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X Raiden FAQ by MHamlin

Updated: 04/14/03

Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance X Raiden FAQ
                  By Mike Hamlin 4/08/03    cmhamlin@mchsi.com

This document copyright 2003, Mike Hamlin. You cannot pass this off as 
your own work or do anything that would allow you to make money. This 
guide should appear only at gamefaqs.com.

Version History

4/08/03 First, and probably last, version published.
4/14/03 Corrected a couple of errors.


WARNING: This FAQ contains some minor spoilers.

So what's X Raiden, you say? Well, it's Raiden's naked form as he is 
running around Arsenal Gear. In X Raiden, there is only one mission to 
play and it's in Streaking Mode. This mission is more difficult because 
you cannot kill any of the guards.

The mission is divided up into 5 stages, each stage is one of the 
regular stages in normal sneaking mode. You have 2 and a half minutes 
to get through all 5 stages. Once you get to the goal, you go on to the 
next with the same amount of time you had when you finished the 
previous stage. If you are discovered, you can begin again on the stage 
you messed up on, but it will deduct about 10 seconds from your time AT 
YOUR DISCOVERY. So if you enter a stage with 2:00 left, you run around 
for 40 seconds and get discovered, it would deduct 10 seconds from your 
1:20, thus leaving you with only 1:10 if you choose to try again.

This FAQ contains the method I used for clearing X Raiden but keep in 
mind that this in NOT a speed guide. I'm sure there is a faster way to 
get through than described here but I don't know what it is. With my 
method, we won't be using the cardboard boxes either. Before we begin, 
I just want to put down some terms I use:

-When I say "semi-spot," I refer to those times when a guard notices 
you are there but does not actually know it's an intruder. This happens 
when you are standing in front of a guard and a little out of his sight 
range. He will then come to investigate the spot you were standing in. 
This will help us pass one of the stages.

-When I say left or right, I am referring to those directions from 
Raiden's point of view. If you move up and I say there will be a guard 
in front of Raiden, that means the guard is further up on the screen.

That out of the way, now let's move on.

Required time: 5 seconds (really)

Run straight up to the intersection and wait for the guard in front of 
Raiden to walk by. Then run past him and up to the goal.

Required time: 10 seconds

Start by going up and stopping at the first right. There is a guard 
around this corner. When he turns and starts walking right, go follow 
behind him and stay to Raiden's left. When the guard in front of you 
stops at the intersection, observe the guard on the other side of the 
wall on Raiden's left. By the time the guard in front of you stops, the 
guard on the other side will turn and go back. As he turns and goes 
back left, run past the guard in front of you to the goal.

Required time: 30 seconds

Run to the right and enter the first hole you see. Crawl to the end and 
watch the guard in front of you. When he turns his back, exit the hole 
and take cover behind the wall to the left. Here's the tricky part: 
When the guard turns around again, sneak up right behind him and hug 
the left wall (but don't flatten against it). The guard will turn to 
his right to look down, so as he turns run past him on the left. Then 
head for the goal.

Required time: 20 seconds

Knock on the bottom part of the wall to get the guard's attention, then 
run around him to the first intersection. Take a left there and go up. 
Continue going up past the intersection. When you pass by it, a guard 
on the right will semi-spot you and go to investigate. Keep going up 
until you are in the very upper left hand corner of the area. When the 
guard comes to the corner you are standing next to, he will turn to his 
left and face down (because that's where he semi-spotted you). Take 
this opportunity to run past him. However, HUG THE WALL ON THE LEFT as 
you make for the goal. A guard further below will semi-spot you and he 
will see you if you are not as far to the left as possible or if you 
are not fast enough. You may even have to flip to make it past him.

Required time: 30 seconds

Run to the right and stop where the guard is facing up. By the time you 
reach the intersection, he will face down. Wait for him to turn his 
back, than run past him and climb the stairs to the right. Up here, run 
up the left side of the structure and wait for the guard ahead to face 
right before running past him. Continue going up but keep to the right 
to avoid being semi-spotted from below. Stop when you reach the stairs 
at the end. The guard at the bottom of the stairs will turn around and 
walk down. Flip down the stairs then climb up the set to Raiden's 
right. Here, if you got to this part fast enough, the guard will 
already be turning around and heading around the structure from the 
left. You should be able to follow him run for the goal as he is facing 
down on the right side of the structure.

There you have it. With this method, you should have about 1 minute 
left when you finish.

Thanks to:
Gamefaqs.com - For hosting my FAQ.
You - For reading and hopefully being able to finish X Raiden because 
of it.

Until we meet again...

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