[Note: "MGS FIVE: Sins of Libertine" is my own imaginary sequel to the videogame Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and is meant to be taken as fan-fiction, not an actual product. It is not affiliated in any way with Konami, Kojima Productions, or the Metal Gear Series; however, it is presented here as if it were.]
Part A - Part B - Part C - Part D - Part E - Part F - Part G - Part H
Like its predecessors, MGS FIVE features a top-notch cinematic approach to storytelling, with beautiful cutscenes and hours of hidden dialogue for those who wish to delve deeper into the world. This guide will walk you through the story step-by-step, with quotes from the script and plot summaries. It will also serve as a walkthrough for the gameplay sections, with rules and tips for you to keep in mind.
PART A: OPENING
== The Memory Sequence ==
[Players must first select "New Game" from the Main Menu, confirming gameplay options such as difficulty, etc. The entire screen then seems to get sucked underneath a water current and washed away, leaving nothing behind. For a moment there is only blackness, with the muffled sound of rushing water being the only audio. Soon there is distorted and hazey video of various scenes fading in and out slowly, but with no audio. An onscreen notification prompts the player to press the "X" button to view the scenes, which has the effect of sharpening the video and adding the audio, so that it plays like a regular cinematic. Releasing "X" causes it to slowly become hazey and muted again. In the meantime, credits fade in and out at their own pace.]
-- The Workout Scene --
[If watched from the beginning, the first memory scene takes place in a small decripit shack, where Fix and his girlfriend Nalda are excercising. She is lying on a cot, counting the number of vertical wall crunches Fix is doing.]
NALDA: "One-twenty-eight, one-twenty-nine, one-thirty, one-thirty-one, one-thirty-two..."
FIX: (breathing heavily) "This is where it gets hard!"
NALDA: (rolling her eyes) "...One-thirty-three, one-thirty-four, one-thirty-five, one-thirty-six, one-thirty-seven, one-thirt... Um, one-thirty-six...?"
FIX: "Keep going! One-thirty-nine! One-fourty!"
NALDA: "One-fourty-one, one-fourty-two, one-fourty-three..."
[Cuts to a shot of outside the shack, panning to see the a lovely stream underneath a rugged mountain slope, with its morning mist out still out of the rising Sun's beams.]
"South America. July 25, 2026. 7:20AM."
NALDA: "This is the last time we'll be doing this, I guess."
[Inside again, Fix is drinking water from a canteen and wiping himself off with a towel. She is now sitting on the cot.]
FIX: "That's true."
NALDA: "Come on, Fix, why don't you say something?"
FIX: "What can I say? I love you, Nalda, and I don't like leaving you while I go."
NALDA: (sad) "I love you too."
FIX: (sitting next to her) "You're going to be the mother to my children, you know that?"
NALDA: "I've been praying for it, like you said."
FIX: (kissing her neck) "Hey, it's supposed to make you stronger, not weaker."
NALDA: (smiling) "You're the strong one, Mister Solid."
-- Home Again Scene --
[Fix and Nalda walk up to the front of an old, small house beside a dirt road. Fix knocks on the large window.]
FIX: "Hey! Is there a human in there? All I see is a little mouse!"
ALLANTE: "Shut up, Fix! I want to show you this, come inside!"
NALDA: "A whole world to enjoy out here, and all Allante cares about is that little screen."
FIX: "Is the mouse trying to talk to me? Sorry, mouse! I'm a man, not a little animal! I can't understand you."
ALLANTE: (laughing) "I'm the man! You're just some kind of monster!"
FIX: "Oh? Well in that case..."
[Fix and Allante run to each other and meet in the house's entrance. Allante wants to give his older brother a big hug, but Fix starts to tickle him instead.]
FIX: "Grr, this little man is no match for a real monster!"
ALLANTE: (laughing) "Stop! Stop it, idiot!"
FIX: "Okay, okay. So what's so important that you can't even come and say 'hi' like a normal person?"
ALLANTE: "Sorry, but it's a movie papa brought me! It's called 'Fusiles de los Patriotas'! It's based on a true story too!"
FIX: "'Guns of the Patriots'? What's it based on?"
ALLANTE: "That's the thing, it's about that old hero Papa always talked about, Solid Snake! This is about his last mission and how he saved the world!"
[A shot of the cover reveals it to be the same as the actual Metal Gear Solid 4 cover.]
FIX: (looking at the cover) "So, this is the man who can make the impossible possible...?"
NALDA: "An old man like that is supposed to be an action hero?"
FIX: "Hero is a bad word for men like him..."
ALLANTE: "Papa said he's saved the world more than God. He's a hero for sure."
NALDA: "Don't talk about God like that, Allante."
FIX: "Father worships Solid Snake more than he does God. He spent his life looking for that kind of saviour — the kind who solves problems with a gun, not a cross."
NALDA: (shaking her head) "So now he's turning you into that kind of saviour, is he?"
FIX: "Turning me into it? No, that's why I was born in the first place."
NALDA: (walking away) "I could never think of you like that."
ALLANTE: "I'm glad you're home again, brother."
-- Father's Arrival Scene --
[Nalda is frying eggs and has multiple pots of food cooking on top of an electric stove. From the kitchen window she sees Fix and Allante practicing with bow and arrow. She sniffles and wipes the tears from her eyes. The next shot suddenly shows an arrow pinning a snake against the tree it was trying to climb.]
ALLANTE: "Awesome! Ha, ha, you nailed it to the tree! Do you remember when we used to go hunting for them when we were younger?"
FIX: "Of course. It was part of my weekly training routine."
ALLANTE: "Really? Papa told you do that?"
FIX: "'Go hunt dangerous snakes in the jungle while protecting your little brother from them,' he said. It was fun because it took courage to do."
ALLANTE: "...I thought it was just how we played."
FIX: "It was. Papa knew that we needed to have fun, but he wanted us to work and learn something while we were at it, so he made it into a mission."
ALLANTE: (trying to pull the arrow out of the tree) "Anything can be a game, I guess."
FIX: "Papa told me the difference between reality and a game when I was as small as you. He said reality was the moment you're in right now, and the game is all the anticipation of what's next."
[The sound of a truck driving down the dirt road can be heard.]
ALLANTE: (happy, starting towards it) "Papa's back!"
FIX: (grabbing his brother's arm) "Wait and see."
[As the dirty jeep pulls around the bend and drives up, the camera only provides glimpses of the occupants. A balding white man is sitting next to a gray-haired hispanic. As it pulls up beside the house, Fix continues to hold back Allante.]
ALLANTE: "It's his truck! Let me go already!"
FIX: (pointing) "Who's that white guy beside him?"
[Allante stops and peers at the two men getting out of the vehicle. Fix quickly hides behind the tree and pulls out the arrow, getting it ready to shoot. He peeks around to watch what's happening. The next shot shows the two men closer, and they are both happily walking to the front door.]
CALVO: "Mmm, smells like heaven!"
FATHER: (opening door) "This is as close as close as you can get to it, out here."
CALVO: (seeing Nalda) "Well, how fitting to see an angel inside!"
FATHER: "Nalda, this is my friend Calvo. Calvo, this is my son's wife, Nalda."
NALDA: (wipes sweat from face and offers to shake hands) "Sorry, I'm a mess right now."
CALVO: (kissing her hand) "Modesty? You don't see that from beautiful girls in the US."
FATHER: "They don't cook, either. Where are Felix and Allante, Nalda?"
NALDA: "They were shooting arrows out there, just now."
[Outside, Fix is carrying his brother under his arm and quickly moving beside the house, to the jeep. He puts down his brother and begins rummaging through the inside of the truck.]
ALLANTE: "It looked like they were happy."
[Fix finds a messenger bag with an emblem reading "Natural World Foundation". He opens it and begins looking at files marked "CLASSIFIED". There are schematics of Metal Gear REX, maps of South America, and various pictures of military officers.]
FIX: "He's an undercover agent, probably with the CIA."
ALLANTE: "Papa used to work with the CIA when he was in Special Operations. You shouldn't look at those you know; they say 'classified'."
FIX: "He didn't say he'd be bringing a friend. What if he tries to pull some kind of trick?"
[Switching his attention to other items in the truck, he finds a loaded 9mm and a locked metal briefcase. He takes the ammunition out of the gun and pops the hood of the truck.]
FIX: "I hate surprises. Let's see how he likes them."
FATHER: (yelling from front door) "Felix! Allante! Dinner's ready, come inside!"
-- The Fireplace Scene --
[Scene opens with a shot of the beautiful evening twilight sky.]
[Fix, Father and Calvo are sitting around the fireplace inside the main room. The messenger bag, files, and revolver are seen on the coffee table. Calvo is smoking a cigar.]
CALVO: (leaning back on sofa) "Has anyone ever told you what a scary pair of bastards you are?"
FATHER: (nonchalant) "Not to my face. But in their heads..."
CALVO: (chuckling) "Well sir, let me assure you that if the Agency didn't give us psychic insulation we'd all be terrfied of assholes like you."
FIX: "I don't understand. Father can only read people who trust him anyway... Like his special unit back in the day, or myself."
CALVO: (pausing to take a drag of his cigar, leery) "...That's what he's always said. And I'd like to believe him, but high-range, functional telepaths are inherently untrustworthy. What if they knew more than they were saying? You'd never know unless you were one yourself. And when you're in the secrecy business, you can't afford that kind of risk."
FATHER: "That's why my unit never made it off the ground. They didn't trust me. Said that they couldn't help feeling like they had their pants down whenever I was around."
FIX: "And yet you wanted to give them security, not insecurity."
CALVO: "Are you saying they should've gone on faith? If my memory serves, he hadn't even earned a rank. Not that they weren't aware of your family's 'gifts' long before that, but I'd say they gave him more than a fair chance to make a unit before somebody upstairs got paranoid that their tinfoil hats wouldn't be good enough."
FIX: "Tinfoil hats?"
FATHER: "Another term for psychic insulation. It was a joke based on the old superstition that tinfoil could insulate the mind from various rays and mind-reading techniques."
FIX: (confused) "But, does that actually work?"
CALVO: "I guess if it makes the telepath laugh so much that he can't concentrate, sure!"
[Everyone laughs, while the camera shows Nalda and Allante sitting outside on the front steps. They're talking, but the audio remains with the men.]
CALVO: "Oh well, you've got your one-man-army now, right? Between his training, your abilities and my information, I'm sure you can manage to get yourself inside his valley fortress. The problem is going to be making it worthwhile once you're there. Like I said, all we know for certain is that General Azogue and his Army loyalists took over and fortified the major natural habitats of the country after the PMC phenomena triggered the civil war you both know so well.
FIX: "Too well..."
CALVO: "While pointless, routine war was tearing most of South America apart, the people looked upon Azogue as a true patriot, standing against the heartless new world order. When he lost his leg to an assassination attempt, he won the undying support of more men than he knew what to do with, and the heart of the people as well.
[Artwork of the described scenes is shown during the monologue, similar to MGS4.]
CALVO: "But instead of fighting it out, he and most of his men disappeared to one of his underground havens, and hasn't made a stir since. His second in command, Colonel Fransisco Molinero, has handled the government inquiries and media questioning, saying that the 'Loyalists' will protect Brazil when the country needs it. He's in charge of looking over the smaller havens and directing supplies as well.
CALVO: "The CIA has been monitoring the amount of supplies, food and raw material that get transported into his compounds as closely as we can, but nowadays we just don't have the manpower or technology to keep afloat with international affairs. Judging by what we've seen, however, we estimate he has more than enough to be running mid-scale military bases. Our biggest lead is one Dr. Morrison, one of this generation's "super-scientists", specializing in everything from robotics to linguistics. Unfortunately, beyond that, we're guessing."
FATHER: "The failure of the PMC's and their system of control is exactly what Azogue hoped for, I'm sure, but it's been years since Snake and his friends made that happen. The new world order vanished, and the whole continent has entered a new era of peace and simplicity — a kind of ancient liberty. The standard of living is low, yes, and technology has been pushed back decades, but the people are remembering what a community is! It's needing each other!"
FATHER: "Men like Azogue and Molinero only understand war and conflict. Winning and losing. The calm of this new era is too quiet for men like them, and if the people don't find a way to prevent an uprising, the age of calmness will be over forever! That incident last week was a warning that something is dangerous is happening, and now it's our duty to find out what, and put a stop to it.
FATHER: "We can't change the world, or go around looking for problems to solve, but this is in our own back yard! This is something we have to deal with if we want to call ourselves patriots."
-- Departure Scene --
[A shot of everyone standing by the stream near the old shack, facing Fix as he prepares to leave. The moon is bright, but stormclouds are approaching. Fix is now wearing a wetsuit and gear that makes him look more like an action hero. A closeup of their faces shows that Calvo is smoking and smiling, Father is serious, Nalda is worried, and Allante is impressed. Fix is calm and emotionless.]
ALLANTE: "Is he coming back?"
FIX: (kneeling) "Hey. This is goodbye, little man. Can you handle that?"
ALLANTE: (hugging Fix) "You mean little mouse?"
FIX: (hugging in return) "We don't have mice in our family, we have men. Don't forget that."
ALLANTE: (starting to cry) "Okay..."
FIX: (standing, turning to Nalda) "Come here."
NALDA: (flings into his arms, crying) "...Are you coming back?"
FIX: "Don't you trust me?"
NALDA: "I know... but I don't know what I'll do if..."
FIX: (interrupting with a passionate kiss) "That's enough. Pull yourself together, and I'll call when I get the chance."
[Father steps forward and extends his hand, which Fix shakes while saluting.]
FATHER: "The clock is ticking, Felix."
FIX: (thinking) "I'm ready."
FATHER: (thinking) "Remember that my ability to help you will depend on your concentration and mental alertness, as well as my own. There may be times when the link between us is broken, but just find a safe place and remember the sound of my voice. We'll get through this mission together."
FIX: (out loud) "Yes, sir."
FATHER: (retrieving a length of cloth from his pocket) "Use this."
FIX: (holding it) "Isn't this your old blindfold?"
FATHER: "It helped me find a peaceful place, even in the middle of chaos. Wear it as a bandana, for good luck and a reminder of those who came before you."
[Epic music builds as he puts on the bandana. The game's title appears with a bang as he tightens it. It begins raining.]
CALVO: (pulling out a metal case, tossing it to Fix) "I wanna give you something too."
FIX: (opening it) "Cigars?"
CALVO: "They'll come in handy, trust me."
FIX: "Thanks. I have the codec and your frequency if I need more information."
CALVO: "Yeah, and if you find something out, don't keep me in the dark, either."
[Fix crosses the stream as his wife and brother wave goodbye in the pouring rain. Screen fades.]
-- Up and Down Scene --
[Intense mission music plays as a montage of Fix climbing and hiking up a mountainside is seen, with voiceovers explaining further. Father and Fix's voices are slightly modified to indicate that they are speaking telepathically, while Calvo's voice has minor radio distortion to indicate that he's using a type of codec.]
FATHER: "Last week there were many reports of a UFO and a series of explosions above the Paradiso Valley, which is only twelve kilometrees from here through the mountains. The government and their current military is overburdened, and they don't want to upset the Azogue's Loyalists by doing something about it. Thankfully you've climbed these hills since you were a little boy, so you know the best points to glide from."
FIX: "Where should I aim for?"
FATHER: "Just look for the river going through the center of the valley. The details of the landscape are unknown, but the river is sure to lead you inside eventually."
CALVO: "Remember, these guys may have purchased the Metal Gear REX data, and could be working on making one of their own. Contacting Dr. Morrison is your first mission, since he's our best chance of learning about their weaknesses. We know of at least a few other scientific teams who've come to Brazil and disappeared, from bio-engineers to robotics experts, so don't be surprised if you see some advanced technology in the works."
FIX: "Where are they getting their fuel from? The PMC's reckless world war sucked the world's last oil supplies down to dangerous levels, and if we could find their pipelines it might be worth compromising them."
CALVO: "Good point. We don't have evidence of any pipelines yet, but they must be there somewhere. Even if they used the river for hydroelectricity, the global movement for alternative energy hasn't produced any results good enough to run an old-fashioned military compound."
FATHER: "Don't worry about that. First, find out what their real goal is. Until then, don't do anything drastic. That means no dead bodies, and no sabotage. General Azogue was a true patriot in his day, and there's a small chance that his cause is respectable, even if Dr. Morrison is involved. If that's the case, there'll be no need to interfere."
CALVO: "It might be worth knowing that he had a nickname in the intelligence community: General Quicksilver. It wasn't just a play on the word 'azogue', but a reference to his temper, which was like mercury... quick to change."
[Fix is at the top of a tall vertical peak, overlooking a vast amount of forested hills. He puts on a "squirrel suit", which allows him to dive off the cliff and glide horizontally for long distances. He jumps off and the music drops into a peaceful orechestra note as he flies through the rain. As he nears the ground, the music picks up power again.]
FIX: "You said there was a civilian presence in these compounds. I'll try to get information there first."
FATHER: "Disguise yourself as the enemy before that. They should be more willing to talk to one of their own, and it'll help to confuse the other guards if you're seen."
FIX: "Got it. I'm preparing to land..."
[As he begins to near the treetops at incredible speeds, he pulls open a small parachute, which is pulled sideways by a gust of wind as soon as it opens. Lightning flashes and thunder booms as he yelps. Screen fades.]
== Recovery & Basics ==
[The scene opens with panning from Fix's parachute being caught on a tree root, to Fix floating in the river. Underwater, we see him regain consciousness, and move about disoriented, until he pulls himself out by his parachute cords desperately. He begins coughing up water, and rips off the plexiglass wind mask, which has a huge crack in it from some impact.]
FIX: (groaning and coughing) "Oh boy..."
[The camera focuses on the ground as he pulls off his wind suit and gear, much like Metal Gear Solid 1's elevator scene. If the player did not see the title during the 'departure scene' it will appear now as he stands up. If they have, he will only stand half way up, before feeling a pain and staying bent over, making the camera's raised shot seem presumptuous.]
FIX: "I forgot... to bring pain pills."
[Fix limps over to behind a tree and kneels, putting one hand to his ear, and a codec conversation begins.]
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