It’s been an interesting cycle of events for Metal Gear Rising. After Hideo Kojima first introduced the game four years ago complications arose when the development team found it difficult to portray swordplay in a game, and it was thus scrapped entirely. In 2011, he unexpectedly turned the reins of development over to PlatinumGames, makers of the cult favorite action title Bayonetta. PG would handle the gameplay, while Kojima Productions would handle the story and design of Raiden.
The union’s generated a lot of buzz since then up to release, with multiple trailers and even a ridiculously short, yet fun demo to showcase Raiden’s kill skills. Konami’s put a lot of weight behind the game, which is good to see happen with Platinum. Bayonetta and the ambitious Anarchy Reigns didn’t get the exposure they deserved, even with the latter costing a mere $30.
But that’s all for another time. With Revengeance, we’re here to see if PlatinumGames continues to live up to their trademark action insanity, and if the game truly does deserve the name, “Lighting Bolt Action.”
And by God…oh man it does.
The Story – Four years after Guns of the Patriots, Raiden finds himself working for an American defense company known as Maverick. While on a mission to bodyguard the African president, his convoy is ambushed by a private military company known as Desperado. After losing the President (and a limb or two), Raiden returns to take out Desperado and kill the man that almost killed him.
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Title: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Release Date: February 19, 2013 [/toggle_box]
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is by far one of the first great action games of this new year. Chock full of epic scenes, amazing mech design, and breakneck pacing that doesn’t let up. But the real star here is the more than satisfying gameplay. I’ve never had this much fun slicing foes (or objects) to shreds since I shot them full of holes in Bayonetta. The flow of combat rarely stutters, rarely skips, and is simply a divine experience that can stand on the same plateau of it’s Platinum predecessor (if not for a few inches shorter). And with all the unlockables and hidden secrets in each level, there’s always a reason to dive back in if the addicting combat doesn’t do it for you. I must say that this game is highly recommended, and definitely worth your time.
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Replay Value: 9
9.5 Excellent – This game is beyond amazing–it should be a mandatory purchase for every gamer. But it has some problems that prevent it from becoming a true masterpiece.[/toggle_box]