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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.8
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.1
Overall User Score (15 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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PGNx Media (Nov 19, 2002)
Overall this game is as satisfying as playing the old METAL GEAR SOLID 2 and I know I will definitely buy this game because of it’s replay value and how everything runes smoothly.
GameZone (Nov 27, 2002)
With loads of Xbox extras and more emphasis on fan favorite Solid Snake, this is the perfect way to be introduced (or reintroduced) to this tremendously entertaining series. While the Sons of Liberty part of game remains unchanged, the separately extra Snake Tales adds new freshness to the game. A Must-Own for fans and gamers that like their action with some stealth mixed into it.
Game Freaks 365 (Apr 18, 2003)
Fans of the first Metal Gear will jump right into Substance. Konami spared nothing in making this version. Newcomers may just join because of skateboarding bonus missions, but they have to beat the other level before that. What can I say, Sons of Liberty may be 20 hours long, but about 5 hours of the game is cut scenes. The 500 bonus missions add to the lifespan, making Metal gear over 100 hours long. This game will not be a game that takes you a week of solid gameplay to beat fully. Maybe a couple months.
The proverb “good things will come to those who wait” doesn’t exactly exemplify the experience Xbox owners will have with this year-late incarnation of Hideo Kojima’s critically acclaimed Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. To be quite frank, it’s more of a love/hate relationship. On the one hand, this is one of the greatest games of all time, and it’s loaded to the hilt with Xbox-exclusive excess. At the same time, however, Konami didn’t take the time to optimize the game to run smoothly on this powerful console, which becomes readily apparent when the game slows down and chugs during intense action sequences and moments where visual effects are in great abundance.
Mania (Dec 11, 2002)
In short, METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SUBSTANCE is a title that fans of the series will eat up solely for the Snake Tales. If you haven't played SOLID 2 yet, this is the version to get.
Game Revolution (Nov, 2002)
Those who have played MGS 2 should treat this much in the same way as buying a DVD, only to find out a year later that they've released a double-extra-special collector's edition. Konami might be milking this cow for all its worth, but the milk still does a body solid.
90 (Mar 23, 2003)
Nachdem der PS2-Version von MGS 2 vor einem Jahr der Award knapp verwehrt blieb, kann sich die Substance-Variante dank der zahlreichen Extras, welche die Spieldauer immens verlängern, vollkommen verdient Platin sichern. Doch wird Sam Fisher vom Stealth-Thron gestoßen? Ja und nein. Die im direkten Vergleich mit Splinter Cell eher gewöhnungsbedürftige Steuerung und die immer wieder auftauchenden Perspektiven-Wechsel machen es Fans des NSA-Agenten anfangs schwer, sich auf die „etwas andere“ Stealth-Action einzulassen. Hat man sich aber an das technische Umfeld gewöhnt, entfaltet MGS 2 Substance seinen bekannt hohen Reiz und lässt einen nicht mehr vom Pad loskommen. Story, Spannungskurve und Gameplay bieten sehr gute Unterhaltung, können aber nicht kaschieren, dass die ellenlangen Codec-Unterhaltungen mittlerweile mehr als antiquiert wirken.
Game Captain (Mar 08, 2003)
Ich habe viel von diesem Spiel erwartet und wurde fast nie enttäuscht. OK, die Grafik wird, bis auf die Charaktermodelle, der Xbox nicht gerecht, die Story ist auch manchmal schwer zu verpacken und die Steuerung hat bisweilen den Hang ein bisschen überladen zu erscheinen. Trotzdem wird hier Schleichkost aller erster Garnitur geboten. Das Spiel hält von Anfang bis Ende einfach dieses Filmflair aufrecht, das jede Sekunde zum nervenzerreißenden Augenblick gestaltet. Den Vergleich zwischen „Splinter Cell“ und „MGS2S“, den viele an dieser Stelle nun noch erwarten, kann man allerdings nicht ziehen. Zu groß ist doch der Unterschied, als dass gerechterweise die einzelnen Punkte dieser beiden Spitzengames verglichen werden könnten.
90 (Feb 18, 2003)
MGS2 Substance part dans l'idée de nous faire renouer avec l'angoisse du jeu d'action/infiltration tactique à travers une pléthore de nouvelles missions VR (réalité virtuelle) qui vont mettre à rude épreuve vos compétences en matière de furtivité. Un achat qui s'impose pour les inconditionnels et pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas encore le chef-d'oeuvre de Kojima.
Factornews (Mar 24, 2003)
Ce premier Metal Gear sur Xbox se révèle être une véritable réussite. Il ravira les fans de la série en manque depuis un an grâce à des bonus qui valent vraiment le détour. Ceux qui ne le connaissent pas encore découvriront une aventure incroyable au scénario complexe, à la jouabilité exemplaire et d’une durée de vie solide.
IGN (Nov 08, 2002)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is like a fully loaded special edition DVD of your favorite movie. In this case, the movie is Sons of Liberty. If you've already played through the PS2 version and are wondering if you should buy this, the question you should ask yourself is, "Are the VR/Alternative missions, and the rest of the extras, worth $50?" If you also own the Document of Metal Gear Solid 2, you've already had a taste of what the VR missions have to offer. If only Document had also been included in Substance...
88 (Feb 27, 2003)
Konami verdient Lob und Schelte zugleich: Einerseits kommen Xbox-Besitzer endlich in den Besitz eines nach wie vor großartigen Spiels mit wunderbaren Designideen und knisternder Filmatmosphäre. Auch die teils knüppelharten Zusatzmissionen und die Snake-Episoden sind für unersättliche Schleich-Fans eine wirklich feine Sache, mir persönlich auf Dauer aber etwas zu trocken. Leider hat man das Hauptspiel Sons of Liberty grafisch wie inhaltlich nahezu unverändert von der PS2 übernommen; nach einem Jahr und angesichts der überlegenen Xbox-Hardware keine Meisterleistung. Ob die neuen Missionen und die kurzweiligen Snake-Episoden für Besitzer des Originals einen Neukauf rechtfertigen, muss jeder selbst entscheiden. Metal-Gear-Neulinge hingegen infiltrieren augenblicklich den nächsten Spiele-Shop - und erleben eines der spannendsten und ungewöhnlichsten Action-Adventures der letzen Jahre!
HardGamers (Feb 09, 2003)
Un an après sa première apparition, on ne fait pas face à un Metal Gear Solid 2 tellement évolué pour autant. Mis à part les ajouts, dont certains pas si incroyables, rien n'a changé de l'original. Mais comme l'emballage était bien scellé, sachez que ce qui se trouve sur ce plateau d'argent a entièrement conservé sa saveur délicieuse. Toutefois, je prédis un meilleur résultat pour la version PlayStation 2, particulièrement à cause de la manette plus appropriée, mais aussi pour les autres ajouts promis. Un must pour les fans de la série, à essayer pour ceux qui aiment le genre, je ne peux que recommander l'achat de ce titre qui m'a franchement plu.
GameSpot (Nov 08, 2002)
It's true that Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance isn't as big of a deal as last year's game, since it's basically last year's game rereleased a year later. But despite the backlash against Metal Gear Solid 2's wild story and main character, one year later, it's still a great game that isn't comparable to anything else that's out there. So, simply put, if you haven't played Metal Gear Solid 2 before, go for it now. The extras in Substance--while perhaps not as substantial as Metal Gear fans had hoped--help make the wait for this Xbox version justifiable, but in the end, it's the core game itself that's still very worthwhile.
85 (Mar 13, 2003)
Metal Gear Solid Substance, despite its faults, is a game of rare quality, and its addition to the Xbox line up is one that should please everyone owning Microsoft's console. It is also a difficult game to rate, because your enjoyment of the title will entirely depend on what you expect from this game, and what you feel it delivers. Everyone should enjoy the game play itself - although not quite as 'pure' a play style as some other stealth titles, the core game play itself is a pretty rock solid mix of gadgets and sneaking about that should appeal to most console gamers. If, however, you are annoyed by cut scenes, and like your stealth games to err on the side of realism, then you might consider looking elsewhere, or perhaps try before you buy. And that's really what it comes down to.
GameSpy (Nov 24, 2002)
So, should you pick up a copy of Metal Gear 2: Substance? In short, hell yes! This is one of the greatest adventure stories in video game history, and even though many of you have probably finished the original MGS2 on the PS2, the VR missions alone in Substance are definitely worth checking out.
The Next Level (Jan 01, 2003)
Thus far, I wouldn't motivate ANYONE to rush out for the Xbox edition, especially with those inherent flaws. It's such a slap in the face especially to Xbox owners, while I am certain the PS2 version will be "solid" and surpass this release in every way. Although I've been remained a dedicated fan to the franchise over the years, I sincerely can no longer acknowledge it as the definitive model. Especially with the release of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, that bar has been raised and redefined (stay tuned for Sleeveboy's review for more details). Unless the next installment of Metal Gear can deliver substantial improvements, fans will become attracted to entertaining epigones to hold their interests.
80 (UK) (Mar 05, 2003)
So is it worth it? Quite possibly, depending on your experience with the original version of Sons of Liberty. As a first-time player with an Xbox, you can't afford not to get this. The main game is a tremendous achievement; it's brash, theatrical and very, very cheesy. It doesn't know what it wants to be - some might say an interactive movie, and if you must level that criticism, then at least admit it's a damn fine interactive movie. The rest of us will just get on with soaking up the mostly-fabulous visuals and cinematics, bizarre storyline and nicely paced stealth antics. It is what we like to call a flawed masterpiece, rivalled only by Splinter Cell. Couple this with the huge amount of extra content, and there is a magnificent amount of stuff to do, making it an essential purchase.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (May 08, 2003)
Summa summarum är Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance lika bra som originalet och ännu bättre tack vare allt extra godis. De som ännu inte upplevt den rafflande dramatiken i Hideo Kojimas mästarepos bör omedelbart rusa ut och införskaffa sig ett ex. Har man redan spelat föregångaren och verkligen dyrkade det så kan spelet också vara klart värt att skaffa. Se detta som mer av det som redan var.
GamePro (US) (Dec 30, 2002)
For those who never played Metal Gear Solid, Substance is an excellent opportunity to get acquainted with a unique and innovative play engine. Those expecting a true sequel here will be disappointed: Substance strictly builds on the success of existing material.
X-Power (Jun 11, 2003)
MGS2-substance is niets meer dan MGS2-Sons of Liberty met een heleboel extra's. Hoewel wij, in tegenstelling tot de PS2 bezitters, geen keus hebben tussen de normale en deze deluxe versie, denk ik toch dat het belangrijk is een verschil te maken tussen het avontuur en de extra's.