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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 Epic fight with Metal Gear Rays
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows Hey that is not any kind of military uniform is it?... And those fangs are certainly not any kind of registered weapons... This is getting all kinds of weird by the minute!
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 Windows Fission Mailed

Promo Images

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "潜龙谍影2真实之影" -- Chinese spelling
  • "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. Dr. M. "Schadenfreude" Von Katze (589) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

IGN Apr 02, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
GameZone Apr 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Captain Apr 09, 2003 84 out of 100 84
GameSpy May 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Gamekult Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Absolute Games ( Apr 14, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Game Chronicles Apr 30, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
ActionTrip Apr 11, 2003 77 out of 100 77 May 04, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 29, 2003 59 out of 100 59


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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.

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.)
Corn Popper (69553) added Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Windows) on Apr 15, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69553), GTramp (58550), Kartanym (12825) and MAT (177598)