Two years after the death of Solid Snake, a rookie FOX-HOUND agent, on his first mission, infiltrates an offshore decontamination facility to rescue the President.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Solid Snake (voice)
Raiden (voice)
Lara Cody ...
Rosemary (voice)
Solidus Snake (voice)
Fortune (voice) (as Maula Gale)
Vamp (voice) (as Phil La Marr)
Fatman (voice)
Peter Stillman (voice)
Emma Emmerich (voice)
Patric Zimmerman ...
Revolver Ocelot (voice) (as Pat Zimmerman)
Liquid Snake (voice)


Two years after terrorists seized the nuclear facility on Shadow Moses Island, Revolver Ocelot, the sole survivor of the FOX-HOUND squad that led the terrorists, sells the plans for Metal Gear REX on the black market. Solid Snake and Otacon are now part of "Philanthropy," an independent organization dedicated to eliminating the Metal Gear variants that appear throughout the world. Acting on a semi-anonymous tip, Snake infiltrates an oil tanker sailing through New York Harbor, which is said to be carrying Metal Gear RAY, a new model developed by the US Marine Corps. However, the mission isn't as simple as Otacon and Snake predicted, and the tanker is eventually sunk by explosives. Two years later, terrorists seize the "Big Shell," an environmental cleanup facility placed over the wreckage of the tanker, and take US President James Johnson hostage. FOX-HOUND member Raiden must infiltrate the Big Shell, rescue the president, and disarm the terrorists. As he carries out the mission, ... Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

14 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Metal Gear Solid 2  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


This is the first, and only Metal Gear game to contain a note at the beginning that states that the events of the story are fictional. It was presumably added in due to it being released just a few months after the September 11th Attacks. See more »


During the bomb disposal mission, Pliskin mentions "the heliport on Strut H". Strut H is clearly visible from several of the connecting bridges, for example, the bridge connecting Shell 1 & Shell 2, and there is no heliport on top of it. The strut next to it (Strut I) does have a heliport, however. This was due to a modeling error. See more »


Raiden: So you're the boss around here?
Solidus Snake: No, not just here. I'm the boss to surpass Big Boss himself. Solid Snake!
Solid Snake: No! That is NOT Solid Snake!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits list the book "In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth" (story in the "Special" section) as actually being written by Nastasha Romanenko. See more »


References Wonder Woman (1975) See more »


Can't Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Music & Words / Produced by Rika Muranaka
Recorded by James Nichols (as James Nicholas) at Manhattan Center Studio
Mixed by Alan Meyerson at Media Ventures Studio
Vocal - Carla White
Piano - Onaje Allan Gumbs (as Onaje Allangumbs)
Bass - Kenny Davis
Drums - Eugene Jackson Jr. (as Eugene Jackson)
Sax - Don Braden
Trombone - Robin Eubanks
Conducted and played by Felix Farrar Orchestra
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Hideo Kojima never stops amazing me
9 November 2003 | by (Hagfors, Sweden) – See all my reviews

For starters this is NOT an ordinary videogame. It is a movie/videogame.

Hideo Kojima has taken a lot from fans and critics regarding this game. People complain on the lack of "playability". in other words: there are to much dialouge & videos and to little gameplay. But Hideo has said a thousand times:

-This is NOT an ordinary game! It's movie/videogame.

So I don't understand why people are complaining on those particular aspects. It's like complaining on a book because it's only text in it! It's outrageous!! Ok ok there is a LOT of videos and a LOT of dialouges. But that is just what it's supposed to be!

So stop complaining about it already!

I think this game is one of the best games in the world. And it has a LOT replayability value. BUT you won't get the story, witch is the best thing about the game, if you haven't played Metal Gear Solid 1 recently. So you can say that MGS 2 is a followup on MGS 1.

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