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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 If you wanna collect some dog tags, you gotta aim for the head.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Well here's one guy who's not waking up... who's gonna call his family?
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Hop! Now hanging from a railing...
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows And thus, the game starts...

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 (590)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (756)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

The Press Says

IGN PlayStation 2 Mar 03, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2003 4.5 out of 5 90
Factornews Xbox Mar 24, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Xbox Feb 18, 2003 18 out of 20 90
HardGamers Xbox Feb 09, 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameSpy Xbox Nov 24, 2002 85 out of 100 85
The Next Level Xbox Jan 01, 2003 B+ 83 Windows Mar 24, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Games TM PlayStation 2 Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70
PC Zone Benelux Windows Apr, 2003 69 out of 100 69


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The PC version is direct port of the XBOX version with no modifications. Even the tutorial refers to the XBOX controllers.

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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