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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (2001)

  • Director: Hideo Kojima
  • Writer: Hideo Kojima
  • Writer: Tomokazu Fukushima
  • Publisher: Kefka Production
  • Runtime: 05:21:54
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  • "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" is the fourth Metal Gear game produced and directed by Kojima and the direct sequel to "Metal Gear Solid." Its release was followed by an expanded edition, "Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance." A direct sequel was released in 2008, titled "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots" (with "Metal Gear Solid 3" being a prequel).

    The story revolves around the "Big Shell", a massive offshore clean-up facility that has been seized by a group of terrorists that call themselves "Sons of Liberty". They demand a massive ransom in exchange for the life of the President of the United States, and threaten to destroy the facility and create a cataclysmic environmental disaster if their demands are not met. The motives and identities of many of the antagonists and allies change rapidly, as the protagonists discover a world-shaking conspiracy constructed by a powerful organization known as the Patriots.

    "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty" opens with a flashback in 2007, two years after the Shadow Moses incident that was described in the original Metal Gear Solid. On August 8, 2007 Solid Snake and Otacon, now members of the non-governmental organization Philanthropy, are investigating the development of a new metal gear. Snake sneaks down to the hold in order to record pictures of the new Metal Gear RAY. Ocelot is possessed by Liquid Snake and escapes with RAY leaving the ship to sink.

    On April 29, 2009, Raiden is operating under a reformed FOXHOUND two years after the Tanker Chapter. He has orders to rescue hostages, including the US president, from the terrorist group Sons of Liberty (whose leader claims to be Solid Snake), backed up by the rogue anti-terror training unit, Dead Cell, who are also threatening to destroy the Big Shell clean-up facility they have seized. All of the SEAL team are killed by Dead Cell members Vamp and Fortune. The surviving members of the SEAL assault team, Iroquis Pliskin and Peter Stillman join Raiden to disable explosives planted on the Shell by Stillman's former pupil, Fatman, now a terrorist. Although Raiden successfully eliminates Fatman, Stillman is killed by his traps in Shell 2.

    Pliskin is later revealed to be the real Solid Snake, who, along with Otacon, helps him find the location of the President. Raiden moves deeper into the facility and locates President Johnson, who informs him that Big Shell is actually a facade to hide a new Metal Gear. Known as Arsenal Gear, it houses a powerful AI called "GW", which is capable of controlling the transmission of digital information. The president also claims that the democratic process is a sham, and the true rulers of the United States are a secret organization called the Patriots. Ocelot kills the president soon after this revelation. Raiden moves on to disabling Arsenal Gear. Snake and an Arsenal Gear engineer, Emma Emmerich (Otacon's sister), assist Raiden in uploading a virus into the "GW" mainframe, but the upload is halted partway, when Emma is killed by Vamp. Otacon escapes with the surviving hostages, while Raiden is captured. ...

    Did You Know? "Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty's" plotline was inspired by a newspaper article Hideo Kojima read about the US Government shutting down the popular music sharing site Napster. The S3 Plan was also inspired by George Orwell's "1984".

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