The chronological order of Metal Gear Solid has become quite complicated. The series consists mainly of games, but there are also several books and comics published. There is even a movie in the making. To put everything in perspective, we’ve created the Metal Gear Solid Timeline.
This entry was updated in March 2021.
The Metal Gear Solid saga is known for its complicated story full of intrigues and plot twists. Its creator Hideo Kojima does not make it any easier by jumping back and forth through time. Family members of characters regularly return, looking the same and even being voiced by the same voice actor. Nevertheless, the main characters Big Boss, Solid Snake, and Raiden clearly run like a thread through the series, which gives us something to hold on to when trying to arrange the games in order.
Please note that this article contains spoilers for all installments in the series. This Metal Gear Solid Timeline is intended as a reference to put the titles into perspective. However, we do not go into much detail, so the games should still have more than enough surprises to offer if you have not yet played a specific game.
This is the chronological order of Metal Gear Solid. Click on a title to read more about that particular videogame.
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- Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Set in 1964, released in 2004
- Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops
Set in 1970, released in 2006
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker
Set in 1974, released in 2010
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
Set in 1975, released in 2014
- Metal Gear Survive
Set in 1975, released in 2018
- Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Set in 1984, released in 2015
- Metal Gear
Set in 1995, released in 1987
- Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake
Set in 1999, released in 1990
- Metal Gear Solid (ook: The Twin Snakes)
Set in 2005, released in 1998 (The Twin Snakes in 2004)
- Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Set in 2007 and 2009, released in 2001
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
Set in 2014, released in 2008
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Set in 2018, released in 2013
Timelines at Beyond Video Gaming are divided in different eras. Click or tap on a title to see all the media within the era. The following icons will mark whether something is a game, book, comic or movie.
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This Metal Gear Solid Timeline has been composed with as much care as possible. Nevertheless, an error may have crept into our chronological order. Are you an even bigger Metal Gear fan than we are? Please contact us and tell us what we did wrong!