It wouldn’t be the holidays without some espionage action, right? After all, Santa manages to infiltrate millions of chimneys, snack on cookies and milk, and leave a bunch of presents underneath a tree without being noticed by the modern-day security systems many people have installed in their homes, or being arrested for breaking and entering. Luckily for us, Arthur Lee built two games in which heavy-footed, non-Santa folks like us could live out their dream of playing a Metal Gear Solid game about Santa Claus.
Both games, Merry Gear Solid: Secret Santa and Merry Gear Solid 2: The Ghosts of Christmas Past are holiday-themed parodies of everyone’s favorite cutscene-centric stealth action series, with top-down views in the vein of the original Metal Gear series, but stylized to resemble the Solid series.
Instead of sneakily slipping by armed guards, Solid Santa, “a hardened holiday veteran,” must sneakily slip by children awaiting Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve. Solid Santa has various weapons and items at his disposal to help make stealthy present delivery a little easier, including “Christmas Spirit,” a holiday-based telekinesis, “Gift Box,” a parody of Metal Gear Solid’s (in)famous cardboard box, and “See’s Candy Cane,” a parody of Metal Gear Solid’s cigarettes.
Both games are holiday-themed parodies of the Metal Gear Solid series, though Merry Gear Solid seems to be more a parody of Metal Gear Solid, and Merry Gear Solid 2 seems to be more a parody of Metal Gear Solid 4, which stars “Cold Snake,” surely a parody of “Old Snake,” who even wears “Santa OctoCamo.”
What better way to spend your holidays than inside a Christmas parody of Metal Gear Solid? Both games are available for download from Arthur Lee’s website.
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