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In Metal Gear Solid 3, are you supposed to know that you are playing as "Big Boss" and not Solid Snake?

I haven't played MGS3 in quite a while, and actually never completed the game, but was just wondering if it is supposed to be obvious you are playing as Big Boss and not younger Solid Snake.

Since I didn't finish the game, I didn't really figure it out until I played MGS4, but I was just wondering if it was obvious in MGS3 if you played long enough or something.

Note: I played and finished the original MGS1, MGS2, and MGS4, but for some reason I always lost my enthusiasm for MGS3 before I could complete the game.

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And thanks to your spoilers, I lost my enthusiasm before having played the game, let alone complete it :/ – DrFish Nov 8 '12 at 10:19
The game isn't about discovering your Big Boss/Naked Snake, its about learning who Big Boss is and why he, and therefore Solid Snake, do the things they do... – Joshua Shane Liberman Nov 8 '12 at 14:15
No, "spoiler alert" does not belong in the title. Please don't put it back in. There are no spoilers in the question, and there are no spoilers for MGS3 in my answer. – user2640 Nov 8 '12 at 15:27
First, I am not trolling.. Second, even the question title spoils it.. One would wonder about that one should suspect the main character's identity just by reading that line. – DrFish Nov 8 '12 at 16:03
@Bora: I never said you were trolling. I said you were wrong. And you are wrong. There is no spoiler in the question title; there is no doubt about who you are playing in MGS3. – user2640 Nov 8 '12 at 16:25
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You are immediately supposed to know you are not playing as Solid Snake. The game takes place in 1964; Metal Gear takes place in 1995 and stars Solid Snake, who looks the same age as (or younger than) Snake in MGS3.

If you have played MGS1 / MGS2, you know Solid Snake is a clone of Big Boss. Well, here's a game where you play a character who looks exactly like Solid Snake, 30 years earlier, and has the codename "Snake". Who could that be?

As someone paying attention to gaming news when MGS3 was being previewed, Kojima was coy during interviews, but "everyone" knew that this game starred Big Boss before it came out.

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How do you know it took place in 1964? Again, I haven't played in a while. For all I know, there was text at the bottom of the screen during the intro saying "1964". I knew it was a ways in the past, but I didn't really know how long... – MikeS Nov 8 '12 at 15:07
"How do you know it took place in 1964?" Well, it's in the manual, on the box, on a bunch of the advertising, it's one of the first bits of text shown in the game, Snake is doing "the first HALO jump" which in the real world occurred in the early 1960s, your first task is rescuing the scientist supposedly responsible for the Vostok 1... I have no idea how you missed the fact the game occurred in the early 1960s. – user2640 Nov 8 '12 at 15:25
should point at that at the very end "Naked Snake" is given the new name/rank of "Big Boss" having killed "The Boss", with the eye patch it like saying now we name this guy who looks like Solid Snake and as an eye patch "Big Boss" – Memor-X Nov 19 '13 at 4:27

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