Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Achievements

Virtually Impossible

Complete all VR and Alternative missions  

This is a Metal Gear Solid 2 achievement.

This achievement can be quite hard and time consuming. The VR and Alternative Missions will explore each MGS2 gameplay mechanic way deeper than the story mode does. Just take your time; If you're stuck in one of them, go to another type and come back later. Some of them can be frustrating, but for the most part they're doable with a few tries. It's recommended to do this after you finish everything else so you'll be more familiar with the game.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Pakhair
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 12:00:35 PM


As I recall MGS 1 Snake Alternative missions were almost impossible

Comment #2 by Dr Zombie Bones
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 05:47:10 PM

I played alot of the VR missons but what were the Alternate missions?

Was it just the same ones but as snake in his tux or something else?

Comment #3 by Craigimuss
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 08:19:37 PM

Completed all of these on MGS2 Substance. Hated gaurding the curry from the gaurds with the PSG1. Love MGS 1 2 and 3 so much.

Comment #4 by Asphyx1ateD
Monday, November 07, 2011 @ 10:31:58 AM


Alternate missions were just those that weren't in VR environments, i.e. you'd be in the Engine Room or in Strut A or whatever...

Comment #5 by youre so bastos
Monday, November 14, 2011 @ 07:50:08 PM

I forgot how much of a pain in the ass the later ones were. I gave up on Tuxedo Snake haha.

Comment #6 by IoanEagle
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 @ 02:36:02 PM

Man, I'm getting really demotivated in the mgs1 snake missions... They're hard
as f*ck!!! How are you supposed to hold up a guard with an M4??? And that's not
all... No radar and the soldiers spot you from a really long distance.

Comment #7 by Ragnarok9415
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 02:21:12 AM

@1 i'd say great dane is harder

Comment #8 by IoanEagle
Friday, November 18, 2011 @ 01:06:01 PM

I just got this, my hands are cold an cramped. That was hard but I am very proud
and about which one is harder I think this is harder, cause when you get the
Very Easy, Easy and Normal dog tags you get the stealth which makes the other
ones pretty easy, so I'd just say great dane is more time consuming.

Comment #9 by Daniel55645
Sunday, November 20, 2011 @ 09:41:33 PM

at #6. you hold someone up with the m4 by pressing the left stick in

Comment #10 by kleshten
Thursday, December 29, 2011 @ 08:10:31 AM

I have completed every single one except for snake msg1 variety mission 1...after about 250 attempts I think I will just not try for this one anymore

Comment #11 by gaitanj22
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 @ 10:31:10 PM

The pliskin variety mission is killing me. ERRGH

Comment #12 by SUP3R S0N1C F4N
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 @ 11:27:14 AM

I have 100% on Raiden to Snake (Tuxedo). Guarding the bowl of noodles on the 1st Variety Mission of the latter was a bitch. I think I'm at around 47% of the last character's missions which is Snake (MGS1).

Comment #13 by xXMetalhead89Xx
Saturday, January 14, 2012 @ 10:31:07 PM

Just got this this morning, actually was pretty easy, though the first variety for mgs1 snake was a bit of a bitch. Now all I need is to get tags from expert plant chapter and ill have 1000 GS

Comment #14 by mxtwister
Friday, January 20, 2012 @ 08:13:28 PM

not really that hard...just look for some vids on youtube and your good to go :)

Comment #15 by caboobie
Saturday, February 04, 2012 @ 07:07:28 AM

its soooo hard this one arrrggghhhhh

Comment #16 by Dragonlord 147
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 @ 10:36:07 PM

WHY MGS1 SNAKE! WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE RIDICULOUSLY HARD!! I really hate his sniping variety mission. why must i protect a box from 31 random going enemies? can i call a metal gear for backup please.

Comment #17 by jammypigeon
Friday, February 17, 2012 @ 06:11:10 AM

@15 yeah ur right jus some of them say xbox 360 vids n it ends up being poxy ps3 lol

Comment #18 by Akinokaze
Sunday, February 19, 2012 @ 07:52:36 AM

So nearly finished this one, just got the 3 MGS1 snake variety missions to go. I really hate these sniping levels.

Comment #19 by TOADGNAW
Friday, March 02, 2012 @ 06:46:12 AM

This wasn't that hard. The hardest part was the grenade launcher mission with moving targets. A real pain in the ass.

Comment #20 by Ic3JJ
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 @ 07:53:49 AM

YES, FINALLY I GOT THIS ACHIEVEMENT!!! NOW I DON'T WANNA PLAY THIS BITCH EVER AGAIN!!... (Well, not the game, the game is awesome, I'm talking about the VR missions)... Oh yeah, I got the Snake Tales achievement too.

Comment #21 by Kivlov
Saturday, March 17, 2012 @ 03:59:24 PM

I have to say, some may be harder than others, though for me NOTHING is harder in this game than the bullshit PSG-1 protect variety missions. I cannot do shit on these, every time I think I may be getting better some fuckers sneak in and ruin it. I HATE the aiming on that weapon it is so inprecice and it sucks balls, Snake and pliskin sniper missions have just roadblocked my 1000 I have everything else done.

Comment #22 by Master Of Bushinryuu
Thursday, March 22, 2012 @ 03:52:01 PM

Tough Time Trying This One, The Bad Sensitive Controls When Sneaking For 'Mgs1 Snake'

Comment #23 by winstone2
Wednesday, April 04, 2012 @ 05:01:14 PM

Hate the stupid sniping variety missions and the B*****d first person
night missions.

Comment #24 by Craiglionheart
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 @ 01:50:44 AM

havent even started these yet, trying to leave them for as long as possible cuz they sound really hard.....

Comment #25 by DoomedChaosky
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 @ 02:18:33 PM

for this achievement you must finish all the missions with all characters or with just 1?

Comment #26 by winstone2
Thursday, April 19, 2012 @ 04:10:12 PM

Bloody MGS1 Snake, grenade missions.
All I got left is the variety and alternative missions.

Comment #27 by winstone2
Monday, April 30, 2012 @ 04:22:17 PM

Stupid MGS1 protect the noodles mission. Why would you need to protect them? You can get them in tesco for about 50p.

Comment #28 by 000Hedgehog000
Sunday, June 03, 2012 @ 04:57:01 PM

I have to finish the missions only or do I have to make a 1,2 or 3erd rank ?

Comment #29 by Oblivious
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 @ 11:39:22 AM

This is so stupidly hard, i got the game when it came out and still avoiding this one
even the video on youtube that shows you how to do all the missions in the first attempt is 8 hours long!! -__-

Comment #30 by ElementalWeapon
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 11:38:42 AM

You just have to finish them, no need to get top scores. Finally got this and clocked in at 29hrs 30min exactly. Though it feels great to have gotten this insanely difficult achievement, I feel like I wasted almost 30 hrs of my life. This achievement should be worth more than 80 points...By far the longest ever to get a single achievement

Comment #31 by Dadgummit420
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 09:49:06 AM

30 hours over several months but got it. Anyone having trouble with Variety sniping should just use the tranquilizer rifle at first. They will pass out long before making it to the food. Then line up head shots as they get close.

Comment #32 by Degsey
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 09:01:00 PM

@#24 Best comment ever!

Comment #33 by Degsey
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 09:02:11 PM


Comment #34 by Jackson2310
Thursday, January 03, 2013 @ 11:47:43 AM

Still workin on that achievement!! xd

Comment #35 by sirchambers69
Monday, January 14, 2013 @ 03:10:19 PM

Last one left for me :)

Comment #36 by Jackson2310
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 03:15:04 PM

Finally got it!! :D

Comment #37 by CoolishMarrow90
Monday, April 15, 2013 @ 05:16:37 PM

Have to thank the people who submitted vids on YouTube otherwise I wouldn't have gotten this. Glad I don't have to do it again

Comment #38 by Shalashashka
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 09:55:09 AM

Don't give up completely and if you've tried a level too much and you're sick of trying it, try something else, unless unfortunately you only have that mission left o,0 then just do something else for a bit, calm your nerves and you may be able to come back and beat it first time. I hated all the sniping variety missions at first but learning to just shoot them once at a time when they're bombarding the box and using the time they stall to protect it helped out a lot

Comment #39 by Shalashashka
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 @ 10:04:11 AM

MGS1 Snake Grenade missions also learned me a thing or two about MGS2 grenades, I didn't know how to throw them before then lol. They go further than you think, and as for the last grenade mission they bounce quite high and forward so take that into consideration and try to learn the routes of the.. Uh, boxes. Don't throw too crazily, I ran out of grenades the only times I failed this mission. Oh, and you press in the left stick to hold people up with automatic weapons :j

Comment #40 by Infernal Satan
Monday, February 03, 2014 @ 08:54:06 AM

It's the control that's killing me. The aim is so slippery

Comment #41 by Gioseph
Sunday, April 27, 2014 @ 12:24:49 AM

MGS1 Snake missions will give me cancer

Comment #42 by AGuyCalledCasp
Saturday, September 20, 2014 @ 10:14:30 AM

Can someone please fully inform me on this achievement, do you have to complete all missions with all the characters or just one?

Comment #43 by The Skywalker
Monday, October 13, 2014 @ 11:40:09 AM

You have to complete every VR and Alternative Mission withe every character. You don't have to score in the top three though. A simple completion is enough.

28 Hours spent on Virtually Impossible. Most annoying achievement in the HD Collection, but finally nailed it!

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Game Info


US November 08, 2011
Europe February 03, 2012
Japan November 23, 2011

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