Metal Gear Solid 4 - Vamp Returns
It was some seven years until we finally saw a return to the Solid Snake timeline in 2008 when Metal Gear Solid 4 was released. In that time multiple spin-offs, prequels and other Metal Gear merchandise went on sale, linking the rich tapestry of the created universe together. The history of the setting was thoroughly explored by now but the future was still left untouched, with various plot threads and loose ends finding a long-awaited answer.
Closure on Raiden, the Patriots, Liquid Ocelot and many more was thrown into MGS4 but one pertinent character still stood out. Vamp had survived several run-ins with death during MGS2 and appeared to utilise vampiric talents & abilities. Some explanation was needed, at least for most players of the PS3 effort, on what exactly Vamp was. This article delves into the answers by detailing what happens during Metal Gear Solid 4 to Vamp specifically.
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Vamp’s Apparent Immortality
In Metal Gear Solid 4 Vamp is part of the Outer Haven group officiated by Liquid Ocelot. Five years have now passed since the events of MGS2 and Vamp is first tasked with reclaiming Naomi Hunter from the grasp of rescuer Solid Snake. Boarding a helicopter with the erstwhile doctor, he is shot in the head by Solid Snake, reviving himself once again after a short period of unconsciousness. A recurring theme from MGS2 and now Metal Gear Solid 4.
Vamp next appears during fighting with Raiden in the streets of a local town in South Americas. Raiden manages to gain the advantage – only after plenty of silver-nanomachines laden blood is spilled by both men – by simultaneously stabbing both himself and Vamp in the abdomen. Although collapsed from his injuries, Vamp once again stands up, as Raiden manages to escape the conflict.
After escaping with Naomi and Raiden aboard the NOMAD, he discovers that Vamp is infact mortal, simply using nanomachines and experimental therapy to maintain his invincible qualities. The nanomachines were implanted by Dr. Hunter and served to heal him at an accelerated rate effectively stopping cumulative damage to kill him. This gives some contextual explanation for his apparent immortality – and Raiden’s during MGS4 or even Rising – but does little to temper the idea he mimics a vampire stereotype.
Metal Gear Solid 4 - Vamp’s Final Scene
Hatching the plan to use Metal Gear REX’s mounted rail gun, he, Naomi and Liquid return to Shadow Moses island, with Snake not too far behind. Being ordered to wait for Solid’s arrival, Vamp would sit in the same hangar that REX was held, until the legendary soldier finally made it to him. Defeating Vamp in the hangar, Snake quickly injected him with a nanomachines suppressant, taking away his immortality.
Directly after this, Raiden begins to battle with Vamp after destroying a few GEKKO units. Fighting on the top of Metal Gear REX, Raiden defeats Vamp after a lengthy battle, making him fall off the edge of REX. It is at this point that he finally dies, be granted a wish first heard in MGS2, after being injected once more with a nanomachines suppressant by Naomi. Although immortality may have been out of his reach, the pertinence of his vampiric likeness is still obvious during both MGS2 and Metal Gear Solid 4 – Vamp’s final swan song.