The PC version of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty began life on the PlayStation 2, but today, 20 years later, it looks most beautifully on the PC, and in my opinion, it’s the greatest platform to play this classic game now.
The PC version not only stands up well against modern hardware; it also tackles more current themes than its PS2 counterpart.
The original release date was in 2003 on Windows, and the PC version is still playable on modern hardware and operating systems. You may get it from GOG for a reasonable price. The PC has an edge over consoles when it comes to older games, and today buying the PlayStation edition of this game will most likely require you to go to eBay where you’ll be expected to pay a premium for the disk version.
This PC version of the game is also DRM-free, which means you won’t have to worry about activation problems getting in the way of your entertainment, and you won’t have to worry about the game quitting working one day when the DRM servers go down.
This is a candidate for a PC gaming release due to its simplicity, affordability, and lack of any form of DRM.
The Best Version of MGS2
Another advantage of the PC is that as hardware improves, game play only gets better. This was a cutting-edge game in 2001, but it ran at 480i on the PlayStation 2 (480p for most people) today, which just isn’t enough. Even the PS3 and Xbox 360 HD versions from 2011 are limited to 720p and contain some performance issues.
However, the PC version, which is based on the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions, can run at higher resolutions and any current PC in 2021 will be able to achieve smooth 60fps gameplay from start to finish.
This isn’t news to anybody who spends a lot of time on the PC; however, as someone who completed the game twice last year: once on PS3 and once on PC, I was struck by how significant the difference was.
The Beauty of PC Gaming
While I did say that I was able to play MGS2 at resolutions that were not supported when the game was originally released, you may be perplexed if you purchase GOG Edition today.
There’s nothing here but a resolution that looks similar to 720p. But this is where we come in and why PC gaming is so interesting.
It’s true that many players don’t think about it, and they often use them in a sloppy manner. Some people are adamant that their precious Tiki statues can’t be harmed by anything other than water, which is understandable since some of these ancient gods were water deities.
However, the truth of the matter is that occasionally altering your game files will make a world of difference. -> It’s true that many gamers aren’t aware of them, and they’re frequently used in an imprecise way. Some individuals are certain that their valuable tiki sculptures cannot be damaged by anything other than water, which makes sense because some of these ancient gods were aquatic deities. The reality is that modifying your game files from time to time might make a huge impact
There’s a lot of information about how to get the hang of things, and it’s all in this helpful guide from PCGamingWiki. The Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance page on PCGameware is another excellent resource for this, as well as some great information about the game.
The GOG version of the game, as previously stated, allows it to work with modern operating systems and improve resolution settings (settings that were unintentionally limited in the original game), but it does not expand them (settings that were unfortunately restricted).
Install the mgs2 v’s fix, which adds a few quality-of-life features to the game, such as controller support, cheats, and a simple resolution selector, to obtain updated resolution possibilities. I was able to play at any resolution my monitor supported thanks to this new option, and playing the Tanker and Planet chapters in 4K is an absolute pleasure.
Why Isn’t MGS2 Obsolete?
Why would you want to play this game today, aside from a nostalgia trip for people my age who wish to recapture their youth? I believe that Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty is a masterpiece and that it holds up better than most games produced during the same era.
Younger gamers will not be fully aware of the surprise we felt when it was revealed that 90 percent of the game took place in someone else’s shoes without using the name “Solid Snake,” but this is far more than just a clever (and frankly audacious) plot twist.
I believe it survives today because its narrative and overall message resonate even more now than they did when this premiered in late 2001.
The ideas of living an online life, using digital technologies to influence political outcomes, how emotionality and traditional masculinity interacted, and environmentalism all seem even more valid today than they did twenty years ago.
At a time when video games were considerably less introspective or comfortable discussing the real world, game director Hideo Kojima was all over these issues in 2001. It’s a testament to this game that most of it (there is some humor that’s a little cringy) still rings true today.
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