'Metal Gear Solid Rising: Revengeance' Masterfully Slices And Dices

February 19, 2013

Every few years, gamers are satiated with a new entry into one of the most beloved franchises of all time, Metal Gear. It has been almost three years since the last game to bear that hallowed name, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, was released for the PSP, and fans of Hideo Kojima have had very little to hold them over, until now. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a whole new take on the Metal Gear franchise, and it's likely to never going to be the same again.

Developer: Platinum Games
Publisher: Konami
With the words 'Metal Gear in its title, you know that Revengeance is being headed up by man, the myth, the legend, Hideo Kojima. But, what you might not know is that the development of the game was actually handled by the team at Platinum Games. You may remember Platinum from their most recent release, January's Anarchy Reigns, as well as some of their other out-of-this-world adventures like Bayonetta, Vanquish, and MadWorld. As the evolution of a canned swordplay-based Metal Gear game, Revengeance was transformed by the worthy hands of Platinum Games, making it an all-star collaboration. Needless to say, with Kojima's crazy plotlines, and Platinum's over-the-top gameplay, Revengeance is destined to be a game that you won't soon forget.

If you were hoping for Metal Gear Rising to be Snake's next adventure, you're going to be seriously disappointed. Revengeance actually takes place four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4 and follows the storyline of cyborg-ninja Raiden. With the collapse of the Patriots system, Private Military Companies (PMCs) have been thrust into turmoil, with countless rouge PMCs popping up, employing the now widely available cyborg technology to enhance their troops. However, not all of these new PMCs are out to support the common good, in fact, many of them are looking up uphold the unrest in order to keep themselves employed. Raiden, on the other hand, is one of the good guys, out to keep the peace, and, in order to do so, he needs to revisit his violent past.

Revengeance will be slicing and dicing its way to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. If you want to get a taste of the game before you pick it up, both platforms currently have a demo available that allows you to try on Raiden's boots before you buy them.

Metal Gear Solid fans fell in love with the series because the games were expertly crafted stealth experiences, staring one of gaming's most iconic heroes, Snake. Metal Gear Rising has virtually nothing in common with Metal Gear Solid, and that's what makes it interesting. Instead of sneaking around corners, and taking out enemies with high-powered rifles, Raiden is a bit brasher than Snake, willing to take on his foes with his sword blazing. Revengeance abandons virtually all of the gameplay mechanics of the Solid series and turns this Metal Gear game into the type of serious hack-n-slash adventure that Platinum Games are known for. It's fast-paced combat that's mixed with an all-new story line that allows for the evolution of a fan favorite character, to take on the starring role in Revengeance.While there might not be as many guns, this game is packing a whole lot of firepower that is set to blow away Kojima's fans. Who knew a Metal Gear game could have more cyborgs that soldiers and still be worth playing? Hideo Kojima and Platinum Games, that's who.