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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)

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)
John Cygan ...
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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14 November 2001 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The names of the characters Jack and Rose were taken from the main characters of Titanic (1997). This film also influenced the decision to set the first chapter of the game on a sinking tanker. See more »


Whenever Pliskin, Raiden and Rose mention the former leader of Dead Cell, they refer to him as "Colonel Jackson". Since Dead Cell is said to be a U.S. Navy unit, and the rank of "colonel" is never used in the Navy, he should be called "Commander Jackson". (Vamp - a Dead Cell member - later refers to Jackson with this correct rank, so these errors were most likely intentional.) See more »


Raiden: Snake, you can say that because you're a legend. But I'm Jack the Ripper; a terrible reminder of a dirty mistake.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening credits, molecular diagrams appear, and from the atomic symbols on those diagrams, the cast's names appear. This is a reference to "Gattaca", which used a similar technique in the opening credits (and also shares a theme of genetic engineering). See more »


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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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"The Matrix" of video games.
10 August 2004 | by (San Antonio, TX) – See all my reviews

"Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" is the best action game ever made. It's also one of the best video games of all time. Creator Hideo Kojima and his team have made the impossible possible. They have created a sequel that outdoes the original in almost every way imaginable. It is a masterpiece that redefines what a video game can be and will be the standard of this industry for years to come.

If there's one thing all players can agree on, it's that "Metal Gear Solid 2" excels in its cinematic presentation. Not only in the cutscenes, but in the gameplay itself. The graphics are an awesome sight to behold. It's been almost three years since the game first debuted in the U.S. and yet few other game releases have surpassed its visuals. They are detailed, lifelike and stunning.

Interaction with the game's enviroment is encouraged and so is the open-ended gameplay. The sky's the limit when it comes to your imagination and curiosity. You can move around in stealth and collect dogtags off soldiers or be a "Rambo"-type badass and just kill everybody in sight. Your choices determine what the game's experience will be. Be inventive and you'll realize how deep this title actually is.

The game is divided into two parts. A "prologue" takes place aboard an oil tanker just off of the coast of the New York Harbor and the "main story" is set on a cleanup plant. If "The Matrix" stunned with you the surprise twist, then "Metal Gear Solid 2" will have your head spinning way before the end. It's talky, but if you stick with it you'll feel like you survived the ultimate mind bender.

There are two action sequences that "Matrix" creators the Wachowski brothers would probably envy. One is an awesome gunfight involving high-tech ninjas and the other is the climactic fight you engage in with samurai swords. Not only does MGS 2 mess with your brain, it is also the very definition of cool action. "Metal Gear Solid 2" is definitely a 10 out of 10. An A Plus. It's gonna take alot to top this installment of Solid Snake's adventures.

I'm sure Hideo Kojima will be up to the task. His "Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater" will be released this November. Until then, if you have haven't played "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty". Then what are you waiting for? Go and buy it now! **** out of ****.

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