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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 And thus, the game starts...
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 Windows Raiden meets Solid Snake: "Easy kid, I was a videogame protagonist back when you were just a bunch of ascii jibberish"

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
Game Power Australia Jun 03, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameZone Apr 14, 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy May 30, 2003 84 out of 100 84
PC Action Apr 09, 2003 80 out of 100 80
Gamekult Mar 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 24, 2003 16 out of 20 80
PC Zone Benelux Apr, 2003 69 out of 100 69
Joystick (French) May, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2003 59 out of 100 59

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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.)
Corn Popper (69477) added Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Windows) on Apr 15, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69477), Kartanym (10739) and MAT (121993)