phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

During the game several The bar is referred to as Metal Gear Solid 5, "Phantom Pain". The most prominent of them are Big Boss and Kaz, who lose their body parts during the Grand Zeros game and the destruction of the Soldiers Without Borders base; So during the events of Metal Gear Solid 5 they both struggle with the phantom physical pain of their missing body parts. Kaz even refuses to use a prosthetic limb because he wants to keep his phantom pain at bay. This phantom pain also exists metaphorically and subjectively in the form of the pain these characters feel for losing their comrades. Similarly, almost every character in the game has a motive for revenge and feels a metaphorical phantom pain for what they have lost. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Part IV: Phantom Pain

During the game several The bar is referred to as Metal Gear Solid 5, "Phantom Pain". The most prominent of them are Big Boss and Kaz, who lose their body parts during the Grand Zeros game and the destruction of the Soldiers Without Borders base; So during the events of Metal Gear Solid 5 they both struggle with the phantom physical pain of their missing body parts. Kaz even refuses to use a prosthetic limb because he wants to keep his phantom pain at bay. This phantom pain also exists metaphorically and subjectively in the form of the pain these characters feel for losing their comrades. Similarly, almost every character in the game has a motive for revenge and feels a metaphorical phantom pain for what they have lost.

While these allusions are meaningful, I don't think they convey the most important meaning of the game's title.

p>"Phantom pain" refers to phantom pain, and this phantom is Venom Snake. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)


During the game, Venom is frequently referred to or shown as a demon/demon:

  • System "Evil Points" where Snake earns evil points for doing evil things (killing people, making nukes, etc.) and loses those points by doing good things (capturing soldiers, rescuing animals, etc.). Venom's "Horn" grows rapidly if the player earns enough points. At the highest possible score we see Venom covered in blood and transformed into "Demon Snake".
  • We see Venom in Demon Snake form during two key cutscenes including the end of the Shining Lights mission, Even in Death when he kills his own men to prevent further spread of the vocal cord parasite and at the end of Truth's mission where he punches a reflection of himself.
  • This conversation between Kaz and Big Boss shortly after As Venom comes out of his coma:

"Case: Cypher sent us to Hell, but we'll keep going and get back everything we've lost."

Venom: Cause I'm a demon right now.

  • Quotes from Skullface:

Looks like you rested well Bigg Boss How much you have really changed. You turned into a devil for such meager weapons? - Referring to the "Honey Bee" weapon in the mission "Where do the bees sleep?"

"You have also tasted loss and this loss still torments you. You hope that hate will one day be replaced by pain, but this pain never goes away. It makes you dirty, inside and out. do not you agree? We are both evil. Our humanity is not restored. you I. We have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and that's why I show you my devil. after Skullface meets Venom in the mission Skullface.

  • Venom Snake's words in the secret ending of Disarm all Nukes:

I haven't forgotten what you said, Boss. We have no tomorrow, but there is still hope for the future. In our struggle to save the present, we push the future further and further back. Will it suffice my life? Probably not. So we have no time to waste. A day will come when the world will no longer need us; To the gun, or to the hand that pulls the trigger. I have to drive out this demon inside me and build a better future. This is what I, this is what we will leave as our legacy. Another mission, isn't it Boss? is Snake. A metaphor for Big Boss' vengeful and destructive persona in contrast to Snake's generous and reasonable Venom.

The evil score system represents the death and destruction caused by Venom as a result of his transformation into the Phantom. It is Big Boss. The player earns evil points by killing people (friends and foes, hostages and others) and especially by making nuclear weapons. The player earns these points by capturing soldiers, rescuing wounded soldiers, rescuing animals, and defusing nuclear bombs. In short, the player becomes more of a demon by wreaking havoc and diminishes his demon by doing the opposite. Most players find themselves in the devil's realm while playing the game. The implicit suggestion is that destructive activities are natural products of Big Boss accomplishments (such as building a private army and endless war-mongering) while efforts to go against these temptations can have good consequences.

We only see the incarnation of this demon twice throughout the game, but both times are times when Venom is inflicting the highest possible amount of pain and destruction (directly or indirectly by himself). The format of Phantom Big Boss experiences. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

The first is where Venom kills the last victims of the vocal cord parasite in The quarantine platform kills the mother base in the mission Shining Lights, Even in Death. Although we don't know much about Venom's life before Metal Gear Solid 5, we can conclude that he never imagined he would be in this position. This whole stage feels more like a horror game than a stealth action game. Low lighting, eerie sound effects and sad music are seen throughout this mission. The quarantine platform is a virtual hell for Venom Snake, and the horrible process of going through it turns him into a demon.

We know very well that the contamination must not spread, and as a result, killing the Diamond Dogs soldiers is the only solution. It exists, but knowing that fact doesn't make it any easier for Venom. He still has to watch his people suffer, watch them lose their minds and eventually be killed by his own hands. In a story that mostly involves the excruciating mental pain that Big Boss inflicted on Venom Snake, this stage represents the peak of his pain. Venom becomes a demon here because he sees himself as a demon after massacring his soldiers. In other words, Venom sees the horrors of this event as being connected to Big Boss, whose personality is unfortunately imposed on Venom. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

The other time the devil appears is at the end of the Truth mission, which I will explain in the corresponding section.

Skullface mentions demons several times as well. In reference to Venom and in reference to himself. It's actually a very clever way to expand Skullface's character and solidify the Big Boss-Satan relationship. Since Skullface doesn't know that the Big Boss he's chasing is actually Venom Snake, he reinforces the idea that Big Boss is evil. Remember that Skull Face's previous job before Grand Zero was fixing and referencing the Big Boss operation at Fox; Therefore, Skullface has a detailed understanding of Big Boss's past and his troubles, including his relationship with Boss and the true nature of his mission in Metal Gear Solid 3.

Skullface knows Big Boss very well. Skull Face knows what happened to Big Boss, the betrayals he experienced, the pain and loss he felt, and what all these experiences have turned him into: a demon.

On the other hand, to Note Venom's reference to "this demon inside of me" in his words to Bass at the end of Nuclear Disarmament. This is one of the moments where the difference between Venom and Big Boss can be directly seen in the game. Bigg Boss decided to use nuclear weapons for his autocratic purposes. Unlike him, Venom sought global nuclear disarmament, the achievement of which is the ultimate ending of Metal Gear Solid 5. Even as Venom celebrates this end, he also knows that his work is far from over as the imprint of Big Boss (Satan) is still within him.

This Satan is Venom's ultimate enemy.

strong> power-seeking drive instilled in Venom by Big Boss. A motive that causes unimaginable death and destruction. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Skull Face

The importance of Skull Face for the story was more or less determined from the same Metal Gear Solid 5 introduction trailer. At 2:20 we see a great shot of Big Boss walking down a corridor towards the camera. His appearance changes in each game he appears in until he becomes Venom Snake in his evil body, complete with long horns and bloody clothing. At that moment, a fire starts from the lower part of the page and its intensity increases moment by moment. As the final tab appears the flames subside to reveal a skinless Venom Snake with its horn. Finally, this form transforms into Skull Face and the sequence ends with the title of the game Metal Gear Solid 5: Phantom Pain.

Skull Face is an embodiment of what Venom Snake can become if he is transformed by his demon. be ruined (If his mind surrenders to Big Boss's wishes.)

Skull Face and Venom Snake have strangely similar pasts. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Skullface was born in a rural area of Romania that during his childhood was controlled by Romania, Hungary, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. These changes and the brutality that came with it had a serious effect on Skull Face.

"I was born in a small village. I was still a child when the soldiers attacked us. Alien soldiers. I was separated from my elders and had to speak their language. With each new post, my masters changed, along with the language they forced me to speak. With every change, I changed too. My thoughts, my personality, how I saw good and bad. Words can kill."

His parents were killed in one of the allied bombing attacks and he suffered severe burns. His injuries did not heal and they are getting worse with the torture of foreign governments. Skull Face Finally, he turns to assassination and works in different fronts until he is recruited by Zero in the SAS (SAS - British special force). He later joins the CIA after Zero and takes over the leadership of the XOF. According to Skullface, his entire life and existence were irretrievably destroyed in his childhood. Ownership of his land kept changing hands, the language he had to learn kept changing, the culture he had to adapt to kept changing, his family was killed and even his face was forever erased from existence.

Are these events not similar to the fate of another character in Metal Gear Solid 5? phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Yes, it is true that this It's not a one-to-one analogy, but Venom Snake's transformation into Phantom Big Boss is similar to Skullface's childhood. Like Skullface, Venom loses much of his personality to external forces. He may retain his language, but like Skullface, who grappled with multiple languages and cultures, Venom's view of the world and morality has changed considerably. Similarly, Venom loses his face and the attacker chooses a new face of his own choosing for Venom.

Skullface's response to the loss of his childhood identity and existence is to develop an insatiable hatred against the conquerors. It was a world that uses language imposition as a basis for controlling conquered territories (as Skullface believes it happened to him). He saw the United States as an expert in employing this strategy. Hence:

"I will destroy the English language. By doing this, I will save the world from pollution. Everyone will breathe freely and reclaim their past, present and future. This is not an ethnic massacre. It is a "liberator", to liberate the world from zero. Let the world be as it is. Without an international language, the world will fall apart and then be liberated. Of course, people will suffer, a phantom pain. The world will need a new common language. A language of atomic bombs. My Metal Gears will be the line that will connect all countries in moderation. There will be no need for words. Every person is forced to know his neighbor. People will swallow their pain. They will join their lost hands together and the world will become one. This war is peace."

From a broader thematic perspective, Skullface can be seen as a person who has been brutally oppressed and deceived by various people until he lost his sense of existence and identity, and as a result It "crashed". The Skull Face we see in Metal Gear Solid 5 is an insane, absurd man who uses the tools taught to him by his oppressors to destroy them. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Imagine that Venom Snake has three ways in front of him after coming to his senses in 1984 at the beginning of Metal Gear Solid 5:

  • Way First - Accept Satan (Bigg Boss's request)

Venom becomes the complete phantom of Bigg Boss, he does all the things that Bigg Boss did in a similar situation and in the direction of building The outer heaven acts.

  • Second Way - Resisting Satan

Venom retains as much of its former self as possible, as different as possible. Acts like a big boss and avoids becoming a domineering person. Build Diamond Dogs according to his own vision and vision as a generous haven for soldiers, not a foreign paradise.

  • Third Way - Mental Fall (Skull Face Way)

Venom's mind rejected Big Boss's desire, but also forgot his old self. He is an absurd man full of hate who has no proper outlet for his anger, so he turns against the world. Within this template, Skullface represents the worst case scenario for Venom Snake. In a collection full of villains who use deception to achieve their goals, Skull Face represents the complete backfire of such schemes. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)


So Metal Gear Solid 5 is about how Big Boss Venom kidnaps Snake and brainwashes him into using him as a phantom. slow and thus expand his legacy. He also uses Venom as a human shield to distract Cypher. Big Boss is the ultimate villain of the game as he betrays his best soldier and metaphorically brings upon Venom what the US government did to Boss. An event that catalyzed the founding of Cipher and Big Boss's plans for an alien paradise.

In Mission 47, "The Truth", Venom takes a tape from Big Boss that reveals all the details of the operation. The message of Bigg Boss is as follows (full video):

"Do you remember now? Who are you? What should you do? Thanks to you I cheated death and thanks to you I was influential. You too have written your own history. You are your own person. I am Bigg Boss and so are you no there are two of us. together. Where now to it have we arrived We made it. This story, this "legend", is ours. We can change the world and with it, the future. I am you and you are me. Keep this in mind wherever you go. Thanks, my friend. From here on out, you're the big boss.

There's a lot of information in this short scene. In my opinion, this sequence is one of the most subtle sequences Kojima has ever created, but it has one problem. Maybe a little too subtle. I imagine a lot of players misunderstood what was going on in this scene, or more accurately only understood half of what was going on.

Most players got two messages from this ending:

One: Kojima passes the storytelling torch from his own hands to the player. He's saying that the player is in control of the Metal Gear Saga as much as he is; So it turns out that Big Boss is the avatar that the player created at the beginning of the game. The real protagonist of the story, Venom, is a blank screen, he is the embodiment of the player and not a typical Metal Gear character like the real Big Boss. Considering that Metal Gear Solid 5 is the last Metal Gear game, this is a farewell and thank you from Hideo Kojima and his team to the fans who have supported the series all these years.

Two: Upon hearing the truth, Venom Snake smiles and accepts his fate as the Big Boss Phantom and continues the Big Boss legacy. Here, the story inconsistency of Big Boss's death at the end of Metal Gear 1 is resolved because we now know that Venom Snake was the real antagonist of that game who was killed by Solid Snake.

The first message is probably true but it doesn't matter much because It has nothing to do with the story and themes of the game.

The second message is partly true, but it does not include important information.

Let's start from the beginning of the same cutscene of the truth stage:

This scene takes place after all the events of the previous missions in Metal Gear Solid 5. This means that the second wave of the vocal cord parasite outbreak has occurred, Huey has been exiled, Quoit is no longer a member of the team and... Venom enters the toilet at the Diamond Dogs' mother base. He examines his face in the mirror from several different angles. He then opens his tape recorder to reveal a cassette tape of "The Man Who Sold the World". The tape he received from Bigg Boss. This shows that Venom listened to the tape. He checks his face in the mirror to see if he remembers his past appearance but apparently he can't. However, after looking at the tape for a few moments and placing it on the counter in front of him, he looks at the mirror again and sees his true face in it. It is Venom who is remembering his past appearance. Once again, he examines his face from several angles and touches several places to remember how it used to be. He then recalls the events of the helicopter after the attack on the mother base of the Soldiers Without Borders. where he performs surgery on Paz to remove a bomb from his body and then protects Big Boss from the second bomb. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Venom then put the tape into the tape recorder to listen to it again. While Bigg Boss is talking, Venom looks directly at himself in the mirror and after a while lowers his head. When Bigg Boss says, You are your own person. I am Big Boss and you are Big Boss Venom raises his head and looks at himself carefully. He stands up and when Bigg Boss says "this story, this "legend" is for us. We can change the world, Venom subtly nods in agreement. This shows that he understands what Bigg Boss did and why he did it. This suggests that hearing the tape makes a lot of sense to Venom Snake. His mind has been at war throughout Metal Gear Solid 5, and at this moment he finally understands why.

Finally, at the end of the tape, we hear Big Boss say, "From now on, you You're Big Boss. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

Venom's half-half smile is really touching. One of the few times in the entire game that we see his emotions leak out, but this smile is not a happy smile, it does not indicate happiness or pleasure. I think it's more of a "dark triumph" smile. Venom realizes the big picture of what Bigg Boss has done and the power he has been given. As Big Boss says, Venom has the ability to change history, to change the world according to his will. Thoughts about Venom's true identity and what he has lost are pushed to the fore and the temptation of what Big Boss has put in his hands takes center stage.

This is the last impression most players have of this cutscene. . They believed that when Venom learned of his role in Big Boss's plan, he accepted it and played his role well until his last breath in Metal Gear 1. But the rest of the cutscene tells a different story. It rotates to reveal the Operation Intrude N313 label. He then puts the tape into the walkman and plays it, but we don't know what the recorded content of the tape is. Then an imperceptible time shift occurs. Previously, we could see the Diamond Dogs logo behind Venom's head, but now we can see the Outer Heaven logo. This represents a ten (eleven) year time jump to 1995; The year of the foreign paradise rebellion in Metal Gear 1. According to the story of that game, we know that Operation Intrude N313 is the code name of the operation, and we can conclude that the other side of the cassette tape contains Big Boss's instructions about building and launching the Rebellion of the Foreign Paradise against Cypher. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

The camera pans away from the Walkman and shows Venom Snake re-entering the toilet. This time fully bloody and full size horns. Venom Snake is in full demon form. He turns to the mirror and looks at himself. He looks tired, angry and defeated. In the only moment of anger in the entire game, Venom punches the mirror with his mechanical hand (which is his dominant left hand and therefore not a natural physical action). The shattered mirror reveals his non-evil Big Boss form. Venom in the mirror turns away dejectedly and enters a smoky darkness.

What does it all mean? phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

At the end of the events of Metal Gear Solid 5, Big Boss sends Venom a double-sided tape. One side reveals his true identity (the man who sold the world) and the other side gives Venom the necessary orders for the next ten years, including the final step for the Outer Heaven Rebellion (Operation Intrude N313). Venom accepts the role given to him by Bigg Boss and executes the tape's orders. Ten years later, Venom is in the middle of his rebellion at the behest of Big Boss when he realizes that he has become the demon he always feared. Remember that Satan is the symbol of the Big Boss character in Venom. Apparently, despite all the ways that Venom avoided Big Boss' influence on him in Metal Gear Solid 5, he eventually succumbed to Big Boss's will and turned into Satan. In this moment, in the midst of this bloody rebellion, Venom realizes what he has become. He realizes what he surrendered, what he lost, all the things he destroyed, all the lives he ended were all in the service of a wicked person who sacrificed the identity and life of his best soldier in line with a complex plan.

Venom smashes the mirror with his mechanical hand. Just as his mechanical hand was supposed to replace his real one, Big Boss' wish was supposed to replace Venom's true identity. In other words, the mechanical hand and the will of Big Boss couldn't replace the phantom pain that Venom feels for his real self. The broken mirror shows Venom coming out of a coma after becoming Big Boss, not Venom in his evil form. This is the Venom that existed during the events of Metal Gear Solid 5. This is Venom who decided not to build an atomic bomb, use a metal detector, execute prisoners, use child soldiers, fight behind the scenes, and generally not become the man Big Boss wanted. This is the venom that could have been. This is the character that the real Venom left when he heard the tape of the man who sold the world from Bigg Boss. This venom turns around and enters nothingness. This shows that he has been forgotten. No one will remember who Venom Snake was or what he did, good or bad. His subordinates all thought he was Big Boss. Zero is brain dead. The real Big Boss will never reveal the truth because his legacy will be tarnished. phantom pain; Reliability analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5 (fourth part)

The real Venom Snake finally something Nothing but a phantom.


There is one more plot point that fully illustrates the relationship between Big Boss and Venom Snake Big Boss. He ordered the death of Venom Snake. Of course, first of all, I must admit that this issue has never been clearly and transparently included in any metallurgical game. All we know is that while Big Boss was the commander of Foxhound in 1995, he ordered Solid Snake to infiltrate Venom's foreign paradise base in South Africa (Operation Intrude N313) and that Solid Snake succeeded in killing Venom. Then four years later Big Boss started his rebellion from his foreign paradise in the land of Zanzibar.

We don't know exactly what Big Boss and Venom were thinking. In his analysis of Metal Gear Solid 5, George Weidman mentions that Big Boss sends Solid Snake after Venom because Big Boss believed that Solid Snake was a rookie soldier with no support, with zero chance of success, but we know from the tapes after the truth mission in Metal Gear Solid 5, as well as Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 1, we know that Big Boss was aware of his familial relationship with Solid Snake, and as a result was aware of his super fighting abilities.

Another possible explanation is that Big Boss intentionally sent Solid Snake to kill Venom Snake because he wanted to rebel against Cypher alone but With Phantom Bigg Boss, this was not possible. Given that we know that Big Boss planned Operation Intrude N313 in 1985 (perhaps earlier) and that Venom seems to embrace his role as Big Boss's phantom in Mission Truth, we can conclude that Big Boss ordered Venom to launch his rebellion in 1995.

One possible motive for Bigg Boss is that he started this rebellion to measure the success rate. Perhaps he wanted to see how Cypher would respond to the rebellion and how he could improve on Venom Snake's efforts. Another possible motive is that Operation Intrude N313 gave Big Boss an excuse to get rid of Venom Snake through his command post at Foxhound. Considering that Big Boss had designed this operation before he was in command of Foxhound, it is much less likely, but he may have predicted that he would be promoted between Venom's awakening in 1984 and the start of Operation Intrude N313 in 1995. In this case, Big Boss has a fixed timeline for the Phantom Big Boss plan and an expiration date for Venom Snake.

Most importantly, a point that this hypothesis of Venom being killed by Big Boss on purpose. supports the claim that we saw often throughout the set: "There's only room for one bass." Aslat mentions this in the sequence after the credits of Metal Gear Solid (video). Liquid and Solidus Snake also repeat this belief in Metal Gear Solid 1 and 2. It is believed that the title "Bass" has such prestige and legitimacy that it is not possible to share it for a long time. Boss surrendered the title to Bigg Boss. Big Boss shared the title with Venom Snake. When both of them failed, Liquid Snake, Solidus Snake and even Acelatt tried to get this position.

Now with this knowledge, Big Boss probably killed Venom Snake in 1995 to pave the way to achieve your ambitions. Venom had fulfilled his role for Big Boss and no longer had a place or function in his plans.

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