Metal Gear Solid 2 is the true sequel to the best-selling PlayStation game Metal Gear Solid. Fans of the game wanted to know what happened next and Hideo Kojima had no real choice but to please the fans and release a sequel. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was its full title and was the conjoining game for Metal Gear Solid. Kojima-san stated that the two games go hand in hand becuase they cover both sides of the story: how we exist by passing things down because of genetics (MGS1's theme), and how we pass things down through writing and the media (MGS2's theme). Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was eagerly anticipated by the gaming world when the Official PlayStation Magazine officially announced its development and many people (including myself) set out to buy a PlayStation 2 simply for this game!
Metal Gear Solid 2 seemed to impress everyone. Japanese people are famous for loving good graphics (according to Kojima-san) so MGS2 impressed them with its state-of-the-art high quality PS2 graphics which were able to convince many gamers that this was not just a game but that they were actually living and breathing the plot and atmosphere. Gameplay was addictive and the lifespan was long. Humour, action, romance and horror all manage to find their way into Metal Gear games making it an all-round favourite. The controls were pretty much the same as MGS1 so it was easy to get to grips with but extra features were built in making it even more exciting to play!
I feel the MGS2 trailers were slightly misleading in that the viewers were led to believe that Snake was still the only playable character. Still, that was a great selling point and I don't feel the game is a let-down because of Raiden. Watch this English trailer of MGS2 and try to see why I got very excited and started dancing round the room towards the end of it!
MGS2 gave the character more freedom and this had to be a good thing becuase the enemy AI improved drastically. Soldiers no longer simply said "Huh, what was that noise?". They now began to have more intelligence and could hear you if you ran, spot you if your shadow was in the way and noticed things that you'd dropped and left in their path.
Sons of Liberty was a best-seller. Everyone wanted to get their hands on a copy and play it, or if they didn't, they were in the minority. But it was not perfect. Despite having a complicated yet engrosing plot, the game was regarded by some to be too short and not enough to do once you'd finished the game. Others demanded to see Meryl again, having gone to the bother of saving her in the first place in MGS1! So it was back to the drawing board for Kojima-san. He wanted to please everyone and there were some extra finishing touches he wanted too add which he didn't have time to include the first time round. Thus Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance was born! Long live the Metal Gear saga!