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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is a re-vamped and revised edition of the original Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, in which Solid Snake must recover the stolen Metal Gear Ray from a group of terrorists bent on using its power for unthinkable reasons.

Along with the original espionage shooter comes a collection of 200 virtual reality (VR) missions. Missions range from killing certain targets and using particular weapons, as well as seeing the world of Solid Snake from different perspectives and styles, with first-person target modes and a variety mode including crazy characters of different shapes and sizes.

Also included are various alternative missions, ranging from the protagonist sneaking around and snapping photos of targets to bomb disposal, all out destruction, and more.


Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Most of dialogues will be held via nano-communication screen.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Main Menu
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows What was I thinking back at HQ? "Goggles or umbrella?" ALWAYS pick the umbrella!!... I wonder who will cover for me if I catch a cold in this stupid mission.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Snake opening the hatch to the tanker holds.

Alternate Titles

  • "MGS2S" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - HD Edition" -- PlayStation 3 / US PS Vita title
  • "Metal Gear Solid 2: HD Edition" -- Japanese PlayStation Vita PSN title

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User Reviews

The game that has IT ALL. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (590)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

The Press Says

PGNx Media Xbox Nov 19, 2002 9.75 out of 10 98
Consoles Plus PlayStation 2 Apr, 2003 94 out of 100 94
IGN Xbox Nov 08, 2002 9 out of 10 90
HardGamers Xbox Feb 09, 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Xbox Nov 08, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 26, 2003 86 out of 100 86
GameStar (Germany) Windows Mar, 2003 85 out of 100 85 Windows Mar 23, 2003 80 out of 100 80
ActionTrip Windows Apr 11, 2003 77 out of 100 77
Games TM PlayStation 2 Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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The PC version is direct port of the XBOX version with no modifications. Even the tutorial refers to the XBOX controllers.

Related Web Sites

  • JUNKER HQ (This fansite is dedicated to the games produced and/or designed by Hideo Kojima and contains all kinds of trivia, artwork, plot summaries, discussion forums and more.)
  • Konami: Substance (The official website.)
  • Metal Gear Solid: The Unofficial Site (A fansite that contains information about the whole Metal Gear franchise, including galleries, interviews, downloadable content and discussion boards.)
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