Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: C
ESRB rating: M (Animated Blood, Animated Violence)
GRB rating: 18
CPU intensive game
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50383 & SLUS-20144 & SLED-50117 & SLUS-29003
Japanese: SLPM-65077 & SLPM-62043 & SLPM-65078
German: SLES-50383
French: SLES-50383
Spanish: SLES-50385
Italian: SLES-50384
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20144
SLUS-20144GH (Greatest Hits)
SLUS-29003 (Demo)
Release date: November 12, 2001
November 2002 (Greatest Hits)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50383 (Dutch)
SLES-50384 (Italian)
SLES-50385 (Spanish)
SLED-50117 (Demo)
Release date: March 8, 2002 (Dutch)
March 22, 2002 (PlayStation 2 Bundle Pack)
November 12, 2003 (UK - Platinum)
CRCs: A630B37E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-65078
SLPM-65077 (Premium Package)
SLPM-68503 (Shareholder Edition)
SLPM-66503 (Mega Hits!)
SLPM-65754 (Konami Dendou Collection)
SLPM-66792 (Metal Gear 20th Anniversary)
SLPM-74256 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
SLPM-62043 (Trial Version)
Release date: November 29, 2001
May 30, 2002
September 12, 2002 (Mega Hits!)
October 21, 2004 (Konami Dendou Collection)
July 26, 2007 (Metal Gear 20th Anniversary)
November 29, 2007 (PlayStation 2 the Best)
April 29, 2010 (BigHit Series)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Konami
Genre: Action-adventure, Stealth
Wikipedia: Link
Game description: Snake returns in the stealthy action title, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. Take on the role of a one-man army determined to stop a deadly high-tech weapon from falling into the hands of a highly elite resistance group called Dead Cell. Encounter familiar faces including Revolver Ocelot and battle the new war machine, Metal Gear Ray. This time around, enemies are more aware and agile, so you must use your skills in stealth, weaponry, and counter-terrorism to fight off the competing powers.
Solid Snake, everyone's favorite mullet-sporting supersoldier, is back, along with many other familiar faces and voices. While its predecessor was lauded for telling a complex story, this sequel has even more fascinating twists and turns.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.4 Ghz
  • GeForce GTX 285
0.9.8 RC r4563 GSDX r4459
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0
  • Lilypad 0.10.0
BIOS: USA v2.00, running near full speed. Requires a powerful PC. It's worth mention that MGS2:SoL requires PS2's pressure sensitive controls, so a PS2 controller is almost a necessity. Machina
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5492 GSdx 5464 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs above full speed.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 @ 2.66 Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 260 896MB
1.1.0 r5800- GSdx r5800 SSSE3
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 r5800
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5800
Game works at decent speed and stable.
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.8Ghz
  • Nvidia GTX 570 1368MB
1.1.0 r5829 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Europe v01.70(27/02/2003), MTVU, INTC Spin Detection, Enable Wait Loop Detection, mVU Flag Hack, Goes from Ingame to Playable. Game is quite GS heavy, so a powerful graphics card is recommended. Slowdowns seem limited to cutscenes.
NTSC-U Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (SP1)
  • Intel Core i5-4670k @ 3.4 GHz
  • Radeon HD 7850
  • 6GB DDR3-1333
  • 1.3.0-704 (GIT)
  • GSdx 1.3.0-704 0.1.16 SSE4
    • Renderer: D3D11 HW
    • Internal Res: 2560x1440
    • Enable FXAA: ON
  • SPU2-X 1.3.0-704
    • Module: XAudio2
    • Latency: 150ms
    • Sync Mode: TimeStretch
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
BIOS: USA 2.30, Requires a powerful computer to run at fullspeed, and even then there's still some slowdowns. Also requires fiddling with sensitivity on controller settings as well if you want to properly play this game. (When holding up enemies, etc). Pressure-sensitive controller recommended! Ryudo


  • Original names: METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY (SLPM-65078), METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY PREMIUM PACKAGE (SLPM-65077), METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY MEGA HITS! (SLPM-66503), METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY コナミ殿堂セレクション (SLPM-65754), METAL GEAR 20th ANNIVERSARY METAL GEAR SOLID 2 SONS OF LIBERTY (SLPM-66792), メタル・ギア・ソリッド2 ~サンズ・オブ・リバティ~ (SLPM-65078), メタルギアソリッド2 サンズ・オブ・リバティ 初体験版 (SLPM-62043)

Known Issues

Camera Pictures Mission

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: Taking usually right pictures in the tanker part fails.
  • Workaround: Use superVU0 as VU Recompiler

Fixed with microVU0 too since r4657

Dragging corpses Fall Sometimes

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Serious
  • Description: The enemy bodies sometimes fall before you release them.
  • Workaround: Use superVU0 as VU Recompiler

Fixed with microVU0 too since r4657

Twitching on Gun Aiming

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Sometimes aiming guns just make the arm twitch.
  • Workaround: Use superVU0 as VU Recompiler

Fixed with microVU0 too since r4657

Public compatibility forum links