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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 what good is all this stealthy peeking anyway? I can't see squat with this damned storm!!
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Xbox Where are all these bugs coming from... time to cool them off a little.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows You had too many drinks Raiden or what?
Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Windows There's a bunch of VR and training modes and missions

Promo Images

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance Screenshot
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. Windows Slug Camargo (589)
A solid improvement over the original! PlayStation 3 krisko6 (798)
La li lu le lo. PlayStation 3 Adzuken (854)
An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience PlayStation 2 Nick Slavin (11)

Critic Reviews

GameZone Xbox Nov 27, 2002 9.4 out of 10 94
Factornews Xbox Mar 24, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Xbox Mar 23, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Game Captain Xbox Mar 08, 2003 90 out of 100 90
The Digital Fix PlayStation 3 Feb 04, 2012 9 out of 10 90 Xbox Feb 18, 2003 18 out of 20 90
HardGamers Xbox Feb 09, 2003 88 out of 100 88 PlayStation 2 Mar 24, 2003 17 out of 20 85
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Mar 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Zone Benelux Windows Apr, 2003 69 out of 100 69


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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.)
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