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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance

by Konami
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews) 87 / 100

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  • 350+VR missions and 150+alternative missions
  • play through 5 new snake tales involving solid snake
  • unlock new playable charactters and game modes
  • powerful musical score

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  • ASIN: B00006F2ZQ
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches ; 5.6 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 5, 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,079 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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You are a mercenary named Solid Snake entrusted with the battle against an array of enemies, including Metal Gear, a nuclear capable robot. In this latest edition, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, you must stop deadly weapons of mass destruction from falling into the wrong hands. Secret weapons technology is being shipped on an oil tanker to an unknown destination. You must infiltrate the transport and foil their evil plans.

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is the PS2 espionage action game Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty with new playable characters, new VR missions, and a few twists. More than 350 new and moderately interesting VR missions fill in some of the gaps in the original game's story. There are also five separate "Snake Stories" that act as new missions. These take place apart from the main story, making them feel less like an expansion to the sprawling events in Sons of Liberty and more like an unconnected romp designed to pad the original game. Unfortunately, the "Snake Stories" lack the thrill, tension, and exposition that made Sons of Liberty so special.

The "substance" is nothing more or less than a collection of disconnected additions to the core game Sons of Liberty, which remains unchanged from its original release: you play as Solid Snake in stealthy espionage/assault missions, infiltrating the lairs of bad guys to take down nuclear-powered bipedal creations called Metal Gears. Snake has all kinds of tricks up his sleeves: high tech weapons, the ability to sneak around undetected--he can even flip over the side of a railing to hide (a "Grip Meter" counts down, increasing the tension and making you pray the enemy walks away). Both a boon and a detriment to the game is its reliance on cinematic scenes to further the convoluted plot. They're well-rendered and professionally done, but you'll seemingly find yourself spending more time watching the game than playing it.

Substance is worthwhile for anyone who doesn't already own Sons of Liberty. That goes double for Xbox and GameCube fans, because the game looks much better on those consoles than it did on PS2. For those who've already played the original, this reissue just doesn't add enough, pardon me, substance, to merit purchasing it again. --Bob Andrews


  • New modes and missions
  • Graphics improvements on Xbox and GameCube
  • New content too sparse for players who already have the original game.

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By far, Metal Gear Solid: Substance is one of the most fun, innovative, awesome, and needless to say, quite possibly the most fun game ever... bar NONE! MGS2:S (Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance) is a highly stylized stealth game based around several main and supporting characters. Unlike most games, you are not force-fed the same character the whole time. The developers at Konami had the insight to include several characters. Basically, there are several reasons I love MGS2:S.
The first reason is the ambience. The general atmosphere of this game screams stealth. The plot has more plot twists than you can shake a stick at. Those of you with an IQ lower than butter may not be able to comprehend the full plot. Yes, some portions of the plot are, to say the least, unbelievable. At first, anyway. Most of them are explained away as the plot matures. Some are left unresolved, thus leaving the audience either wondering what happened, or wanting more. The lower percentage of you may not understand much of the story, and I can not recommend it for you, however there is plenty of action (which I will address later). There are no plot flaws, and that leaves most of us with a refreshing alternative to the regular shooter; a smart stealth action/adventure/shooter.
The second reason I love MGS2:S is the intelligence. The gaurds are not morons! If you are sneeking around in a box (fun) and you park in the middle of the hallway, they will pick it up and shoot you. If they hear gunshots, they will investigate. You cannot stay in the same place. If you kill a gaurd, and he doesn't report in, they come and sweep the area. If they see wet footprints, they will investigate. They occasionaly fall asleep, but that does not make the game much easier. There are several details that may destract you, like posters.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MGS2.5 September 25, 2002
By A Customer
MGS2 was good but I was disappointed by the lack of game play innovation. Now Konami is milking the cow presenting this port that doesn't take advantage of the Xbox hardware, but excuses itself by giving extra half-baked missions.
I think that MGS2 was made for the PS2, if you haven't played it, it is maybe worth on Xbox, otherwise get a game that was done for the Xbox like Splinter Cell.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MGS2: Substance October 26, 2002
By Aaron
I loved the PS2 version, and will definitely buy this one! That said, this game is not for everyone.
MGS2 is VERY story driven. There are times when you will sit for 10-15 minutes just watching a cut scene or viewing dialog between the characters. As a result, there is some very good character development enough so, that you can begin to sypathize with them and care about their fates as the game progresses. Some have complained that you play very little as Snake (the protagonist from all the other MG games). Although, I wish you had more time with his character, the game accomplishes its purpose in not allowing you to play as him throughout. The whole point is for you to see Snake's character though the eyes of a third party, and this is accomplished very well. (in the Substance version you can play as Snake for the whole game if you want). This game is more like having an active role in a novel, or movie than your traditional video game, never-the-less, the gameplay is excellent.
As a note, I wish people would quit comparing the game to Splinter Cell, because the only commonality between the two is that the core gameplay is based on stealth.
By the way, I did not think that the story of this game was as good as that of MGS1, but the gameplay is MUCH more developed. The only drawback, if you would even consider it such, is that the gameplay is rather short. At a leisurely pace you can finish the game in well under 20 hours. You can probably speed through it in closer to 10 if you are rushing it and not doing any exploring.
The game may be short, but would you rather play a bad game that is really long, or a short one that is really good?
Finally, I am excited that in this release you can go straight to the boss fights, which, are some of the best boss battles I have ever played!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job KONAMI !!! July 29, 2003
By Andrew
First of all, I would like to say that I agreed with most of the other reviews in that Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance (hereafter referred to as MGS2) is good, but not great.
However, that was before I got REALLY bored during summer and ended up playing it for several hours at a time....inasmuch that my ears hurt from the lack of music. (I suggest classical or blues in the background.) Anyway, let's get on with the review...

Let's start with graphics, shall we? By just reading two reviews, I have heard conflicting opinions. Some say it's good, some say it's bad. Quite honestly, i don't believe a thing in ANY review for ONE game where there are differing opinions. In my own opinion, MGS2 has really great graphics. They're clean, dirty in a puesdo-randomness, and the graphics engine Konami and whatever developer used works well! The graphics are SO good, in fact, that the developers felt the need to use the now so-called "bullet-time" during fights with quick moving AI (such as Tangus and bosses).
But Konami didn't stop at that. Yes, they got even more detailed. Detailed to the extent that when taking pictures and zooming in and out, you have to wait a second for the camera to focus. (Yes, I encourage to try this if you don't believe me.)
The only place graphics don't shine is when you are Snake, outside the tanker. It is because it is raining, and the framerate suffers a lot for it. That is just about the only place I have been frustrated with the graphics.
CONCLUSION: Graphics very, very good. JUST short of excellent. (A-)
Can you hear me now? Good. Without a doubt MGS2 has some of the greatest sound I have ever heard. It really takes you off guard, actually.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like new
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5.0 out of 5 stars 13 Years Later and I'm Still Impressed!
This game is still awesome, i keep coming back.
I originally bought this for the PS2 back in 2001, I just bought the Metal Gear HD Collection a while ago and I'm... Read more
Published on April 6, 2012 by Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn's work on 360
I had bought this hoping it would work with my Xbox 360, but it does not. From what i've been able to figure out, it doesn't work because it is a PS2 port and not an original Xbox... Read more
Published on April 29, 2011 by MGSfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Best game of it's time!
I was looking for this game all over the place, even tried looking at GameStop to see if they had a used one for sale. Nothing! Read more
Published on February 17, 2011 by Gustavo
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun game. For original xbox only!!
I cannot vouch for this particular copy of this game because I have not played it yet, however I have played it in the
past and it's an amazing espionage game. Read more
Published on December 23, 2009 by Elijah Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Phenomenal
The Metal Gear Solid series is known for its storytelling and unique gameplay. Sure you do sneaking around but the franchise has a history of being story driven. Read more
Published on November 15, 2009 by SegaGuy217
5.0 out of 5 stars The "expansion" to MGS2.
In case you don't know already, MGS2:Substance is the exact same game as MGS2 (released for the Playstation 2) but with a whole ton of bonus missions that are a lot of fun to play. Read more
Published on October 4, 2009 by B. Rigney
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