Cutscenery: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

Metal Gear Solid 3, The BossMetal Gear Solid has always been known for its cutscenes, enough that some gamers have the gall to complain that there are more cutscenes than actual gameplay. But, considering the high quality of many of those cutscenes, I wouldn’t necessarily call this a drawback.

One of the series’ most memorable moments is Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater’s “The Death of The Boss.”

As the finale of a game stuffed with over-the-top cinematics, this is actually a rather short scene. In it, Snake’s mentor, The Boss, takes her final moments to bid adieu to her student. She also offers a warning before finally begging Jack — or, I mean Snake — to put her down. It’s typical heady MGS fare, but there is an undeniably touching undertone.

The camera pulls back and the player is actually tasked with pulling the trigger at his or her leisure. Once the deed is done, the cutscene commences with classic Hideo Kojima flair, as all of the white lilies surrounding The Boss’s body turn red.

Then a horse trots into the field and a spirit snake slithers off her corpse. It’s poetic and perhaps a bit nonsensical at the same time, but it’s brilliant nonetheless.