Twenty years ago this month, Konami released Metal Gear Solid 2: Substanceextended reissue of MGS2: Sons of Liberty. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to revisit one of the , now is the perfect time. Modder oct0xor was released over the weekend mod that adds a third-person camera to Hideo Kojima’s masterpiece.

If it’s been a while since you played MGS2you may have forgotten that the game uses an overhead camera which is a holdover from Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and Metal Gear Solid. Only in 2006 Metal Gear Solid 3: Sustenancethe extended reissue of Snake Eater, that Hideo Kojima and Konami implemented a proper third-person camera. The name of the mod comes from this part of the story, with The Substance of Subsistence referring to the expanded editions of each game.

Adding a new perspective to MGS2 it was not an easy task. “The code for a normal third person camera was never present in the game and to implement it I had to reverse engineer and rewrite a lot of things in the game engine,” said oct0xor . You can learn more about the work involved in a oct0xor shared a few months ago.

You can find instructions on how to install Substance of Subsistence at . The hard part is finding a copy of the game for PC. Konami from GOG and other digital storefronts for a “temporary” licensing issue in 2021. In July, the company said it was still working to resolve the dispute, but did not provide a timetable for when the games would be available for purchase again.

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