You Can Skip the Ladder Part in Metal Gear Solid 3

A Metal Gear Solid 3 player has figured out how to skip the game’s infamously long ladder climb.

Though it came out 18 years ago in 2004, YouTube user Apel has finally figured out a way to skip MGS3’s two minute climb altogether, as spotted by Polygon.

They showed off the tactic in a video but it essentially involves positioning protagonist Snake next to the ladder before pressing a few particular buttons in the menu. When the player comes back to the game, Snake enters a T-Pose and floats for a moment before being fired like a rocket to the very top.

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While this may seem a bit redundant given the game is nearly two decades old, speedrunners are still chipping away at Metal Gear Solid 3 to achieve quicker and quicker times. In fact, the top five speedruns were all set in the last year, showing that new tactics like these are still very valuable to the community.

The best time of one hour, 16 minutes and ten seconds is only ten seconds ahead of the second best time, meaning speedrunners will likely be racing to master this new tactic to try and retain or claim or the crown.

Elsewhere in the speedrunning community, Elden Ring player Distortion2 has shaved his time down to under seven minutes, while Tunic has been beaten in just 24 minutes.

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer who occasionally remembers to tweet @thelastdinsdale. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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