This article is about the Middle Eastern location featured in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. You may be looking for the video game Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
Middle East Ground Zero

Ground Zero in 2014.

Ground Zero was a location on the outside limits of a Middle Eastern city.


Guns of the Patriots Incident

See also: Liquid Sun, Solid Sun, Third Sun, Twin Suns, Old Sun, and Naked Sin/Naked Son

In 2014, Middle Eastern militiamen arrived by truck into the area to fight against the government-hired PMC, Praying Mantis. The militiamen were outmatched by the Praying Mantis troops and were gunned down, with one truck colliding with another parked truck, knocking the occupants overboard, due to the driver being sniped.

Solid Snake, sent to the Middle East to assassinate Liquid Ocelot, and disguised as one of the militia's instructors, attempted to assist by firing his weapon but the gun jammed due to poor quality ammunition. He was forced to head deeper into the area and away from the chaos. Snake was later pursued by various unmanned Gekko and hid from them using his new OctoCamo suit.

Behind the scenes

Ground Zero appears in Act 1, Liquid Sun, of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. It is the first area of gameplay in the Middle East and of the game itself.

The term "ground zero" describes the point on the Earth's surface closest to a detonation. The term has often been associated with nuclear explosions and other large bombs, but is also used in relation to earthquakes, epidemics, and other disasters to mark the point of the most severe damage or destruction.


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