(Guys can I get your opinion?)
(( I just want to know among the MGS fandom who do you like better, Big Boss or Solid Snake. The original super soldier, or the cloned super soldier’s son? Me? Well I can’t decide honestly. I mean I love Solid Snake because he’s been with us from the beginning, and it just seems like his time as a young FOXHOUND’er would be interesting to explore, and he’s also got a more interesting group of support characters like Otacon and Meryl. BUT… I also love Big Boss because of what he fought for and for just how much of a badass he is, I mean someone who gets fed up with their shady country and decides to form their own has got to be something special.
Gargh, the argument of the fight between Big Boss and Solid Snake being “unfair” because of Big Boss’s age is totally tired and weak. Snake lost ALL of his equipment and had to fight against an ARMED Big Boss. He was just savvy enough to make a makeshift flamethrower. When I look at The End from MGS3, or even Big Boss disarming a traumatized Snake in MGS4’s ending, I know that age has nothing to with it.
And I’ll take Solid Snake. And quite on the contrary, he has personality, emotions, and he’s,y’know, “human.” He can fall in love, become angry, make jokes about “pulling ears” and whatnot. This man was created to kill and live only for war. But ultimately, he chose not to be a victim to his genes. He made a change, started Philanthropy with Otacon and stopped using lethal weapons. He chose not to kill himself, but to live. To not die by the gun. The man stopped being a puppet and took his own path and made his own decisions. That’s some special shit.
I love his interaction with characters like Meryl and Raiden. It shows his other side as a paternal/romantic-like figure. Like the silly codec flirtations between him and Meryl (even Naomi and Mei Ling) and his lectures about treating a cardboard box with care when speaking to Raiden (and his final MGS2 monologue will always strike a chord). When Meryl was shot down, we saw him angry and in doubt - thinking he was trash and even afraid that Ocelot wasn’t the bluffing type. What stood out to me was him completely shitting on Naomi because she mocked, “lol, you have emotions??” He didn’t know what his genes told him, but he was going to save Meryl, not for Campbell, but for himself.
Shame his final arc ended in such a shitty game, but I hope Kojima never touches the character again (he will though). I don’t need to be spoonfed his every belief, favorite movies, or whether he sexed up that intern at FOXHOUND and so on. He’s brilliant the way he is.
So yeah, Solid Snake :-P