Metal Gear Solid 2's Tanker: The quintessential MGS sequence?

It's the final part of our Metal Gear Solid trilogy, in which John and Stace discuss the qualities, themes and design of Metal Gear Solid 2's opening Tanker sequence.

Has there been a better opening to video game sequel?

Points of discussion include expecation/ hype versus delivery, foreshadowing of themes seen later in the game, new additions to enemy behaviour and Snake's actions, how the game teaches itself to players, what the game says about the act of playing games and much more.

Outro by Ben Prunty.