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This just turned up at Play-Asia.com.
http://www.play-asia.com/paOS-13-71-...n-70-2jtb.html

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Metal Gear Solid: The Essential Collection

Konami


Compatible with PlayStation2

For US/Canada systems.


In stock on Mar, 2008.

Price: US$ 34.90


- Great value - 3 Games at a value price point

- First time in the franchise history that all 3 games are available together!

- Final chance to get fully immersed in the Metal Gear Solid universe before the release of Metal Gear Solid 4

- Includes the directors cut of Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance and Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence

- Special re-designed packaging artwork from renowned artist Shinkawa

It's no 20th Anniversary collection like Japan got but not too shabby. Great price too.
 

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Looks like a US release. It says NTSC US/Canada on the page and on the promo image.

I was just wondering I could not find it for pre-order on any U.S. retailers website.
 

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Someone explain to me what the difference is between the Metal Gear Solid 2/3 I bought and those? Mine arent titled Subsistence and Substance or whatever.
 

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Stolen from Wikipedia:

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance is a multi-platform updated version of the original MGS2 released for the PlayStation 2, as well as the Xbox and PC. The game contains the main Sons of Liberty game with some subtle alterations (including a new infrared effects for the thermal goggles and a new set of dog tags), as well as the inclusion of Boss Survival and Casting Theater modes.

The main addition of Substance is the inclusion of nearly 500 stand-alone missions (similar to those from Metal Gear Solid: VR Missions) with 300 missions set in a VR environment (including a set of missions played for a first person view) and 200 "Alternative Missions" (including bomb disposal missions) that take places in areas from the main game. In Missions mode, the player can choose between Solid Snake and Raiden, as well as unlock alternate outfits for both (such as Raiden in the Cyborg Ninja exoskeleton and Snake in his original sneaking suit from Metal Gear Solid). Substance also includes five plot-based "Snake Tales" missions starring Solid Snake. Due to the low production value of these missions, there is no spoken dialogue (plots are narrated through on-screen text displayed at key points) and all of the enemies and areas are from the main game (the majority taking place in the Big Shell). Exclusive to the PS2 version is the inclusion of a bonus skateboarding mode, based on the Evolution Skateboarding engine and featuring Snake and Raiden on the Big Shell.
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Subsistence was released in Japan on December 22, 2005, later in North America on March 14, 2006, in Europe on October 6, 2006 and in Australia on October 13, 2006. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence continues the Metal Gear Solid series tradition of follow-up enhanced, international version releases. While previous releases, such as Metal Gear Solid: Integral and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance included skill challenge missions and/or side story missions, Subsistence eschews the extra single-player missions to include updated versions of the series' first two games, Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (based on their MSX2 releases), a brand-new competitive online mode, and a significantly changed camera in the main portion of the game.


Subsistence's online mode. Here, the GRU team faces off against the KGB team.Subsistence's online multiplayer component, titled Metal Gear Online, is comprised of five tournament-style game modes, each with a capacity of up to eight players. This mode pits players, each playing as a generic soldier against each other in deathmatch battles and variations of capture the flag, using stages, items, maneuvers, and units (such as the KGB, GRU or Ocelot Unit) from the main game. Depending on server settings, each round the highest-scoring player in each unit automatically assumes the role of one of the main characters (or Reiko Hinomoto from Rumble Roses), along with unique abilities and/or items. For example, the highest scoring player on the GRU team would assume the role of Major Raikov, leader of the GRU, next round. Konami's Metal Gear Online service for the PlayStation 2 closed in Japan on December 26, 2006 and in North America on April 2, 2007.


In addition to the older games and the online mode, Subsistence includes many minor features common to international version releases. It includes the downloadable extra camouflage and face paint designs and "Snake vs. Monkey" stages previously exclusive to the European release, the European Extreme difficulty level, parody cut scenes and trailers from the official website, and connectivity with Metal Gear Acid 2.

The servers for Metal Gear Online were shut down though so I don't know if that'll be included.
 

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Pre-ordered!
 

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I should play the MGS games i have home but there is something i don't get... i got MGS 2: sons of liberty and MGS 3 : Snake eater.. what with the subsidence everybody is talking about? is it just like an expansion pack for MGS 2???


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Originally Posted by Dashboard /forum/post/12947563


I should play the MGS games i have home but there is something i don't get... i got MGS 2: sons of liberty and MGS 3 : Snake eater.. what with the subsidence everybody is talking about? is it just like an expansion pack for MGS 2???


thx

Read Slacker George's post
 

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Man, I did end up buying MGS3: Subsistence because I never did end up getting MGS2: Substance. I'm thinking I'll trade in my copy of Subsistence to get this pack. Glad its coming to the states.
 

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Another good reason for the PS3 to have BC.
 

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If this version of Subsistence includes the first two metal gear games, this might just be the best deal in video game history... sorry orange box



not sure if this is legit, but it looks like it's comming with some pretty slick packaging
 

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If this version of Subsistence includes the first two metal gear games, this might just be the best deal in video game history... sorry orange box



not sure if this is legit, but it looks like it's comming with some pretty slick packaging

That's the Japanese release 20th Anniversary collection. Ours isn't quite so nice.
 

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That's the Japanese release 20th Anniversary collection. Ours isn't quite so nice.

Yea ours unfortunately doesn't include Portable Ops.
 

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Just picked mine up. The sleeve packagaing is lame but the individual games look pretty nice.


MGS - 2 CDs

MGS2 - 1 DVD

MGS3 - 1 DVD


Basic black & white instruction manuals.





 

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Originally Posted by mbeiler /forum/post/13011784


If this version of Subsistence includes the first two metal gear games, this might just be the best deal in video game history... sorry orange box



not sure if this is legit, but it looks like it's comming with some pretty slick packaging

Thats pretty badas....can anyone grow facial hair like SNAKE?
 
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