Genre: Modern Action Adventure
Release Date: Mar 27, 2003
ESRB Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Partial Nudity, Violence
This later caused a backlash among legions of Metal Gear fans, many of whom felt like MGS2 was a big slap in the face. So, at any rate, MGS2: Substance lets you experience one of the most talked-about video games ever made, since the core of the game is a straight port of the PlayStation 2 release. It assumes you have some experience with the original Metal Gear Solid (which was ported to the PC in 2000), though the storyline promises to bewilder you no matter how familiar with the characters and setting you are. Substance also throws in a number of additional features, most notably a series of no fewer than 500 so-called VR training missions that let you explore the nuances of MGS2's first-person and third-person action without all the cinematic trappings. For a single-player-only game, it packs in a lot of value.
The core game consists of two parts, the first being a relatively short sequence in which you play as Solid Snake, and the second being the main portion, in which you play as Raiden. Very story-driven and mostly linear, MGS2 is by all means a cinematic game, one that you simply sit back and watch almost as often as you actually play. Much of the story unfolds via one-on-one conversations between the game's main characters using a communications device called a codec. Here you just see a green-tinted screen with close-ups of the speaking characters' faces, and you listen to (or read) what they have to say. At other times, Metal Gear Solid 2 presents some extremely impressive noninteractive cutscenes using the game's 3D engine, which look like something out of a big-budget action movie, only with video game characters instead of real people. These of course are much more interesting than the codec sequences, although the game's story does remain engaging if you're willing to keep up with it through a few very strange plot twists and put up with some occasionally bad and always long-winded dialogue.
Minimum System Requirements
System: P4 800MHz or equivalent
RAM: 128 MB
Hard Drive Space: 3900 MB
Recommended System Requirements
System: P4 1.2GHz or equivalent
RAM: 256 MB
Hard Drive Space: 7600 MB