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 Raiden checking out the size of the locker.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Sneaking pass the marines.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows And thus, the game starts...
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows It's not all about stealth and sniper shoots... sometimes a man HAS to kick some ass, old-school style.

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 (280)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (818)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

PSX Extreme PlayStation 2 Mar 06, 2003 9.9 out of 10 99
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2002 A- 91
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Apr, 2003 A- 91
Mania Xbox Dec 11, 2002 A- 91
Game Captain Xbox Mar 08, 2003 90 out of 100 90
The Digital Fix PlayStation 3 Feb 04, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Xbox Mar 13, 2003 85 out of 100 85
PC Action Windows Apr 09, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Windows May, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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MGS2 has the biggest (as of 2003) installation size for a PC game. It takes up a whopping 7.17GB.

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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