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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 Well here's one guy who's not waking up... who's gonna call his family?
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Oops, stepped on a mine (although can't see how it was buried here), and red alert caught the attention of a few drones.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Looks like Fortune is blocking the way out for Raiden.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Opening cinematic for Tanker Episode.

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 (387)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (818)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Windows Apr 30, 2003 100 out of 100 100
PGNx Media Xbox Nov 19, 2002 9.75 out of 10 98
Game Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 18, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
HardGamers Xbox Feb 09, 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Xbox Nov 08, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpy Xbox Nov 24, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GameSpy Windows May 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Windows Apr 09, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Joystick (French) Windows May, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows May, 2003 59 out of 100 59

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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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