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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 Windows This alien-looking character is our trusty protagonist...
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows What was I thinking back at HQ? "Goggles or umbrella?" ALWAYS pick the umbrella!!... I wonder who will cover for me if I catch a cold in this stupid mission.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Opening cinematic for Tanker Episode.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Heavily armed reinforcements taking out the legendary Snake.

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 (284)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (818)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

PGNx Media Xbox Nov 19, 2002 9.75 out of 10 98
Armchair Empire, The PlayStation 2 Mar 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Factornews Xbox Mar 24, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Xbox Nov 08, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
PC Games (Germany) Windows Mar 26, 2003 86 out of 100 86
GameSpy Xbox Nov 24, 2002 85 out of 100 85
4Players.de Windows Mar 23, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Windows Apr 10, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
ActionTrip Windows Apr 11, 2003 77 out of 100 77
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Aug, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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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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