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    Menu Options FAQ by RCross

    Version: 1.0 | Updated: 03/18/02 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    # Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty
    # PAL Menu Options v1.0
    # 18th March 2002
    # Written by rick - Copyright 2002
    # email: rick.cross@btopenworld.com
    Different Menu Options Available In The PAL Version Of MGS2
    1. Introduction
    2. PAL Menu Options
    3. What They All Mean
    4. Epilogue
    5. Copyright Info
    1. Intro
    I have written this as I was caught out by these different options when I first
    started to play this game.  I got rid of my PlayStation 1 before Metal Gear
    Solid was released and never got round to playing it until I got my PS2.  Even
    then, I started the game and got about 80% of the way through but never managed
    to finish it.  Therefore I chose option 5 from the ones listed below (wondering
    why I was being asked such questions) and found myself wondering why I was not
    playing as Snake and what had happened to the Tanker level I played in the MGS2
    demo (the game dropped me into the Oil Plant level!).
    I looked in the instruction manual for clues as to what the significance of the
    options was and had no success (it's only 5 pages of cartoons anyway).  I
    searched the web for FAQs but since they're all written by Americans and this
    feature is only present in the UK version (to my knowledge) I was out of luck
    there too.  I did all manner of searches on Google and Dogpile and the only
    reference I found was in Astroboy's "PAL EXTRAS LIST" on this very
    www.gamefaqs.com site, but it was only a passing reference.
    I then tried phoning the Konami on the Premium rate (75p/minute) number in the
    intrsuction manual.  I also tried the Konami UK website, but it is for Arcade
    games only.  There is a link to www.konami-europe.com for PSOne/PS2 games but
    strangely, this domain name does not have a website associated it (I got a 404
    error).  I was going to try the Sony UK PS2 site, but it is littered with
    superfluous Flash animations (I hate those), so I didn't bother.
    So I did the only thing I could and started the game with each of the five
    options and noted which difficulty settings I was presented with and which
    chapter I started on.
    2. PAL Menu Options
    After selecting "Start" -> "New Game" -> "1st Time" you will hear a female
    "Please select you action level"
    "In this game, Metal Gear Solid will be referred to as the previous game"
    "The term 'cleared' means 'having seen the ending'"
    1. I've cleared the previous game multiple times so bring on the action!
    2. I've managed to clear the previous game but action isn't my strong point!
    3. I didn't clear the previous game myself but I watched everything!
    4. I didn't clear the previous game and action isn't my strong point!
    5. I didn't clear the previous game but bring on the action!
    3. What they all mean
    It's a bit cryptic, isn't it?  I just want to play the whole damn game! The
    effect this has on the game is which difficulty levels you will next be
    presented with and which chapter you will start on. That is, whether you will
    play the whole game or start halfway through.  So you'll want to get this bit
    right then...
       Difficulty Setting              | Start Level
    1. Normal or Hard		   | Tanker level
    2. Very Easy, Easy or Normal       | Tanker level
    3. Very Easy, Easy, Normal or Hard | Tanker level
    4. Very Easy, Easy or Normal       | Oil Plant level
    5. Normal or hard                  | Oil Plant level
    4. Epilogue
    Beyond the information I have given above, I have no idea whether this affects
    the games in any other way and I cannot guarantee that all the first three
    options lead to the Oil Plant level, as I haven't got there yet.
    I also can't figure out whyoption 3 exists, when it seems to be simply a
    combination of 1 & 2.
    I know that the American version allows you to select both chapters together or
    either Chapter on its own, so maybe option 3 is just the Tanker level on its
    own and doesn't proceed to the Oil Plant chapter.
    Now all I need to complete this FAQ is to find out the name of the sadistic
    bastard at Konami that came up with this cryptic menu screen in the first
    5. Copyright Info
    Well, the above is definitely all my own work and I haven't seen a guide like
    it anywhere else on the Internet despite extensive searching.  I'm only putting
    in a copyright notice because it's advised by the "How to write an FAQ" on
    www.gamefaqs.com.  I'm not sure how enforcable these copyright notices are,
    however if my FAQ appears anywhere other than the GameFAQs site without my
    express prermission in writing, I'll simply hack your server or launch a denial
    of service attack.  It's what I do day in/day out for my job anyway (and a well
    paid job at that) and I have literally millions of pounds worth of Sun
    Enterprise servers at my disposal which can easily be pointed outside the
    network to run Netcat or similar.  Also between me and the other 4 guys on my
    team, we have over 60 years experience in Unix/Linux/FreeBSD, Checkpoint FW1,
    IP chains, Cisco Firewalls, Perl, C, Java, Apache, Netscape Server as well as
    IIS and Windows NT (snigger!).  So your Sun Cluster E4500 servers sitting
    behind Big IP and Checkpoint FW1 will present very little more trouble than a
    Windows 2000 server sitting on a T1 connection.
    You have been warned.