Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
According to Hideo Kojima in the documentary Metal Gear Saga Vol. 1, the game's original setting would have revolved around nuclear weapon inspections in Iraq and Iran. The plot of the game involved Solid Snake stopping the new Metal Gear while it was located on an aircraft carrier within a certain time limit. "Liquid Snake" and his group were supposed to be defeated by Snake, which would imply that Liquid would have faked his death from FOXDIE in "Metal Gear Solid (1998)". However, after working on the project for 6 months, tensions began to rise in the Middle East, so the team decided to scrap it in order to avoid controvesy. The final result of this original plot we relegated to the game's opening, involving "The Tanker".
Contributed by ProtoSnake
In the hostage room on the B1 floor of the Core in Cell 1, hitting the hostages enough times triggers an angry call from the Colonel and Rose. This also causes the player to be unable to save the game by calling Rose.
Contributed by gstwo
In the original design document, it was possible for the Spoiler:hostages to die after Metal Gear Arsenal was activated. Around 50-60 bodies would have been able to be seen in the water, with the water being red from their blood, which in turn attracted sharks into the area. Both Snake and Raiden would have to go through the area afterwards.
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Raiden (雷電) in english means "thunder and lighting" or "thunder god." The character shares this codename with the Mitsubishi J2M Raiden, also known by the allied forces as "Jack," this was an Imperial Japanese fighter aircraft used in World War 2. The patriots had named Raiden after the plane and later let him know that, just like his name, he was simply a weapon, a tool to be disposed of once it completed its purpose.
Contributed by EFB01
During the Tanker Mission, if the player looks at one of the girl posters in first person view and calls Otacon, a conversation will start where Snake appears to stare at the poster in awe while Otacon tries to convince Snake to remember the mission.

The HD Collection rerelease will award the player with the "Snake Beater" trophy/achievement upon triggering this.
Contributed by Pogue-Mahone
In the Substance version of Metal Gear Solid 2, completing all of the VR and Alternative Missions with Raiden unlocks a version of Raiden in Gray Fox's ninja exoskeleton to play VR and Alternative Missions with. His only pre-equipped weapon is the H.F. Blade. This could imply that before Spoiler:Olga died, she gave Raiden her suit to use alongside the blade so he could train as a Ninja.
Contributed by Slayerx1010
Bande Dessinée, a digital comic strip retelling the story of Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, has a number of significant differences to the original game's story:
• The Tanker Incident is portrayed through flashbacks at several points throughout the story instead of being shown in full at the beginning.
Spoiler: Peter Stillman never fakes being unable to walk and never mentions the church bombing that haunted him in the game. He accompanies Raiden to the battle Fatman, and a video of Fatman appears when Stillman activates the last C4 who calls out Stillman by name and gloats about how he had the last laugh.
Spoiler: The Sorrow appears in one of the new scenes which the spirit of Liquid Snake enters Revolver Ocelot's mind and talks with him about how he is able to possess him scenes.
Spoiler: A flashback never seen in the original game of Raiden's childhood as a child soldier was added during Raiden's torture under Solidus Snake.
Spoiler: Snake is the one to fight Vamp in the purification chamber and escort Emma Emmerich to the computer room.
Spoiler: During the fight atop Federal Hall, Solidus knocks Raiden out. Snake then appears, having failed to follow Liquid Ocelot in the stolen Metal Gear RAY, and challenges Solidus to a sword duel.
Contributed by SOGESNAKE
On the Tanker mission, the cooking pans found in the kitchen area each play a different note when shot, and are arranged as a musical scale so that the player could play music on them.
Contributed by G-Haven
During one of the final scenes in the game with Spoiler:Snake and Raiden in New York City, Vamp can be seen standing behind them in the distance by adjusting the camera. This rewards the "Vamp Eyer" achievement/trophy on applicable platforms.
Contributed by DJN
Hideo Kojima decided to have Harry Gregson-Williams compose most of the game's soundtrack after Kojima and sound director Kazuki Muraoka watched "The Replacement Killers" in a cinema, and enjoyed the music that Williams composed for the film. They had planned to watch "Saving Private Ryan", but the line for the movie was very long.

Gregson-Williams was given limited descriptions of the music he had to compose, such as "heroic" or "stealthy" as Kojima wanted the music to be pure Gregson-Williams. Gregson-Williams was told that the limited instructions he got was due to language barriers.
Contributed by MightyKombat
According to the first volume of Metal Gear Saga, Liquid Snake, Spoiler:having faked his own death from the FOXDIE virus, was meant to be the main antagonist of the Tanker Chapter (an aircraft carrier during this part in development). However, this, along with most of the original plot, was scrapped due to tensions rising in the Middle East.
Contributed by gamemaster1991
When the AI colonel starts going haywire, one of the things he will say is "Infiltrate the enemy fortress, Outer Heaven! Destroy the final weapon, Metal Gear!", a paraphrasing of the first radio message Snake receives in the original Metal Gear. Furthermore, while Raiden is receiving this message, the frequency monitor is replaced with the opening cinematic of the MSX2 version of Metal Gear.
Contributed by game4brains
In the computer room of the Shell 1 Core you encounter a parrot behind the same protective shield as Fortune. The parrot says things such as "HAL" and "Venus is Cancer". If the player uses the directional mic on the bird and says "You must be Ames" by pressing triangle enough times, the bird will repeat the phrase itself. Furthermore if you put the guards on alert enough times in that room the bird will begin to say some of their alert phrases as well.
Contributed by David
The alternate name of the Patriots, the La-Li-Lu-Le-Lo, was chosen because the English 'L' sound does not exist in the Japanese phonetic alphabet, making it impossible to say. However, since there is no such sound that cannot be pronounced in the English phonetic alphabet, the concept could not be translated over.
Contributed by DannyHope95
Raiden's real name is Jack, and his girlfriend's name is Rosemary, or "Rose" for short. This is a reference to Jack Dawson and Rose Calvert, the main characters and lovers of James Cameron's 1997 hit movie "Titanic"

Both Titanic and MGS2's plots involve the sinking of a large boat (Though "Titanic"'s plot was based off of the real life tragedy.)
Contributed by MightyKombat
When Raiden meets up with Snake after he escapes and retrieves his stuff, he'll say "Time to go. If you run out of ammo, you can have mine." Then Raiden replies "You got enough?" Snake will say "Absolutely... Infinite ammo." while saying this, he points to his headband with his thumb. This is a reference to the original Metal Gear Solid where, if you get the good ending, Meryl will give Snake a headband that grants him infinite ammo.
Metal Gear Solid 2 pays homage to the film Titanic, in both characters and events. The game starts out on a tanker that sinks, followed by a sequence focusing on Jack and Rose.
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During the Tanker mission, calling Otacon while staring at a bikini girl poster on the inside of a locker will cause Otacon to reprimand Snake, who will be pulling a face of awe. Hiding inside the locker and pushing Snake forward, Snake will kiss the poster. Leaning against the poster when the door is open and knocking on the wall will either cause a "boing!" sound if knocking on the girl's breasts, or cause the enemies to go into alert if knocking on her crotch.
Contributed by Ninja_r
Revolver Ocelot was going to Spoiler:have a mechanical hand after Ninja chopped it off in the last game. However, Liquid Snake was very popular with the fans, so Kojima decided to change the story so Ocelot received a transplant from the deceased Liquid Snake, creating Liquid Ocelot.
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Kojima named the tanker Solid Snake sneaks onto the USS Discovery after the Discovery One from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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While under cover, Solid Snake assumes the name Iroquois Pliskin. "Iroquois" means "Black Snake" in the Iroquoian language, Huron. And "Pliskin" is a reference to the character Snake Plissken from the film "Escape from New York", which was the main inspiration for the development of Solid Snake. Naked Snake (Big Boss), Solid Snake, and Solidus Snake each wear an eye-patch like Snake Plissken.
Contributed by gamemaster1991
Two members of the terrorist group Dead Cell were cut from the game. One of which was Old Boy, a soldier who served in World War II and was a mentor to mercenaries and soldiers, including Big Boss. He was cut very early in development. However, he would have commanded troops in his fight against Raiden, and would have used guns and equipment from the WWII era.
Contributed by Shinitenshi
Two members of the terrorist group Dead Cell were cut from the game. One of which was Chinaman who was based off of Jet Li. He was suppose to be fought in the filtration system where Raiden fights Vamp in the final version. He had the ability to walk on water, walls, and ceilings.

He could hold his breath underwater for a very long time and had a dragon tattoo would come to life whenever he touched the water. However, he was cut from the end version and his abilities were given to Vamp. Chinaman is mentioned in the game as one of the Dead Cell members who died before the Big Shell incident.
Contributed by Shinitenshi
When Snake is on the Tanker, Otacon tells him that Panzetamin prevents seasickness. After Snake tries it, Otacon explains that he experienced nothing more than a placebo effect and mocks him. As Raiden, if you ask about Panzetamin to Snake, he warns Raiden that it doesn't prevent seasickness.
Contributed by denoleyn
The game had a scene removed where snake is chased through the sinking tanker by a rush of water. Kojima said that it looked good, but wasn't fun.
Contributed by DidYouKnowGaming