[101] It has also been listed as one of the best games of all time by Electronic Gaming Monthly,[102] Empire,[103][104] GameFAQs,[105][106][107][108] GameRankings,[109] IGN,[110][111][112] Metacritic,[81] Slant,[113] and Stuff. The tanker is attacked by Russian mercenaries, led by Colonel Gurlukovich, his daughter Olga, and Ocelot. requested by Gikei Wanna see my gameplay videos? Raiden finds Snake who had helped Olga capture Raiden so they could gain entry to Arsenal. Your support is appreciated! It also plays during the second half of the battle against Armstrong at the end of the Jetstream DLC. Source: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater [74] The game's PlayStation 2 version received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA),[76] indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom. "[68], In a 2006 viewer poll conducted by Japan's Famitsu magazine of top 100 games of all time, Metal Gear Solid 2 was ranked at #42 in the poll. As aforementioned, the original Portable Ops theme featured the motif, but is absent in the final version, instead consisting entirely of original music, which appears on the game's soundtrack as "Show Time." Upon seeing Snake, Ocelot is possessed by the will of Liquid Snake and escapes with RAY. [74] By July 2006, it had sold 2 million copies and earned $85 million in the United States alone. The game is considered to be ahead of its time for dealing with themes and concepts that later became culturally relevant in the 2010s. [141] The existential themes of the game align with the political philosophy and theses of Isaiah Berlin and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, focusing on the struggle between freedom and equality,[disambiguation needed] and Berlin's concept of the "pursuit of the ideal", as the player's internal conflict of ideals are one of the main driving forces of the plot. The Boss is the major illustrator of this theme, that everything is not absolute or eternal and that everything changes along with the times. It was the fifth Metal Gear game written and directed by Hideo Kojima and serves as a prequel to the entire Metal Gear series. With the future of the Metal Gear Solid series up in the air, let's go back to happier times. Next Generation ranked it as the 16th highest-selling game launched for the PlayStation 2, Xbox or GameCube between January 2000 and July 2006 in that country. Other content includes storyboards, behind-the-scenes footage, preview trailers, music tracks (with the option to play alternate patterns when applicable), the finalized screenplay, Hideo Kojima's original draft (available in Japanese only), a development timeline, and a gallery of Metal Gear Solid related products and merchandise. The Vita version has touchscreen and touchpad support for certain gameplay functions such as switching between items and weapons or zooming into cutscenes. "[100] The game was included in Tony Mott and Peter Molyneux's 2011 book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die. Ocelot reveals himself to be a Patriot agent and that the entire affair was orchestrated by the Patriots to artificially replicate a soldier (Raiden) on par with Solid Snake, titled the S3 Plan. These missions, which are unrelated to the main campaign and are non-canonical, have no voice-acted cutscenes - instead, the story is told through text-only interludes. He also worked on the majority of the game's cutscenes, re-orchestrating Gregson-Williams' "Main Theme" remix for use in several sequences. [82] Game Informer gave the game a score of 10/10, while GameSpot gave the game a 9.6 rating, stating, "It boils down to this: You must play Metal Gear Solid 2. [37] Kojima states that when he "heard about the hardware for the PlayStation 2," he "wanted to try something new. "[122][123] According to Kojima, Metal Gear Solid 2 paid more "attention to the surroundings" in real-time and later "games like Call of Duty have followed this trend of making your surroundings more realistic. A timed bomb goes off, killing Stillman. Raiden shoots down the Harrier, but "Solid Snake" escapes with the stolen Metal Gear RAY. Originally announced as a PlayStation Portable game, similar to the Metal Gear Solid: Digital Graphic Novel, the digital comic was released as a DVD film instead. A sequence depicting Arsenal Gear's displacement of the Statue of Liberty and crashing through half of Manhattan was removed, as was a short coda to appear after the credits, a breaking newscast showing the Statue of Liberty's new resting place, Ellis Island. After the Colonel begins acting erratically, Raiden discovers he is a construct of GW, damaged by the virus. Often strike teams will carry body armor and riot shields, making them a greater threat. These missions are primarily set in the Big Shell and involve characters from the main story in new roles such as Fatman, Emma, Vamp and Solidus Snake, while one mission set in the Tanker features Meryl Silverburgh. 168,170 views, added to favorites 227 times. Players can now start the main story mode at the Tanker or Plant chapters without the need to answer a questionnaire first, and a new set of collectible dog tags have been added (exclusively on the PlayStation 2 version) based on names submitted from a second contest in addition to the original (2001) set. It is also featured during the tracks "Comradeship", "Prelude to Denouement" and "Freedom to Decide" (from The Other Side Soundtrack CD). The player can choose to play these missions as Solid Snake or Raiden, with alternate versions of both characters (in different outfits) becoming available as the player progresses. MGS2 was also intended to reference the novel City of Glass, notably in the naming of its characters. This made possible new "gameplay opportunities" and a sense of freedom offered by levels "designed as mini-sandboxes with a tremendous amount of interactivity. [97] In the 200th issue of Game Informer Magazine in 2009, its list of top 200 games of all time ranked the game at #50 on the list. A majority of the character interaction in the novel is taken verbatim from the Codec conversations in the game itself. Below are links to each 5 of these parts for your convenience. Following the huge overseas success of the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Metal Gear, note Konami commissioned the development of a sequel titled Snake's Revenge for the Western markets without the involvement of Hideo Kojima. From the Settings icon on the XMB™ (XrossMediaBar), scroll to the Theme Settings option. 3. He explains the leader of Dead Cell is his predecessor George Sears, a clone of Big Boss known as Solidus Snake, who plans to seize Arsenal and overthrow the Patriots. It states that GW was the only AI destroyed, and that the S3 Plan's real purpose is to control human thought to prevent society's regression in the digital era from trivial information drowning knowledge and truth. The protagonist of Metal Gear Solid 2 is a young rookie agent named Raiden.