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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 Policenauts poster. I like Snatcher better.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Snake is peeking around the corner while carefully planning the timing for a surprise.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Cinematics quality is impressive, although it has to be seen in action to understand.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows It's good to have evasion cam

Promo Images

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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 (580)
A solid improvement over the original! PlayStation 3 krisko6 (472)
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 Freaks 365 Xbox Apr 18, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Informer Magazine Xbox Jan, 2003 9.25 out of 10 92
Mania Xbox Dec 11, 2002 A- 91
4Players.de Xbox Mar 23, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Factornews Xbox Mar 24, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Captain PlayStation 2 Mar 30, 2003 89 out of 100 89
GameZone Windows Apr 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamekult Windows Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Windows Mar 23, 2003 80 out of 100 80

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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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