Snake Eater Bug jumps a long ladder climb

A man in military fatigues poses in a T position next to a ladder.

Screenshot: skin test

While this is one of the most iconic moments in video game history, it was only a matter of time before speedrunners figured out a way to circumvent the climbing sequence though. -loved in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater entirely. What a thrill.

Brazilian speedrunner apel shared a video this morning showing how a complicated series of inputs can be used to teleport Snake into the ladder passage in the remastered Solid Metal Gear 3 without any escalation involved. This newly discovered technique is derived from a “food zipper” bug call found years ago, which at the time opened up possibilities for skipping boss fights.

Shortly after uploading today’s video, apel provided step by step instructions on how to recreate the jump. It’s all Greek to me, but if done correctly, Snake will pose in a T and the camera will shoot up, which will save a lot of time from climbing the ladder like Hideo Kojima intended .

Apel notes however that this is currently only useful in a crossover Solid Metal Gear 3 speedrun as opposed to uninterrupted playback since the bug is so inconsistent. It can also crash your game, so be careful if you try this yourself.

Originally made in an emulator, comrade Solid metal gear speedrunner Hau5test showed that ladder jumping can also be done on actual PlayStation 3 hardware. This might not even require the hard reset mentioned in the instructions, making it potentially viable for single-segment world record attempts.

I haven’t played in a while Solid Metal Gear 3but the sequence of Snake climbing an abnormally high ladder remains his most enduringringing moment. It comes almost directly after beating one of the game’s bizarre bosses, giving you a quiet moment to reflect on Snake’s mission so far. And who can forget Cynthia HarrelThe a capella interpretation of the grandiloquent snake eater a theme song to break the monotony? Just aces everywhere.

Speedrunning is a funny thing. While the diehards Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater fans regard climbing the ladder as one of its defining artistic moments, people looking for ways to complete the game as quickly as possible have long viewed the same sequence as a frustrating obstacle between them and their goals . As someone who doesn’t belong to either side, I’m just happy to be on board.


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