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 Shootout with russian troops inside the tanker.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Heavily armed reinforcements taking out the legendary Snake.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Don't you just love when you embark in a stealth-based mission and the stupid sun decides to shine in all its might?
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Main Title

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 (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 PlayStation 2 Apr, 2003 A- 91
Mania Xbox Dec 11, 2002 A- 91
IGN Windows Apr 02, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Power Australia Windows Jun 03, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy Windows May 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Windows Apr 09, 2003 80 out of 100 80 Windows May 04, 2005 15 out of 20 75
X-Power Xbox Jun 11, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Games TM PlayStation 2 Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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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