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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.


There are no PlayStation 2 user screenshots for this game.

There are 124 other screenshots from other versions of this game or official promotional screenshots.

Promo Images

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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

An Amazing (Cinematic?) Experience Nick Slavin (11) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars

Critic Reviews

games xtreme Apr 01, 2003 9.9 out of 10 99
GameZone Mar 31, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Game Revolution Apr, 2003 A- 91
IGN Mar 03, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91 Mar 23, 2003 90 out of 100 90
Game Captain Mar 30, 2003 89 out of 100 89
Netjak Jan 28, 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
GameSpy Mar 03, 2003 82 out of 100 82
GameSpot Mar 05, 2003 7.5 out of 10 75
Games TM Feb, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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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.)
Corn Popper (68945) added Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (PlayStation 2) on Apr 15, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (68945), GTramp (77628), Kartanym (12706) and MAT (230266)