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Description

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.

Screenshots

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Some real-life footage is used in cutscenes
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Snake is walking against the wall to avoid being seen by an enemy patrol.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Where are all these bugs coming from... time to cool them off a little.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Shootout with russian troops inside the tanker.

Promo Images

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot

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
  • "메탈 기어 솔리드 2: 서브스탠스" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The game that has IT ALL. Windows Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (589)
A solid improvement over the original! PlayStation 3 krisko6 (558)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (861)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

PGNx Media Xbox Nov 19, 2002 9.75 out of 10 98
GameZone Xbox Nov 27, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
GameZone PlayStation 2 Mar 31, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 03, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Revolution Xbox Nov, 2002 A- 91
Mania Xbox Dec 11, 2002 A- 91
GameSpot Xbox Nov 08, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Apr, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy Windows May 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot Windows Apr 10, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78

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Trivia

Title

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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