Metal Gear Solid V’s Birthday Surprise

When we talk of ‘spoilers’, we usually mean plot twists – e.g. you’re actually your own uncle’s uncle’s nephew sent back in time to cut your child’s finger off. More rarely, and more delightfully, we face odd surprises in what a game does or becomes. What’s so great about Frog Fractions? Mate, go play Frog Fractions yourself.

Metal Gear Solid games hold many surprises big and small (I still chuckle at Snake Eater’s glowing mushroom chat), and I wouldn’t want to ruin any in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain [official site] for you, but this post is about a small and charming thing you’ll only see on one day of the year so… maybe have a peek below?

The Phantom Pain asks you to input a birth date at the start, then has a surprise for you in-game on that date. If your birthday (real or fake) is coming up, heck, maybe consider waiting. If not, aww, look at this:

Reddit user ‘Razorgc’ explains: “My birthday just happens to be September 2, and after finishing a mission Ocelot came over the radio and said, “Snake, you have to come back to Mother Base! It’s an emergency!” I just assumed it was part of the story. The game immediately takes you there and this happens.”

Quiet has a surprise too, if you’ve recruited her:

I can’t imagine I’ll post many of these oddities, but this gave me a big old grin on a grey Thursday morning. Not least of all for that non-copyright-infringing birthday song.


Top comments

  1. Philomelle says:

    It's worth noting that there's more than one potential cutscene for your birthday.

    This, for example, happens if Quiet decides to congratulate you.
  1. Xan says:

    A Hideo Kojima game.

    • Kollega says:

      Only in Metal Gear Solid, my friends.

      • GallonOfAlan says:

        I’m sure other games have had similar easter eggs.

        • Kollega says:

          Most certainly, but I meant that Metal Gear Solid is one of the few games that would be expected to go the full hog as it did.

  2. GameCat says:

    V has come to your birthday party.

  3. Syra says:

    That is adorbs.

  4. Henke says:

    Egads! My birthday was Sep 1, but I only had time to play 20 minutes of MGSV before friends and family showed up to wish me happy birthday, hindering me from playing further and getting to the point where I would’ve gotten birthday congratulations in the game! OH THE CRUEL IRONY

    • darkath says:

      Same here, I played quite a bit on september 1 but never reached motherbase. So now i feel like i was played like a damn fiddle !

  5. udat says:

    I am glad this article led me to discover the lunacy and brilliance of Frog Fractions.

    • Distec says:

      I never got to any of the “twists” in that. The first part went on for so long that I assumed the internet made up the rest of it and it was just a big troll.

  6. Philomelle says:

    It’s worth noting that there’s more than one potential cutscene for your birthday.

    This, for example, happens if Quiet decides to congratulate you.

    • Harlander says:

      I got what I wanted from that video: a cigar being lit by a bullet from a sniper rifle

      • Philomelle says:

        I like how Snake politely leans forward to help her with that shot.

        • gwathdring says:

          I think that was his way of requesting a light rather than helping, but it’s a nice touch either way.

  7. Turkey says:

    Hideo should have smuggled the real happy birthday song in there as a final fuck you to Konami.

  8. colw00t says:

    Big Boss looks really weird when he’s smiling.

  9. kulik says:

    What a let down from Kojima, I was half expecting a big cake and a girl jumping out of it showing hers panties.