Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Xbox)

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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 Xbox Snake is walking against the wall to avoid being seen by an enemy patrol.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Snake opening the hatch to the tanker holds.
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 Xbox Where are all these bugs coming from... time to cool them off a little.

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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Critic Reviews

PGNx Media Nov 19, 2002 9.75 out of 10 98
GameZone Nov 27, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Mania Dec 11, 2002 A- 91
Factornews Mar 24, 2003 9 out of 10 90
Game Captain Mar 08, 2003 90 out of 100 90
HardGamers Feb 09, 2003 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot Nov 08, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpy Nov 24, 2002 85 out of 100 85
GamePro (US) Dec 30, 2002 4 out of 5 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80


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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.)
Kartanym (10766) added Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (Xbox) on Nov 08, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69644) and MAT (94065)