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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PlayStation 2)

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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.


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There are 38 other screenshots on file for other versions of this game.

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

An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience Nick Slavin (11) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

The Press Says

PSX Extreme Mar 06, 2003 9.9 out of 10 99
games xtreme Apr 01, 2003 9.9 out of 10 99
Consoles Plus Apr, 2003 94 out of 100 94
GameZone Mar 31, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
IGN Mar 03, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
Game Revolution Apr, 2003 A- 91
Armchair Empire, The Mar 16, 2003 9 out of 10 90
GameSpy Mar 03, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Mar 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Games TM Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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.

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.)
Corn Popper (69690) added Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PlayStation 2) on Apr 15, 2003
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