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Sometimes, words are just NOT enough. MAT (225752) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
In spite of, or maybe because of, its many controversial aspects, the game is definitely one of the best ever made Zokolov (66) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
A great game that OD'd on storyline lado (28) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Most in-depth game EVER!!!! Muhammad Khan (3) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
One of THE most anticipated games ever?..... um..... yeah! MrBee (29) unrated
A wildly overrated game. woods01 (163) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
Overreaches itself, but still amazes. Anatole (61) unrated
Great game but didn't have the same touch as the first Matt Ogles (18) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars
Still a quality game despite all the hype xofdre (82) unrated
The Greatest Action Epic Yet tantoedge (20) unrated

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Acting The quality of the voice or video acting. 4.0
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Overall User Score (161 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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100 (Aug 08, 2002)
As I stated in the opening of this review, Metal Gear Solid is game of the year, hands down! Until Mr. Kojima reveals what his plans are for part 3, this is it for some time! Enjoy the reality based tactical espionage action that is Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty!
GameBlitz (2002)
From start to finish, MGS2 is a work of art, in every sense of the word, both graphically and aurally. The storyline is beautifully written and voiced, and it's obvious that Metal Gear Solid 2 was a labor of love, not only for Hideo Kojima, but for the rest of his team as well. They didn't bow to pressure and they weren't afraid to shy away from controversy, and it shows. Their work has paid off. MGS is the complete gameplay experience. Hideo Kojima and Konami, we salute you!
Game Power Australia (Mar 22, 2002)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty remains, to my mind, the best video game since the turn of the millennium. While it's true that games such as Shenmue II and Grand Theft Auto III have taken video games to a pretty extraordinary place, there has been no production that achieves what is achieved here. That is to say, no other video game so elegantly combines every element of streamlined, intense cinematic production, beautiful and emotionally rich audio and (dare I say it?) perfect gameplay. The term "classic" has never been more appropriate - you must play this game.
A must-own, state-of-the-art tactical espionage stealth-a-thon.
100 (Jan, 2002)
What more could you ask for in a video game? We all know that the graphics are amazing, but the story is the star of this show. The bar for the action/adventure genre has been raised yet again by the Metal Gear series. A likely choice for game of the year.
Next Generation (Jan, 2002)
From the graphics, to the gameplay, to the storyline, MGS2 is a shining example of what a videogame can be. It's simply one of the most ambitious projects ever created, and it's one heck of a great ride. And if you thought that the countless previews, cover stories, and movie trailers were going to spoil the experience, think again. No matter what you think you know, the only thing you should expect is the unexpected.
Hot Games (Dec, 2001)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is probably the Star Wars of the video game world. Nothing has been met with more anticipation, followed more closely, or has been more scrutinized then MGS2. Fortunately for gamers, all that coverage means you've seen and heard more about this game than you will about any other - and you should believe it. The game is nearly perfect, with stunning graphics, great sound, and controls that enhance rather than detract from the overall cinematic experience.
Cinescape (Dec 04, 2001)
Astoundingly beautiful. From the sunset, to the rain effects, to the guard animation - everything is very well done. There’s dynamic cloth effects, beautiful lighting and most importantly, some incredible textures to round it off.
I know everyone is expecting this game to be good, but I have to tell you I was shocked at how great it is.
Game Shark (Nov 17, 2001)
It's the most phenomenal game ever made, bar none.
PSX Nation (Nov 29, 2001)
MGS2 is the showcase title for PS2. It’s everything you wanted in a sequel and finally a game that lives up to the hype. Though a tad on the short side, the engaging story will captivate you until the very end. It’s like Rambo meets Die Hard with a little James Bond thrown in for good measure and it’s even better than the original. Yummy!
GamePen (Dec 03, 2001)
Awesome graphics and amazing story telling combine to create a true masterpiece that blows away everything that has come before it; every aspect, from the textures to the voice acting have a refined and polished feel to it.
PSM (Dec, 2001)
The game takes about as long to beat as the first MGS, which is fine by me, and after you beat it, you'll immediately want to play through again (and there are plenty of bonus secrets to make it worth the effort). Plus, while the storyline is very linear, the gameplay allows for such a creative use of strategies and techniques that no scenario is quite the same twice. Hey, I squeezed nearly 20 hours out of the demo version, so I should be playing the full game, for what... a year? :-)
Gaming Target (Nov 24, 2001)
Let it be known that Metal Gear Solid 2 is a game that's not only good on the inside, but also on the outside, the right side, the left side, the top side, and even the X, Y, and Z axis's. It's the sequel of today, tomorrow, wherever and whenever. If you were a fan of the original title, or any of the others, and are looking for the best PlayStation 2 title yet: this is it! I can't stress this enough...and I absolutely have to say this...Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty has proven itself to be the game of the year. No gamer should slip by the stealthy and wealthy greatness that is Hideo Kojima's finest composition.
Entertainmentopia (Nov 18, 2001)
If you own a Playstation 2, you need this game. If you don’t own a Playstation 2, you need to buy one so you can play this game. Metal Gear Solid 2 surpasses the original in every way. In short: Hideo Kojima is a F%^&ing genius.
This is the kind of game that sells systems. Everyone whoever considered themselves a gamer (whether hardcore or casual) should play this game. Anyone who comes away from this game with anything more than a few nitpicky complaints should just give up videogaming, period. Everything that this game does goes above and beyond the capability of the current competition and will easily set a bar for quality for years to come.
Just Adventure (Mar 11, 2002)
I am on the second try around, and have found after playing it the first time, the second has some sneak bloopers which make it hilarious…ever see an entire platoon of marines in happy face boxers? Do yourself a favor. Buy the game. Play it the first time through. Play it the second to better your score. You will find after the second time around, you will want a third shot. You just can't get enough of Snake!
Darkstation (Jun 11, 2002)
Overall, Metal Gear Solid is the best game released for the PS2 ever. Plain and simple. Everyone on Earth owe it to themselves to play this game. Not only was it worthy of its hype, it deserved more. You should buy this game if you have a PS2. You should not by this game if you already have it.
ZTGameDomain (Jun 30, 2005)
In the end I have to say that those that rushed through the game as Raiden just to see if you could play as Snake again owe it to themselves to play through the game in it's entirety with a clear head just to see how beautiful this game is. I still feel, sans Snake, that this game is still the most incredible title to ever grace a console, and will be for a long time. Do not sell this game short as it surpasses anything and everything I have, or you will ever play. Let us thank Kojima san for allowing us the pleasure to be a part of his grand vision that is....Metal Gear.
Three years of waiting for a sequel to one of the greatest games ever made was tough, but the new game made it worthwhile. GTA3, Civilization 3, and Halo made the Game of the Year race interesting, but the addition of Metal Gear Solid 2 turns it from interesting to intense. In my opinion, the story and voice acting in MGS2 are more than enough to give it the Game of the Year title, so I am going to help it along with 5 Gem rating.
GamersMark (Nov 19, 2001)
Looking back over the last five years one could amass a notable list of groundbreaking games. These are the games that not only surpass almost every game on the market, but also bring with them several groundbreaking ideas that will no doubt be emulated countless times in the future. For example Mario 64 which was released in 1996 revolutionized the 3-D platform genre and even now five years later no platformer has elipsed the world Shigeru Miyamoto envisioned for the Nintendo 64. Final Fantasy VII, released in 1997 for the PlayStation put every previous 32-bit RPG to shame with its stunning CG cut scenes and amazing battle special effects. Added to that was a story that to this day hasn’t been surpassed in creativity, originality, and pure emotion.
GamesFirst! (Jan 15, 2002)
What I can tell you is that Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is without a doubt the best PS2 game I’ve played to date. The vastly improved gameplay, the gripping plot, the masterful graphics and the amazing sound all make this have no equal on Sony’s console. Do yourself a favor and buy it.
The appearance of Metal Gear Solid 2 on the PlayStation 2 is more than just the latest celebration of this famed series on a more powerful console. Kinship and genetics were large parts of the story when we last left Snake, and Hideo Kojima now presents us with the next generation of the title in every way – with some very tangible looks at the past included. It's not just a better game by the addition of more of what you've liked before. New controls have been added AND your command of the environments is greater. The game looks better, but it even lets you manipulate the cutscene camera and the images on your Codec. MGS 2's story has its surprises, but it also resonates on fundamental levels (such as playing video games themselves) and grows in ways unimaginable. The legacy of Metal Gear is forever changed and a new dawn has begun for everyone.
Game Revolution (Nov 01, 2001)
So I leave it to you to make Metal Gear Solid 2 your own discovery. It's a top-notch sequel to a great game and easily earns its spot in any PS2 collection. And you can trust me on that.
In short, Metal Gear Solid 2 looks beautiful, plays precisely, and has a complex, detailed plot that will tax your brain and maybe even have you questioning the greater truths of life. If that's not a game that qualifies for a perfect score, then no game possibly can.
GameSpy (Nov 15, 2001)
Rarely does a game come along that not only exceeds all of our expectations, but our dreams as well. Rarely does a game manage to hold us in and make us forget where we really are. Rarely has anyone seen a game like this. What game are we talking about? Do you need to ask? Of course we're talking about Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty from Konami. Ever since we first saw the trailers at E3 2000, the industry has been waiting with bated breath for the game's eventual release. Now, after generating quite a bit of hype and anticipation, we can at last revel in front of our PS2s with the arrival of Metal Gear Solid 2.
GamePro (US) (Nov 13, 2001)
Gamers can breathe a collective sigh of relief: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty delivers everything it was teased, touted, hyped, and, in some circles, feared to be. It's easily one of the most memorable gaming experiences you're likely to have.
PSX Extreme (Nov 14, 2001)
Seriously folks, did you expect anything less? Even though Metal Gear Solid 2 doesn't define perfection, it sure as hell does come close and it has secured a place in my gaming heart. Like I said, this is a gaming experience I will never forget. Not since Final Fantasy VII have I been so intrigued by a story, as I was with MGS2. Plot twist after plot twist, you'd think it gets boring but Hideo Kojima is a mastermind who never ceases to amaze me! Metal Gear Solid 2's visual presentation is quite possibly unrivaled by anything else on the market, as only Final Fantasy X comes to mind. The cinematics are breathtaking, and are good enough to be mistaken for computer generated sequences. The voice acting and the superb soundtrack really tops everything off and shows us that this is THE game of the next-generation era. Seeing as how I must've replayed the first MGS about 30 times or so, is it really a question as to whether or not I'll replay MGS2 for its secrets?
games xtreme (Mar 01, 2002)
Metal Gear Solid 2 takes the games playing world by the short and curlies, twists and pulls until something gives. With a thoughtful and inspiring score by the Master of Suspenseful music ‘Harry Gregson Williams’ it soars like an eagle and takes flight to spur your imaginations. If you can comprehend the storyline and stick with it you’ll be entertained and enthralled by the whole game. If this is the future of gaming and the PS2 then count me in. Mr Kojima better do a sequel and he’d better do it on the PS2 unless he decides to make it on the PS3 considering the vast leaps in technology. And it better be online and death match co-op capable and a hundred other things or I’m going to sit in my cubical and cry.
Gaming Target (Nov 19, 2001)
Metal Gear Solid 2 had a lot of hype, a lot to live up to. And you know what? It lived up to it. Some may bicker that it’s somewhat more of the same; but in this case, more of the same just means better fine tuning and near-perfection of it. There’s enough new stuff to do, so many various objectives, and built-in quirks that add tons of replay, which makes up for the feeling of being here before. MGS2 is Kojima’s masterpiece, the game that will always be remembered when mentioning his name. If he holds true that this is the final Metal Gear game, he took the series out in style, and gave us an incredible game that ranks up there as one of the best ever. And that’s no hyperbole.
GamingTrend (Oct 29, 2005)
Yes, there's the bad and the ugly, but Hideo Kojima has created a masterpiece. The story and scope of MGS2 is much larger than the original and Kojima should be commended for creating a game that makes you feel like you are in the game. I never put this game down until I beat it. The hype for this game was massive but I think it reached the potential for everyone but the people that put the standards far too high. For a wonderful gameplay experience MGS has no equal, not even Halo. I highly recommend this game both for people that have played Metal Gear through the years and those that are just coming on board now. The experience of playing this game is well worth your time.
GameZone (Nov 26, 2001)
This is the game. This is the one that shows what the PS2 can do, and indeed, what this next generation of console systems can achieve. My only gripe is that more developers don't have the money to make games this good. But then again, if they did, games like this wouldn't be as awe inspiring. In other words, play this game. Even if you don't think you'll like it, rent it. You just might be surprised.
Gamezilla (Nov 27, 2001)
Although the gameplay is similar to the original Metal Gear Solid, that isn’t a bad thing, just lacking in innovation. Small details and extra touches make this game rock, especially given that you can experience both rain splatter and the movement of the New York City skyline in the distance. Using a tried and true design scheme really paid off, and the strong use of cut-scenes and narrative make this an excellent title for its single player experience. Topping out at around ten hours for your first jaunt through the game, it’s a little short for an RPG, and pretty long for a FPS or Action/Adventure title, MGS2 has a lot of replayability from all of the secrets that you can uncover and the changes in opposition between difficulty settings.
IGN (Nov 16, 2001)
That's an argument that will go on long after I've passed my judgment, though. The fact of the matter is that Metal Gear Solid 2 is more than just a story, more than just a movie. It's a game, and one of the best ever made. If it isn't the best story ever told, well, the games industry obviously just has a ways to go in that regard. I sincerely wonder, however, after playing something like this, how much head room there is to make a better game experience. I mean, hell, Miyamoto's busy playing with ants in his garden, and Kojima's probably off on a year's vacation after this one.
96 (Mar 12, 2002)
Don't be an idiot and ignore this title. This is simply the best game on PS2 to date, and will be for some time to come. This game is worth every single cent you spend. Let's hope MGS3 isn't kept for PS3.
GameSpot (Nov 12, 2001)
Metal Gear Solid 2 is one of the single most highly anticipated video games of all time. Many consider its 1998 predecessor to be not just one of the greatest games for the PlayStation, but also one of the greatest games ever. No wonder--Metal Gear Solid took the Metal Gear stealth action series from its humble 8-bit origins to completely unprecedented heights with its combination of cinematic 3D graphics, memorable characters, diverse and unusual gameplay elements, incredible production values, terrific showdowns, and surprising plot twists. A game of this quality demanded an encore--if nothing else, players were eager to find out what would happen next to Solid Snake, the tough secret agent hero of the series.
95 (Mar 07, 2002)
Devant une telle performance, la note s'impose d'elle-même. Hideo Kojima signe là une oeuvre tellement magistrale qu'on ne peut lui trouver un équivalent dans le domaine du 7ème art. MGS2 est un chef d'oeuvre unique en son genre, qui mérite autant de respect que d'admiration.
95 (Mar 19, 2002)
Bereit für eine welterschütternde Erfahrung? Bist du gewillt all das, was du bisher gesehen, gehört und gelernt hast, hinter dir zu lassen und die Wahrheit zu erkennen? Denkst du, du bist reif genug um die wirklichen Gründe für all die ungeklärten Geheimnisse zu erfahren? Du glaubst du bist es? Nun gut, dann folge mir. Wir haben viel zu tun und du hast sehr viel zu lernen.
94 (Mar 11, 2002)
Siitä huolimatta, että itse en pitänyt varsinkaan loppua kovin tyydyttävänä ja peli muutenkin etenee ehkä hieman liikaa pelaajan toimista riippumatta, MGS2 sisältää enemmän kerronnallista substanssia kuin muut markkinoilla olevat pelit yhteensä. Se on mahtipontisuudessaan vaikuttava teos, joka hämärtää pelin ja elokuvakokemuksen rajaa entisestään. Toteutus on kaikin puolin virheetöntä, paikoittain henkeäsalpaavan kaunista, ja pelattavaa riittää vielä toisellekin kerralle. Jos pidit aiemmista osista, hanki tämä heti. Jos taas edellinen näytös Metal Gear Solid on sinulta kokematta, suosittelen pelaamaan sen läpi ennen tähän seikkailuun heittäytymistä; aivan kuin elokuvissa, sarjan kokeminen oikeassa järjestyksessä tuo peliin runsaasti lisää tunnelmaa.
So is it everything that it was hoped to be? Of course it is, although there are still a few snags that keep it from being the omnipotent game gamers claim it to be.
All in all, Metal Gear Solid 2 is a great gaming experience, and while it might not be as fresh and compelling storywise as its predecessor, it is certainly up there among the best games ever made. Buy it; you will NOT regret it.
Playback (Feb, 2006)
Genialna gra, pełna emocji, z niesamowitą grafiką i oprawą graficzną, praktycznie produkcja idealna, ale według mnie najsłabsza z całej serii. Jedynym elementem stawiającym go jednak wyżej od pierwszego MGSa ale niżej niż Snake Eater, są dialogi. Niesamowite, głębokie, przemyślane kwestie ocierające się wręcz o filozofię sensu naszej egzystencji robią naprawdę spore wrażenie. Ostatnie wypowiedzi Snake’a na zawsze wryją mi się w pamięć, ustępując jedynie ostatniemu przemówieniu The Boss czy tekstu Evy ze Snake Eater. Niemniej jednak Sons of Liberty to jedna z najlepszych gier w historii PS2 i polecam ją każdemu, kto ceni sobie przede wszystkim jakość i jakieś głębsze treści w grze.
92 (Sep 01, 2004)
Metal Gear Solid, was acclaimed as the best title on the Playstation console, and with good reason. It showed an new level of innovation into video gaming, and here the same is done. The bar has been raised, there are truly so many impressive features in this game, itfs not really feasible to discuss them in much detail in a short period of space. All I can say is play this game! Disappointment will be non-existent. Itfs simply astounding, just enjoy, this is an example of a perfect title, all ps2 doubters gplay and weep!h at this games excellence. Even though this game truly can not be summarized to an amount that would do it any justice (for fear of ruining anything), what I can say is that, the wait was well worth it, thank you Konami.
Game Chronicles (Nov 17, 2001)
Aside from the over-abundance of movies and com-link chatter, there is a really great game hidden on this DVD. The freedom to explore and ultimately play this game as you see fit within the confines of the parameters of the script is a great feature that offers excellent replay potential. Whether you choose to replay it now or later is not an issue. You will replay this game sooner or later. Like a fine movie that you might watch once or twice a year, Sons of Liberty will keep you coming back for your Solid Snake (and Jack) action-adventure fix.
Game Over Online (Jan 03, 2002)
Overall, Metal Gear Solid 2 is a testosterone soaked soap opera. With a storyline that will keep you deciding who to trust and what really is going on right up until the end, it’s a great bit of entertainment. It’s not a particularly long game though, most of what slows you down is the tedious action of cat and mouse you play with the enemy, spending a lot of time hiding or running away instead of getting to business on objectives. This really doesn’t take away from the game though, its more of an interesting way of getting the gamer involved by keeping them on their toes. For veterans of MGS1 (or the even older MG1 and MG2), a lot of questions will be cleared up and a lot of new ones will be created. I, myself, am already pondering the questions that remain unanswered and could be explained in a yet unannounced sequel. MGS3 anyone? I’m definitely ready and waiting.
Gaming Age (2001)
Metal Gear Solid 2 is a great game from a gameplay standpoint but fails pretty badly when it comes to the story. As a result, even though I've given it an A-, it turns out to be one of my biggest disappointments of the year. It wasn't the Metal Gear Solid 2 that I was hoping for and not the Metal Gear Solid 2 that Kojima lead us to believe.
90 (Mar 07, 2002)
Metal Gear Solid 2: Nicht makellos, aber ohne Zweifel eines der besten Spiele für die PlayStation 2.
Gamer 2.0 (Jun 16, 2004)
It doesn't edge out the original game, but that's okay. Metal Gear Solid Sons of Liberty is an amazing game in its own right, it's well done, has outstanding technical achievements, and most of all, it's fun to play. If you're looking for a great stealth-action game to play, look no further, this is the best one thus far this generation. Sons of Liberty is just a kick-ass sequel to the best stealth-action game ever made.
90 (UK) (Mar 12, 2002)
Metal Gear Solid 2 : Sons of Liberty is the most highly anticipated PS2 game ever. Although it seems to be fairly popular to write it off in places for its fairly low gameplay quotient and over-reliance on cutscenes and the codec conversations (without which it is a fairly unexciting game), the overall effect is still as stunning and enjoyable as ever. You may feel foolish gripping the controller throughout a 40-minute cut scene, but MGS2 is something which must be experienced. It doesn't represent the pinnacle of gaming, but it does offer something truly unique and consistently innovative, whether it's padded out with interminable dross or not. Buy it. There won't be another one of this calibre for several years.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 19, 2001)
Although I have a few gripes with the games visuals, I cannot say anything bad about the games soundtrack, scribed by Hollywoodâs composer Harry Gregson-Williams. It is simply magnificent and helps to convey the overall epic feel of the game.
Game Critics (Dec 01, 2001)
Regardless, my overall feelings about Metal Gear Solid 2 are ones of giddy delight. I purposefully didnt discuss the story much because I think, for all its structural flaws, it provides an experience that is infectiously insane. I doubt this is the sequel Kojima and his co-writers had in mind when they wrote Metal Gear Solid, but thats precisely what gives it its maniac energy. In a very Hitchcockian gesture Kojima structures the entire game around a plot twist no one will see coming and many might not even like. This kind of audience-foiling gutsiness is always a delight in my book, and it proves that Hideo Kojima still knows how to push our buttons and surprise us. For that, I feel his dubious eccentricities are a small price to pay. And besides, the game is fun.
But MGS2 is no conventional videogame. It looks amazing, and is as engaging and exciting as any game yet on PS2. We'll confess to being a little disappointed at the ending, and the plot could be more straightforward, but it's still an essential play.
Gamekult (Jan 29, 2002)
Mélange de genres, amalgame de cultures, melting-pot technique, cette oeuvre est le fruit de l'imagination d'une lignée qui a grandi dans l'espoir d'une réalité virtuelle toute puissante, capable de venir dégager le ciel gris d'un avenir incertain. Le chemin qu'il emprunte est certes tortueux - parfois même pompeux - et pourrait même s'avérer dangereux pour l'avenir même de l'essence du jeu, mais cela est fait avec tant de majesté que ce serait un crime de passer à côté d'un tel Objet Visuel Non Identifiable. On se laisse donc bercer par tant de superbe, griser par autant de débauche de dialogues, porter aux nues par cet hybride qui clame sa filiation à la liberté même de penser. Nos paupières sont lourdes... très lourdes... les portes viennent de s'ouvrir sur une clarté aveuglante, la nouvelle ère est là : Metal Gear Solid 2 est bien le digne fils d'une génération virtuellement libre...
HardGamers (Dec 03, 2001)
En conclusion, si vous n’avez pas essayé le premier Metal Gear Solid, il vous faut absolument essayer le second de la série. Certains aimeront, d’autres n’aimeront pas, mais une chose est certaine, c’est un jeu d’une qualité rarement égalée. Chose certaine, un fois que l’on y a goûté, il est difficile d’y renoncer.
GotNext (Aug 03, 2004)
Boasting a wide range of interaction, exploration and replay value, the true experience comes from appreciating the story and the gameplay itself. For fans of the previous editions, Metal Gear Solid 2 delivers an action-packed ride from beginning to end. Due to the mixed criticism it's received, Metal Gear Solid 2's appeal depends upon your personal tastes and expectations. Nevertheless, it's very likely that the MGS2 will become an oft-played title and one of the most memorable releases on the PS2 this year.
AllRPG (Jul 13, 2002)
What is Metal Gear Solid 2? Well, it's what we wanted, and it isn't. But even if it doesn't live up to what some hoped for, it's an amazing title in its own right, and one that future games will be compared to for years to come, much like its predecessor.
89 (Mar 08, 2002)
Doch auch wenn Metal Gear Solid 2 hier und da noch kleine Schwächen offenbart, gibt es kaum einen Grund, an dem Spiel vorbei zu gehen. Die Spannungskurve stimmt und dank des variablen Schwierigkeitsgrades kommen sowohl Anfänger als auch Profis auf ihre Kosten. Ist MGS 2 jetzt das PS2-Spiel schlechthin? Leider nein! Aber mit Sicherheit eines der intensivsten Spielerlebnisse dieses Jahres.
GamesCollection (Sep 24, 2008)
Come fu a suo tempo per il primo episodio, MGS2 si è rivelato un gioco-simbolo, un must have per ogni possessore di PlayStation2 - o almeno per coloro ai quali piace il tipo di gioco stealth. Per quanto possa essere criticabile, infatti, Sons of Liberty rappresenta qualcosa di unico nel panorama videoludico: è emozionante come un film, appassionante come un videogioco, intenso come una grande storia. Come minimo, a mio parere, bisognerebbe dargli una possibilità: non nel senso di "provarlo per un'oretta", ma giocarlo per intero e poi, solo poi, criticarlo.
ActionTrip (May 14, 2002)
The gameplay factor is much lower for MGS2, however, many things were overlooked as necessary to gameplay. For one, you will have more difficulty using many of the new types of weapons and will end up using only one or two of the most useful in a normal situation. Finding things is a bit harder in MGS2; many of the items only appear after other flags have been tripped. So if you are one of those who like to 'perfect' your game, you will probably end up knowing the game map by heart. Konami also made some critical errors in the difficulty level, making some areas dreadfully easy while making others nearly impossible to figure out or the boss amazingly hard to beat. The engine was more problematic and though it has the feel of the original there are portions where you will die simply from the lack of the ability to correctly control your character. Shooting for example is not as brainless as it was in the past, the first person mode is by far the easiest way to control the aim.
Edge (Dec 29, 2001)
It’s the overall experience, rather than the game’s various components, that counts. Admittedly, at times MGS2 feels as though it would be much happier being a film, yet that doesn’t stop it being a remarkably rewarding stealth-based videogame for the most part. And a decidedly distinctive affair to boot.
GameCell UK (Apr 04, 2003)
That said, the bits of the game that don't involve Raiden whining or surreal conversations are excellent, the innovation of the original is back in full force and there are some moments of genius in the gameplay, its such a shame the plot was so intrusive, because MGS2 could've been a classic.
Bordersdown (Aug 03, 2002)
Ultimately, Metal Gear Solid 2 is not the be-all and end-all of gaming that the easily swayed thought it would be. It is, however, without doubt an excellent game that is certainly qualified as a preeminent title for the Playstation 2 and more than deserving of attention.
Armchair Empire, The (Feb 09, 2002)
In the end we have a complete gaming experience superior, for the obvious reasons, to almost anything we’ve ever played yet also for the obvious reasons, the same ol’ same ol’. There are more things (bad and good) I have to say about the game but then I’d be marching into “spoiler” territory. If you don’t like some of the things I’ve said here then play the game and forget about me. Otherwise, I hope I’ve shed some light onto an otherwise biased and commercially driven world for at least a few readers.
You sneak up a dark metal floored hallway. Your footsteps echo slightly as you move through out the hallway. You pause, listening to your breath, heartbeat, and a patrolling guard's foot falls. You crouch down, moving swiftly, and peer around a corner. The guard is there, barely visible in the fog of darkness. You move behind him, then grab him by the neck. In one quick moment, the guard tries to wrestle free of your grip. You tighten your headlock on him, once, twice, three times. A wretched snap echoes the halls, as the guard's body convulses a moment after his neck is snapped. You move swiftly on, going to find a way to complete your next objective. This could be one scene out of many in MGS2:SOL.
70 (Jun 18, 2008)
Di gran lunga l’episodio più debole della saga, non meriterebbe nemmeno di farne parte. Anzi, se avesse avuto un titolo diverso, probabilmente avrei speso i caratteri a mia disposizione per elogiare un buon gioco, semplicemente non all’altezza di alcuni rivali. Ma si chiama Metal Gear. Sette.
The Video Game Critic (May 23, 2002)
Some of these "intermissions" go on forever! Hey, if I wanted to watch a movie I'd go to Blockbuster. Here's another complaint: could they come up with a less likeable main character? I don't know what's worse, Snake's cocky attitude, "mullet" haircut, or perpetual scowl. Plus he looks like he's wearing a thong. All jokes aside, this is a quality title, but should have been more of a game.