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Lightning Strike
26-10-2007, 02:00 PM
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty - Playstation 2 (Released 2001)

Metal Gear Solid 2 is a continuation on from its previous titles Metal Gear and Metal Gear: Solid Snake on NES and Metal Gear Solid on Playstation. Fans were eagerly waiting for this title to show itself after the previous ones and when it did, fans were annoyed and excited. For in MGS2, the main character was not in fact their hero snake, but a girly male named Jack. He starts the game with his code-name changed from Snake to Raiden, because the building where the game is set, Big Shell, a clean-up facility.

Fans were confused for the game begins with Snake and there is a Prologue with Snake on a Tanker, where he must take pictures of the new Metal Gear in development by the Marines. For after MGS, Snake and Octacon became part of a terrorist organisation called Philanthropy, which is a NGO with the objective of stopping the production of Metal Gears.

While on the tanker is over-taken by Russians, with their commanding officer Sergei Gurlukovich. As Snake reaches the MG, it is stolen. Raiden is then taken into control on Big Shell, which was made as a clean-up the tanker incident which happened two years prior. There Raidens objective is to save the President and stop the Terrorists which has a leader going by the name of Solid Snake. Raiden travels the Big Shell and uncovers the truth of the entire situation.

Unlike others, this is a great game in my opinion. It creates a different atmosphere then the previous titles did and it brings more fun into the game. MGS2 Subsatnce was released sortly after and though it is the same story mode, it has extra missions which just Snake due to the lack of the control with him in story mode. This game has is all from throwing magazines (the empty gun shell not the readable kind, though you can put the naughty ones out for your enemy to find :P) to atrack enemy attention to sneak up on them and choke hold them to hiding in a cardboard box, this game is full of crazy and unexpected things. Another difference this game has to previous titles is the amount of easter eggs this game has, from crazy converstations to strange items to pictures of japanese supermodels.

MGS2 is a stealth game where it is more appropriate to stay hidden then to go head first in the enemy with guns blazing. The game is all about being hidden, if your enemy finds a dead body, they are gonna call support, so the aim of the game is to keep quiet, making noise will also get the enemies unwanted attention.

All fans of stealth based games will love this one as well as any fans of the previous titles. Great game for all willing to give it a chance and enjoy a little bit of humour with their dead bodies.

8/10

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Nintengod
26-10-2007, 02:29 PM
Great review and i agree with the score. One of the best opening scenes ever with Snake....it almost is disappointing then to play as Raiden afterwards! lol

Prometheus
26-10-2007, 02:48 PM
nice man
yeah it was disappointing not being Snake.

I am so pumped that he is in Super Smash Brawl.

Lightning Strike
26-10-2007, 11:54 PM
i know, i cant wait for Brawl

PennyD
13-05-2015, 07:35 PM
Hello!

Playing this way back in the day was a great experience.
Although you only play as Snake in the prologue mission, it was unique seeing Snake's role in the rest of the story from Raiden's perspective.
You have to love the villains; Phil Lamarr as Vamp and the pure lunacy of Fatman make for interesting boss battles (Obese man on roller skates for example).
The ending battle in the game wasn't incredibly amazing but the characteristic gameplay and tone of the game are an instant-classic.
Follow this game up with Snake Eater and you will thank yourself!

Best,

-Penny D