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Solid Snake used to be a member of Fox-Hound but is now a co-founder of Philanthropy who aim to bring the existence of the Metal Gears to the attention of the public.
For those that haven't played an MGS title before, the MGS games are all about stealth. In MGS 2 not only will you be trying to avoid being spotted you'll also try to avoid being heard.
In story mode you will be able to play as Solid Snake and a new character, Raiden. Raiden is a new agent and you'll encounter quite a few new people in the game as well as some old faces.
One of the differences between MGS2 Sons of Liberty and MGS 2 Substance is that Substance also has VR missions. The VR missions consist of Sneaking Mode, Weapon Mode, First Person View Mode, and Variety. In Sneaking Mode the mission will either be part of the Sneaking category or Eliminate all category. In the former your aim is to reach a certain point without being spotted, in the latter you must eliminate all enemies on the level before the time runs out. The layout of the missions in terms of enemy placement differs depending upon whether you use Snake or Raiden. Whoever you use is the character you will unlock new outfits for by completing certain numbers of missions. Some outfits are quite cool i.e. the Ninja outfit, for each variation there are new VR missions. The fact that there are is many variations means there's certainly some replay value.
The VR missions are not the end of the extra content. There are Alternative missions for which the settings are areas of the story mode. These vary in the same way as the VR missions.
That's still not the end of the extra missions. There are also Snake Tales which are a few extra story based missions revolving around Solid Snake.
The main storyline is fine, did get a little bored with it. The sound is pretty good, could perhaps do with more to intensify the atmosphere at times. The graphics are decent, the gameplay is quite good though the keys aren't as customisable as some may wish but you're unlikely to need a control pad. There's a lot of replay value and lasting appeal due to the sheer amount of extra missions.
Overall a 4/5.
I have posted this review on Ciao.
In Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, players can expect to find the same deep storyline found in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, plus bonus modes, hundreds of never-before-seen VR missions and all-new adventures in which players assume the role of Solid Snake.