Close Up: Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Premium Package

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty was released in Japan on November 29th, 2001. Aside from the regular version, a limited edition Premium Package was made available as well.

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It comes in a paper box roughly the size of an A4 sheet, making it slightly smaller than most other Premium Packages. The box itself is black and shiny, with just the game’s logo in silver colored letters and the text ‘Premium Package’ on the front. On the back you can see a list of contents, as well as keywords related to the series and still images from MGS2’s cutscenes.

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As is common with these packages, a book is included as well. This one is called Metal Gear Chronicle, and it contains background information, interviews, concept art, storyboards and more. Of course the text is all in Japanese, but fortunately there are also plenty of images to look at, including some lesser known artworks.

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The ‘Guest Illustrations’ section shows scenes and characters from the game drawn by different artists, all with their own distinct style that is very different from Shinkawa’s, offering an alternative look at the game.

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There’s also a Premium Disc (bonus DVD) with trailers and commercials for MGS1 and MGS2, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage showing early concepts of MGS1’s first trailer from 1996.

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Obviously, the game itself is also included. The cover features a Shinkawa artwork of Solid Snake, and there are some slight differences between this one and the regular Japanese game (not as many disclaimers on the box). But the main difference is that this cover is reversible, with on the other side an artwork of Raiden, by Shinkawa as well.

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Lastly, a small paper box is included, in black with only the logo printed on. It contains a Solid Snake figurine with a pedestal. Konami released a whole series of similar MGS2 figures a bit later, but this particular (platinum colored) one is exclusive to the Premium Package.

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To conclude, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Premium Package is a nice item for any Metal Gear collector. The contents are all neatly organized inside the box, and the book’s high quality makes it a joy to leaf through even if you can’t read the text. Since it was exclusive to Japan and had a limited run, it’s not all that cheap if you want to buy it now, though it’s far from the priciest Premium Package.

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  • proceeder

    Why?!!!

  • Robin030

    guest illustrations look badass!
    well.. except for ocelot he looks a bit lucky luke style haha but still nice work

  • Ralexion

    Dat nude bloody Raiden.

  • Aleezy

    Hey guys, something weird happened to me last Thursday when I was driving home. I had a couple of miles to go – I looked up and saw a glowing orange object in the sky, to the east! It was moving very irregularly. Suddenly there was intense light all around me, and when I came to, I was home.

    What do you think happened to me?

    • Spectralbuttplug

      You took lsd or it was a nightmare

    • You should turn off the game console right now.

      • Spectralbuttplug

        He probably used a wormhole in a odes mgsv and used to return to the ACC LOL

      • Aleezy

        I need scissors! 61!

        • Mr.Pony

          Kawanishi-Noseguchi, Kinunobebashi, Takiyama, Uguisunomori,
          Tsuzumigataki, Tada, Hirano, Ichinotorii, Uneno, Yamashita, Sasabe,
          Kofudai, Tokiwadai, Myoukenguchi.

        • Full Options

          Do not cut AC outlet cable with scissors or you are good for surprises like shutting down your whole home with a short-cut melting the scissors in best case, or have also an extra Jacksons-5 new hair-cut in the worst. x( xD

  • Spectralbuttplug

    Solidus was always a badass IMO and he got beaten by a badass he created with his own hands

  • Full Options

    So what was you guys favorite moment ?
    I guess for me is when the interface started to go nuts / fission mailed and stuff inside arsenal. I was like man, WTF is goin on here !? xD My second fantastic favorite moment is when we were sneaking around Ray in the tanker behind the 2 rooms full of soldiers… Sneaking & praying not to wake it up.

    Thx Nyxus for the close up. Look, I am always wondering, is it you taking these shots on your own nice carpet ?? xD The shots are always very clean anyways.

    • All the photos we make ourselves. 🙂

      • Full Options

        They are really nice and pro, looks like official shots ! Judging by what you showed us so far on it, you have a legendary S+++ carpet ! ;D

        • Aleezy

          Idk why but I always imagine the carpet around the frame of the pictures are all messed up and dirty lol.

          • Full Options

            Come on !? Dirty ? Compared to mine, I could easily eat a pizza (like “without any fear”) on his carpet !? xD

          • Aleezy

            Lollll me too but that wasn’t what I meant though. I can’t explain it very well.

          • Full Options

            Sorry, I am not native english sorry too ! xD

    • Plissken

      2 favorite scenes, when Solidus reveals himself to Raiden on the connecting bridge, and the scene on top of Arsenal Gear when Liquid takes possession of Ocelot in front of Snake and Solidus

      • Full Options

        Yeah ! Those two ones were legend as well !
        Fortune’s first cut-scene also. I was “mmmh, she is probably going to railgun the cr.p out of my .ss … but dang ! what a babe” 😀

    • Danny Patten

      The most memorable moment was my realization that we play as Raiden. I wasn’t hating on him like it was public opinion but it was odd 😀

      • Full Options

        Exactely my feeling 1:1… 😀
        Odd, and a bit surprised but since Snake was however there first on the tanker, I went, ok, what’s next !!

    • When Raiden & Snake are back to back fighting. And Olga’s death, brutal shit. And of course the fight with Solidus.

      • Full Options

        Yeah me too ! 😀 The UI was totally infected / nuts at this moment… -FISSION MAILED- xD
        And the Solidus fight was magistral, I was so grateful to HK for giving me so long gameplay.
        The slomo Shalashaska first cut-scene was also sooo imperial ..

  • XOF

    Kojima with that short beard and moustache. Also young handsome David Hayter and nude Raiden 😉

    • Full Options

      HideOcelot ! 😀 mustache !

  • Xilurm

    This looks so good!

  • Ishmael

    what a beautiful package full of love.

  • Danny Patten

    I’m pretty stoked about the PS2 emulator coming to PS4! I hope the MGS games make it onto the PS Store 🙂

  • FoxTamerMGO

    Anyone excited to play Def Jam Fight for NY when PS2 emulation comes to PS4? ;’DDD

    • hunner

      lmao i was unbeatable with Snoop Dogg

    • Spectralbuttplug

      I played it once on a PSP. Lol

    • That game was fucking great. I personally can’t wait to play the GTA games again.

      • Spectralbuttplug

        Fuck yeah

  • FoxTamerMGO

    A big fan of your close-ups nyxus ;’DJust wondering how many years it took Koji-Pro to make MGS2?

    • They must have started sometime in 1998/1999.

    • Full Options

      Late November ‘98 – Analysis of PlayStation 2 evaluation-use graphics board
      Late December ’98 – Planning outline finalized
      Early January ’99 – Begin character and mechanical design work, planning development
      February ‘99 – Announce that MGS2 is under development for PlayStation 2
      March ‘99 – Begin PlayStation 2 basic research (acquire tools)
      May ’99 – Research trip to America (New York). E3
      June ’99 – Begin full-scale development
      August ’99 – Research trip to offshore plant
      Summer ‘01 – Finish development
      Winter ‘01 – Release

      [source: Kojima Productions – Metal Gear Solid 2 Grand Game Plan – traduction by Marc Laidlaw]

  • Xilurm

    Here’s hoping that whatever Kojima makes next, it’s going to have detailed stuff as these premium packages.

  • Alex

    So all your missing now is GZ and TPP? Did MGS4 or the original PW have a Premium? I don’t think the HD collection had one either.

    • MGS3 Subsistence, GZ and TPP. There’s also the Gold shareholder’s edition for MGS1, but that one is quite expensive. GZ and TPP are very pricey as well.

      • Alex

        I got the big arm edition 🙂
        What do you mean by MGS HD? The HD collection?
        I forgot about MGS3 Subsistence. I think I recall Stan Lee getting one autographed by Kojima.

        • MGS 2 & 3 were released separate from PW in Japan. Both releases had a Premium Package as well.

          • Alex

            That’s right. I think both just mainly came with a Play Arts figure correct?

          • PW also come with a soundtrack: http://www.metalgearinformer.com/?p=19594

          • Alex

            I’m curious to see what’s in MGS3 Subsistence, if you ever get that one.

  • Spectralbuttplug

    Off topic:Guys what is your favorite song from the 70s.Heres mine
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cFU-FJzPE80

    • Not my favorite maybe but still love it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tth-8wA3PdY

      • Spectralbuttplug

        Nice

      • Spectralbuttplug

        Who hasn’t heard this ?Lol

    • Full Options
      • Spectralbuttplug

        You’re pretty good.I heard this in ads etc.

        • Full Options

          Almost like me, I first discovered the song through RUN-DMC’s cover(1986, I remember it staying several weeks at the first place in the charts) which is top-cool as well. Aerosmith’s version was the first / original shot (1973).

          • Spectralbuttplug

            I almost chose the man who sold the world for this but I prefer the glorious Timmy Thomas r and b track that had such a good beat and a good message that drake sampled the song for hotline bling lol.

          • Full Options

            Yeah Funky us ! 😀
            Beatles “Let it be”, Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to heaven”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Bee Gees “Stayin’ alive”, and so much more… 70’s were awesome

          • Spectralbuttplug

            I love Led Zeppelins black dog.ZHU who is my FAVOURITE house musician sampled its guitar solo.Surprising since he is a multi instrumentalist and graduated in USC.I love the bee gees.And Freddie Mercury is a badass for his music IMO.

  • Venom_Sina

    Such a lust for close-ups?WHOOOOOOOO?lol.

    Thanks,Boss.I’m a big fan of your close-ups.

  • valentikary

    Hi, thanks for your close ups, ad i translate partof your site to spanish, very good information and thanks for all…!

  • Venom_Sina

    Hey guys.Yesterday I finished V for the second time,but this time I encountered something weird.I don’t know it’s a bug or not.I played mission 46 without playing 45!!! Actually I don’t have mission 45 right now and I don’t know why.The first time I played (PS3) I played 45 first,then 46,but now like I said before,the game didn’t unlock 45.Is this normal?and how to trigger 45?Thanks in advance.Here’s the problem:

    • Full Options

      Just to check, but you are of course not wearing butterfly right ? xD
      Looks weird your stuff, maybe it is related to the reunion update.. Did you played mission 150 ?
      re-xD… Cannot see your pic so far..

      • Venom_Sina

        No my emblem is the default “Black DD” emblem (I’m not really into customization).
        And no,I don’t have mission 150.And my bond with Quiet is 100.It’s a weird bug.

        • Full Options

          WTF… I can not remember well, are all primary missions / yellow side-ops fulfilled ?? I am sure yes, though. 🙁 You don’t have 150 ? Is there any yellow dot left ? Knowin you I am sure of that at well… Maybe the tapes ? Interesting / bizarre / mustache this stuff… 😉

          • Venom_Sina

            That’s the weird part.I did all main missions and all yellow side ops,but the game don’t give me the Quiet side mission that leads to 45.I think the only way is to play all these replay missions to see what comes up.Thank you for your time.

          • Full Options

            Rahesh miconam… 😉 I unfortunately can’t remember which missions I polished before triggerin the stuff in my first gameplay. I hope it is not a bug. Good luck !

          • Venom_Sina

            Damet garm Dadash.Lotf kardi 😉

          • Full Options

            Khornban et ! “Spotted” nashi ye dafey ! 😀

          • Venom_Sina

            Na havasam hast 😉

          • Full Options

            Midunam, farad nafidam cherah guir kardi to eh in Zareh marh, teflak ! 😀

          • Venom_Sina

            Are baba rafte roo aesab.Bad bugie!!!In Konami ham ba in patchash gand zade.Miad ye chizo dorost mikone,do ta chize dige ro kharab mikone,lol.

          • Full Options

            Are, divouney shodan. Arey to cherah esmet o gozashti Zarey Marh, massalam !? xDxD

          • Venom_Sina

            Akhe esme shakhsiate MGSV venom bood,manam snake ro bardashtam be jash esme khodamo gozashtam,lol.

          • Full Options

            Rochal am, esm am ast Kaveh Rassoulzadegan, jan am.. 😉

          • Venom_Sina

            Che esme ghashangi dari.
            Rasti ye soal:Iran be donya oomadi ya France?

          • Full Options

            Farancey be donya oomadam. Avalin sal am rho zendegi kardam iran, am vartike 5 sal am bood oomadam, moundam 6 mah. Diggeh sart bood biyam.

          • Venom_Sina

            Behtarin karo kardi.Felan inja zendegi kardan be hich dardi nemikhore.

            Farsi mitooni bekhooni?Manzooram khate farsie?

            Bashe berim English!!!

          • Full Options

            Farsi baladam vali ne-minvisam, mesle Khar. xD

          • Venom_Sina

            Na baba,bala nesbat.Injoori nagoo.

          • Full Options

            “Behtarin karo kardi.” Jan am, aslan interrab na cardam, couchig boudam, pedar-modar am kardan bara ye man. Bezar englissy bezanim aguey nah, cam cam miporsan che jouri Kholme zabzi miche doross card ya na ?? xD

          • Venom_Sina

            Switching to English mode :)…Yeah,you didn’t choose,your parents did it for you,but trust me,it was the best decision.Me as a guy who lived here for 23 years,there’s nothing interesting here (at least for me).Right now there’s no future here,but you can build your future there.I’m sure the situation there is way better than here.

          • Full Options

            I know, I hope none of your family were lost in these rotten past decades. I met so much injured families. I love you bro, things are sometimes going nuts, France is still OK. I hope not much won’t go too crazy / panic because of late events. According to my cardiologist who come to regularly visit you guys, it seems you finally have a future too. I would of course not say better or worse but trust me, things are changing.

          • Venom_Sina

            I hope it turns out like you said.I hope we get a better future.And I love you too,bro:)

          • Full Options

            People must face that everybody wants peace. At least a very large majority. Big hug buddy.

          • Venom_Sina

            Yeah,all people around the world deserve to have peace.

            It’s late night here and I’m gonna pass out,so let’s go to bed.It was nice talking to you,bro.Thank you and good night 🙂

          • Full Options

            Go to to bed, it is late here too, sooo for ya.
            Tons of kisses and good night,
            K

          • Spectralbuttplug

            So basically you were from Iran and your parents migrated you to another country.Oops I went overboard again!

          • Full Options

            Almost that, my parents arrived in France in 1972. I was born in France a year later, but my parents sent me back to Iran at my grand-ma’s few months after my birth, because it was to hard to take care of me, they were pursuing their studies.

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Tu parles le francais mom ami.Je suis mauricien . Autocorrect peut etre une merde sur my tablette pour communiquer en francais.Mon francais nest Pas vraiment Bon .

          • Full Options

            Oui, mon ami. J’habite Nice. Je pense qu’il faut que l’on converse en anglais, la dernière fois, il y a quelque mois, certains se sentaient exclus en nous lisant. Par ailleurs, je viens d’avoir une longue discussion en persan, je ne voudrais pas que l’on se sente écarté. 😉

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Quelque MOIS??? Si les gens ne se sentent pas comfortable quand on parle le francais parlons langlais !

          • Full Options

            C’etait pas méchant, ils étaient juste curieux de savoir de quoi on parlais. Du coup j’ai traduit et c’etait fastidieux, j’ai pas envie de recommencer… xD

          • Spectralbuttplug

            Okay XD

          • Spectralbuttplug

            RIP FULL OPTIONS

          • Full Options

            Bezar englissy berim alan agge na shooroo miconan beporsan cherah snake yani mahr ya ye chisi…

          • Full Options

            Salam Venom_Sina, just to check if you are still stuck with this sh.t ? 😉

    • FMercenary

      From my experience, you don’t need to play mission 45 to unlock mission 46, that’s how it went in my first playthrough. Also did a second playthrough without doing mission 45 with the same results, given I was wearing the butterfly emblem on both instances.

      • Venom_Sina

        Thanks for your reply.I’m gonna continue my playthrough to see what happens.If it’s like you said,I think I can unlock it by playing more missions.

    • Spectralbuttplug

      Did you get the scene where it reveals Paz was a hallucination due to venoms guilt.Did you finish the ten side Ops of the wandering soldiers?

      • Venom_Sina

        Yeah,all completed.But in my first playthrough I didn’t see Paz’ scene,but got mission 45.

        • Spectralbuttplug

          I didn’t complete the wandering soldiers thing,mission 5 since it is pretty hard IMO but 45 is impossible lol.I had to complete nearly all sides ops to get the man who sold he world

    • Alex

      You don’t need 45 or Quiet to get to 46.

    • Lewis

      I got SideOps 150 (and 45 after that) right after finishing Cloaked In Silence [EXTREME], which by the way infuriated me, cause I didn’t even get a chance to research her Sniper Wolf costume. So, maybe try completing that. 🙂

  • Solid Old

    MGS1 & MGS2 my favs <3

  • Gatsu

    Amazing close up ^_^.

    Nyx have I ever told you how super jealous I am lol, when I don’t have these 🙁 ?

    • That’s one of the goals of these posts, to share it with others. Of course it’s not the same thing as owning it, but still. 🙂

  • Nintendo Fan 4 Lif3

    Looking at all the art for this game and the whole series that Yoji Shinkawa did…Kojima could have launched an anime or manga off shoot of the series instead of just novels, it would have worked perfectly. But I’m guessing Konami only had so much money then..even know they waste it *sigh*

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