points to remove those nasty ID locks on new guns you find, plus you can customize existing weapons. Let's move on, your new objective, as already explained, is to find your informant. Middle East - Urban Ruins ------------------------- From where you are now, turn right down that little alley where the dead soldier is. Take his gun off his hands and you'll hear a chime sound. That means it was sold to Drebin, but you keep the ammo. Now exit this alley and continue forward. Enter the small alcove and then turn left. Proceed past the fallen soldier and enter the opening on the right. Turn right and go down this corridor. Pick up the gun and turn left. Climb up the ledge here and get the ammo, then drop down. Enter the opening here and you'll see two rebels ahead of you get picked off by PMC troops below. Grab their guns for more Drebin Points, then go into the opening on the left wall. Turn right to find a Compress near another dead soldier, then go back the other way. On the right will be another climbable ledge with a ration on top. Turn right here, then right again to another corridor. Proceed forward a little and a brief scene will show the ceiling collapsing. When it's over, move along and turn right, then enter the next space. Go up the makeshift ramp and then hug the wall with Triangle while standing. Use the Left Analog Stick to slide across the wall to the other ledge. If not, you'll have to shimmy across. Get on that ledge and into that opening there to slide down into the last area. Climb up the ledge at the end, turn right, and enter that hole there. A scene will start up after that. Middle East - Downtown ---------------------- You'll get the Drum Can after the scene which is a somewhat more useful item than the Cardboard Box. You can press X to put it on its side, and roll into enemies, but if you want to stay stealthy you should avoid that. Anyways, turn the corner and then proceed down the street, hugging the right wall. When you approach the car, turn right and then turn right again into the alley. Around the corner, you'll see some rebel troops. If they still don't like you by now, just fade into the wall with OctoCamo and let them run by. Otherwise, just keep moving and turn left at the street there. Some more rebels will run by. Follow them. They'll get picked off by snipers. Pick up their gear and then proceed into the next area. Lay down and crawl forward. There are snipers ahead of you, as well as other enemies lying in wait. Sneaking is possible, but it's much easier to take the enemies out. Plus, it will make the rebels like you more. Enter Drebin's Shop from the pause menu. Keep in mind on Wednesdays and Sundays, Drebin's prices are slashed by 20%. You should have enough points though for the M14EBR sniper rifle. Buy it and equip it right away. Crawl forward a bit and get behind the barricades. You can go prone here. Now use the rifle and spot the sniper on the high ledge to the far right. Using your scope will make it easier to find him. He's to the left of a telephone pole that's short circuiting. Pick him off first. Then turn your sights back to ground level. Across the plaza behind some sandbags are two other PMC soldiers. Snipe them both. To the left is the first floor window of the building directly across the way from your position. Another enemy will poke his head out every now and then. Pop him, then go up to the third floor with your scope and wait for another enemy. When they're all dead, the rebels will cheer which is good for you. Pick up any dropped weapons from the fallen rebels for much needed Drebin Points. Head across the plaza and into that first floor window (climb through with Triangle). Climb out the other side and then take cover on the right side of the adjacent alley by laying down. Make sure you stay to the right side. Two PMC sentries will come running down to the corner. You might as well pick them both off. Favor your Mk. 2 since it has a silencer. You don't want to give your position away. Take them both down and grab their stuff, then head down the way they came from, past the blue van. You need to stop here and lay down. Stop before that little spot of light on the wall there. Two more PMC troops will come out. Back up very slowly if you want to let them pass, but you'd be better off taking them both down quietly for their weapons for more DP. Proceed when ready, but be wary of another PMC soldier around the next corner. Take him out, then turn left. The alley runs back into the street, and there may be a few PMC soldiers there. One might get killed by rebel gunfire. Take the other or both out and grab their gear, then move to the right. Go prone and move between the ruined car and the wall. You'll reach another open area. The PMCs are on the right, and the rebels are on the left. The PMCs respawn very fast in this area though, so you're better off just ignoring them. In that case, your best course of action is to use the large ditch in front of you and just crawl past the enemy lines. However, if you want to take a risk, hug the right wall and sneak in past the PMC barricades. This will let you sneak up on them. Take them down fast. These two PMCs are replaced very, very fast so if you want, you can camp here and pick up some extra DP. It's not much though and honestly, probably not worth it because getting out of this little area is really tough without being seen by the replacement PMC soldiers. Still, you can try it if you wish. Just crawl through the ditch. A helicopter will start an airstrike above, but it shouldn't be a problem if you keep moving. When the coast is clear (use the camera to make sure you're out of the PMC soldiers' sight lines), get up and enter the door on the left. Middle East - Advent Palace --------------------------- No enemies here, so don't worry. Doesn't mean you can be lax though. There's a lot of traps here, some that are not as easy to spot as others. In the main room here, you'll find an AK on the table. Ahead of that is a Claymore, made easier to see if you turn on infrared on the Solid Eye. Claymores will go off if you get too close. Veteran MGS players will know how to disable these puppies. Crawl over them and Snake will procure the Claymore without it going off. This will also add it to your weapon inventory. Near the Claymore is a Playboy on the chair. Head to the stairs to the far left corner. Go up and there will be a fallen soldier. Pick up his AK for DP and the Ration nearby. Go up the stairs to the next floor. Head out onto the walkway to find a Compress. The rest is blocked off, as well as the next floor of the stairs, so get back on the stairwell and head down to the first floor again. Now move across to the other stairs, the ones near the door you entered. Go up and immediately you'll see a strange device resting there. It's a pop up Sleep mine. If you get too close, it releases gas that will knock Snake out for a short time. The good news is that all it can do is slow you down, since there are no enemies that can take advantage of you in this situation. Like Claymores, you can crawl over them and collect them as weapons. If you prefer, you can shoot them, but they are useful weapons in the right situations, so you might want to collect them. Proceed up the stairs when you're ready. On the next floor you'll find down the nearby walkway is a box of Stun Grenades, but resting in front of it, is another Claymore. Crawl toward them and pick up the Claymore first, then get the Stun Grenades. Head down the other walkway. There will be another Claymore guarding the next few rooms. Get it first, then explore these areas for some other goodies. In the bathroom are some Smoke Grenades, and in a room to the right there is a Claymore guarding some Instant Noodles. When you've got all that, head all the back to the stairs and go up to the next floor. This is the last floor, but the stairs still lead up. Turn on Infrared to see the Claymore right near you at the base of the next staircase. Grab it, then go up to the top to find a dead end, but also a pack of Instant Noodles. Head back down to explore the previous floor. Turn right and enter the doorway into the kitchen area. There's only ammo here, but in the room to the right of it, there's a Claymore guarding the iPod song, "Level 3 Warning". Pick it up, and some other stuff laying around, including a Ration in the restaurant room, then find the staircase at the end of the other side of the room. Head up to an outdoor area. Proceed from here into the bar room. Watch out for the Sleep Mine right there. There's a Regain on the car counter, and some ammo and some Instant Noodles in the corner. When you got it all, enter the doorway. Approach the red door in the hallway for a few scenes. At the end, Akiba's dimwittedness will cause the FROGs, the elite part of Liquid's army, to appear. When you finally have control, the shooting has already started and you're in the middle of your first unofficial boss fight. =====BOSS FIGHT - FROG UNIT================================================ | Right from the get go, you've got a few FROGs in the outdoor area you | |originally entered from. You've got Meryl and Rat Patrol Team 01 on your side| |though, and they have no problem killing some of these enemies for you. Still| |you want to help out so take aim at any nearby enemies with your M4 or other | |weapon. When they're down, a whole lot more will come flying onto the scene | |and land on the roof. Gun them down, as well as any others around the corner.| |Be sure you pick up the P90, which is the signature weapon of the FROGs. Not | |only is it one of my favorite guns, but it's actually a pretty decent weapon | |and I will be recommending it later on. When Meryl and her unit start moving,| |follow them downstairs into the next area. Here, on the opposite walkway, a | |whole lot of Frogs will show up. Some will also jump around and cling to the | |walls. Gun them down easily when they do this. For the others, take good aim | |(use the M14EBR if you need to) and shoot them down. Eventually though, move | |along the walkway to the other side where the unit is just standing around. | |Some more FROGs might be waiting on this adjacent walkway. Gun them down. | | You'll be warned of enemies behind you. Use the pillar as cover and | |look down the walkway you came from. A small group of FROGs will be waiting, | |with some bounding across the ceiling toward you. Make quick work of them, | |trying to use as few bullets as possible. Soon a FROG will swoop in from | |behind on the other walkway so don't let her get the jump on you. Rat Patrol | |will probably start moving at this point, so ignore the other FROGs or gun | |them down. Don't bother using Grenades on them because more often than not, | |they'll use the walls and ceilings to get away. Follow Meryl and her unit | |into the restaurant/kitchen area. Help them gun down more approaching FROGs. | |When the coast is clear, you'll reach the opposite walkway, where they | |attacked from originally. Follow Meryl down the stairs to the next floor. | | Some more FROGs will attack on the opposite walkway, as well as on the| |one above you. If aiming with the M4 becomes too difficult, try using the | |M14EBR. It's easy to get headshots with it and you'll spend less ammo. More | |FROGs will replace the fallen ones. Eventually though, Meryl will have her | |unit move on, so just follow them. They'll move into the bathroom and other | |adjacent rooms. More FROGs will swoop in though, coming from the room across | |from where Meryl is standing. A flashbang will knock Akiba out. Kneel over | |his body and hold Triangle to wake him. Take the FROGs down and any others | |that show up. Go to Johnny (Akiba) and he might drop items for you. If Meryl | |and her unit do not move, that means there are still some FROGs around. Make | |sure you grab the ammo the FROGs drop, you might also find a Five-Seven | |pistol on them. | | When they're dead, follow them into a hallway where a short scene. | |starts. When it's over, follow them down the hole. You can cut in front of | |Jonathan if you'd like, but be careful he doesn't drop down on top of you. | |You'll be on the other side of the first floor bar. There's some Instant | |Noodles tucked away if you need them. A bulldozer will come crashing through,| |letting more FROGs inside. Gun them all down with your M4 or M14EBR or other | |weapons. When they're all dispatched, follow Rat Patrol out the other door | |and into the next room for a scene. | =========================================================================== Jump down the elevator shaft, but grab the nearby ammo if you want first. At the bottom of the shaft, enter the next room and approach Meryl's unit again for another scene. You'll get Liquid's location, and getting to his camp is now your new objective. Middle East - Advent Palace Garage ---------------------------------- Nothing to do here but grab the dropped P90's from the FROGs killed in that cutscene. After that, proceed up the slope in the corner and then climb a ledge and over some boxes to reach the next area. Middle East - Crescent Meridian ------------------------------- Leave the corridor to reach the street where you'll see a whole bunch of rebel troops. A tank will then come bustling onto the scene with more rebels aboard. Move down the street, picking up any guns along the way, and enter the ruined building on your left, right near the barbed wire barricade. There's some Pentazamin there so pick that up, then jump out of the window and you'll be on the street with the tank. Use the tank as cover as it moves forward. You'll spot some PMC troops taking cover on the left. Kill or Tranq them, then grab their stuff. Move forward and pop a few more of them, then turn left down the alley there, but be very careful. Around the next corner is where the reinforcements come from and they'll spot you easily. So either wait and then pop them or take them head on. Climb the ladder here and get to the roof. A sniper should be there, laying down. Take him down, then on the far end of this rooftop youíre on, on the other side of the little penthouse, you'll find the Javelin. Call of Duty 4 players might remember this nifty little gun. It doesn't exactly work the same way, but it's a nice weapon all the same. Next, move across the walkway to the other rooftop and you'll find a Ration. Climb back down to ground level now. Move up along the street and you'll encounter more PMC troops. Take them down, and keep moving up. There will be more of them hiding behind a sandbag barricade. Take them down as well and that should quell the threat for now, and start up another rousing cheer from the rebels. Grab any guns and then proceed down the street. There's a barricade blocking your way, so instead move back a little, and on the left side of the street, under an awning, there should be a ladder. Climb up and go around the corner, then drop down to get on that street that was blocked off. Now, a rather surprising turn of events will take place in the form of a cutscene. Middle East - Millennium Park ----------------------------- Now that literally everyone is dead, go ahead and pick up all their guns for some extra DP. After that, proceed forward. Around the next corner are a pair of PMC troops. Lay down and use the OctoCamo, then quietly pick them both off with your Mk. 2 or other gun. Remember that having less kills will earn you more Drebin Points at the end of this Act, but if you've already accumulated a large number of kills, it won't matter. If you look to the right, you'll see the barricades, and an enemy APC with a PMC behind the turret, as well as another PMC standing before the gate. The logical solution may at first seem to include tranquilizing the PMC from afar, then getting the gunner so you can slip in. It's a nice strategy, but let's make it even easier. To the left of where all the barricades are, there should be an alley. It's around the same area where that previous PMC ends his walking routine. Find the alley (there's a dumpster inside), and against the right wall you can find an opening. Slip inside. To your immediate right, behind a stack of crates, you can find the iPod song, "Theme of Solid Snake". Now go upstairs. Be careful of a PMC patrolling; he might come up the hallway adjacent to the top of the stairs. Take him out, then continue exploring. If you go straight across from the top of the stairs, you can find some ammo on the ledge behind the crate. In the hall where the PMC came from is a door. Enter to find a Playboy to the left, then enter the next room ahead. You can find another door here and some holes in the floor. Enter the other door and you can find some Instant Noodles. Now drop through one of the holes. You'll land on the other side of the gateway. Two of the lockers here have ammo if you want to search, plus there's a Ration underneath the desk. Venture out into the plaza area. Just be cautious of a nearby PMC. Take him out from a far. We want to go across to the right side. See that metal shed? Go there but make sure no other soldiers can see you. Hurry over and approach the wall and that shed. There is a space between the two. Hug the wall with Triangle to slip in. On the other end, near the dumpster, you'll find the PSS. Pick it up, then lay down and use OctoCamo. Proceed forward slowly, tranquilizing any PMC troops you come across. There should be a pile of wooden planks and other supplies. On top is a Ration. Continue forward through the next gate. Here are a lot of tents as well as a big truck. There's a lot of troops here so stay low and don't go out too far. Bring down each enemy as you come across them, then head toward the wall behind the tents and find the red door. Enter here for some scenes. When it's all over, you'll be done with Act 1! _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Act 2 Mission Briefing |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ During this briefing, as well as all the others in the future, you can control the Mk. II. With the exception of the Act 5 briefing, you can pilot the Mk. II around and scour the plane, the Nomad, for items, or just get a different perspective on things. After you finish the next act, you can also use the Mk. II to get some special items during the briefings. When the scene eventually switches to the split screen, hit square to switch the camera view on the right to the Mk. II. Then press Triangle to put it on the big screen. Now hit L2 to make it full screen. For starters, go down the plane toward where the helicopter is and you should find a Battery on the left, near the chicken's cages. Now turn around, going back toward where Snake and Otacon are. Find the stairs on the right and move the Mk. II into them. It will eventually scale up to the top on its own. Turn the corner and you'll find Sunny's kitchen. Find some Instant Noodles nearby, and then to the right of the TV, some ammo. If you turn around from there, you can see something in the bathroom stall. Pick up the iPod song, "Boktai 2 Theme", then watch the end of the briefing. When it's over, you'll gain all the items the Mk. II picked up. _____ _ __________________________________________ (, / | ' ) / /---| _ _/_ ,--' / SOLID SUN ) / |_(__(__ /___ / (act2) (_/ / / _____________________/ Watch the following scenes. When you gain control you'll start out at... South America - Cove Valley Village ----------------------------------- From where you currently are, lay down and crawl up to the cliff edge. From here, you can get a good vantage point of the situation below. The PMCs have the rebels and are about to execute them. If you want to get in their good graces, you'd best save them. You can easily snipe the PMCs from here, but make sure you're blended in with OctoCamo first, or else you'll be spotted. Take out each PMC, using your sniper rifle and Night Vision on your Solid Eye. It will be morning soon, but you're gonna need it for now. Stay there and wait for more enemies to show up. The rebels will start fighting back and most of them will get slaughtered. Keep an eye out for more enemies coming out of the nearest house, and then farther down from there. When the coast is clear, drop down and start your search. In the first house, Stun Grenades, ammo, and a Playboy will be waiting for you. Keep Night Vision on to find them. In the house directly to the left of this one, you can find a few nice goodies. One is the Twin Barrel shotgun, some ammo, and the South American Rebel disguise. The house to the right of the first one you entered is broken down, so ignore it. Go to the barn like building next to it. Climb the ladder and you can find Pentazamin and a Ration. If you turn around, you'll see the SVD sniper rifle along with some ammo, but it's across a large gap. Sometimes you can traverse this gap simply by running and rolling at the right time, but more often than not, that won't be enough. Get a head start, run, and hit X to roll, then mash the Triangle button, and Snake will grab the ledge. Hit it again to pull yourself up and collect the SVD. Now drop down and head over to the next house. That one is also ruined, so move to the next one. Under the porch are some Smoke Grenades. Inside you'll find the iPod song, "The Fury", as well as some ammo. You're done here, now move out to the right, into the open valley. If you saved some of the rebels, they might be waiting up ahead. They might have also been killed while you were scrounging up items so don't get too excited. Either way, keep NV on and start sniping the PMC troops you find, or, if you prefer, just get close and hit them with the Mk. 2. Continue up the trails, climbing ledges until you get onto the upper ledges. Search the bodies of the PMC soldiers and you might find the G3A3 assault rifle. Continue up the ledges until you pass a small hut. In the canyon there, you'll be led to the next part. You'll get a Codec call. When it's over, meet up with some more rebels. Follow them up the way and they'll encounter more PMCs. If any of your fellow rebels die in the ensuing bloodbath, check their corpses for weapons. Among other things, you might get the Twin Barrel, if you forgot to get it at that house, and the M10. Keep going, backing up your rebel friends but also trying not to get spotted at the same time. At a cabin you'll find some ammo, along with more enemies. Proceed through the valley to the right after that, and you'll enter the next area. South America - Power Station ----------------------------- You'll get another codec call. After that, proceed forward with more rebels. Stay to the left, and look for the opening on the right. Stay low here and look for the snipers on the ledge ahead. Pop them both, then proceed forward, crossing over to the right side. Across the field will be the PMCs, and they'll be engaging your rebel friends for eternity, so there's not much point in sticking around. Just silence who you need to proceed, and hug the right wall. You can find a Ration tucked away in a small basin, and then a trail nearby that leads up to the top of the cliff. There's another Ration here, plus a mortar that you can fire on the PMCs. When you're done, jump down, and go along the perimeter of the power station. Be careful the enemies on the left don't spot you. Move carefully and when you get to the opening in the gate on the left, be wary of two more PMCs that might spot you. Take them out from afar and then enter the area. Look for an MP7 drop. Enter the building and you should find a Ration and some C4. Grab both and you can wait for the rebels to blow up the generator for the Power Station, which might come in handy in a little. Either way, leave and proceed again, along the perimeter and you'll start up a cutscene. After it's all over, proceed down the road into the next area. This is where you need to make a decision. There's two paths here. Each go to the Confinement Facility, but they take very different routes. The right path will put you right into the heart of the action and will lead you directly to the facility where a lot of good stuff awaits. If you go left however, you will enter the Confinement Facility area from a different spot, and there will be less PMCs around and it's very easy to slip in. There will also be a fork here that can let you go to the facility or take a shortcut and skip it completely. I personally prefer the right path since it's not too easy and I like getting in on the action. However you should definitely go down the left path at least once and pick up some new stuff because it's definitely worth it. So what I'm gonna do is advise you to take the left route for now, but we'll swing back to the facility as well. Listen (read) closely. Go ahead and take the left path here and if you watched the rebels take out the power station, they'll be with you. If not, there will be PMCs here so be careful. There's a lot of items around here so look carefully. The most important find is the XM8 carbine rifle under small wooden roof. This is a nice rifle and I like using it aside from the M4. It's the same one that Rat Pt. 01 uses. Anyways, continue through this path and watch out for more PMCs if you have to. Eventually, you'll enter the next area. South America - Confinement Facility ------------------------------------ You'll be in the rocky area. There will be a road directly before you that goes left and right. Left leads to the prison area and a shortcut, while the right leads to the facility. We eventually want to explore both but for now, go left. Just stay on top of the rocks and look for PMCs. Continue and get on the high ridge and follow this path along until you can see the prison area which is comprised of a few small buildings and a guard tower. From the ridge, you can easily snipe three or more of the PMCs here if you'd like. Sneak in and go to the first building you see. There are rebels being held prisoner in here. Go around and take out the guard in the doorway and they will be freed. They'll help you take out the rest of the PMCs. There are a lot of items around here, in the various buildings and underneath, and outside, etc. Take down the PMCs and do some searching. Our prime reason for being here is one weapon in particular. In a room in the building with a big hole in the floor, you will find the VSS. It's a silenced sniper rifle. Schwing! This is what we came for, so you can leave. If you look down the road, it leads into what looks like a mine shaft entrance. This leads to the next area. This is the shortcut for the Confinement Facility, but we don't want that. Turn around now and go all the way back down the road in the opposite direction. Eventually the road will bring you to the facility. Before we go there however, there is something we need to find in what I call the big countryside area, which is what you would have first seen if you took the right fork from the Power Station. Turn away from the facility and enter this very large and open area. The PMCs are fighting with the rebels across the way. Go across the small creek and up the hill toward the road. Take out the PMCs along the way and go to their sandbag barricades. The one nearest to the road has an item box near it. That's the FIM-92A, better known as the Stinger Missile Launcher. Scwhing! Good coincidence since you can probably see there's a helicopter nearby. You can use this to take it out (if you want). There will also be an enemy APC on the road so take that out (again if you want) with an anti-tank missile or just ignore it and turn back. Go back toward the facility from the way you came or by passing the APC. We got one more important item to find. When you can, enter the facility from the left wall. Find the first door and walk in to find the barracks. You'll find a Playboy here, as well as the iPod song, "Metal Gear 20 Years History (Part 3)". Go down the hall and enter the next door. In this small storage area you'll find some more healing items. That is not the most important find however. Inside this small room will be a package of... could it be? Are the legends true? o_O Chaff Grenades! (cue Legend of Zelda "Link got a..." music) Yes, these babies which are now a rarity can be found here. Grab them, then continue to the mess hall, where some Instant Noodles wait. There's nothing else here so move on. Go up and find the small little house inside the facility walls. In here you'll find a bunch of ammo, but more importantly, the M870 Custom, a very nice shotgun, and one weapon heavily favored for stamina killing the bosses. With that in hand, move on to the next area, through the small valley up ahead. You can also reach this next area by turning around and taking that "shortcut" path I mentioned, but it's a long walk so I'm not going that way. Just keep going for now. South America - Vista Mansion ----------------------------- You're almost there. Meet up yet again with some rebels. Not too far ahead of your current position, is a PMC troop walking about unknowingly. If you don't take him out, the fighting will begin momentarily anyway. Help the rebels take out any PMCs, always looking to the right. The PMCs stay on the hill to the right and the one above you. Keep your rebel friends covered while moving up the hill to the large gate. Keep low and don't get spotted. Eventually when you reach the top, a scene will show a bulldozer charging in. Otacon advises you to give it cover, but it really doesn't matter. Eventually it will bust down the gate, and you'll be given access to the mansion grounds. Proceed in. The PMCs will gun your friends down. Check the bodies and one of them should be carrying the M72A3, the anti-tank missile launcher, and another, the PKM. Scwhing! From the entrance, proceed to the left, into the garden area. Stay on the outer perimeter and swing to the left side of the doorway where the PMCs are shooting from. Take them out then when the coast is clear, enter the door. Inside, you'll hear some PMCs talking. One will come running down the stairs in the next room and into this room. Hide on the red carpet if you want, or just go ahead and rush both of these enemies on the stairs. Either way, when it's safe, proceed into the next room. There are the stairs leading up, but if you want, go down the hall to the right and search the room for Pentazamin. Go down the next hallway into the dining room for some ammo. After that, go back and go up the stairs. There's nobody waiting up here, so just turn the corner, and go down the hall and into the next room. Find the door that leads to the roof. There may be enemies here so be careful. Proceed to the left and find the small deck with the opening in the floor. Drop down and enter the cellar. Go through the corridors, and you'll find some Instant Noodles and some ammo. Keep going and you'll find a small store room with a bunch of goodies, including Stun Grenades, normal Grenades, a bunch of ammo, as well as a Ration and a Compress. Keep going down the corridor and you'll find the ladder. South America - Research Lab ---------------------------- There are a few scenes to watch here. Sit back and enjoy for now. When it's over, you've got a fight on your hand, with a much bigger one looming. The FROGs will be your opponents for now, so figure out how you want to go about this. They will come in by units of two, only one at a time. You can hide out under the bed nearby and wait for them, then cap them both. It's a slow approach but it gets the job done. If you prefer a more direct approach, hunt them down and take them out using the M4, and utilize cover to reduce the damage you take. Make use of the radar to know where they are and get the jump on them. Try to avoid getting close; CQC usually only works if you try to throw them down to the ground. If you try and grab them normally, the FROGs can counter this so avoid doing that. When you dispatch the first two, another two will show up, and so on. When you take out all four units, the boss will call out to you. It's time to fight. =====BOSS FIGHT - LAUGHING OCTOPUS========================================= | Right off the bat, you'll have Octopus in front of you. Unload on her | |with your M4. You might also want to use one of the new guns like the PKM or | |something else, but it's your choice. I prefer the M4 because it doesn't make| |things too easy. If you do decide to use the M4, I recommend you go ahead and| |customize it if you have not already. Select it in Weapons from the Pause | |menu and hit L2 to customize. Add a grenade launcher attachment to it. It | |will come in handy. | | Fend off Octopus in the lab room and she'll ball up and release some | |black mist. She use it to vanish, much like a real Octopus would. Now here is| |where the fight getscreepy. Octopus will use her camo unit to hide, and all | |the sounds and music and her abrupt outbursts will keep you on your feet. The| |goal is to locate her before she gets the jump on you and keep depleting her | |health. First, we'll outline her attacks. | | Octopus will mostly fire at you with a gun. It does little damage but | |if it goes unanswered, it can deplete your health fast. She may also try to | |grab and electrocute you with her tentacle. Later on in the fight, when she | |balls herself up, she may start a rolling attack. It's hard to avoid unless | |you can climb onto a box or onto the bed in one of the rooms. Octopus will | |also commonly send out floating bombs when he vanishes. These will actively | |seek you out. You can shoot them all down, but if you want to save ammo, it's| |better to let them touch you. The bombs will not explode on contact. Instead,| |you can hear the beeping which counts down to their detonation. The bombs | |will stick to Snake until they go off. Just let them latch on, then start | |running and do a roll to shake them all off at once. That outlines the | |attacks of Laughing Octopus. | | When she disappears the first time, you'll be tasked with tracking her| |down. She can mask herself as just about anything, which makes it difficult. | |Luckily, you have a tool on your side that can make this much easier. Use the| |Infrared function of your Solid Eye. It will illuminate Octopus wherever she | |hides. Also pay attention to the radar. When she speaks, the sound will show | |her location on the radar. Most often, after her first disappearance, she | |will appear in one of the hallways and blend in with the wall. Fire on her | |from afar and she'll vanish again, usually dropping some bombs. Shake them | |off and then find her again. | | The rest of this fight will consist of you finding her hiding spots | |and unloading on her. She may hide in any of the following locations: the | |painting at the end of one of the halls, on the ceiling, in the small store | |room in a box, in the lab room as a small machine connected to the ceiling, | |and as a marionette. Use your Solid Eye Infrared and you can find her easily | |for most of these spots. When she's in the store room, you can see the | |tentacles coming out. When she's hiding as the marionette, she's lit up like | |a Christmas tree, and as you'll notice, the real marionette is in the | |opposite room. In the lab, fire on the machine, not the tentacles. | | Halfway through, she'll disguise herself as the Mk. II and even mimic | |Otacon's voice. She'll call you and have you turn the corner. Call Otacon and| |he will not have any knowledge of this. When you turn the corner and see the | |Mk. II, do NOT get too close. She's set some mines, so stay where you are and| |shoot it from afar to shake her disguise. She'll disappear again after that. | |Keep finding her and shooting her. Eventually she'll stop disappearing and | |crash through the windows to confront you. Just unload on her with your M4 | |and if she jumps onto the ceiling, use the grenade launcher attachment. Just | |be careful if she rolls into a ball and starts coming after you. Climb onto | |something if you can to avoid it. | | Eventually as the fight winds down, she'll change her face to resemble| |Naomi's. Just shoot her and that will end that. After this, the fight will | |start to wind down. Octopus will stop hiding and just continue to come after | |you at this point. Just keep shooting her and use healing items if needed, | |and you should win in time. | =========================================================================== Watch the scene. Surprisingly enough, the fight isn't over just yet! =====BOSS FIGHT - LAUGHING BEAUTY========================================== | She'll stagger toward you slowly. Laughing Beauty has no weaponry to | |harm you, but if she gets close, she'll grab you and slowly drain your life. | |If this happens, wiggle the Left Analog Stick to shake her off, then press | |Triangle when prompted to throw her down. | | Back up slowly and keep your gun pointed on her. She'll sidestep at | |certain moments, making it difficult to land an accurate shot, especially if | |you use a pistol. Her sidestepping may make it difficult to deplete that | |health, but good aiming and reactions will make it easier. | | Now is also a great time to search for items as well. Just be careful | |if you stray too far from Laughing Beauty. She'll come after you much faster | |when there's distance between you. When you're ready, start unloading on her | |and when all her health is depleted, the fight finally ends. | =========================================================================== For winning this fight, you get FaceCamo, and a call from Drebin. As he will explain, FaceCamo can be used to make Snake even harder to find when using OctoCamo. Personally, I didn't use it all that much, but sometimes in tight spots, it can be useful. The one detraction about it is that it shows up in cutscenes. Anyways, when you're done, you'll be in the next area. South America - Mountain Trail ----------------------------- You've got to find Naomi, and you'll get a Codec call with some good tips. The paths are littered with footprints that you can see with Infrared. The trail splits in many different directions though, so it's going to take a bit of guesswork to track her down. There is only one true path, and some others are just traps. there are a few worth exploring however for extra items. For now, just follow the trail a ways. You'll be able to find a Ration in a small basin on your right. Keep going until the trail turns and opens up into a larger area. Here there are three paths: left, middle, and right. The right path is really just a shortcut back onto the path you came from, so it's useless. The middle path will take you to a dead end where a PMC soldier is relieving himself. Yes. Go ahead and hold him up while his back is turned, or whatever you want to do. There's also some ammo here. Turn back and take the left path now. This will take you to a bridge. Cross it to reach the next fork. Here, an enemy soldier is patrolling. Go ahead and hold him up, shake him down for items, etc, or just take him down. Three paths lay before you again. The right trail is the correct one, so let's check the others out first. The center path, with the sort of makeshift clothesline above it will be our first choice. Go down this way and you'll find a small house. Aw, look at the happy guinea pigs! Err, anyways... The house is inhabited by another PMC, and he'll spot you if you enter, so make it easy and toss a Stun Grenade so that it just lands inside the doorway to incapacitate him. Grab more Stun Grenades inside, as well as a Playboy outside under the small roof. On the right side of the house, you will find the PSS handgun. If you got one already, you'll just trade it in for Drebin Points. Head back and take the left path now. Here you'll find some Instant Noodles, but Infrared will reveal that they are well guarded by a Claymore. Don't rush up and grab the noodles. Crawl to them to grab it and the Claymore too. Head back now and take the right path. Here you should see a PMC soldier laying on the hill in front of you. Take him out from afar. When you move farther, you might spot an object laying on the ground. It's a handkerchief, maybe belonging to Naomi. It seems you're on the right track. Three paths here. The left one is a dead end that will just lead you back to the small house you were at before, but there's a Ration there to grab. The other two paths lead to the same place, but the right one will take you on a more scenic route. Choose that one. On the way, you'll find a bra strewn across the rock face there. Hm... seems like we're getting... warmer. You'll come across a small ruined house with two guards, one patrolling, the other inside. Just take out the one in the open and either use a Stun Grenade like before, or try to coax him out by tapping on the side of the building. When they're down, pick up any goodies, then continue to the next spot. In the next section, there will be one guard sort of dozing off. Just take him down and now look at your next few paths. There's a left one and a right one. They will both take you to the same place, but favor the left one. You'll end up coming to a place where all the grass is strangely flattened. A crop circle? Then, you'll hear a voice, saying lines very familiar if you played MGS2. When it's over, you'll score a bonus of Drebin Points. This is the first of many audio flashbacks. You'll encounter a whole bunch of these later on. Now cross the river and you'll see the footprints, again, split into multiple directions. Again, either path is fine, they'll both take you to same place, but know that the right path has two FROGs on it. One is hiding behind a log, and the other around the corner from there. You should hopefully get a Codec call if you approach them, giving you a valuable piece of advice. The FROGs can hear the faint sound emitted from the Solid Eye's Infrared mode. So avoid using it when you get near them, otherwise they'll get suspicious and come toward your position. If you choose left or right, you'll wind up in the same spot. Three paths again here. The left and middle paths lead to the same spot, but take different routes. The right-hand one is a trap, and if you go down it, you will hear Naomi's voice. It will lead you to a small hut. It sounds like Naomi is in there and is in danger, but it's just a trap. If you use the Infrared, when you come down the path, you might notice the FROG laying in wait on the hill in the distance. This FROG spotting you entering the hut is what triggers the trap and if you fall for it, you'll be surrounded. So cap this FROG from a distance, and you can safely proceed. Inside the small house are some Smoke Grenades, as well as a portable stereo playing a recording of Naomi's voice. Shoot it, since it's annoying. Outside the house you'll find a Regain and some Sleep Mines. Pick them all up and head back. You now have two paths, and as I said before, they lead to the same place. The left path is better strategically as it will let you see both FROGs before they can spot you. Just be careful with that Solid Eye. If you took the right path and had Infrared on, one of the FROGs would have detected it and come snooping. Also, on the left path, you can find a Ration tucked away in the small basin. Continue to follow the footprints through the small valley. In this next area, a lone PMC will be standing dangerously close to a Claymore. You can probably sneak up on him, but I did that once and both he and myself got blown up by the Claymore. I survived, but... my friend wasn't so lucky. Oh well. Do what you wish, and collect the Claymore if you can. Again you have three paths. The center and right paths go to the same spot, so go to the left first. You'll find some guinea pigs and some items. Now take either path, preferably the center one. You'll find a small grassy area with a very hard to spot FROG. She can spot you easily, very easily, especially if you have Infrared on. Don't let her see you. Take her down and she might drop the DSR-1 sniper rifle. Although I like the SVD for its old school feel, I have to say, I love the DSR's targeting reticle. Continue down the next path. In this area is one PMC. Take care of him and then turn right down the trail which will take you to the area you would have wound up at if you had taken the right path at the previous fork. Go down the right path here to wind up at the area that was overlooking the "trap" house with Naomi's voice recording. If you recall, it was watched by a FROG. If you killed her, just grab the RPG-7 nearby, and if you have one already (which you should), it will sell for good DP. If you tranquilized the FROG, she might have awoken by now so be careful. Head back and take the next path straight ahead, to the right. It's the one sort of blocked off by a big rock. This trail is just a big horseshoe with a path dissecting it through the middle. A PMC patrols the outer trail if you want to get him. Otherwise, just go through the center path and find the entrance to what seems like a mine. Go inside for a scene. After it's over, you'll start a short segment riding on top of Drebin's APC. Get close to the gun turret and press Triangle to man it. Fire it with R1 like you would any other weapon. You'll start off at the mansion grounds, and some PMCs in armored suits will come through the gate. Fire on them at will, but be careful of all the PMCs surrounding you. Their nanomachines have them all befuddled and they will try to climb Drebin's APC to get to you. If you don't care about high kill counts, just shoot them with the turret if you can. If they get on, take them out with heavy firearms or they'll knock Snake off the turret. Take care of the suited enemies. Drebin will eventually drive off. In the next area, a whole mess of Gekkos will create a road block. Oh ****. Well, that's what you'd normally say when confronted by so many Gekkos, but fortunately, the turret is more than enough to handle them. Fire on their heads and they will go down without too much trouble. The annoying part here is that when they blow up, it causes large clouds of dust and smoke to kick up, which will effectively block your view for a few seconds. Don't let any Gekkos get too close. You get nice bonuses of Drebin Points for each one you destroy. They also don't count as kills since they're unmanned. Eventually Drebin will speed off again. When you start the next area, another APC will attack. Focus on the green doors here and fire at the drums nearby which might weaken the doors' strength. The APC will attack again so fire at it with the turret and it will stop. Now focus on the doors again until they are both blown off. This starts up the final area. More Gekkos block your way. Keep firing away and Drebin will pilot the APC up a long road, where even more of these things try to block you off. Keep that trigger finger steady and eventually you'll turn right into a small valley. The Gekkos will give chase so keep firing. Eventually Drebin will say "Don't fall off!" and that means you're in the clear. You enter the next area and a scene will start. South America - Marketplace --------------------------- Impressive stuff eh? After the scene ends, you're in the middle of a very dangerous area. Otacon is waiting up ahead but this area is filled with Gekko. No time to fight them or hide, just keep moving! Stick to the left and under an awning. There's some ammo there if you need it. Move up and then left again into the small alley. When you turn the corner, a bunch of scared villagers run by and a Gekko comes running from out of nowhere. Crap. Throw on the Solid Eye and you can see the Gekko's weak points. We don't have time to destroy it, so just disable it. Fire a few Mk. 2 rounds into its legs and it will fall. Now quickly run past it and turn the corner. Turn left again and carefully pass the other Gekko. This is the last stretch, through a street lined with merchant stalls. Hurry down and yet another Gekko will block your path. Quickly use the same method as before. It's your best option because just trying to get past it won't do. The Gekko can deliver a swift and very powerful kick that will knock a huge chunk off your health. Just tranquilize the legs again and the path will be unbarred. However, before proceeding, check the very last stall on the left. Behind that stall you can find more Chaff Grenades! That's two packs, for a total of 4 grenades (assuming you haven't used any yet). Remember the location and move forward. When it's over, Act 2 ends with it. _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Act 3 Mission Briefing |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ After the introductory scene, you get that split screen thing again. As said earlier, use Square to change the camera view in the small screen to the view from the Mk. II, then Triangle to switch it to the bigger screen, and then L2 to make it full screen. We have some things to get here, so let's start the search! First I'll mention something I hinted at before. Now that you have FaceCamo, you can use the Mk. II to collect some new FaceCamos to wear. To earn them, you have to ram into certain characters with the Mk. II. Right when you gain control, your first target is Otacon. Ram into him with the Mk. II and you'll hear that "item collected" sound. That means you got it. You could also get this one from the Act 2 briefing, but since you didn't have FaceCamo back then this is the earliest you can get it on your very first playthrough. Ramming into characters only works when they're standing. Both Naomi and Sunny have some FaceCamo for us to get, but they're both sitting down now. We'll have to wait. For now, go to the area directly behind Sunny's computer and you will find the Camera. Schwing! Now go upstairs into the kitchen. Snake is there. Right next to him is the iPod song, "Shin Bokura no Taiyou Theme". Near that is another Battery, and in the bathroom is a Compress. Get these and head back downstairs with Snake. You can also find some ammo near the back (front of the helicopter) but I was full on both of them. Just watch the scene unfold for now. Eventually after a lot of talking, Snake will walk over to Raiden. Shortly after that, Naomi will get up. You can ram her (lol, innuendo) with the Mk. II and get another FaceCamo. After some more talking, Naomi will ask to take Sunny's seat and when Sunny gets up, you can bump into her too for the last FaceCamo in this briefing. In fact, it's the last one you can get from here on out, but there's still one more. Watch the rest of the briefing and when it's over you'll gain all the items, including FaceCamo for Otacon, and two for Raiden. Now, Act 3 begins.... _____ _ _________________________________________ (, / | ' ) / /---| _ _/_ -( / THIRD SUN ) / |_(__(__ (__ ) / (act3) (_/ / / ______________________/ Watch the scenes. When it's over you'll get a Codec call from Otacon outlining your objective. After it's over, you gain a few new items. There's the Signal Interceptor which may be important although not necessary in helping you through this next part. You also get the Civilian Disguise, and two new FaceCamo for a younger look on Snake. Your objective is to locate Big Mama, leader of the Paradise Lost resistance group. To do that though, you'll need to find a resistance member and tail him back to their hideout. The first half of this act will consist of you just finding a resistance member and following him. The key is to stay behind him and not make any noise and just follow him throughout the city, and also avoid the PMC troops at the same time. You have the Civilian Disguise, and for me, I like wearing it the whole way through if I can. I don't know why, it feels more appropriate, as if it's from some kind of movie where one guy is following the other down dark city streets and alleys. Weird I suppose but that's just me. If your location might become compromised at any time, switch to OctoCamo. A few things I want to note. The routes I laid out are basically the path you follow him if nothing goes wrong. Even still, I've had to take alternate routes sometimes because the resistance member just decides to walk down different streets. I'm not sure if this has to do with different difficulties, or just a random variable added. So on that note, here's a few tips to help you out, even if you don't end up following him the same way. Use the Solid Eye, both regular mode and Infrared. It's dark and if you can't see him, both functions will help out. The radar particularly when Solid Eye is on, it will show you where he is based on the whistling and his movements. Eastern Europe - Midtown S Sector --------------------------------- You start out at the street corner. You have the Signal Interceptor in your item inventory already. It will give you a very broad area (indicated on your map by a bright orange square) in which you may find a resistance member. If you're lucky though, you won't need to use it even once. From where you are, go around the corner and up the street, and a scene will take over. You'll find a resistance member coming out of hiding. You can always identify them by their trademark whistling (vaguely sounds like an MGS theme). He will walk across the street to the right. Start following him, but don't run and don't let him see you. Again, if you prefer, just ditch the disguise and use OctoCamo. The resistance guy will go down the sidewalk, then cross the street to the left, then continue down and go around the corner. You can either follow directly or take the nearby stairs. Around the corner there will be a PMC. The resistance guy can't get any closer unless the PMCs are neutralized. If they aren't, the resistance member will just turn around and find another route. So either follow him and try to pop the PMC with your MK. 2, but at the same time, not letting the resistance member see you. Around the corner to the right, there is yet another PMC. Do the same and our guy can move on. You could just go up the stairs and get a better vantage point and try to get both PMCs from up there, then drop down from the walkway further up and wait for our guy. Or instead of using the tranquilizer, you can use the Mk. II, Otacon's little bot. Either way, he'll turn left from where the second PMC is and turn the corner there. He'll pass some cars, go down the street, then turn and enter the park. To the left of the park staircase is a Compress. Go in and follow him. He'll follow the cobblestone path for a while, but after he passes some statues, he will stop. At this point, you should hide. He's going to turn around and come back to the statue on the left to relieve himself. You can just use OctoCamo nearby or hide behind the shrubs. You can also use the OctoCamo statue trick by climbing up on the ledge and hitting Triangle. After the guy has done his business, he'll move on. Get low and get close to the drum at the corner, but not any closer. To the let are two PMC guards. They'll prevent our guy from moving on so take them both down from afar with your MK. 2. Our guy will then move on and exit the park, walk across the street and get on the other side of a big ramp. Follow him and then up the ramp itself He'll follow the wall and go around the corner, approach some cars and go down a staircase. If you go left from the top of the stairs there's a Ration tucked under the small awning. Follow him down the stairs and the next part will consist of you following the resistance member as he ducks into various doorways. Just stay behind him as he slips into all these nooks. He moves on and eventually crosses to the other side of the street and hides there. Wait for him to move again and he'll start running to the right and then turn into the opening there. Follow him and you will enter the next area. Eastern Europe - Midtown NE Sector ---------------------------------- We're gonna ditch our friend for a few minutes. Don't worry, the diversion will be worth it. As you will notice soon upon entering this area, there are four PMCs posted, as well as a helicopter making searches with its light. While our friend maneuvers around them, go ahead and either try to sneak by on the left, or better, just tranquilize all four PMCs. Now slip by and you can find some Instant Noodles behind where they were standing. More importantly, there is a road to the left of where they stood, it goes up a hill sort of. Go down here to enter the next area. Eastern Europe - Midtown NW Sector ---------------------------------- Just a ways up, you'll see a path going left and right. On your left you should see two PMCs. Carefully peek out from cover and tranquilize them both without them seeing you. When they're down, proceed past them and you should see the area behind them. It's like a small canal sewage drain of some sorts. You can hang over the ledge of the solid walls (not the railing like walls), or just go up the canal to the ladder and drop down that way. Just be careful of another helicopter and other PMCs. When you get down, you can find some ammo, and among other things, lots of rats. There is one very interesting pick up here though, and that's a Stinger, or just ammo if you got it already in Act 2. Anyways, your main goal here is an underground tunnel. Find it on one side of the canal and walk through to one more area. Eastern Europe - Midtown Central Sector --------------------------------------- Again, you're in another sewage canal. Comb both sides for items, but the item that we're solely looking for, the whole reason you're taking this detour, is above you. Find a ladder and climb up. Not far from there, tucked away in the corner, you should find them. Throw Infrared on to help you. There they are. Chaff Grenades. You can go ahead and search for other stuff, but when you're done, head all the way back and retrace your steps. Back into the ditch, into the tunnel, out of the other ditch, past the PMCs again and back all the way to... Eastern Europe - Midtown NE Sector ---------------------------------- Ok, we have to find our friend again. He's usually found in the same spot and that is to the right of the PMC patrol/helicopter search area. The rightmost road is where he should be. Find him and tail him again. He'll try and sneak behind two PMCs. Stop where you are and try to tranquilize both of the PMCs quickly. Otherwise, our friend will accidentally make noise and they will spot him. They will try to take him in, and then you'll be forced to tranquilize them anyways before they take him away. After he's freed he usually runs away scared and hides for a moment, and he might come toward you so try to avoid this by taking the PMCs out fast. Afterwards, he'll eventually make his way down that street as it enters a big intersection. Stay somewhere out of sight and watch him. He'll turn down one alley and stop, then start running again. Follow him and you'll both wind up in the next area. Eastern Europe - Midtown N Sector --------------------------------- Around the corner you'll hear some sort of rustling noise. There's an opening on the left but don't go in. Stay back and wait, and a PMC will stroll out. Wait... something's fishy here. Yes, it is, it's our resistance member! Somehow he has gotten PMC threads and now can travel incognito and pass by the other PMCs no sweat. Unfortunately for you, this means if you want to follow him, you might have to take some of those PMCs down. You can also tell it's the same guy by the same old whistling, and also by looking at him with the Solid Eye equipped. You can see the blue color, which means he's not an enemy. Keep that in mind. Follow him out the alley into the street. Stay there where the alley and road meet and look down the hill. Two PMCs are waiting. Our guy can slip through, but they will be a problem for us. Try to hit them both with your Mk. 2 from afar. Then follow the PMC disguised resistance member around the corner, where he will meet up with three other PMCs! Oh boy. Follow them slowly. If you lost track of the resistance member, just use the Solid Eye. He's the only one that shows up as "blue". One PMC will turn right down an alley. At the next intersection, another will turn left, while the last PMC and our guy will turn right. Follow them down the sidewalk for a few moments. The last real PMC will turn right. Don't follow our guy though, follow this PMC. He'll duck into a small alley. Go ahead and CQC him with the throw down, or just hold him up, or whatever. Make sure he's out. Nearby in this alley, you should find the iPod song, "On Alert". Nice. Return outside and find our resistance member. Follow his trail again. He'll have slipped into the alley directly across the street. Follow him in and at the corner, you can find a Ration. As you proceed down the adjacent corridor with him, Otacon will mention vehicle patrols. You're getting very close to end of this part, so don't get caught now by the vehicle patrols. You can hear the big jeep coming and see the headlights, so prepare with OctoCamo or just use the Drum Can item. As you turn the corner leading to the exit of this alley, you should see the first of these vehicle patrols whiz by. Follow the resistance member across the street, and he'll stay on the sidewalk for a while. Watch for another patrol coming by, so use the Drum Can to hide. After that, keep following our guy. His goal is at the end of this road so don't blow it now. Watch for one more patrol at the last intersection. Then down from there, the resistance member will slip into an alley. Make sure you're either out of sight or using the Drum Can and not moving as he takes one peek around and might spot you. When he slips into the alley, he'll ditch the disguise and walk back out. Now he goes to the left. Follow him this way, and you'll finish with the commencing of a cutscene. Some really mind blowing cutscenes will take place. Very mind blowing. When it's all over you'll receive the Vz. 83, a small submachine gun. The next part is going to be a long motorcycle chase with a lot of enemies and a lot of shooting. I highly recommend you ditch the Vz and instead choose something else. Your weaponry is limited during this part to submachine guns and pistols, but any that you use will have infinite ammo. I personally prefer the P90, you know that nifty gun you picked up from the FROGs. I find it's a bit more accurate, and it has a better ammo clip. Pick that or some other submachine gun from Drebin's shop and let's get started. Right from the get go, you'll be forced to take a detour because of Gekko. You can't do much about them during this sequence so just concentrate on the enemy soldiers and FROGs. You'll see some down the next street, but if you decide to shoot, be careful you don't hit your allies on the motorcycles. Past the plaza and up the next street you run into a barricade road block. Time to turn back, as a Gekko gets dangerously close. Big Mama will stop and a bunch of PMCs and Gekkos will approach. Just aim for the PMCs and gun down as many as you can. Aim for the barrels near them to trigger helpful explosions. There are some barrels on the left corner of the right-hand street (where the Gekkos are coming from), and two sets of barrels on both sides of the archway on the left. Big Mama and the convoy will take you through the arch, past more enemies and into the next area. In the next area, the FROGs will come into play. As you turn the corner to the left, a whole bunch will be firing on you. Take some out as a jeep suddenly bursts onto the scene. Take out the gunner and then keep your eyes peeled for more enemies. After you pass the overhead bridge, a FROG will land on top of the van. Shoot her down and continue on. Big Mama will drive down a riverside street, where the pathway is blocked. Turning the other however, and the other side will also be blocked off. Shoot all the PMCs, using the barrels on the left to assist you. Take out the gunners on top of the jeeps too. Eventually, Big Mama will turn around and you'll launch off a ramp in slow-mo over the first blockade. Getting a shot off is tough but you might be able to get one or two PMCs while you're going through the air in slow-mo. Either way, when you stop, take aim at all of them. Use the barrels on the right. Eventually the van will burst through and you'll all move on. The next few streets will be lined with FROGs. A few will jump on the van so always shoot them off. The others will be on the sides, so shoot them when you can get a clear shot. Eventually, you'll get onto a bridge and enter the next area, but not before a short cutscene. B&B Corp member, Raging Raven has joined the party with her flying minions. This next section will have you being bombarded from above by them. They're easy to destroy though, so use the P90 and gun as many down as you can. They are unmanned if you're worried about kill counts, and like Gekko, they give you small rewards of Drebin Points. Raging Raven will also show herself so fire on her if you can. Big Mama will navigate you down many more streets and these things will continue to attack so keep your gun pointed up and your finger on the trigger. You'll pass a jeep on the right, but it's not a concern. You'll encounter more flying enemies, and then another jeep will appear, but this one will chase you. Take out the gunner and let Big Mama take you further down the street. More flying enemies show up, including Raven again. From there, you'll turn down some more streets and a collision occurs between two jeeps and you barely slip through in slow-mo. While you're moving under the jeeps in slow-mo, gun down both FROGs ahead. As this chase winds down, you'll find a lot of FROGs. Gun them down and use the barrels found conveniently on many street corners to make the task easier. More flying enemies will appear, and eventually Big Mama will take a detour down an alley. Use the barrels to take out upcoming FROGs, then when you get back onto the street, turn around to see more flying enemies, including Raven again. Many explosions go off, but eventually, you'll escape under a tunnel. Seems like it's safe... for now. Eastern Europe - Echo's Beacon ------------------------------ Two scenes take over. When they're done, you know what you have to do. Time to fight. =====BOSS FIGHT - RAGING RAVEN============================================= | This fight is a toughie. Raven has a clear advantage over you because | |she has the sky and you only have this tower. She also has a slew of flying | |baddies at her disposal. They will scour the area and crash through the tower| |in search of you. If they spot you, Raven will know where you are and find | |you. She's equipped with a powerful grenade launcher, so in a firefight it's | |imperative that you get your shots off first and dodge hers at all cost. | | Her attacks are pretty straightforward. She will just fly around and | |have her drones look for you. When she knows where you are she will typically| |fire her grenade launcher. When inside, you only have to worry about damage, | |but if you decide to go on the balconies, you run the risk of being thrown | |off the edge by the explosion. As far as I know, you can never be thrown off | |instantly; you always have a chance to climb back up. She will also drop some| |missiles overhead like a bombing run if you stay outside. Another attack that| |you may encounter, is one Otacon will tip you on. You'll hear that beeping | |sound. That means Raven is launching a payload of missiles. The best way to | |deal with this is to just run away from wherever it is you're at, whether it | |be inside or outside, just run. | | You have the freedom to go about this fight in several ways. You don't| |even have to stick to the same strategy. You can freely change tactics and | |try them all out. It really depends on whether you want to stay inside | |or go outside. If you stay inside, just hide and wait for her to come inside.| |Shoot her with any weapon you want. M4, a machinegun, or better yet, use an | |RPG. She'll fly out and then you can just wait and she'll come back and then | |you can just repeat. Getting the first shot will help you reduce the damage | |that you might take from her attacks. | | If you want to go outside though, which is my personal preference, go | |up the stairs to the top floor. Out here the strategy will consist of finding| |Raven and avoiding her attacks. Typically out here, she will hover in the air| |for a few seconds, leaving her wide open. You have a short time to pull out | |something like a sniper rifle and fire it at her. If you take too long, she | |eventually will fire a grenade at you and move away. The key to this is | |trying not to lose track of her, because she likes to move around a lot. For | |this reason, some may prefer the indoors tactic, but I don't like to stay | |inside the whole fight since it's too easy. For outdoors, the sniper rifle is| |the best weapon in my opinion. Just be fast and react quickly so you can | |avoid her grenades if you have to. Avoid using the Stinger here because it's | |pretty much useless and she has no trouble dodging the missiles. Keep the | |Stinger handy though, it will serve its purpose soon. | | If you let enough time pass, or if you try to weaken Raven gradually | |with short bursts of fire, followed by some ducking and covering, you may | |notice her start to smoke. Keep attacking and hiding and eventually she will | |overheat. She'll drop a stun grenade and then fly off to a rooftop where she | |will land and try to cool off. It's easy to find her because several of her | |minions will flock around her. Get a shot on her and you can use a sniper | |rifle, but here is a great time for that Stinger. Fire a missile and it will | |do a lot of damage, and not only that, it may very well take out several of | |her minions. If nothing else, it means more DP. | | Any of these tactics will work. Just be careful and try not to stand | |still. Also be wary of Raven's drones. They have missiles too, and any time | |she says "Kill him!" they will open fire. Use whatever means you feel are | |best and bring Raven down. Eventually you'll win this fight. | =========================================================================== A short scene unfolds. As it turns out, just like before, this fight isn't quite done with yet. =====BOSS FIGHT - RAGING BEAUTY============================================ | This should seem somewhat familiar. Once again, you'll be chased by | |the Beauty form. If she gets close, she'll drain your life. This is the best | |time to look for items. Like Laughing Beauty before her, Raging Beauty will | |move faster if you go all the way up to the top floor. Just don't let her get| |too close when she moves faster, by stopping her with some bullets. On the | |top floor, you can find a few things in the outer corners. At the top, if you| |didn't already get it, is the iPod song, "The Essence of Vince". Grab this as| |well as anything else you want. When you're ready, fire at will on Raging | |Beauty. Anything with automatic fire can work much better than a single shot | |pistol or the like. Go with what you want and reduce her health to nothing to| |be done with it. | =========================================================================== After this, a few wild cutscenes will take over for a good while. You'll also receive the MGL-140, which is a grenade launcher. Schwing! A few more scenes will play for a good while. Grab a snack if you want and watch everything unfold. When it's all done with, Act 3 ends. _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Act 4 Mission Briefing |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ The Mk. II is no more. Now you can control the Mk. III. When you can use it, put it on full screen and we'll take another look around the Nomad for some goodies. Near the chicken's cages, you'll find a Regain and some ammo. If you go upstairs, you should find next to Sunny, the iPod song, "Lunar Knights Main Theme". Next to the TV, there is a Battery. That does it for this briefing. Watch the rest unfold and we'll get to start what many believe is the best Act in the whole game. Before Act IV officially begins, you'll have control for a special segment. I won't spoil it so I won't be giving any strategical details, but none are really necessary. Just go around, pick up items if you want to, and reach one of the access areas and you can move on. Savoring this little moment is good too though. When it's done, you earn a new FaceCamo. After a scene, Act IV officially begins. _____ ______________________________________ (, / | / / / /---| _ _/_ /___/_ / TWIN SUNS ) / |_(__(__ / / (act4) (_/ / / / _________________________/ Shadow Moses - Snowfield ------------------------ Where you begin, the intense blizzard makes it hard to see. Just move to your left very slightly and you'll slip into a small valley. As you proceed in, you may hear an ominous sound. Yeah, it's a Gekko. As Otacon warned earlier, they are in the valley, scouting. The first one is on the pathway ahead of you. If you continue on this track and just try to hide, chances are it won't work and you'll be in a bit of trouble. Taking down Gekkos isn't exactly hard, but it would best to avoid it at all costs. Instead, find the slope on your right and go up. Stay low and crawl toward the tree. The Gekko will probably show up and start scanning around, but shouldn't find you above it if you stay low. There you'll find some ammo. Now, watch the Gekko carefully. It may be hard with the tree in your way, but wait til it moves farther away. Slip over the ledge now and land there. Now on the rock wall just behind you, find a small crawlspace near you. Get inside and enter this tunnel. You'll find some Instant Noodles and ammo. Crawl out the other end but be cautious here as well, as another Gekko will most likely be very close. Stay still and help yourself with that OctoCamo. Just stay near the right wall and wait for it to go to the left. Get up and run through the passage on your right. Shadow Moses - Heliport ----------------------- Very familiar music will pick up, familiar, that is, if you've played MGS1. Anyways, proceed toward the Heliport and you have a lot of things to do here. First go to the far left. Near the elevator is a ration, just stick close to the fence. An audio flashback will start then, sort of like the one from South America from MSG2, but all of these are from MGS1. Go ahead and listen to it pan out, and when it's over, you're awarded with 1000 DP. Each audio flashback from here on will also award you with the same amount. Not a bad deal at all. From there, turn right and approach the helicopter landing platform. There, another flashback starts, but more importantly, there's an item on the pad there. Yes, more Chaff Grenades! Hopefully you've gotten some of the others up to this point as well, because the next few areas are some of the toughest in terms of avoiding detection. Not only that, just being spotted makes life a living hell for you in these areas. A Chaff Grenade could really help. Anyways, go left from the pad and enter the open room there. A normal flashback should start. When it's over, inspect the room to find a Compress. Across from that, there is a crawlspace. Get in and crawl to the next room. There's a ration on a crate there, and also a pack of Stun Grenades. Grab them, then move to the next room via the crawlspace again. You'll find some grenade launcher and RPG-7 ammo under the table on the right. Grab it and then exit this area through the door. Now approach the truck which is situated before the Tank Hangar entrance. Vet players will now the significance of the truck in MGS1, but unfortunately the backside is sealed. Not to worry. Crawl underneath it and there you will find the Mk. 23 pistol! Schwing! This is my favorite pistol hands down simply for the retro feel. I don't like the light attachment but luckily you can turn it off. You also get another DP bonus for finding this. Nice. Ok, now you've got to get in the Tank Hangar. There are three ways to get in. MGS1 players know the first two as the ventilation shafts found on the ground level to the left, as well as the one on the second floor. Either yield another audio flashback which gets you another DP bonus. The other entrance is more direct and skips that completely. It's right in front of the truck as Otacon tells you, and you can simply slip in through the open hangar door. Not advised however. We want to get more items so let's take the top floor one. Find the stairs on the right side of the heliport and ascend to the second floor. Then find the crawlspace up there and enter. Let me just note that, personally, I find this entrance the most annoying out of all of them, so we're doing this just to get an extra item. For future playthroughs, you may wish to use the bottom-left ventilation shaft. It's up to you. Shadow Moses - Tank Hangar -------------------------- Crawl through and you'll get another flashback with more DP. Keep going through and you will eventually find the iPod song, "Warhead Storage". This is the only reason we took this path. Now, if you want, you can just crawl back out and take another path, but for the sake of getting in, we'll just do it this way. Drop down and you'll land on the walkway of the second floor of the Tank Hangar. Now, the thing that makes this area and many of the subsequent areas somewhat annoying for players, are the Scarabs. You might remember seeing one during a cutscene in Act 3. They're miniature Gekkos which means they're nowhere near as powerful, but they have very annoying behavior. They'll roll around and stop every so often to scan the room, like normal Gekko. If they find you, you're super ****ed. These things are the epitome of cavalry. They'll come after you wave by wave and it makes it hard to shake the Alert phase, because a half assed hiding spot rarely does any good. They literally mob you, coming at you in waves of 15 or more at a time so avoiding this is imperative. So your first thoughts may be just take them out and that's all. While this is true sometimes, and using a silenced gun will work to dispatch them, for some of them, it only compounds the problem. If you kill a Scarab in a certain location, it just triggers a ton more to appear out of thin air. It gets really annoying and it only increases your chances of being spotted. Sometimes just normal stealth tactics are the best but you really need to be careful. Honestly though, getting out of here should be your only goal, and just doing that, is not too hard. If you choose to explore for items, it's your choice, but the goods aren't that worth it. They include a Ration, in the nearby room, a Stun Grenade pack in the other 2nd floor room, and some ammo and a silencer for the Mk. 23 in the room on the first floor. Only the silencer/suppressor is really worth it, but even then, you can just buy it from Drebin. I would really just suggest skipping item hunting here because of how hard it is to stay hidden. If you do though, I totally suggest the Chaff Grenades. Anyways, from the walkway you're on now, just drop over the railing to the first floor. Just be really careful that there are no Scarabs about to roll by when you do so. Quickly duck under the half open doorway into the next room. This was previously a laser wired room that would release gas if the lasers were tripped. Now, several Scarabs are searching the area from the walls. Either hit them all with silenced guns or just drop a Chaff Grenade. If you opt to shoot them with a silenced gun, just be forewarned that a huge group of Scarabs will come up from behind you in a few moments to check out what happened. So move quickly and keep shooting the others to proceed through before the Calvary finds you. Proceed through the other door to enter... Shadow Moses - Canyon --------------------- If you managed to get here without any alerts (maybe cautions too, I'm not 100% sure yet), you'll be treated to another audio flashback. It's worth hearing just for the memories, so if you really want to, you can sacrifice a death to hear it again. Just die in this area and you'll restart in the Canyon. Move up a bit and you can hear it. On the left there is a Ration. If you have infrared on by any chance, you might notice two large objects, one closer to you than the other. They're Gekkos, and although they appear inactive, get too close and they'll suddenly spring to life! o_O Holy crap! Yeah, be careful. Just run away quick and then hit the ground before they throw their sensors on. You can avoid the first one easily by staying to the right. For the second one, if you choose to get close, just let it walk over to the left and it will do a very easy to memorize patrol pattern. Use that to figure out how to proceed. In the top corner there behind the pipes and stuff, you can find another Ration along with some ammo. In fact, just about every other item in the Canyon is merely ammo. There is one nice find however. On the far left side behind that pillar wall, near where the Gekko goes in its patrol, there is a small crawlspace that is very hard to find without infrared. Go over to that side and crawl in when the Gekko isn't looking. You'll find the iPod song, "Flowing Destiny" inside. Just be warned that this will probably wake up the second Gekko, but it shouldn't be a problem because it only patrols the front half of the Canyon. Just watch the second Gekko and move out of there to the large hangar door when it's safe. Crawl under to enter. Shadow Moses - Nuclear Warhead Storage BLDG 1F ---------------------------------------------- Another familiar place. Just like old times, you can find a Ration at the end of the left walkway. Go down the ramp and up to the next door. Crawl under and enter the next room. As Otacon tells you, there's no enemies around so you can breathe a sigh of relief. Go ahead and look around for ammo, but nothing that's particularly interesting. Snake's goal is to reach the Snowfield, which MGS1 vets will remember usually called for Snake having to reach it from the bottom of one of the towers following the Hind D fight. This time Otacon suggests using the hangar door in the back behind the truck to use a shortcut. When you go and inspect the door, you'll find it's unfortunately locked. There's no power so you're gonna have to take a temporary detour. Go upstairs and approach the elevator. Call it up and get on, then select B2, which is your only other choice. At the bottom, enter the next room. Shadow Moses - Nuclear Warhead Storage BLDG B2 ---------------------------------------------- As Otacon will notify you of, the once electrified floor is not electrified anymore. Well... there's really no reason it would be because Snake had to knock the electricity out to proceed, and if he hadn't, we wouldn't be here right now. Anyways, proceed down the hall to the intersection. Hm, it's quiet, too quiet. The right-hand door is blocked by debris, so go left. This will take you down a hallway with many memories, and an audio flashback will remind you. There's a ration on the right in the middle of the hall if you need it. Enter the door at the end for a scene. When it's over, you've got to type in the password that Otacon gave you just earlier on the 1F via Codec. In case you forgot, it's 48273. You don't need to remember though, because you can still proceed without it. Also, there's some other numbers you can put in for other effects (see Extras). After the scene is over, you get control and are pointed back to the door. Before you leave though, check this room for items. Start by going to the area with the big computers, near the locker. You'll find a Ration and a Compress, and you should also trigger another audio flashback. Keep looking and you can find, besides ammo, a Regain and some Instant Noodles. With all of that in hand, leave the room and go back through the hallway into the first corridor. Before you even leave the small room to get back into that hall, a Gekko will suddenly crash through the ceiling. Oh jeez. Hide immediately behind the wall, and the Gekko will walk forward and then turn down the corridor, effectively blocking your exit. There's two ways you can go about this. You can take the Gekko on directly, using the proper methods as in the Enemies section, going first for the legs until it falls, then the neck, then the head, each weak point being visible on the Solid Eye. You can expedite this process with heavier firepower (Grenade Launcher anyone?). It can be tedious however because you will often want to fire at it while it has its back turned, then run away and retreat to the safe room leading back to the office. Note that if you do that, don't just stay in the first room, go all the way back into the hallway. Reason is the Gekko, after chasing you up to the room, will toss a grenade in so if you just take refuge in the first room, you can still take damage. Also make sure that if you knock it on its head, finish it off! Don't just run by it and try to get to the elevator. I did that once and the Gekko actually crashed through the doorway and killed me. Amazing. The other option which is much easier and also safer, is to use the Mk. III. From a safe area, use the Mk. III and guide it across the hallway to the door that is blocked off. It's no use to get through there with Snake, but with the Mk. III, you'll find it's easy to slip in underneath all the debris. You can then pilot it through this area (there's only a Ration laying around if you're looking for items) and up to the top right room. There you should see the barely functioning control panel. It's the same panel that Snake busted in MGS1 to deactivate the electric floor. Well, we're gonna reactivate it. Get close to it and press Triangle at the prompt. That will destroy the Gekko easily. Don't worry after that, the floor will be shut down so it's safe to cross. With that taken care of, get back on the elevator and return to the 1F. Shadow Moses - Nuclear Warhead Storage BLDG 1F ---------------------------------------------- Drop to the ground and approach the door. With the power back on it can be opened. The bad news is it takes time. Even worse news is that a Gekko somehow manages to use an elevator and shows up at the worst possible time. The Gekko will eventually spot the Mk. III and if that happens you can't let it be destroyed or you're not getting through that door. Again you have a few options here. You can either take the Gekko on or just keep luring it around the room. You can then do that one of two ways, by just banging on stuff and staying hidden (avoiding alerts), or just blatantly letting it see you and running away, but that may incur some damage on Snake. It's up to you. Personally, I prefer to take it out, because if you destroy it, the door will open immediately. Whereas if you want to run around and let it chase you, the door takes a couple minutes to open. Plus you get some DP for destroying it. It's also honestly, not all that tough, and just requires a few grenades and some assault rifle ammo, probably a healing item or two as well, which is nothing if you've been searching for items. Just fire at the legs with a few grenades until it goes down, then aim at its neck with the M4 or other similar weapon. When the Gekko goes completely helpless, fire at its head and that will be that. When you have the door open, go ahead and proceed to the next area. Shadow Moses - Snowfield & Communications Tower ----------------------------------------------- This area has some memories too, but unfortunately you won't have much time to reminisce. Go down the ramp and on the right of it, you can find two packs of Stun Grenades. In a small building to the left, you can find a Ration, some Claymores, and other ammo. Now continue on and drop down two ledges for a scene. You know what's coming, so let's get to it. =====BOSS FIGHT - CRYING WOLF============================================== | This fight differs greatly from all the others. First of all your | |opponent has a huge advantage over you. Call Otacon to know the specifics. | |She can sniff you out, and with the blizzard raging on, you've got no senses | |to rely on really. Not only that, this area is the largest of all the boss | |fight areas. Luckily, there are a number of ways you can find to win. | | Crying Wolf has one primary method of attack, and that is her Rail Gun| |which has a sniper function. She tends to try and track your scent, and if | |she has a hard time pinpointing it, she'll wander out in the open and will on| |occasion stop to poke her head out and look through the scope. She relies on | |the FROGs who roam the snowfield to track you down and when they spot you, | |Wolf will attack. Besides this however, she also drops grenades. Also, while | |tracking you, if you see the camera shifting to her point of view, this means| |she has a beat on Snake's location. Eventually she'll come running and pounce| |on Snake. She may also go crazy and run around wildly. Avoiding these attacks| |is not too hard for the most part. | | Now you have a few different ways you can go about this. Every single | |strategy calls for taking out the FROGs however. It's much easier this way. | |Most of them don't respawn, but some do and Wolf also calls in more after a | |certain time, but for a while you can take advantage of the battlefield more | |by taking the FROGs out of the picture. Use the snow and OctoCamo and keep in| |mind that the Solid Eye can be detected by them so be careful. Take them out | |and try to find Crying Wolf. If you listened to Otacon, the important thing | |is to stay downwind. Look at the radar without the Solid Eye on, and you can | |see the wind direction arrow. Basically, stay in the direction opposite of | |the arrow to avoid being found. | | The best way to find Wolf is to stay downwind and to use two main | |tools, the Solid Eye (Infrared) and a sniper rifle. A sniper rifle will let | |you take out the FROGs without getting too close, and the Solid Eye gives you| |some vision in the blizzard. The blizzard will shift in intensity all | |throughout the fight, getting so bad that you won't be able to see anything | |at all. Use the Solid Eye, and look for Wolf, who can be seen easily by the | |cables on her body and if she's sniping, her head which will be lit up on IR.| |You can also see the blue marking next to her life bar. Stay low and get | |closer and you have some options. The best one is to snipe her exposed head | |when she's scoping the area with her Rail Gun. You can usually get two shots,| |depending on what rifle you're using. If you prefer however, you can get | |closer and try the MGL-140. You can get two shots with the MGL, but the | |damage is not as great as the sniping option. | | If you do choose this strategy of hunting her down, be very cautious | |when dealing with nearby FROGs. If you snipe one when she's in view, even if | |she's several dozen meters away, she might find your location and that will | |start the "hunting" sequence where it shifts to her point of view. If this | |happens she will pounce and knock Snake down. Then she'll follow it up with | |another attack. Get out of the way fast or fire at her with the MGL or RPG-7 | |before she attacks again. Either way, after the first encounter, tracking her| |is much easier because her tracks will be visible in the snow with the IR. | |Use that and continue to hunt her in the same manner, sniper strategy | |preferable. | | Besides this however, you can also get up on the tower and try to | |snipe Wolf from there, just be careful of the FROGs, especially the ones that| |respawn. If you use the Solid Eye up there, they may come looking. From the | |tower, you can easily snipe or use the MGL and get Wolf, but your somewhat | |limited depending on where she is. | | The easiest, safest, and albeit a little cheap strategy is to use the | |truck right where you start this fight. Crawl under and use this as your | |haven. Snipe FROGs and kill them, and wait patiently for Wolf to reveal | |herself. Sometimes she'll camp out and scope the area with her Rail Gun, | |allowing you to get some shots. More often however, she'll sniff out your | |location and come running, but will be unable to attack you under there, so | |she will instead drop grenades which won't hurt a whole lot. After she does | |that Wolf runs into the distance near the tower usually and reveals her head | |and tries to find you with the Rail Gun scope. Try to get a shot, but if you | |can't, crawl out of the truck and get her in your sights so you can headshot | |her with your sniper rifle. When you get her, retreat under the truck and | |just repeat this strategy until you win. It will take time, but it's the | |least risky. | | One more helpful and underrated tool in this fight is the radar with | |the Solid Eye equipped. It can usually find Wolf when she howls or when she | |starts running around. If you see the spot on the radar that seems far away, | |it's usually her. Keep tracking her down and sniping her, or using other | |weapons like the MGL-140 and RPG-7, until you've won. Keep a close eye on | |Psyche, as it goes down more in the cold, especially if the FROGs spot you. | |Use Instant Noodles if it goes down too much. It may take a little time but | |Crying Wolf will go down eventually. | =========================================================================== Another scene starts up, and at this point, it shouldn't seem out of the ordinary what happens. After it's over, you've got one last fight. =====BOSS FIGHT - CRYING BEAUTY============================================ | Nothing new, right? Again, this is the time to go item hunting if you | |want. The area is huge though, be cautious with Crying Beauty. Like the rest,| |she will move much faster if you distance yourself from her too much. On that| |note, if you go item hunting, it wouldn't be a bad idea to have Infrared on | |so you can see her coming easier through the blizzard. When you're ready, | |just pop her a few times and then eventually the fight will end. | =========================================================================== For winning, you're rewarded with the Rail Gun. Wow, that's a big Schwing! o_O. A scene will take over and when it's done, you can continue searching if you wish, otherwise, continue on your way. Before you leave though, find a small path to the right of your current position. Check the map, it's a small cutout path separate from the rest of the area. Go down here to find the remains of the Hind D that Liquid piloted and Snake took down in MGS1. Getting near it triggers an audio flashback relevant to that time. And how funny, near the wreckage you can find Stinger ammo. Ha. Grab it and other nearby items and then return to the doorway that Otacon opened. As soon as you enter, turn to your right. There you'll find the iPod song, "The Best Is Yet To Come". Sweet! After that, proceed in and you'll have a quick, albeit funny Codec conversation with Otacon. Go down the stairs after that, into the next area. Shadow Moses - Blast Furnace ---------------------------- If you hated the Tank Hangar, you'll hate this place too. It's covered by a lot of Scarabs. Kill one and the place will be swarmed by them. A Chaff Grenade solves all problems, and even if you only picked up one set, you should still have one left hopefully if you used one before. Otherwise, you'll have to do things the hard way. There are ammo drops around if you want to search, but we're gonna make finding the exit a priority. Your objective is to get through here to find the chamber where REX is. MGS1 fans will know where it is from the Blast Furnace, and may head to the top right corner. Otacon will tell you this door is locked though when you get there. Instead, the right door is to the top left, and it's much easier to go to that one from the get go, rather than going to the first one, considering you have to avoid the Scarabs. So to get out of here easily, go across the walkway and hug the wall. On the left is a Ration if you need one. Go to the right and hug the wall to slip across the narrow ledge. If you slip and grab the ledge, just shimmy over to the other walkway and you can climb over the railing with Triangle. Go across this walkway and then halfway to the wall, hang over the railing and drop down to the floor below. Watch out for the Scarab on the wall above that's scanning the area. Slip by and around the corner to find the elevator. Go through and you're done. Easy right? Yeah.... Shadow Moses - Casting Facility South ------------------------------------- In the elevator, you'll experience more audio flashbacks. When the elevator reaches its destination, the door opposite the one you entered will open. When it does, you will probably see a scary sight. Yes, this area is inhabited by Gekko. Scarabs too. You now have a very efficient weapon for killing Gekko however. The Rail Gun. By holding L1 with the Rail Gun equipped, you can charge the shot to 3 levels. The 3rd level is a one hit kill on a Gekko. You can see the charge if you use the scope. So, if you don't wanna be as stealthy, or just want to make things easier and earn some extra DP, try hitting the Gekko from afar with the Rail Gun. You only have one Gekko in this room so take it out and scour the place for ammo. You can proceed to the next room from the left or right. I prefer the right. Shadow Moses - Casting Facility North ------------------------------------- There are three Gekko in here, and if you came in from the right, the first one is easily visible. Strangely enough, it's hanging from the ceiling in the distance. Gun it down with a fully charged shot from the Rail Gun to its head. The others usually come snooping around and wind up in your sights too, making them easy picking. As for the Scarabs, they roll around and a few are on the walls scanning. The great part is they don't respawn or call in a million friends like the others. Hallelujah! Take them out and then the others on the other side if you want, then look around for items, although there's not much. On the conveyer belt you can find Javelin ammo though. When you're ready to proceed, head through the door at the top right. Inside there is a ladder to drop down from. Some ammo is nearby, so grab it if you want. Move through the door to the next area. Shadow Moses - Underground Base ------------------------------- Head down the corridor and you'll find a crawlspace. It will lead you, amazingly enough, to the area just after the Warehouse from MGS1. In fact, if you get close to the door on the right, it will trigger a relevant audio flashback. On your left are two trapdoors and a lone Scarab. Do not, and I repeat, do not kill this little guy. If you do, about a dozen of his friends will show up. Getting through here is no problem though. Wait for the Scarab to move to the right. Go ahead and move up but stay behind the corner. Wait for the Scarab to hop up the stairs. Again you can move up, but the Scarab will turn around and use its search beam so if you move up to the walkway, stay low. When it's done it will move to the end of the walkway, hop up some more stairs and turn to the left. Wait for the Scarab to use its search beam again and run across the walkway and then turn right and head up the stairs. Here you'll find some ammo for the Stinger and RPG-7, as well as some Instant Noodles. More importantly, you can wait for the rolling Scarab to move back down the walkway. Before he does, he goes toward the stairs you went up and sits there. When he moves, he'll return to the starting area, so that's your chance to go back down and enter the door. Just watch the search beam of the Scarab on the wall there. Just wait for a chance to move, or shoot it down. Shooting it will summon a horde of Scarabs from the trap door, but since you're at the exit, that won't matter at this point. Proceed through to the next area. Shadow Moses - Underground Supply Tunnel ---------------------------------------- A few scenes. Finally. We've found REX. Otacon will attempt to get it up and running again, but then company shows up. Time for a fight. =====BOSS FIGHT - VAMP===================================================== | The fight against Vamp is slightly similar to the first time you faced| |him (if you did) in MGS2. He still has keen acrobatic skill, jumping around | |and showing off fancy footwork. He will still throw knives. Luckily that move| |where he could hold you in place by throwing a knife at your shadow hasn't | |returned. Vamp will for the most part jump around the place like a kangaroo, | |then eventually come running at you and attack. This attack, and nearly most | |of his knives can be dodged easily. Since you'll be undoubtedly aiming at | |him, you can use Snake's roll move to dodge most of his attacks in the nick | |of time. Use the roll when he gets close to you. | | Any weapon with automatic fire is good here. Vamp takes a lot of hits.| |Even headshots with sniper rifles won't do a whole lot of damage and he's not| |very susceptible to grenades. An assault rifle or machine gun is the best way| |to go. Note however, that you can knock him down with a sniper rifle shot. | |Otherwise, just keep shooting him as he slowly loses life and avoid his | |attacks. Also keep the radar on, in case you lose track of him behind debris.| |Also beware of a combo he might do with his knives, throwing many in a row. | | Bring his health down and you'll eventually win. Wait... oh, **** me | |o_O. Vamp gets right back up and regenerates his health completely. Keep | |fighting and you'll be able to bring his health down to nothing with just a | |few rounds of any weapon. However, still, he will regenerate. You can easily | |figure it out if you just keep killing him and if you wanna learn the hint | |without being told it directly, just do this. Use the area to your advantage | |and hide from Vamp. He'll say "Where are you?" and "Vanished." Try to find | |him with your sniper rifle without giving away your position. When searching | |for you, he moves very slowly so getting a headshot is easy, and that's all | |it takes to bring his health down. Again, this is just an easy way to kill | |him quickly, to expedite the hint being revealed to you. If you want to know | |right now, just read the next paragraph. | | Vamp will hint it to you, "As long as these nanomachines run through | |my veins...". If you're playing on a lower difficulty, Otacon will just spoon| |feed it to you. It's the syringe. You need the syringe to suppress Vamp's | |nanomachines, which removes his rapid healing ability. Using it is not easy | |though. Equip the Syringe and grab him with CQC, but be careful of his fast | |melee moves. Grab him and then press Triangle to finish this fight. | =========================================================================== A scene plays. The Suicide Gekko show up and now you've got to deal with them. Use the Rail Gun and wipe them out. They come from the shafts on the walls and from the ceiling. Just used fully charged Rail Gun shots and take them out from the distance with the scope. Always sweep the room from left to right and take out any you see. If they get close to you, they'll activate their detonation sequences, and if that succeeds, you're done for. Stop them before that happens. If you run out of Rail Gun ammo, purchase more from Drebin. Keep firing until the battle on the right ends. After a scene, REX is up and running again. It's time to escape this place before it's too late. A new sequence begins, and boy is it a doozy. You'll be piloting Metal Gear REX and you've got to escape through the tunnel. The timer at the top counts down so you've got to escape before that. It's not hard as long as you don't stand still for prolonged periods of time too much. The tunnel is guarded by hordes of Gekkos. REX's firepower is able to rip them apart, and you can read the controls in the Briefing. REX has three armaments, the vulcan guns, the laser, and the anti-tank missiles. The two you'll want to use for this sequence are the vulcan guns and the AT missiles. The laser is helpful but it's firing time is short and it takes a while to charge to full power. The vulcan gun however can easily dispatch these Gekko. Use the AT missiles to try and clear a large crowd. Continue down the tunnel and always watch out for Gekko. Try not to leave any alive but also try not to stand around too long. If you pass the Gekko without killing them, you'll lose health quicker. Always check the platforms on the sides of the rooms for other Gekko and shoot them down with the vulcans. If you keep the vulcans firing too long, they'll overheat, forcing you to wait a few seconds, so it's best to fire in bursts. If you spam the AT missiles, they need to reload too. When you get far enough or take enough damage, Raiden will jump out and cover you. Start moving more a little quicker and continue to blast away the Gekko. It shouldn't pose too much of a threat but watch the damage and don't just rush through them. Eventually you'll escape. Shadow Moses - Port Area ------------------------ A cutscene takes over. When it's done, you've got yet another boss fight to tackle. =====BOSS FIGHT - METAL GEAR RAY=========================================== | This is a fun fight. RAY was originally designed to obliterate REX and| |other Metal Gear brethren but REX holds an advantage in this fight. RAY holds| |similar attacks to RAY: a machine gun, missiles, and its own laser, called | |the Water Cutter. Liquid only attacks with RAY when you let him, so if you | |can keep attacking him, you effectively limit more than half of his attacks. | | RAY will use the area to its advantage, hiding behind the various | |structures. Always keep track of it and keep firing your vulcans or use the | |AT missiles. This is also a great time to try and fully charge the Laser. It | |can deal a nice piece of damage to RAY. You also have at your disposal, some | |special attacks unleashed by using Triangle in certain situations. The first | |is when you get close to Ray, either when in close quarters as it tries to | |ram you, or when you've stunned it. When RAY tries to ram you, it will also | |attempt to use its own special attack. If you fail to press Triangle at the | |correct moment, you'll sustain damage. Get it right, and REX will grab RAY | |with its beak and fire the Laser. You can also do it by stunning RAY and | |getting close. Stun RAY with some vulcan rounds, and get closer by using X to| |dash. | | RAY will jump on the warehouse sometimes, as well as dive into the | |water. If it does the latter, it always resurfaces in the same place. RAY's | |missiles are easily defeated by using your vulcans to shoot them down. Keep | |attacking and you can easily reduce the amount of damage you'll take, while | |depleting RAY's. | | You can also perform a few more special attacks, one by bringing RAY | |down completely, which is more than a stun. Do this by hitting it with a | |barrage of AT missiles, or use a heavily charged Laser attack. RAY falls down| |and if you get close and press Triangle fast enough, REX jumps on its back | |and sweeps the Laser on it. | | When you bring RAY's health down, Liquid will become more aggressive. | |He'll come after you directly and try to ram you. Keep him at bay with your | |weapons. You can also fight fire with fire by trying to ram him with X. This | |also lets you do another special attack. Follow up the ramming attack with | |Triangle to unleash a nice missile attack. | | Keep Liquid at bay and unleash hell to win this fight. | =========================================================================== Three scenes will play. After they're all over, you can give a fond farewell to Act 4. There's a briefing for Act 5, and you can control the Mk. III, but in a very limited scale. You can only move its head which moves the projection, so there is not much point. After that, Act 5 begins. _____ ___ _______________________________________ (, / | / / /---| _ _/_ /__ / OLD SUN ) / |_(__(__ ____) / (act5) (_/ / / ________________________/ After the scene, you'll begin the last chapter of this amazing game. You start off at... Outer Haven - Ship Bow ---------------------- Before actually beginning, I'd like to note that during this Act, and only this Act, Drebin's prices in his shop are totally slashed. Half off everything! Wow. This makes some pickups extremely affordable. If you've not been spending much and buying a lot of new weapons (I only bought about 3-4 throughout this entire run), now is the time to spend that hard earned DP. Unfortunately, you can't stack this bonus together with the 20% off on Wednesday/Sunday bonus. Oh well. If you do decide to buy, I recommend the Mosin Nagant as one of your purchases. It will be very useful on your No Kill/Alert playthrough. This area consists of FROGs and Gekkos. Getting by here without an alert is basically the only way to get through it at all. The Alert phase is extremely hard to lift once you've been spotted. My friend once complained that it was nearly impossible to accomplish this, when in fact, it's rather easy. The first thing you need is the Mk. 2. Ironically enough, it's the most effective weapon here. Anything else threatens to give your position away. With the Mk. 2 you can put down all the FROGs with ease. When you start, move to your left and lay down, letting OctoCamo take over. You will see two FROGs show up in front of you. Take aim at their heads with the Mk. 2 and tranquilize them both. Get up and move past their bodies, then lay low again. Crawl forward a bit and two more FROGs will appear at the end of the path. Either tranquilize them both or let them pass, but be careful if you let them go, not to get spotted by one of them up ahead. Move up and past the two crates, there will be two more FROGs, one nearby. Take her down and the other should hopefully notice and come over to check. Get her as well and now you can move up. Continue to favor the left wall. Up ahead, you may see another FROG. Tranquilize her if you can, otherwise let her go around the big pillar. Don't follow her because in that main area is where the Gekkos are and you'll probably see one. Stay to the left near all the crates and pillars. Eventually you should see a really big pillar and a stack of two crates near it. There's a space created between them that you can just slip through by hugging the pillar with Triangle. Go through this way, then on the other side, get low again and crawl forward, staying left and avoiding the sights of the Gekko. Move up and you will eventually see two more FROGs appear. Continue to stay low and shoot them both from afar with the Mk. 2. Now move to the area right behind where they were and turn right. Make sure you're as far back as you can get before you turn. Here you'll see another Gekko drop in. Just stay still and wait. Eventually the blasts from the Missouri will destroy it. Now's your chance. Move up and stick to the left, using the crates to help you avoid detection from the other Gekko. Just let the other Gekko turn around and go the other way and then approach the door there. Tap Triangle repeatedly to open it, then head inside. You'll find a Ration with some ammo. Grab the stuff then enter the elevator. Another audio flashback takes place, but it's a recent one, not from other games. When it's over, enter the next room and grab the ammo on the left and right. Head through the next door for a scene. Outer Haven - Command Center ---------------------------- This next part is kind of annoying. The FROGs can be real bitches here. Use the computer desk areas as cover and find the FROGs in the surrounding areas and kill them all. The M4 or other assault rifle is good, but you may want to use a machinegun for the extra ammo, to reduce reload time. The MGL-140 and a sniper rifle also help. Take them all out and if you're getting shot at too much, you might have a FROG sneaking up on you. When you clear the first wave, use a healing item if necessary. The next wave will come out from above you on that walkway. I like the sniper rifle here so use the DSR-1, SVD, or whatever. Snipe them all easily. Some may drop down to the ground and so take them out with the rifle or switch back to your other weapons. Watch out for the FROGs grenades as well. Take out the last wave and the true fight begins after a cutscene. =====BOSS FIGHT - SCREAMING MANTIS========================================= | Mantis is also different than the other members of the B&B Corps. She | |doesn't really do much fighting on her own, and instead controls others to do| |the fighting, using her puppet dolls. At the start of the fight, she'll have | |control over Meryl (seem familiar?) and the dead FROGs. You need to shoot | |Meryl with the Mk. 2, but you can't for some reason. You also can't aim at | |Mantis either. The solution may not seem very clear, but it's an easy one. | |Select the syringe and use it from the Item menu by holding L2. This will | |free Snake from Mantis' control, allowing you to finally shoot things. | | Now your goal is to defeat Mantis, but you can't do it by shooting her| |directly. Instead you have to aim for one of her dolls. At the same time you | |have to protect Meryl and Akiba. If either of them die, you'll lose. It's not| |hard though. Just use the Mk. 2 to put Meryl down every time Mantis controls | |her. As for Akiba, he's out cold the whole fight, and the only way he dies is| |if you damage him. Aside from shooting him intentionally (why would you do | |that?), avoid using grenades and the like near his body. | | Mantis' only attack is kinda cool actually. She'll disappear and then | |reappear a few times and get close to you, then attack quickly. Just move to | |avoid it. She'll also have Meryl and the FROGs shoot you. The FROGs can be | |tough to deal with if they all shoot at you, so take some down or use cover. | | As for Mantis, take aim at the doll on the left, aka, the one dangling| |from her right arm. It's a Psycho Mantis doll and it glows orange. The other | |is doll of The Sorrow, but it's useless in helping you defeat her. Just shoot| |at the orange doll. Mantis will fly away and then attack or use her minions | |to attack. Keep shooting the doll and its strings will snap one by one. Keep | |an eye on your health, especially if the puppet FROGs gang up on you. Also | |keep Meryl sedated. Eventually Mantis will pull a very familiar trick and try| |to make Meryl shoot herself. Just tranquilize her quick and then go back to | |Mantis. Just be careful when aiming at her doll, Mantis may try and use the | |bodies, including Meryl's to block your shot. Shoot when safe until it drops.| | Find the doll and grab it. It will now be a permanent addition to your| |weapons. If you want, do the same thing and make her drop The Sorrow doll. It| |can't be used to win this fight, but you can still use it in the future so | |shoot it down if you want. Either way, we're gonna use the Psycho Mantis doll| |now. Equip it immediately and aim it at Screaming Mantis. Fire and if you can| |connect, you'll be able to control her. Now use the six-axis by holding L1 | |and tilting the controller toward you a few times. Do this until Mantis loses| |all of her health, and that ends the fight handily. | =========================================================================== Screaming Mantis sheds her armor. You should know what's coming by now. Get ready for the last fight with the Beauties. =====BOSS FIGHT - SCREAMING BEAUTY========================================= | Nothing new here either. Just avoid her as usual and keep firing with | |whatever you got. Automatics are, again, a sound choice since they can hit | |repeatedly. Meryl and Akiba are conspicuously absent so you don't have to | |worry about them. Just focus on the Beauty and take her down. | =========================================================================== Man, her scream is lame. Anyways, watch the scene and after it's done, you'll be in for a treat. A few more scenes will play. When it's over you'll be in... Outer Haven - Missile Hangar ---------------------------- You'll pass through 5 rooms, each with a long walkway. As you move through each one, a recent audio flashback will play. At the 5th room, Snake will move automatically to the door, then a cutscene will start. When it ends, Snake will be in the 6th room, but now he won't be alone. Scarabs are here and they want to play. In fact, the next are filled with these guys. Not only that, they respawn endlessly. Sounds annoying, I know, but it can turn into a profit for you. You can comb the first corridors and just keep killing the Scarabs (more on this in Extras) and sweeping the walkways continually. The kills against the Scarabs get you unmanned kill bonuses, and their drops will also give DP. Honestly, I would expect a lot of people to avoid this the first time through. Most players would probably be more fixated on finishing the game. Keep this in mind though. If you're just looking to break through, clear the path ahead of Snake of Scarabs, using a machinegun or something like the MGL-140. You don't have to use weapons though. Just run forward and execute a roll when you get near the Scarabs, and Snake will easily get over them and also avoid damage. You can just keep rolling and never take any damage at all. I will admit though that this trick seems easier to do on lower difficulties. After a scene (and a good one at that), you'll enter the Microwave corridor. Be sure you're fully prepared because you can't pause in the middle of this part. When it begins, you can move Snake forward with the left stick. There's three corridors until the door and it seems like it won't be too hard at first, but before the end of the first one, Snake will get zapped, then again when he passes into the second corridor. This will put him on his knees and force you, the player, to mash Triangle the rest of the way. While crawling, avoid the prods on the sides of the corridors at all costs, because if you get too close they can indeed kill you. Just keep straight as you can and continue to pound that Triangle button. Meanwhile, you can see all the action going on in the screen above, as all the members of your team struggle just to stay alive. It's getting scary for all of them. Keep moving forward, and you'll have to keep that Triangle button going. If your hand or finger gets tired, switch to the other one, if only for a few seconds to give your main tapping hand rest. Just keep going and you should be able to make it through. Another dramatic scene takes over, followed by some others. Snake will be laying on his back on Outer Haven as Otacon goes to seek a medic. That's when a familiar face shows up. Another intense scene begins. After a while, you'll gain control. Now it's time for the final showdown! =====BOSS FIGHT - LIQUID=================================================== | This is a pure, no holds barred fist fight. All you've got to aid you | |here are your two fists. Liquid will unleash a quick combo, and a kick move. | |He will also use a running head butt, much like Liquid would in MGS1. You can| |often prevent this attack by keeping him peppered with your own attacks. | | Use R1 to unleash a quick combo. L1 will be your block button. Use X | |plus the Left Analog Stick to dodge/dash in a direction. You can use this to | |get closer to Liquid, or to just dodge his attacks. You can also follow up | |the dash by pressing R1 right after, to unleash Snake's gut punch. Use any of| |these moves to help you win this fight. | | The important thing is to vary your attacks with the blocking button. | |If you can dish out more damage and then block Liquid's attacks, you'll be | |off to a good start. If Liquid knocks you down, press Triangle to get up the | |first time. If you get knocked down after that, you can get up faster, and | |Liquid will often use a taunt. If you can, you might be able to get up, dash,| |and gut punch him before he can react. Use these and other tactics to deplete| |Liquid's health. When it gets to about half, something will change. | |=====PHASE TWO - LIQUID OCELOT===============================================| | For the most part, his moves will not have changed a terrible amount. | |His head butt however is changed to a windup punch that actually hurts a lot.| |Avoid it when you can by using dodge and just not being too close to begin | |with. He advertises it well but it's still not that easy to dodge sometimes. | |If you can't dodge, just block it. Blocking it will at the least, reduce the | |damage inflicted by the attack. | | Keep attacking and blocking. Dodging his windup punch is critical. Too| |many hits from that can easily turn this fight sour. Any time you manage to | |dodge it, counter with a gut punch, then follow that up with a combo of R1. | |Continue attacking, and after his health is a little more than halfway gone, | |yet another change will occur. | |=====PHASE THREE - OCELOT====================================================| | This is Ocelot as he was in MGS3. He knows CQC well after picking it | |up from Big Boss. Close encounters with him now will usually wind up in a | |grapple from Ocelot. You can still perform your combo attacks, but CQC grabs | |will start to dominate this part of the fight now. | | If Ocelot grabs you and starts to choke you, toggle the Left Analog | |Stick as prompted to break free. Follow it with Triangle to knock him down. | |When Ocelot is on the ground after this, quickly press R1 when prompted to | |deliver a punch to him. Don't miss that chance. He may also grab you and a | |Triangle prompt will appear first. Press it to knock him away. | | You're not defenseless in this CQC brawl though. Instead of just | |tapping R1 for your combo, you can also choose to hold it. Holding R1 when | |you are close to Ocelot will initiate a grab. There's a few kinds and the | |prompts will differ depending on which one occurs. My personal favorite is | |when Snake grapples him and the Triangle prompt appears, which will let you | |get Ocelot on the ground. You can begin hitting R1 repeatedly to punch him | |many times until a Triangle prompt appears again. Hitting Triangle there does| |a very nice attack, to which Ocelot replies, "Splendid, brother!" Keep using | |these moves and hit the appropriate prompts when attacking or being attacked.| |The fight eventually shifts into its final phase. | |=====PHASE FOUR - OCELOT=====================================================| | The CQC is gone. In fact, just about every mechanic of this fight has | |been abandoned, sans movement and punching. Stagger forward and get near | |Ocelot. Press R1 and it will start a rather cinematic punch attack. When the | |action pauses again, stay close and deliver another punch. Ocelot will also | |attack you in the same manner if you let him, so don't let him get too many | |hits in. | | It will only take a few of these dramatic punches to bring Ocelot | |down. Continue the attacks and eventually, the fight will end. | =========================================================================== Watch the following scenes. A lot of things will happen and the last few scenes will easily drain close to an hour out of your life, but damn if it isn't some gripping stuff! After that, the credits roll. Congrats, you've beaten the game! _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| No Alerts/Kills Walkthrough (exwt) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ Foreword -------- This is the second piece of walkthrough to provide continued assistance toward players. The thing with Metal Gear, is that there's a couple modes of play that could each get their own walktrhough. This included the dreaded Big Boss Hard and Boss Extreme modes. This walkthrough is geared toward accomplishing many things in one go through. The rewards you can reap from playing through your No Kill/No Alert run are numerous. This run through is meant to be done on the heels of the previous playthrough as detailed above. The guide is written so that it reflects a player who is playing the game through again after just beating it the first time, although you can do it any time you want, especially after. Doing this as your first run however, you may not find yourself being able to correlate 100% to the guide. This separate walkthrough is being written under one less difficulty. Going from Solid Normal, to Naked Normal. You have to adjust to the changes yourself if you play on any other difficulty other than Naked Normal. Tips for No Kill/Alert ---------------------- Here are a few tips to help you out in pursuing this goal. 1. Use the radar (with Solid Eye on) to show you where nearby enemies may be 2. Make it a habit not to use lethal weapons except when fighting things like Gekkos and Raven's minions 3. Stun Grenades can be a big help, but only use them in the right situations 4. Learn to like crawling and use OctoCamo well 5. Be very careful when dealing with PMCs, try to avoid confrontation 6. Watch out when you do take out PMCs, some of them respawn very fast and you can get caught when you think it's safe to proceed 7. Use. Infrared. A lot. Even when it's daytime out, the infrared setting on the Solid Eye clearly delineates enemies and this is helpful so that you can always see what's coming. 8. Save often. Every time you pass a checkpoint, save the game. A checkpoint is when the screen fades and then it says "Press Start to continue." Save when you get to these parts and if you mess up you can reload from there. 9. Be extremely careful when using the Mosin Nagant. It's sound can give your position away if your targets are too close. If they are close enough to hear your Mosin Nagant shot, you should have used the Mk. 2. 10. Try using the Mk. II/III in more situations that you didn't before, but be warned. If you're not using its stealth function, and the MK. II/III is spotted, it will trigger an alert also. 11. Stun Grenades can give you away if they are not close enough to the enemy. Try to be more precise and try throwing only from the laying position when in camo. 12. Check your stats when you're in the middle of an act if you're unsure if you still have 0 kills/alerts. You don't want to accidentally save if you have gotten one of either. Quit out to the main menu and load the Mission Briefing for the current Act. On the main split screen, on that orange bar, your current stats will scroll across. 13. Never use a gun with a light attachment. Most of the guns you're using should be non-lethal anyway, so some of them can't use lights (exception: M870) but still, avoid the lights whenever possible since they can give your position away easily when aiming at enemies from hiding spots. 14. Just remember to avoid confusion. Mk. 2 = tranquilizer gun. Mk. II = The robot pal you get from Otacon. 15. Don't be afraid to make separate saves for different areas in each Act, especially if you don't check your progress regulary by going to the mission briefings (see tip #12). You don't want to accidentally save over an alert or kill so if you do make a mistake, you can hopefully reload before you messed up. Now, on to the walkthrough! _ _ _ / \ ___| |_ / | / _ \ / __| __| | | _________________________________ / ___ \ (__| |_ | | __________/ LIQUID SUN No Kills/Alerts \____ /_/ \_\___|\__| |_| / (exa1) \_________________________________/ ______________________/ Well, welcome back, ladies and germs. Hopefully you enjoyed the game going through the first time. If you're anything like me, and just wanted to get the MGS4 experience, not really caring about unlockables at first, you might now, after beating it, be hungering for more. What we aim to accomplish here is to obtain the Bandanna and Stealth, among other things. This walkthrough will be less detailed than the previous one; the main focus is to get through with no kills or alerts. Keep in mind you should be loading your completed game save file, not starting a new game. When you're ready, watch the cutscenes again or skip 'em. You'll start out at... Middle East - Ground Zero ------------------------- Ahh, how familiar. Crawl under the truck to proceed. After the scene, go ahead and grab the AK-102 like last time. If you go to equip it, you'll probably notice you have none of your old weapons. Well, in case you missed it before, although you carry over your weapons, items, and DP, you don't receive them until you meet up with Mk. II. That's a little bit ahead so you'll have to make due for now. Go ahead and proceed up for the next scene. When that's over and the Gekkos are on the scene, go left from where you are and enter the building. Up the stairs and roll out of the hole in the wall just like in the first walkthrough. Turn left down the alley onto the adjacent street, continuing north. When you turn the next corner, wait for the next Gekko to appear before running out. If one spots you, you won't get an alert, but you will have to find a way to deal with it. Try not to get noticed at all and make your way for that sanctuary area when safe. Middle East - Red Zone NW Sector -------------------------------- This is where you'll be after the scene. Back to OctoCamo. Go ahead and turn the corner there and you'll see the first two PMCs of the game. Just ignore them both and turn immediately right again into that house. Grab items if you wish and proceed through this building to the crawlspace near the door. Crawl through. When you're outside again, crawl between the wall and the ruined car and enter the door just to your right. Crawl under the debris and rubble again and you'll see that PMC slaughter a rebel before your eyes. Crawl through when he turns away. Now this is the first danger situation. You don't want this PMC to see you, especially not so early. Sneak up in him slowly, and the choice is yours what to do. You can just throw him down and stun him or choke him until he's stunned but whatever you do, don't kill him. Keep in mind with the AK equipped, Snake still has a CQC combo that is similar to the normal throw down technique. With him down, proceed forward and you'll reach the next street. Just wait for both of the PMCs here to move to the left. When they're past, go ahead and sneak out to the right and enter the door there. Middle East - Red Zone ---------------------- I'm going to go the same route here as in my first walkthrough. I like it best, but if you have trouble, by all means go a different way. Turn left and go up the stairs. Roll across the gap, then proceed forward and sneak up on the next PMC. Again, you should resort to CQC tactics here. Take him out, then search around and below for items if you wish. Otherwise, just continue forward and stay low going across the platform here. At the very end, when you see the large green container, drop down. Make sure the other PMC isn't looking, then gun it to the right toward the big intersection. If you played on Solid Normal the first time, you had two PMCs come down this way toward you. Not this time if you're playing on Naked Normal. You can just leisurely stroll in the opening in the side of the building there and start the scene. When it's over, you'll have obtained all of your old stuff! Scwhing! This means all the FaceCamo, items, weapons, DP are yours again. Go ahead and config your inventory and then set out. Now that you have the opportunity, you might want to make sure that the Mk. 2 is in your weapon inventory and that it stays there, always. Now wait for the three PMCs in front of you to proceed to the left. Follow them out and if you can, try to tranquilize them all when they're at the barricade. If you can't, keep following them and try to get them up ahead. The thing about No Kills/No Alerts is that you may want to avoid combat and shooting PMCs all together when you can, to promote stealth, but sometimes you have to and also it's just helpful for the rebels and so forth. Still, you shouldn't need to cap every PMC in this area so keep that in mind. Just take the ones under this roof here and put them all to sleep with the Mk. 2. Just make sure you never get too close so that they spot you or you're in trouble. When it's safe, scurry over to the right side of the area where the rebels are holding their ground. Ignore the remaining PMCs and just continue to the door where the hideout is. Give the rebels some items though if you want, especially since you should have a lot of Rations, Instant Noodles, etc. from your last playthrough. Making friends with the rebels on Naked Normal takes much less work than on Solid Normal. When you're ready, go into the doorway. Middle East - Militia Safehouse ------------------------------- Again, this is the rebel base. The rebels, if they don't like you, will stop you and if you run away, they'll start firing. The rebels can't alert you, but its much, much better to do this the easiest way possible. So just appease them with a few items (it really shouldn't take too many) and when they go gaga for Snake, you're good. Basically, just traverse the various corridors until you reach the staircase at the end. There's a lot of items around though to find so pick them up if you'd like. When you reach the stairs, go up for the scene. You've met Drebin again, so now not only do you have access to your old stuff, but you can customize weapons, buy ammo and new weapons again, as well as cash in guns for extra DP. Now, if you didn't do it in Act 5 as I mentioned, go ahead and buy the Mosin Nagant sniper rifle. It will be extremely helpful in time. If for some reason you can't afford it, just wait until you can. Also note that if this is indeed your second time through the game, there's some new emotive ammo, reflecting the various personality traits of the B&B Corps. They are also anesthetic rounds, but I prefer to stick with the normal ammuntion for now. You can buy the new ammo though, for both the Mosin Nagant and the Mk. 2, but again, you should stick to the normal rounds in pursuant to completing your run. Middle East - Urban Ruins ------------------------- Just get through the collapsed building again. If you get really lost for some reason, refer to the first walkthrough above. It's really easy though, and if you have trouble, just put the Solid Eye on infrared and you can see footprints that easily lead you through. When you get into the next area, the next scene starts automatically. Middle East - Downtown ---------------------- Stick to the right wall and move forward. Turn the corner to the right near the cars and enter the alley there. Two rebels come running toward you and more run off to the left. Follow them and continue to the next area. This is where the PMC snipers are. Get low and crawl behind the sandbag barricade. Now, if you have the Mosin Nagant, you can make this part very easy. Just stay behind and carefully pick each PMC off. The two in the buliding, top floor and bottom, the two behind the barricade, and the one on the roof above them. Sniper rifles like the Mosin Nagant are risky in your No Kills/Alerts run, because when used too close, they easily give your position away and send you into Alert phase. Staying behind the barricades should safeguard you from this, although if you are playing on a really high difficulty, it may very well not. Take them all out and the rebels will cheer. Proceed forward, past the PMC barricade into the next alley. Take cover behind the blue van and two PMCs will stroll by to the left and turn the corner. Just ignore them and continue on. Stay low nearing the light on the floor and wall. Two more PMCs will file out and walk across. Proceed when they go, again not risking anything by capping them in the first place. Keep going ahead to the next corner, but be careful for other PMCs. Turn the corner here and you'll see the dead car some distance in front of you. Head there and crawl before you reach it, just to be safe. Crawl by and approach the blue van. Keep going and you'll reach the area where the rebels (left) are shooting on the PMCs (right). The ditch in the middle is the best route. So just keep crawling and move through here in the ditch to reach the other side. Make sure the PMCs can't see you, then stand up and hurry to the door. Middle East - Advent Palace --------------------------- No enemies here to worry about. Just a lot of traps and items to be found. Go ahead and excavate the place for goodies if you so desire. When you're ready to move on, find the other staircase on the third floor which leads to the roof. Go across the way to the bar and into the next hallway. Approaching the door starts the next cutscene. After everything is done with, you're prepared for your first boss fight. The key difference here though is that you're not going to kill a single person. =====BOSS FIGHT - FROG UNIT================================================ | Alright, the FROGs are back. In pursuing a No Kill run, you're going | |to have to incapacitate any FROGs with your non-lethal weapons. The two best | |choices for this are the Mk. 2 and the Mosin Nagant. Stun Grenades will also | |be handy in the right spots. | | Now, before we begin, there's a lot of commotion over this part about | |the FROGs who cling to walls. If you shoot them, even with tranquilizer ammo,| |they typically fall off and drop a ways. There's some speculation that this | |counts as an inadvertant kill. It's been heavily argued from both sides and | |it seems the majority suggests that they do not count as kills, and this I am| |quite certain is the final verdict. So, if you want, go ahead and shoot them,| |but if you want to be careful, avoid it when they're on the walls. | | From the start, you can allow Meryl's team to do a lot of the work. In| |fact, you can probably get through this without firing a single bullet, but | |that will probably result in a loss of health, so just take aim at some of | |the FROGs with your Mk. 2 or Mosin Nagant. When it's clear, follow Rat Pt. 01| |down the stairs into the next area. Here is where the first batch of wall | |clinging FROGs appear. Take aim at them and all the others, preferably with | |the Mosin Nagant for its accuracy. The MGL-140 equipped with Stun Grenades is| |also, very effective for taking out more than one at a time. Just remember to| |change the ammo to stun rounds by holding R2 and hitting Circle twice. Take | |out all the FROGs here, then proceed down the walkway a bit. You'll be warned| |of the back attack. Fire a Stun Grenade to take them all out easily, or use | |your Mk. 2 if you don't want to be blinded. When they're down, follow Meryl | |downstairs to the 2nd floor. | | Many frogs, in front of you and above you. Favor the Mosin Nagant or | |Mk. 2 and Stun Grenades for the ones across the way, but go with the Mosin | |Nagant exclusively for the ones above you. It really doesn't matter how many | |you take out; this part will end after all the dialogue has passed. When the | |team moves, follow them through the kitchen and other areas. Contine using | |the same weapons. When they reach the bathroom area, watch for the wall to | |to break open. Wake Akiba up and then go after the first two FROGs, CQC might| |work on the first one, then send the other a nice telegram from your Mk. 2. | |Wait for the next two FROGs to appear this way and take them out, again with | |non-lethal means. If there are any other left, find them and take them out or| |wait for Meryl's team to do it. When it's all over, you'll proceed into the | |hall for that quick scene. Drop down into the next area, then wait for the | |bulldozer to come crashing through. Use the Mk. 2 and the Mosin Nagant to | |take care of this last batch of FROGs. When they're all done, follow Rat Pt. | |01 into the next room for a scene. | =========================================================================== Drop down the elevator shaft and approach the unit again for one more scene. Right after this scene ends, turn around. Near the doorway, you should see an item, clearly visible on Solid Eye (even moreso if you have infrared on). Pick it up to get the FROG Soldier Doll. What does this do you might wonder? Well, it's an important part in getting a new gun. If you don't find it here, that means you accidentally killed one of the fROGs somehow. When you're ready, proceed up the slope and into the next corridor. Climb over the boxes and continue around the corridor into the next area. Middle East - Crescent Meridian ------------------------------- Proceed into the area with the rebels. You'll see the tank come rumbling in like before. Go left down the street toward the barricades, then slip into the building on the left. Climb out the window and follow the tank. The first two PMCs you have to worry about will be on the left. These guys respawn so you should get closer first. The key here to prevent the PMCs from respawning so fast is to let the rebels get closer and move their front up. Just get a little closer and use your Mk. 2 or a Stun Grenade, but turn away from the blast so you don't get blinded. Move up but be careful of replacements and stay in the area just below the big green container. Get a good look around the corner for other PMCs. Make sure no replacements are coming before going to the corner to the right of the container. There you can see some more PMCs ahead of you, near the blue van. Be careful here. Take them both out with the Mk. 2 or a Stun Grenade. Wait now, and let the rebels move up to where they were. Move up too but be careful and crawl. There are enemies ahead of you after the big archway so don't let them spot you. Go to the right of the van so that you can't be seen from the alley. This is where some replacement PMCs often come from. The rebels will hopefully start fighting them so get a shot and take it to take them out, or just toss a Stun Grenade down the alley to get them. When it's clear, enter the alley and turn the corner. Ahead will be the small sandbag placement with some PMCs. Just get close and shoot them both with the Mk. 2. Be cautious here. Stay a few feet behind the sandbags. Some replacements will quickly run in and take position there. Don't let them spot you by being too close. Just keep capping these guys and see where they come from and the route they take. Get out there when it's safe and lay flat, avoid their route and keep capping them until the rebels show up and they stop respawning. Eventually they will cheer and you'll be done. Climb the ladder under that small roof and go around the corner for that dramatic scene. Middle East - Millenium Park ---------------------------- Pick up all the dropped guns for DP, then contine forward. Around the next corner are two PMCs. Get low and cap them both with Mk. 2 roudns. Up ahead is another PMC on patrol. Try getting him from afar with the Mk. 2 as well. Go straight ahead into the alley with the dumpster. Go upstairs and watch out for the PMC. Take him out then enter the room in that hallway to the left of the top of the stairs. Drop down one of the holes in the floor and then get low again. Look for other PMCs and tranquilize them. Move out slowly and look for another. When everybody is down, proceed through this plaza into the last area. Just crawl through here to be safe. You don't want to mess up when you're this close. Pay attention to the radar and tranquilize all PMCs you come across. Move toward the tents and behind them is the door you need to pass through. If the coast is clear, go on through. A bunch of scenes start up and you're done with Act 1. When it's all over you can see your stats. If everything is right, you should have no alerts and no kills thus far. Let's move on. _ _ ____ / \ ___| |_ |___ \ / _ \ / __| __| __) | _________________________________ / ___ \ (__| |_ / __/ __________/ SOLID SUN No Kills/Alerts \____ /_/ \_\___|\__| |_____| / (exa2) \_________________________________/ __________________________/ Watch the briefing and the scenes, or skip them if you prefer. Take note that you can still search the Nomad with the Mk. II. You can also find that Frog Statue you found if you go up to the kitchen/living room. The statue will be near the TV. Anyways, when you're ready, let's begin. South America - Cove Valley Village ----------------------------------- From the start, you have the rebels and PMCs in front of you. Now, I advocated a sniping tactic in the regular walkthrough, because it's easy and for the most part you got a good angle on most of the PMCs from that cliff. I like that same strategy here, except using the Mosin Nagant of course to keep kills at 0. I will admit however, this is somewhat of a risky strategy, given that the Mosin Nagant can give you away. It's up to you. You can use it and if you mess up, you can just exit and reload your save since you're right at the start. The easier method would be to drop down and cap them all with your Mk. 2. Keep Solid Eye on infrared all the time. In fact, I would recommend you keep it on for almost this entire act. It's just very helpful in letting you see the enemies, and in this place where there are many paths and the enemies can at times, be hard to see, the infrared really shines. When you've taken care of all the PMCs, you can search the houses for items if you so desire. Move on to where the rebels have flocked off to (if they're still alive that is). With the infrared on, you can see the PMCs on this rising path. Take them out from a distance with the Mosin Nagant and at closer range with the Mk. 2. Keep climbing up the ledges and look out for other PMCs. Keep going until you reach the next area with the Codec call. With that out of the way, focus on the rebels and follow them into the next area. Your target here is the small valley to the right so we don't have to get caught up in this battle for long. Just make sure you know where the PMCs are. They send two soliders off to the right who get a good angle on you and the rebels so watch out for those guys. Tranquilize them and any others who might see you, then proceed through that valley where even more are waiting. When the coast is clear, continue down that path. South America - Power Station ----------------------------- Save, like always. More PMCs await at the power station and your rebel friends will engage them. Stay to the left at first then when you can, go to the right just a little and lay down. Hit both of the snipers with the Mosin Nagant or Mk. 2. Now go right and hug the right wall the whole way. Keep the infrared on and look for upcoming PMCs and take them out from afar with the Mosin Nagant. Keep moving, hugging that right wall until you see more PMCs. Keep them down and keep moving. Eventually you'll be nearing the right side of the power station. You can see more rebels dropping down ahead of you. Try to stay low because replacement PMCs from the left may see you. Just be careful and keep moving along the perimeter. When you get to that open gate on the left that leads to a doorway into the building, be careful of two PMCs here. Don't use the Mosin Nagant here, use the Mk. 2 or just ignore them completely and crawl past them. Follow the road as it curves and go up a ways to hit a cutscene. When it's over, follow the left path. It may be filled with PMCs if the rebels didn't blow up the power station. This makes it tougher so be careful. Go all the way up, until you reach... South America - Confinement Facility ------------------------------------ We're going to take the shortcut route here to completely skip the facility. You'll be on the rockface area. Head to the left to and watch out for PMCs. However, if you did not pick up the M870 Shotgun, and if it's not available in Drebin's shop, do not go left, go right. Go back to the facility and find it in that small tiny building separate from the actual facility. This will be very helpful soon. If you do have it, good. Go all the way down the road until you reach the small prison area. Go ahead and free the rebels if you want, just stay out of sight. If you the upper ridge to enter this area, you can easily snipe a few of the more important PMCs with the Mosin Nagant. Make sure the rest that may see you are down, and then enter the mine shaft like entrance at the far end of the road. South America - Vista Mansion ----------------------------- You're at the high vantage area. This was a path I mentioned but did not take in the original walkthrough. You've got a great view of the battle below you. Go ahead and snipe all the PMCs with the Mosin Nagant, giving your rebel buddies some assistance. Keep moving along the ridge and make sure the PMCs who usually stand at the end of this path are nowhere in sight. The bulldozer will come in. Just wait for it to break the gate down, then proceed inside. Go to the left and up the stairs. Stay back from the doorway so the PMCs and rebels can just duke it out. Go around the garden and come up on the left side of the doorway (make sure no PMCs are rushing down that left side toward you). Tranquilize PMCs guarding the door, then slip inside when it's safe to do so. You'll hear the PMCs talking in the room ahead of you. Like I advised in the standard walkthrough, lay down on the carpet near the table and use OctoCamo to hide while one PMC bursts through the door here and goes outside. Don't go into the door he came out of just yet. The other PMC is usually in the hallway to the right when you enter this door and he might have an easy time spotting you for an alert. Send the Mk. II through the door instead, using stealth of course to find and stun him. With that done, get up and go up the stairs, down the hall and into the room there. Head out into the roof which should be clear, but if you want to be safe, scout it out with the Mk. II quick. Go across the roof and into the hole in the small deck there. Head through this cellar area, getting items along the way if you wish. Find the ladder and climb up. South America - Research Lab ---------------------------- Well, you know (or should at least know) what's coming. Watch or skip the scenes and we'll start the first real boss battle of the game in your No Kill/Alert run. Just a note about the B&B corp with No Kills. They are not succeptible to kills until they're in the Beauty form. What's that mean? Well, it means you can go ahead and use lethal weapons on their first (Beast) form, because it won't count as a kill until you deal with their Beauty form. The thing is though, we're going to kill the Beast forms non-lethally anyway, and the reason is if you do, you'll be rewarded later. So please follow this guide and if you have not already done so, deal with the Beast forms non-lethally as this No Kills/Alerts walkthrough advises. After the scenes are done with, the first part of this fight begins. I wouldn't mess around here with the fROGs so just take the easiest way. From where you are now, just crawl under the table. You can stay here the whole time and wait for the FROGs to get close. Most of them will get in your direct line of sight so just shoot them with the Mk. 2. Others may be harder so try and use the nearby bucket when they're close to lure them into the room. Cap them all with the Mk. 2 and after they are taken care of, the caution phase will fade away. Before you venture out, make sure you have the M870 and also V-Ring ammo (buy it from Drebin). Go out into the hallway, and your enemy will call out to you. =====BOSS FIGHT - LAUGHING OCTOPUS========================================= | Aha! So we meet again you.... crazy, tentacle woman thing... Yeah.... | |Anyways, now that we're going to be attempting a stamina kill, your weapon | |choice will be different and much more limited this time around. Your best | |friend here is the M870 which I sincerely hope you have found our bought from| |Drebin. Make sure you have purchased V-Ring ammo for it. It's the only type | |of ammo that makes this work. I also like to use the Mosin Nagant sometimes | |and on occasion, Stun Grenades. If you are indeed playing this for the second| |time, you have the MGL-140. You can use it if you'd like, but it's preferable| |not to because of the flash. If she's far away though, go for it. | | Anyway, you should know Octopus' attacks (and if you don't check the | |first strategy for her in the standard walkthrough). The key here is to keep | |firing at her head with the M870 and V-Ring ammo. It doesn't do a whole lot, | |but it's really the best you've got. You'll be tasked with tracking her down | |the whole time. Remember all her hiding spots well. She hides in the hallway,| |on the ceiling, in the painting at the end of one hall, in the ceiling in the| |lab room, as a machine in the lab room, as a box in the small storage room, | |as a marionette (across from the real one), and as a limp soldier. Snuff her | |out by using the infrared setting on the Solid Eye to see her lit up like a | |Christmas tree, and also the radar to tell where she might be located when | |she talks. Find her and use the M870 or the Mosin Nagant to headshot her, | |then when she vanishes, you can repeat the whole process over again. | | Shake off her bombs when she sends them out and they latch onto you by| |rolling. When Octopus starts coming through the windows, fend her off with | |the M870 and if she's far away down the hall, you can use the MGL-140 Stun | |Grenades, but again, it's not the best option due the blinding and the fact | |that, unfortunately, they don't do much damage. This will be a long fight | |trying to deplete her stamina so healing items may become important. Keep up | |your attacks and make sure to dodge her roll attack if you can. Remember that| |halfway through she'll disguise herself as the Mk. II. After you turn the | |Corner go no farther and hit her from afar. When she disguises herself as | |Naomi, just give her a Mosin Nagant round to the head. Keep up your attacks | |with the M870 after that and watch for her as she continues to bound in and | |out of the windows. Eventually you'll deplete that stamina to zero, and the | |fight will be won. | =========================================================================== Oh ho, but as you should know, there's one last thing to take care of. =====BOSS FIGHT - LAUGHING BEAUTY========================================== | Ok, first thing's first. Turn left and enter the lab room. Go into the| |next room to the right which is the other room with a bed. On top of this bed| |(use infrared) you will find the Laughing Octopus Doll. This is the prime | |reason you stamina killed the Beast form, and is the reason you'll be doing | |the same for the rest of the B&B Corps. If you have these already, you can | |ignore that and also ignore the stamina killing aspect for the Beast form. | | With the doll in hand, turn your sights on Laughing Beauty. You can go| |ahead and search for items first if you wish, but you know what you must do | |eventually. We have to stamina kill her too, because we obviously want to | |keep kills at 0 and bosses do indeed count. The M870 works wonders on these | |sidestepping witches. It's very easy to get shots on them and it does a lot | |of damage. Just three should be more than enough to take her down and end | |this. Non-lethally of course. | =========================================================================== After the scene, you'll receive FaceCamo (Laughing Beauty). It's kind of.... pointless, but eh. It's your reward for stamina killing the Beauty form. Now that that's over, you can continue. South America - Mountain Trail ------------------------------ This part will go much faster since you should hopefully have a general idea of which way to go, and also what's usually waiting for you. I'm just going to point you which way to go to get out of here, so if you want to know what goodies are laying around on the various paths, refer to the standard walkthrough. Just proceed down the trail, following the footsteps with the infrared. At the first fork, take the leftmost path to get onto the bridge. Cross over into the next open area. Watch for the PMC; just tranquilize him if you want. Go down the right path to continue. You'll enter another open area with a PMC laying upon the hill above. Either take him out from a fair distance with the Mosin Nagant, or get a little closer, lay down, and get him with the Mk. 2. Laying down just to be safe is wise because if you don't make a precise shot, he can get up and spot you, if you're close enough that is. There's three paths here. Take the middle one because you'll only run into one PMC. He's kneeling down in the next area. Just crawl forward until you can see him and then tranquilize him. Again three paths. The right one goes back to the previous area. Take the left path and you will encounter that area of flattened grass, where you'll get that audio flashback from MGS2 (assuming you didn't trip a caution phase coming through here). Head down and across the river, up the slope and take the left path. This will let you skip two of the FROGs. From here on, it would not be a bad idea at all to use the Mk. II to scout out areas ahead and take out the enemies. It makes things easier and if you use the stealth function, you can make getting through without alerts a bit easier. You'll have four paths, but really three since one of the others besides the one you took to get here was an alternate route from the river. The right path here is the booby trap route, so let's take the left or middle, which go to the same spot. I prefer the left path since it's a bit more direct, but it will put you in line of two FROGs so if you want, take the other path, but just be careful coming down that path with the infrared on. If you take the leftmost path, just stay back and use the MK. II to find the two FROGs, one in the basin area, and the other down the path a little more behind the tree. Stun them both and then move on. You'll enter the next area with the PMC planting his Claymore. Just tranquilize him from afar and then go ahead and collect that Claymore if you wish. The center and right paths are the ones we're interested in. The right path is the best because it's a bit of a shortcut and it also let's you skip a hard to spot FROG on the center path. In the next area will be a PMC, so just tranquilize him or stun him with the Mk. II. The next path you want is, if you look at the map, the one that is most directly opposite of the one you just came out of (if you took the right path). It's the one where a big rock is almost blocking the way. Go this way, then take the first left you see, then turn right to enter that big doorway. That ends this area and moves you onto a troublesome segment for this Act. I would definitely save your game before this area begins and maybe even create a separate save file. After a scene, you'll start the driving/gunning segment on top of Drebin's APC. The thing to remember here is to NOT SHOOT ANY HUMANS. That turret is going to go to waste for the first minute or so of this part. When the APC stops at the gate in Vista Mansion, you'll see all the confused PMCs around. Don't even dare aim at them. You're just gonna have to bite the bullet and sit tight. After the smoke ahead clears, you'll see the guys in the powered suits stumble forward. Do not, and I repeat, do not shoot these guys either. This is where a lot of people mess up in their bid to get No Kills in this Act. The powered suits are in fact manned by PMCs so hold your fire. Just sit tight and fend off the PMCs that climb up to get you by using the CQC throw down technique. Eventually, Drebin will drive off. In the next area, you'll be able to free your trigger finger when the Gekko drop in uninvited. These things are unmanned so they will not count as kills, so please fire away. Take them all out but don't aim at the PMCs, and just CQC the ones that come after you. Drebin will drive off again and you'll start the next part. Take aim at those green doors and then the other APC when it gets involved. I'm pretty sure the APC doesn't count as a kill, because I remember shooting at it, and also it does not exactly "blow up completely" it still uses its turret and so forth so I'd say you can shoot at it, but if you want, avoid it. I have to confirm this later. Continue to be wary of the PMCs and just aim solely at the doors until they're down. One more area to deal with. There will be more PMCs, the Gekkos, and another APC. Eventually Drebin runs the APC off the road and then you'll start the last run toward the end of this segment with a lot of Gekko on your tail. Shoot all you can for more DP and then eventually you'll escape through the valley. That should do it. One more area to go. South America - Marketplace --------------------------- This is it. All that stand between you and the finish line of Act 2 are a bunch of Gekko. No sweat right? Well, they can't alert you, and they don't count as kills so I got a great idea. If you already have beaten the game like this particular walkthrough was meant for, you should have that nifty gun in your possession called the Rail Gun. Go ahead and use it on any Gekko you encounter, but only for the ones that block your way. Your main priority still is to get out of here as fast as possible. Stay left again and go down the alley there. Turn the corner and charge up the Rail Gun for the oncoming Gekko (if you don't have it just use a high powered sniper rifle or some automatic weapon, or just try to run by it--not recommended). Take the Gekko out and then turn the corner. Another Gekko will probably come snooping so fire another fully charged Rail Gun shot at it, or just try to get by. Proceed down that last street. This is where that one Gekko blocks your path, so just charge the Rail Gun one more time and fire at will. If you don't have it, just use the Mk. 2 on its legs to put it down. Before passing, don't forget those Chaff Grenades in the last stall to the left. They will be very useful in Act 4. Pass through the boundary and you're done. A scene commences and Act 2 is done. Nicely done. Hopefully when the stats come up, you're still going with No Kills and No Alerts. On to Act 3! _ _ _____ / \ ___| |_ |___ / / _ \ / __| __| |_ \ _________________________________ / ___ \ (__| |_ ___) | __________/ THIRD SUN No Kills/Alerts \____ /_/ \_\___|\__| |____/ / (exa3) \_________________________________/ _________________________/ Alright, more scenes, briefings etc. Again, if you wanna look, you can find the Lauging Octopus doll next to the FROG doll you got upstairs in the living room area of the Nomad during the briefing. Anyways, for Act 3, things will be pretty easy during the first sequence, seeing as how the areas are large and there are not a whole lot of PMCs, so avoiding alerts isn't too tough. When all the scenes are over, you start at... Eastern Europe - Midtown S Sector --------------------------------- Just turn the corner and go down a bit to trigger the scene where the resistance member appears. Go ahead and unequip the Scanning Plug; you should not need it hopefully. Now you can go ahead and start following him. Note that if you are indeed playing this on Naked Normal as opposed to the Solid Normal difficulty that my regular walkthrough goes by, there's a good chance the resistance member will take a different route, so take note of that. Adjust accordingly if he doesn't go down this route. Follow him down the street as he crosses over to the other side, then goes around the next few corners and stops when he sees his first PMC. The Solid Eye infrared helps you see them in the distance and in the darkness of the city streets. Use it and the Mk. 2 tranquilizer gun or the Mk. II. These two are the main tools for this part, so avoid using anything else if you can. Try using the Mk. II to take out the first PMC standing in the middle of the street, then up the hill is another, but he's too far out of range. Have Snake move up and hide behind one of the vehicles, then use the Mk. II again and find the other PMC standing in front of the park. Shock him and that is it for now. Our resistance friend might take a detour here so take note of that. I don't exactly know what factors into it, but if he does not go into the park right now, you'll have to adjust to that and keep tracking him until he does. For me, he's going into the park again so let's follow him. He'll go past the fountain and then to the drum can, turn around and run to the statue, so hide somewhere until he relieves himself. He'll move again and then stop near the far wall because of the PMCs to the left. Just stay back and hit them both with the Mk. 2 and that should do the trick. Our guy will continue on his way so let's follow him. One thing though, in case you didn't notice this before (it's in the Easter Egg section), from where the drum can is about, turn around and look back to the fountain. You'll see a mysterious person peaking around the bushes at you. Holy sh*t that's creepy o_O. Anyways, our guy should leave the park now and head across the street to the left of the big incline. He'll go up the stairs there and then onto the street again. Just a few general tips to keep in mind now as you follow him around the corner. Remember that if he spots you, it will NOT count as an alert. Please remember that. He'll just be scared and run away so don't worry. If you lose track of him, just find him on the radar and listen for the whistling. If he sees you and starts shooting, just knock him out with CQC. Wake him up and then continue on your way. He'll go down the stairs and then left down the next street, ducking into the doorways and such. At the intersection he'll slip into one doorway, then run to the right and into the big opening. Follow him into the next area. Eastern Europe - Midtown NE Sector ---------------------------------- The resistance member will be off to the left so find him. He'll cross the street and get into the open area with the PMCs and the helicopter. None of them should be a factor for you so just follow the resistance member closely. He'll head off to the right and that will get you out of the helicopter's range which is good. He'll turn left and go down the next street and attempt to slip past the PMCs here but it will fail and they'll spot him. Try to take out both PMCs with some shots from the Mk. 2 from afar. If you can get them before they see the resistance member, you won't have to worry about him running away. Keep following him until he reaches the next intersection. Here he'll stay in one alcove then enter the alley. This leads to the next area. Eastern Europe - Midtown N Sector --------------------------------- Here's where he disguises himself as the PMC. Just follow him out the alley and then onto the street. Stay back and spot the two PMCs down the hill and just use the Mk. 2 to shoot them and the Solid Eye's infrared to get a better view if you have to. Follow him down the hill then left down the next street. Around the next corner he will join a group of three others PMCs. He's the one at the front so keep tabs on him. They'll march down the street and a few PMCs will break off in various directions. I personally like to follow each one of them and take them out or hold them up for items. If you're trying to be extra cautious, just keep following the disguised resistance member. At the next intersection, he and one other PMC turn right, while the third goes left. Keep following them and our guy will go left down the alley so follow him. Around the next corner, Otacon will warn you about the vehicle patrols. It also means we're almost done with this so let's not mess up now. Get the Drum Can or Carboard Box ready and follow the resistance member out into the street. Follow him down the street which is pretty much the last path until the end. Don't get an alert here so whenever you see the headlights of the vehicles coming, put the Drum Can or Carboard Box on and stay still. When they pass, keep moving and follow the resistance member. At the end of the street he'll stop so don't be moving because he might see you even if you're under the can or box. He'll ditch the diguise so stay hidden for a moment, then follow him down the street for a few seconds and then that will be it. Watch or skip all of the scenes and get ready for the next part. The motorcycle chase sequence. In trying to keep your kills at 0, you'll find that your already limited weapon choices is even more limited. The Mk. 2 is one choice, but you can also use the Twin Barrel shotgun if you have it, just make sure to switch the ammo to V-Ring from the Weapon Menu. Both guns can't fire consecutively fast enough to save their lives so if you want, there is also the option to use Stun Grenades. You have to deal with these though because you don't want to kill anybody. For the first few minutes just enjoy the ride. You'll pass a couple PMCs that will open fire on the convoy so if you want, shoot some tranquilizer rounds at them with the Mk. 2 but it's not easy as you can see and it's not really necessary either. Just keep going until Big Mama turns the bike around and you stop in that square. Two groups will converge on you, one on the right and the other to the left. Take aim at the PMCs with the Mk. 2 and tranquilize as many as you can. Use a Stun Grenade if you want, but eventually Big Mama will drive off. Just sit back until the jeep comes out. Shoot the guy behind the turret to knock him out, then when a FROG jumps on the van, shoot her off and don't worry about her falling off and dying because it won't count as a kill. At the two blockades, take down whatever PMCs you can, then when you jump over, take more of them out until the convoy crashes through. Down the next few streets, the FROGs will start to show up so take aim at them if you want, but not many of them will actually be shooting. Eventually you'll all get up the road and pass into the next area. Raging Raven makes her grand appearance with her minions. Now you can switch to something more practical like the P90 and fire away. Fire at will at the flying minions because they do NOT and I repeat, do NOT count as kills so please don't hesitate to shoot. Take as many as you can down with the P90, but when you see FROGs or other vehicles either hold your fire or switch to the Twin Barrel or Mk. 2. If you're worried you might accidentally forget to switch, just do not use anything but non-lethal weapons, because the flying minions won't really cause much trouble if you ignore them. Keep firing at the flying enemies and then when a jeep starts to chase you, take out the gunner with the Twin Barrel. Switch back to the P90 for more flying enemies, but hold your fire when you reach the intersection with two jeeps. Keep going, taking down the flying enemies and then when the slow-mo sequence starts as you drive under the jeep, aim at the FROGs if you want with the Twin Barrel or Mk. 2. After that, just be careful of the FROGs that you don't hit them with any stray bullets from lethal weapons. Big Mama will eventually turn down that alley. You might be better off ignoring each FROG down here since they stick so close to explosive barrels. Just deal with it and the chase will end soon after. Eastern Europe - Echo's Beacon ------------------------------ A few scenes and after that you're onto the next boss fight. Again, we're looking to stamina kill both forms so if you already have done the first form in a previous playthrough feel free to use lethal weapons on the first form. =====BOSS FIGHT - RAGING RAVEN============================================= | Ironically, you might find the stamina kill strategy to be quicker and| |more efficient than the normal strategy for Raven. Then again, you might be | |playing it on a lower difficulty like how this guide was written for, so it | |could just be that. Anyways... | | You should know Raven's attacks, and if not, seek out the first | |strategy on her. Your best friend in this fight is the Mosin Nagant so you | |better have it. Another fine choice is the M870, but the Mosin Nagant is just| |money here so we're gonna use that. My personal preference is to go up to the| |top floor, but depending on your strategy you might want the 2nd floor. | | Now on the top floor balcony, just take aim and look for Raven. You | |can go ahead and use the M4 or whatever you want to shoot down her minions | |because again, they do NOT count as kills. Also, even though Raven's minions | |can spot you with their searchlights and it makes the "!" sound like you got | |an alert, this is not an alert so don't be alarmed. Again, you can't get an | |alert here so don't be concerned. | | The basic strategy is to find Raging Raven in your scope and fire at | |her with the Mosin Nagant. The damage she takes from it is considerable so it| |won't take very long to end this fight. The key is to keep moving and avoid | |her grenades. She hovers in the air for a few moments, then fires a grenade | |and flies off. Learn the timing of this in case you can't get your shot off | |so you can move to avoid the blast. Also be wary of her "bombing run" attack | |if she does it. One thing to keep in mind when using the Mosin Nagant on her | |is that she doesn't always flinch when you shoot her with it. That means that| |even if you land a hit on her, she might still shoot a grenade at you so be | |careful. If you prefer not to stay out in the open, it's your choice, but on | |Naked Normal and with the power of the Mosin Nagant, this fight is pretty | |easy. Just keep up the attack and she'll go down in no time. | =========================================================================== Hold on to your pants though (wait, what?), because this isn't over just yet! =====BOSS FIGHT - RAGING BEAUTY============================================ | By now, these things should be very elementary if you have indeed been| |through the game once before already. You have the freedom to search for some| |items but there's one in particular we're after here. Go upstairs all the way| |to the top floor. As soon as you come out the door onto the balcony, turn | |right. In that corner there, you'll find the Raging Raven Doll. That's three | |now so we're on our way. | | As for Raging Beauty, she will probably have followed you up here and | |will most likely be moving at a fast pace. Ready your M870 and fire it at her| |to slow her down and hopefully get a hit. Just avoid her and keep using the | |M870's V-Ring ammo (remember, no kills!) to reduce her stamina to nothing and| |the fight will end. | =========================================================================== After the scene, you'll obtain FaceCamo (Raging Beauty). Now a whole bunch of long cutscenes will play so skip them if you so desire. When it's all said and done, Act 3 is over with. You're almost there! _ _ _ _ / \ ___| |_ | || | / _ \ / __| __| | || |_ _________________________________ / ___ \ (__| |_ |__ _| __________/ TWIN SUNS No Kills/Alerts \____ /_/ \_\___|\__| |_| / (exa4) \_________________________________/ __________________________/ COMING SOON _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Extras (exra) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ *========================================================================* Easter Eggs (ovresy) *========================================================================* There's a lot of stuff I'm adding here, so it will take a little while to compile. Easter Eggs are just fun little findings in the game that are hidden or just make some sort of abstract reference to something else, especially one of the previous MGS games. They can come in many forms though, even just little weird things you never saw before in the game. Some of these Eggs openly reveal a few minor spoilers in the game's cutscenes. 1. The Nomad's "equipment" -Any time you can control the Mk. II/Mk. III on the Nomad during mission briefings, go upstairs and into the kitchen/living room area. On the table across from the TV, you'll see a PlayStation3 console. 2. Sunny the Gamer -During Mission Briefing 1 (access from the main menu), if you follow Sunny with the Mk. II (go ahead you pedophiles), you will see she has a PSP and commences to play it. 3. Hey, You Got Apple In My PS3! -There are a few Apple products that exist in the world of MGS4, as strange as it may seem. Otacon uses a macbook, and if you look closely at the computers that Sunny uses at her desk, they also have the Apple symbol on the back of the monitors. Oh and let's not forget Snake's trusty iPod! Meryl also has a macbook apparently. What an endorsement! 4. Sorry About That Old Chap -In Act 1 - Red Zone, just when you enter this area, there's the pedestal with the two statues that Snake can use to hide. You do this by hitting triangle to blend in with the other two statues, and Snake covers the middle statue's "junk". Release Triangle to leave this, but press it two more times and Snake will eventually break off the statue's "piece". Whoops... 5. Damnit! I Knew I Should Have Brought My Bottle of Clear Eyes! -In Act 1, just after you pass from Crescent Meridian into Millenium Park, you have a cutscene with the B&B Corps. A prompt shows up near the end, asking you to press L1. Do so and Snake will see Screaming Mantis, but also a very strange yet familiar figure. Was that.... no, it couldn't have been... 6. Not Good... Gonna Vom... -In Act 1 or 2, in any area with a lot of PMCs, preferably where they respawn, just go on a killing spree and rack up a huge kill count without leaving the area. Eventually Snake will hear the voice of Liquid in his head and it will force him to expell his lunch. Damnit, I didn't want to see that bagel again. 7. M Night Shyamalan, Is That You? -While in Act 2 - Mountain Trail, you will encounter many different paths, some of which lead to the same place. Just before you reach the river, if you take the left path, you'll encounter what seems like a crop circle, and an ominous message from MGS2 will be heard. o_O They're coming....... 8. Hollyweird... -In Act 2 - Mountain Trail, when you reach the area where the PMC is planting a Claymore, take the leftmost path. You'll find a dead end with a few items, Guinea Pigs, but also a strange thing in the ground. Take a closer look and it's a cement block with handprints and signatures in it. You can lay on top of this and register it as a Camo design. 9. Whoops, Dropped My Cigarette, Heh -Snake's pervertedness knows no bounds. During one of the cutscenes with Naomi in the Research Lab area, Snake will drop his cigarette. You can get a first person view here with an unprompted L1 press. Snake bends over to grab his cig and... oh... what do we have here? 10. *Stares* .....I'm Sorry, What? -During one of the scenes with Naomi, she tells Snake how long he has left, which drops his psyche gauge a bit. Press L1 at this time (unprompted) to see what Snake is seeing (ooh la la) and it will restore his psyche. 11. Oh Otacon, You Jokester.... Wait, What?! -During the Laughing Octopus fight, we all know that she will disguise herself as the Mk. II halfway through. There's two fun things you can do at this point. The first is to call Otacon on the Codec, and he will not know what Snake is talking about when he asks. Also, you can use the real Mk. II and make it face the disguised Octopus. This causes her to get freaked and change back. 12. I Got A Bad Feeling About This... -In Act 3, when you tail the Resistance member, you will inevitably follow him into the park. When he decides to relieve himself, if you hide in a particular area and then look back to the statue where he stood, you might be able to see someone or "something" follow you, relevant to an upcoming cutscene. This isn't the only spot however. You can turn around and different intervals during the stalking sequence and you might see him. Creepy sh*t... is really creepy ._. 13. Run! It's a Trap! -Wear one of the Beauty FaceCamos during Act 3's stalking sequence and let the resistance member see you. Instead of being startled and running away, he will actually hit on Snake! Boy, he must not be very perceptive huh? 14. I Love What You've Done With The Place! -After you finish following the resistance member in Act 3, you get a cutscene where you can use L1 to get Snake's perspective in the resistance hideout. Look around carefully and you can see some Metal Gear posters on the walls. 15. "Just Like Old Times" -In Act 4, when you reach the Heliport, among many flashbacks you can get in this area, there is one particular relic from the past worth finding. Crawl under the truck and you'll find the Mk. 23 SOCOM pistol. Schwing! Fire it a few times and then reload and Snake will remember the feeling. 16. Oooh, Retro! -While in Shadow Moses during Act 4, angle the camera so it's just above Snake, and keep it there for a little while. Eventually Snake will say how it's just like the old days, and you'll get a little DP flashback reward. 17. Eek! Mice! -In Act 4, to enter the Tank Hangar, you can choose to take one of the vents like in MGS1. If you do, you'll inevitably run into the field mice just like in MGS1. They must be the great great grandchildren of those mice though. They still get the "!" above their heads when Snake gets near. 18. "See You In Hell, Liquid..." -In Act 4 - Snowfield, following the fight with Crying Wolf, you have the liberty to explore the vast area. The door you have to go through to proceed is at one end. To the immediate right of this door is a path (you can see it on your map pretty easily). Go down here to find the crashed Hind D from MGS1 that Liquid used against Snake. 19. GET A GRIP! -This one is obvious, but before entering the Blast Furnace area, you are greeted with a Codec call from Otacon, asking you to change discs. Funny. 20. Snake 1, Tank 0 -When you reach the Blast Furnace, call Otacon on the Codec. He'll ask Snake about how he defeated Vulcan Raven in his M1 Tank back in the Canyon during MGS1. Otacon conjectures as to the impossible odds of a man taking on a tank by himself. The conversation ends with a funny and unexpected line from Otacon. 21. Aha! Wait.... I CAN'T MOVE! -During the Screaming Mantis fight, you are at first, unable to aim your gun at her properly and all your shots on Meryl and the reanimated FROGs miss. Vet MGS players may opt to hit the PS button and change their controller port. If you do this, Otacon will call and scold Snake for that, saying it won't work again. 22. Shouldn't Have Smoked That Stuff, I'm Hallucinating... -After Screaming Mantis is defeated, and the visiage of Psycho Mantis appears, he goes through his routine where you get a few flashbacks. More importantly however, after he fades away, press X for a hidden flashback of Kojima. There is also a short flashback (X appears for this one) where you can hear MGS3's The Sorrow talking. Hold L1 (hidden) here and you can see him. Where are the Ghostbusters when you need them? ._. 23. HEY IT'S NOTHING PERSONAL LADY, GET OFF MY BACK WOULD YA?! -We all know you can hold up enemies and pat them down for goodies, it ends with Snake delivering a stunning blow to their "jewels". Do this to FROGs however, and they will just scoff at Snake's perverted nature. This also means they are not stunned so act quickly to avoid an alert! 24. Otacon, You Geek! -Near Otacon's computer, he has a model of Metal Gear REX. Also, his computer's wallpaper is from Zone of the Enders. 25. Snake Used, Kojima Approved -Read the description for the M82A2 Sniper Rifle. It will say "recommended by Hideo Kojima." 26. Nothing In Here But Smoke! Oh ok... -When hiding in a locker, if you make a noise that may draw a nearby enemy soldier to you, they will often open the locker and there you go, you're found. Light up a cigarette however and the soldier will be warded off. Many more coming soon *========================================================================* Fun Things To Do (hvfn) *========================================================================* This is basically a section for other little things you can do in the game. They range from a variety of things that almost border on Easter Eggs. I figured it would be best to make a separate section for it all however. B&B Photo Shoot --------------- You may have accidentally experienced this when fighting the B&B Corps. When you're fighting their Beauty forms, if you let enough time pass by, the screen goes white and you and the Beauty are brought into a white realm. In here, the Beauty will continue to come after Snake. Whip out (no, not that!) the camera however and the Beauties will pose for Snake. Schwing! Take pictures of them and you can add them to your gallery and then later export them from your PS3 as jpeg files. One thing to keep in mind during this sequence however, is that there is a timer at the top of the screen. If it falls to 0, the Beauty will die, and if you're trying to do a No Kill run, that will count as a kill. So take your pictures but then use your non-lethal weapons before time runs out to prevent a kill. MORE COMING SOON _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Unlockables (unlk) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ *========================================================================* Weapons/Items (wpns) *========================================================================* Weapon/Item: Name of the weapon or item How to Unlock: How it's unlocked Notes: Any special notes about how it's used or its capabilities Weapon: Race Gun How to Unlock: Beat the game once on any difficulty Notes: Bullets will ricochet off walls and other surfaces Weapon: Solar Gun How to Unlock: Collect all five boss statues Notes: Extremely powerful tranquilizer gun, uses sunlight. Recharge by holding circle. Weapon: Desert Eagle - Long Barrel How to Unlock: Earn the Fox Emblem Notes: Weapon: Thor 45-70 How to Unlock: Earn the FoxHound Emblem Notes: Weapon: World War I Pistol How to Unlock: Earn the Hound Emblem Notes: Weapon: Mk. 23 SOCOM Pistol How to Unlock: Find it under the truck at the Heliport, Act IV Notes: Snake's old gun, awards Drebin Points when found and used. Light can be turned on or off from the menu. Weapon: Patriot How to Unlock: Earn the Big Boss Emblem Notes: Item: Bandanna How to Unlock: Beat the game having no kills Notes: Bestows infinite ammo Item: Stealth How to Unlock: Beat the game having no alerts Notes: Renders Snake invisible to the naked eye. Insufficient against Gekkos or anything else with infrared scanners Item: Scanning Plug S How to Unlock: Play Metal Gear Online for more than 10 hours Notes: Item: Camera How to Unlock: Find on the Nomad during briefings, search with the Mk. II/III Notes: If found during Act IV, awards secret photo Item: Combat Vests How to Unlock: Beat the game once on any difficulty Notes: Allows you to customize Snake's appearance more *========================================================================* FaceCamo (fccm) *========================================================================* The FaceCamos allow you to change Snake's facial apperance. A couple are pretty nice, but a lot of them are just merely for fun and serve no real purpose at all. I'd say the main motivation in obtaining them is just for the sake of getting them. Note that you can only start unlocking FaceCamo on the Nomad by completing the Laughing Octopus fight in Act 2. Camo: FaceCamo standard (needed to collect other FaceCamo) How to Unlock: Defeat Laughing Octopus Camo: Young Snake How to Unlock: Start Act 3 Camo: Young Snake w/ Bandanna How to Unlock: Start Act 3 Camo: MGS1 Snake How to Unlock: Start Act 4 Camo: L. Beauty How to Unlock: Defeat Laughing Beauty non-lethally Camo: R. Beauty How to Unlock: Defeat Raging Beauty non-lethally Camo: C. Beauty How to Unlock: Defeat Crying Beauty non-lethally Camo: S. Beauty How to Unlock: Defeat Screaming Beauty non-lethally Camo: Otacon How to Unlock: Bump into Otacon with the Mk. II during the Act 3 Mission Briefing or other briefing. Camo: Raiden w/ Vizor How to Unlock: Bump into Naomi with the Mk. II during the Act 4 Mission Briefing Camo: Raiden Vizor Down How to Unlock: Bump into Sunny with the Mk. II during the Act 4 or any other Mission Briefing Camo: Roy Campbell How to Unlock: Bump into Campbell with the Mk. II during the Act 1 Mission Briefing. To play this briefing, access Mission Briefings from the start menu Camo: Drebin How to Unlock: Obtain at least 60 weapons Camo: Corpse How to Unlock: Have 51 or more continues in a playthrough Camo: Big Boss How to Unlock: Earn the Big Boss Emblem *========================================================================* Costumes (cstu) *========================================================================* The costumes in the game are fun additions as well. You can make Snake look more like a hitman with the suit, or dress to impress his friends. The rebel disguises only appear to be useable in the appropriate acts so take note of that. I might be wrong though so I'm gonna confirm that later. Costume: Middle East Militia Disguise How to Unlock: Middle East - Militia Safe House. Go right at the third fork to find it in a locker. Notes: Only useable in Act 1 Costume: South American Rebel Disguise How to Unlock: South America - Cove Valley Village. In one of the small houses, go inside to find it, use infrared to make it easier. Notes: Only useable in Act 2 Costume: Civilian Disguise How to Unlock: Start Act 3 Notes: Only useable in Act 3 Costume: Suit How to Unlock: Beat the game on any difficulty Costume: Altair How to Unlock: Earn the Assassin's Emblem Notes: Makes Snake look like Altair from Assassin's Creed *========================================================================* Emblems (embd) *========================================================================* The Emblems are a way of ranking your accomplishments upon beating the game. They are very much similar to the rankings used in MGS3. By meeting certain criteria during a playthrough of the game, you can earn several different Emblems when you finish. Typically, one Emblem appears first and is considered by players to be their "main" for that run through. Others will also appear for your various play styles and accomplishments. There are 40 in total, and collecting all of them not only gives you plenty to do with MGS4, but also rewards you with another iPod Song. Oh yay... Anyways, much of this information comes from the Cheats section of gamefaqs.com, so credit goes to those who submitted it. I will also be trying to confirm as many of these as I can in the coming days. Emblem: Ant How to Unlock: Search 50 enemies for items Emblem: Assassin How to Unlock: Have 50 or more knife kills, 50 or more CQC holds, and less than 25 alerts when completing the game. Notes: "Knife kills" are the slit throat when holding an enemy, so CQC holds go hand in hand with knife kills, you can't do one without the other. Each time you slit an enemy's throat, you get +1 CQC hold and +1 knife kill. Emblem: Bear How to Unlock: Grab at least 100 enemies in CQC Emblem: Bee How to Unlock: Use the Syringe on at least 50 enemies Notes: Scanning Plug S can be used too apparently Emblem: Big Boss How to Unlock: Beat the game on The Boss Extreme with no kills, no deaths, no alerts, no healing items used, and without using Bandanna or Stealth in under 5 hours Notes: Completing the requirements for this may award you with several other Emblems if you didn't collect them, including Fox, Fox Hound, Hound, Mantis and Raven. Emblem: Blue Bird How to Unlock: Hand over 50 items to rebels Emblem: Centipede How to Unlock: Have less than 75 alerts, less than 250 kills, and more than 25 continues Emblem: Chicken How to Unlock: Have over 150 alerts, over 500 kills, over 50 continues, use more than 50 healing items, and beat the game in over 35 hours Emblem: Cow How to Unlock: Have over 100 alerts Emblem: Crocodile How to Unlock: Have over 400 kills Emblem: Eagle How to Unlock: Have 150 or more headshots Emblem: Fox How to Unlock: Beat the game on Solid Normal, with no kills, no deaths, 5 or less alerts, no healing items used, no Bandanna or Stealth used in under 6 hours. Emblem: Fox Hound How to Unlock: Beat the game on Big Boss Hard or higher with no kills, no deaths, 3 or less alerts, no healing items used, no Bandanna or Stealth used in under 5 and 1/2 hours. Emblem: Frog Emblem How to Unlock: Roll forward at least 100 times Emblem: Gecko How to Unlock: Lay against walls for a total time of at least 1 hour Emblem: Giant Panda How to Unlock: Beat the game in over 30 hours Emblem: Gibbon How to Unlock: Hold up 50 enemies Emblem: Hawk How to Unlock: Be praised 25 times by rebels Notes: Eliminate enemies so the rebels can clearly see, and say "Nice shot!" among other things Emblem: Hog How to Unlock: Experience 10 Combat Highs Notes: To get a Combat High, go into alert and fire any automatic gun with a lot of ammo. Emblem: Hound How to Unlock: Beat the game on Big Boss Hard or higher with no kills, 3 or less alerts, no deaths, no healing items used, not using Bandanna or Stealth in under 6 and 1/2 hours Emblem: Hyena How to Unlock: Pick up 400 or more dropped weapons Emblem: Inchworm How to Unlock: Crawl on the ground for a total time of at least 1 hour Emblem: Jaguar How to Unlock: Have less than 250 kills, over 75 alerts, and less than 25 continues Emblem: Leopard How to Unlock: Have less than 250 kills, over 75 alerts and more than 25 continues Emblem: Little Gray How to Unlock: Obtain all weapons Emblem: Lobster How to Unlock: Crouch for a total time of at least 2 and 1/2 hours Emblem: Mantis How to Unlock: Have no alerts, no deaths, and no healing items used and beat the game in under 5 hours Emblem: Octopus How to Unlock: Beat the game with no alerts Emblem: Panther How to Unlock: Have over 75 alerts, over 250 kills, and less than 25 continues Emblem: Pig How to Unlock: Consume more than 50 healing items Emblem: Pigeon How to Unlock: Beat the game with no kills Notes: Unmanned enemies do not count Emblem: Puma How to Unlock: Have over 75 alerts, over 250 kills, and more than 25 continues Emblem: Rabbit How to Unlock: Flip through 100 Playboy pages Emblem: Raven How to Unlock: Beat the game in under 5 hours Emblem: Scarab How to Unlock: Roll on the ground over 200 times Notes: Must have weapon equipped to do this, hold L1 and roll, then stop. Do this 200 times, making sure to stop or else it will not register new rolls Emblem: Scorpion How to Unlock: Have less than 250 kills, less than 75 alerts, and under 25 continues Emblem: Spider How to Unlock: Have over 250 kills, less than 75 alerts, and over 25 continues Emblem: Tarantula How to Unlock: Have over 250 kills, less than 75 alerts, and under 25 continues Emblem: Tortoise How to Unlock: Spend a total time of at least 1 hour in a Drum Can or Cardboard Box Emblem: Wolf How to Unlock: Beat the game with no continues and no healing items used *========================================================================* iPod Songs (hlycrp) *========================================================================* What a very nice feature for the game. I surely envy Snake. He gets to fill people full of holes and choke the life out of them while listening to soothing tunes on his iPod. Collecting these songs is not just for listening, but a lot of them have very special effects when used. If there is an effect, it will be listed. Also, all the songs are listed (that we know of), but I haven't found all of them just yet so I'll be adding more details soon. Song: Inorino Uta Location: Act 1 Mission Briefing Details: Play this from the main menu and use the Mk. II to find it Song: Theme of Tara Location: Act 1 - Militia Safehouse Details: Tn an alcove to the left immediately after the room with the injured rebels Song: Zanzibarland Breeze Location: Act 1 - Urban Ruins Details: Song: Level 3 Warning Location: Act 1 - Advent Palace Details: In the kitchen area on the 3F, guarded by a Claymore Song: Theme of Solid Snake Location: Act 1 - Millenium Park Details: Down the road from where the two PMCs are and near a third is an alley with a dumpster. Slip into the building here and the song is immediately to the right Song: Destiny's Call Location: Act 1 or 2 Details: Random gift from rebel soldiers when they are given items. Keep giving them items until they relinquish this Song: Show Time Location: Act 1 or 2 Details: Random gift from rebel soldiers when they are given items Effect: Grabbomg enemies with CQC makes them scream Song: MGS 4 Love Theme/Action Location: Act 1 or 2 Details: Random gift from rebel soldiers when they are given items Effect: Grabbing enemies in CQC causes them to cry Song: Boktai 2 Theme Location: Act 2 Mission Briefing, Nomad Details: Go upstairs with the Mk. II. It's in the bathroom. Song: The Fury Location: Act 2 - Cove Valley Village Details: Inside the house with the porch Effect: Grabbing enemies with CQC makes them feel rage Song: Metal Gear 20 Years History (Part 3) Location: Act 2 - Confinement Facility Details: In the large facility itself, in the barracks (room with all the beds) you will find this song Song: Rock Me Location: Act 2 - Confinement Facility Details: Effect: Increases Snake's recovery rate Song: Sailor Location: Act 2 - Vista Mansion Details: Effect: Increases Snake's recovery rate Song: Bon Dance Location: Act 2 - Marketplace Details: Song: Shin Bokura no Taiyou Theme Location: Act 3 Mission Briefing, Nomad Details: Go upstairs with the Mk. II. It's near the stove, where Snake is standing at the start of this briefing Song: Bio Hazard Location: Act 3 - Any Midtown area Details: Hold up and search the resistance member Song: On Alert Location: Act 3 - Midtown N Sector Details: Follow the last PMC to be walking with the disguised resistance member and he will enter an alley with this song inside Song: One Night in Neo Kobe City Location: Act 3 - Midtown Details: Hold up and search a specific PMC soldier in this area Effect: Holding enemies in CQC makes them laugh Song: Test Subject's Duality Location: Act 3 - Midtown S Sector Details: Song: The Essence of Vince Location: Act 3 - Echo's Beacon Details: Before the boss fight with Raging Raven ends, find it on the top floor in one of the corners Song: Lunar Knights Main Theme Location: Act 4 Mission Briefing, Nomad Details: Go upstairs with the Mk. II. It's right next to where Sunny is Song: Warhead Storage Location: Act 4 - Tank Hangar Details: At the end of the 2nd floor vents; take the upstairs vents from the Heliport and crawl all the way through Song: Flowing Destiny Location: Act 4 - Canyon Details: Near the exit, to the far left is a small crawlspace in the rocks. The song is inside here Effect: Grabbing enemies with CQC causes them to cry Song: Opening - Old L.A. 2040 Location: Act 4 - Warhead Storage BLDG B2 Details: When asked for the password in Otcaon's office, input 78925 Effect: Snake's accuracy is increased Song: Policenaughts Ending Location: Act 4 - Warhead Storage BLDG B2 Details: When asked for the password in Otacon's office, input 13462 Effect: Enemies held by Snake in CQC are automatically put to sleep Song: Metal Gear 20 Years History: Part 2 Location: Act 4 - Warhead Storage BLDG B2 Details: Song: The Best Is Yet To Come Location: Act 4 - Snowfield Details: After the Crying Wolf battle, in the small area that Otacon unlocks, the song is immediately to the right after entering. It's the same area that the "Disc Change" Codec call occurs in Song: Beyond the Bounds Location: Act 4 - Tank Hangar Details: After power is restored, return to this area and the bottom-right door on the 2nd floor will be unlocked. It's in there Effect: Increases the effectiveness of non-lethal weapons Song: Yell (Dead Cell) Location: Act 4 = Casting Facility North Details: Song: Metal Gear Solid Main Theme (The Document Remix) Location: Act 5 - Ship Bow Details: Under a hatch to the left of where you start Song: Subsistence Location: N/A Details: Play at least one match of Metal Gear Online Effect: Snake's accuracy is increased Song: Big Boss Location: N/A Details: Obtain the Big Boss Emblem Effect: Increases Snake's damage and accuracy Song: Snake Eater Location: N/A Details: Collect all 40 Emblems Effect: Increases the rate of recovery by items and other methods MORE COMING SOON _________________________________________________________________ / \ -]| Miscellaneous (mscl) |[- \_________________________________________________________________/ *========================================================================* Frequently Asked Questions (afak) *========================================================================* 1) How do I beat (insert boss)? A) Refer to the appropriate boss strategy in each act of the walkthrough. You can also find strategies for stamina killing each boss in the second walkthrough. 2) Do Gekkos, the FROGs, Raven's minions, and Scarabs count as kills? A) Of those four, FROGs are the ONLY human combatants. Shooting them with lethal weapons will result in a kill. Gekkos, Scarabs, and Raven's flying minions are UNMANNED. Fire at will. 3) I've heard that even tranquilizing a FROG when it's on a high ledge will result in a kill when it falls. Is this true? A) I'm not 100% sure. I'm quite fairly certain that the answer is no, although I have heard heavy argument to the opposite, I definitely think the answer is no. If you want, avoid shooting them in these situations to be safe. 4) Do the alerts caused by Raven's minions count? A) No. An Alert is only an Alert if the Alert phase box appears with the timer. The Alert "!" sound effect means nothing if there's no Alert phase. 5) I found a new weapon but it says "ID Locked?" What gives? A) Just keep playing, eventually you can pay to remove the locks. 6) Stun Grenades keep blinding me? What's the point? A) I concur that Stun Grenades can sometimes do more harm than good, but it really comes down to knowing how to use them properly. The farther you are from the impact, the less blinding you'll succumb to. Obviously this makes them not so good for certain situations. 7) Where are all the Chaff Grenades? Why are these things like lost treasure? A) Chaff Grenades seem to be rare since they can make things very easy for you in the latter parts of the game. The known locations are: -Act II: Confinement Facility -Act II: Market, last stall on the left before passing the final Gekko -Act III: Midtown Central Sector, tucked in a corner, near a big sewage canal -Act IV: Heliport, the center of the helicopter landing 8) Do the Alerts in the "Dream Sequence" count toward my total? A) This is another question I hate seeing because it's asked way too much. The answer is an emphatic no. 9) How do I beat Screaming Mantis without killing her? The Sorrow Doll isn't working!!! A) The Sorrow Doll will never ever work, it's made to work on the dead, and wouldn't that just defeat the purpose? As it turns out, the Mantis doll counts as a non-lethal kill, so it won't go against your kill count. *========================================================================* Regarding Submissions *========================================================================* In the past, I was pretty accepting when it came to adding reader tips. In fact as of now, I've only denied submissions based on one factor, and it's somewhat of a pet peeve I suppose. I'm still getting e-mails from people for my past guides and I just can't add their tips because of this factor. That is that I need, and I mean, I NEED a screen name or alias. I refuse to disclose people's real names or e-mail addresses, it's just my personal policy. So if you submit me a tip and don't give me an alias, I will usually reply back in a few days, asking you for one. If you don't get back to me (and that's happened before), sorry, your tip is going in the garbage. That's really all I ask of when people submit tips to me. However, now that we are on Metal Gear Solid 4, I might decide to be a little less lenient when reading tips. I try not to be, because I honestly don't like to say "no" to people (aside from the previous example). The thing is though, a huge part of the gameplay style of MGS is that there is never just one way to do things. Whether it's getting past a certain part more stealthily, or beating a boss a different way, you have a plethora of options at your disposal. So, going by that logic, I may accept less tips if they do not provide a significantly more efficient way to overcome an obstacle. To give you an example, if you just say "You said you used the M4, but you can also use Grenades." or something sort of like that, I probably won't add it. Being able to use different weapons is nothing short of common sense with MGS. I may not always know the best way to get through something, so if you have a strategy that is considerably easier or more efficient, I may add it. Otherwise, I will have to consider it carefully. The last note is that, as of now, this guide is incomplete, so I'm still in the process of adding more information. For that reason, I will not really be accepting any submissions. You can submit questions, but I would prefer not to receive any tips or strategies just yet. Soon though. *========================================================================* Credits/Special Thanks *========================================================================* Well I guess first and foremost I would like to thank Hideo Kojima. I got hooked in the series by MGS2, and have since then played every other game in the Solid Snake story. Thanks for your hard work. The gameFAQs community as usual for accepting this guide, and also for the good folks on the message board who are willing to help out when needed. Albedo Piazzola for being one of the first people to find and outline a good strategy for the Act 5 Scarab DP trick. rootsecure.net as always, for the ASCII art help. *========================================================================* Contact Info *========================================================================* E-mail is always the primary method of reaching me. I just ask, and this is more applicable to when this guide is "open" so to speak, to note that I have a somewhat flooded e-mail inbox from my other guides and so it might take a little while to get back to you. I don't expect it to take longer than 2 days to respond to an e-mail but sometimes it happens. When things settle down, I hope that my inbox will get some relief. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org PSN: Veritas7Ax I include my PSN just for certain reasons, mostly to find more people to play online games with. I'm considering removing it though since I'm not sure I want a lot of PSN friends. I donít know yet. Anyways, I have Grand Theft Auto IV, Call of Duty 4, MLB 08: The Show, Rock Band, and of course MGS4. I'm definitely into playing Metal Gear Online some more in the coming days, so..... *========================================================================* Legal Gibberish *========================================================================* This guide is solely my creation and has been copyrighted as such. Please do not use this guide without asking to host it first. Not all requests may be approved. If you do host the guide, please leave all the information intact, and unchanged. Do not steal my work and attempt to pass it off as your own etc, etc, etc. As it stands now, the following sites have permission to use my guide: www.gamefaqs.com www.supercheats.com www.cheatcc.com You're always welcome to print the guide out because lord knows I can't show up at your house and say "No!" I wouldn't anyway, I don't really care. That's all. Good night folks! Schwing!