Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes place four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4. Raiden has joined a private military company, Maverick. The game opens up with Raiden guarding Prime Minister N’Mani, but things go bad quickly when he’s kidnapped and killed; leaving Raiden badly damaged. Rebuilt, he seeks revenge against rival PMC, Desperado, who was responsible for the incident and furthers threatens the world. From crazy bosses, robots that poop, reggae kids, and more, this feels like the perfect blend of Kojima’s Metal Gear quirks and Platinum’s cheese.
Calling this Metal Gear May Cry wouldn’t be a bad way to describe the gameplay. While it may not be as fluid and combo heavy as DmC, it’s a lot of fun. Raiden has his trusty blade and handful of sub-weapons by his side like rocket launchers, grenades, and a pole-arm. The coolest part of the gameplay is Blade Mode, which allows you to slice and dice enemies into bits. By doing so you can rip out their cyborg spines and absorb them for points for health and skill points. The bosses are also a highlight involving quirky characters and unique strategies. It’s crazy, over the top, bloody fun. Not to spoil anything, but the final boss is amazing.
The environments in MGR aren’t too impressive, but the excellent character design and flashy effects blindside these downfalls. I find myself in awe of the music, which is a blend of electronic fast beats and crazy, nonsensical metal. The game is a bit on the short side, clocking in at less than 4 hours. This, and the challenging VR missions, gives it a high replay, but I would have liked more.
The graphics, short length, and inconsistencies can be blamed on the development hell Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance was placed in. First announced by Konami in 2009, the game shifted developers to Platinum in 2011. From the wreckage, MGR turned out a lot better than I could ever hope for. But unfortunately because of this switch, it goes to show transfers aren’t always easy and it’s laden with a myriad of small issues. He’s no Dante, but Raiden kicks his own ass, and with his feet. For action fans and Metal Gear aficionados, you owe it to yourself to try it out.
Score: 3/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on March 27, 2013 via my Examiner account before the website shut down.