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Top 100 Video Game Moments of All Time

Top 100 Video Game Moments of All Time
From IGN - September 12, 2017
Chloi Rad

For all of the big, weird moments that the Metal Gear series is famous for, its a surprisingly quiet, introspective scene that ranks among the highest in fans memories. The infamous ladder sequence in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater comes immediately after the fight with The Enda grueling one-on-one sniper battle that plays out like a hypnotically slow game of cat and mouse in the dense green jungle of the Russian wilderness. Unlike most action-oriented games, there are plenty of moments to sit and reflect on your deeds in the stealth-based Metal Gear series. The fight with The End is one of them. A later battle, against the ghostly Sorrow, is another. But that ladder sequence is perhaps one of the most graceful and visually striking of all.

As you approach the ladder, you have no way of knowing how high it is. Its just a ladder. Youve climbed plenty of ladders in games. But once you start your ascent, something starts to feel off. The ladder keeps going. And going. Theres no way to tell how close you are to the top, so all you can do is stare down at Snake as it gradually becomes too hard to tell how far you are from the bottom. Then a haunting, vocals-only version of the theme song starts playing. Fans have discussed the meaning of the ladder for years. Is it a representation of Snakes isolation? The sheer scale of his undertaking? His inability to have perspective on his own journey? Is it simply a moody interlude after an intense fight? An elaborate snakes and ladders joke? It probably doesnt matter. The ladder is equal parts haunting, hilarious, strange, and solemnly introspective, qualities that not only make Snake Eater such a beautiful entry in the series, but which have defined much of Metal Gear Solids legacy for years.

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