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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Windows)

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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 ...And here's our protagonist again, with his face uncovered —you noticed it, huh? yep, this is NOT Solid Snake!... Say "hi" to Raiden, MGS fans!
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows The options menu... not much to say about it.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows This alien-looking character is our trusty protagonist...
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Rejoice, Snake fans: you can play your hero once again in the "Tanker" bonus 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. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (580) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Vortex Apr 30, 2003 100 out of 100 100
PC Games (Germany) Mar 26, 2003 86 out of 100 86
GameZone Apr 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy May 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Game Captain Apr 09, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Gamekult Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Apr 10, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
ActionTrip Apr 11, 2003 77 out of 100 77
JeuxVideoPC.com May 04, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 2003 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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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 (69555) added Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Windows) on Apr 15, 2003
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