Okay, because of the presence of Otacon and the usual comic relief between the two, I would say it has to be Solid Snake. About that patch, its obviouly a computer that he can use for maybe like night vision, thermal vision, and tactical data on the field. Now, whether or not he still has an eye there or not would be my question, unless it is directly implanted in his brain, it would have to be just covering the eye.
The most important thing we should all remember here is that Solid Snake, the inferior of the Les Enfants Terribles twins, killed Big Boss with his own hands in the Metal Gear series and Solidus was killed by Raiden in MGS2, which was supposed to be an exact replica with Shadow moses and Snake's life (that AI stuff confused the hell out of me). Also, I don't think Snake is suffering from fox die, since he was the inferior twin, fox die did not target him like Namoi had hoped for and he would have been killed at the same time as Liquid if it did target him.
Also, about the IGN article with the concept art pictures, "By no means do we know for certain which characters will play a role in MGS4, but we do have character art for eight different characters that we expect to be a big part of the game. Most of these are returning characters from what we can tell, which gives us insight to the future story." *edit* - the picture that looked like Big Boss could have just described Big Boss's ultimate roll in the storyline, maybe his remains are eventually recovered and a direct genetic copy is made from his DNA or something.
About Snake posing as big boss to kill patriot members. How does that work out? I don't understand that logic at all.
*edit2-* Also, something that really confuses me is that in MGS2, Otacon says that the patriots died over 100 years ago, but in the timeline at the end of MGS3, the United States representatives of the Philosophers formed the Patriots, but I don't remember how many years after mgs3 though.
Edited by Wizdabest, 24 September 2005 - 03:05 PM.