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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 Dragging the knocked down guard outside the sight of his comrades.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Most of dialogues will be held via nano-communication screen.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows And what good is all this stealthy peeking anyway? I can't see squat with this damned storm!!
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.

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 (584)
A solid improvement over the original! PlayStation 3 krisko6 (264)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (806)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

GameZone PlayStation 2 Mar 31, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 03, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
The Digital Fix PlayStation 3 Feb 04, 2012 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de PlayStation 2 Mar 23, 2003 90 out of 100 90
IGN Windows Apr 02, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Power Australia Windows Jun 03, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Windows Apr 09, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Xbox Dec 30, 2002 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 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.

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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