Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

released on Nov 13, 2001

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is the sequel to the espionage action game Metal Gear Solid. Much of the gameplay remains the same, as the game's protagonist has to sneak past guards, outsmart them using various gadgets and defeat the tricky boss enemies. The game expanded its predecessor's cover mechanic, with Solid Snake or Raiden able to take cover behind walls or objects and pop out to shoot at enemies, while the improved enemy AI allowed enemies to also take cover from the player. Metal Gear Solid 2 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time, as well as a leading example of artistic expression in video games.

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this is the best amalgamation of Kojima’s game direction and storytelling. definitely flawed but it’s outweighed with its self-seriousness and cute meta jokes.

Metal Gear Solid: Gamer Matrix Edition
A remake of Metal Gear Solid 2 with worse vibes and tech demo first person stuff. I gotta imagine this was incredible in 2001 but has aged worse than Metal Gear Solid.
A lot of the emotional beats fall flat both because they center around Raiden who is a loser. For some reason (budget?) most of the story is told through codec conversations which are boring and look worse than they did in the PS1 games. It's not horrible but it's a shame because the story was a strength of the first game.

I was kinda too young to get any sort of grip on what the hell was even happening.
Then again, it was a Kojima movie, so it was already rigged from the start anyway.

Prob the most underrated one except maybe 4.

Huge improvement from the first game gameplay and level design-wise and while I felt the story didnt really hook me at first the last couple hours of the game are literally peak fiction