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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 Windows The options menu... not much to say about it.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Main Menu
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Sneaking pass the marines.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Hop! Now hanging from a railing...

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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 (580)
A solid improvement over the original! PlayStation 3 krisko6 (467)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (818)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Windows Apr 30, 2003 100 out of 100 100
PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Mar 06, 2003 9.9 out of 10 99
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 18, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2002 A- 91
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
The Digital Fix PlayStation 3 Feb 04, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Game Captain PlayStation 2 Mar 30, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Gamereactor (Sweden) Xbox May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80 Windows May 04, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Games TM PlayStation 2 Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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Hideo Kojima was partially inspired to call this version of Metal Gear Solid 2 "Substance" by 70's British band Joy Division's greatest hits compilation CD entitled Substance 1977-1980.

Windows version

  • As of 2003, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance had the biggest installation size for a PC game. It takes up a whopping 7.17GB.
  • The PC version is direct port of the Xbox version with no modifications. Even the tutorial refers to the Xbox controllers.
Information also contributed by Stillman.

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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