5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2014
It's a fun game with really solid combat, though the story is a bit silly you can forgive the game because all it wants to do is cut anything it can into little pieces.
There is now a PC release but its textures are not up to scratch given the power of a modern-day computer as consoles use very old technology in computer terms. Nonetheless I would recommend that you get the PC release and then play with a controller as it would provide a better experience (in my view).
There isn't much to say about the story but it is based on Raiden's exploits after the fall of the PMCs and SOP in MGS4, this ties loosely into the story but I feel that the developers just wanted to make Raiden the ultimate cyborg ninja and there is little reference to MGS4. The voice acting is okay if you feel forgiving and the music is really fast-paced and quite brilliant, to add to that it runs really smoothly which improves the experience ten-fold.
For a 'First-Impressions' video I would recommend you search for TotalBiscuit's video on it (on YouTube).
I would highly recommend it to anyone as the game is well-balanced, very enjoyable and it doesn't ever get old cutting things into hundreds of little pieces!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
S T O R Y
Set after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4, you step into the cyborg body of Raiden a.k.a. Jack the Ripper. Private military companies (PMCs) are now popping up everywhere, fuelling the war economy at an alarming rate. At the heart of this is the faction known as Desperados, escalating technological warfare into criminal territory. Allied with a peacekeeping unit, Raiden seeks out the Desperados in an attempt to halt their twisted plans for the future of terrorist warfare.
Rising is a spin-off title. As much as you miss Solid Snake you'll have to get over it! Growing out of Snake's shadow is a mammoth task, but Raiden is deserving of a solo outing and in this game proves he has the chops to make a name for himself. The underlying plot is bonkers mad, but would you expect any less from Platinum Games?
G R A P H I C S & S O U N D
Rising is a sharp-looking game from start to finish. Raiden's character model is just as badass as the cyborg's spicy personality. However, it's the lavish designs of the Desperados that are truly eye catching. The detailed battle suits of the rival cyborgs are highly imaginative and showcase the talents of Platinum's art team. Blade Mode is the real talking point here, presenting physics based slicing action via stunning animations.
Level design has been given plenty of attention, helping to incorporate stealth-based and offensive gameplay scenarios. Levels do tend to open up, urging players to venture away from obvious paths and seek out alternate ways to progress.
The highlight of the experience is the dynamic soundtrack during boss battles. Towards battle climax, the vocals for the track kicks in and sends everything into overdrive. It's a brilliant bit of design to build momentum and push the player towards victory.
G A M E P L A Y
Hacking and slashing is the name of the game, but the fantastic Blade Mode is your trusted friend. Blade Mode will allow Raiden to slice enemies into a million pieces, as time slows down for a limited period. Not only does this add greater precision and dispatch enemies much quicker, but it will also become very handy during greater challenges. Enemy weak points differ, so it becomes essential to employ accuracy when striking an enemy down. Sliced enemies will expose power units which Raiden can absorb to replenish his energy.
General combat is extremely smooth, allowing Raiden to unleash a variety of attacks via his high frequency blade. Stealth is a completely optional aspect throughout the game, but it can be essential if you wish to avoid trouble. Stalking enemies from rooftops is a great pleasure, waiting for the perfect moment to jump down and impale them never gets old. Additional weapons do become available, which become integrated into the blade combos. Wide-range, heavy and speedy attacks can all be thrown into mix to let the carnage continue during combat.
A healthy dose of upgrades and weapons perks become available as players progress. You will need at least two playthroughs to obtain all of these. Firearms and other offensive weapons can also be used to disable enemies and give yourself a little breathing room when things get a little too heated. Enemies come in all shapes and sizes - some will lose limbs and still take the fight to you! Counter-attacking is also an invaluable asset, but the timing has to be spot on.
The combat can be a little fidgety at times, lacking balance when going from defensive to offensive options. The additional melee weapons are a little disappointing and feel a little too tacked on to the combat.
O V E R A L L
Rising is a fantastic starting point in a promising future series of Raiden's adventure. Raiden cements himself as a strong figure of the MGS series, furthermore, he is a forced to be reckoned with in the world of hack and slash titles.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2014
First off, this is a action game, more than that it's a highly un-realistic action game about a cyborg/ninja/samurai who can cut nearly anything in half with a sword because it can apparently vibrate so fast it's heat will near melt anything. If you're buying this game for anything outside of over the top, impossibly crazy sword combat then leave. This isn't the game you want.
Ok so if you're still here I take it you want impossibly crazy sword combat, and let me tell you straight off, this game does that pitch perfect. The combat is deep and articulate, it allows many different styles of attack and it's wide spectrum of seamlessly transitioning moves allow for a fun and natural combat feel, and most of the time, looking above the mark in graphics. The boss-fights were a real highlight in the game, with each having a nicely unique feel in regards to attacks and strategy and each having specific music to set the pace and tone.
It is here that I sadly must say I have run out of nice things to say about this game as the storyline is meagre from start to finish and at times almost contradictory to itself. One level stands out as especially odd, you are about to fight a boss and he berates ( in a very bland and shallow manor ) you for killing all the soldiers that have tried to kill you so far, this barely noticeable and largely hypocritical little slur was apparently enough to send the soldier of fortune protagonist, who had been raised a child soldier in the Liberian civil wars into a emotional slump and it then we the player who have to slowly drag him through a level as he slouches and stumbles along, killing almost all momentum the previous level had caused and making the game feel more like a chore than a...well a game.
The Voice acting ok at it's best and downright silly at times with Raiden's voice actor simply making his voice deeper to try and sound more intimidating. The graphics go from 4/5 at their best, to some moments were the backgrounds were so blurry and ugly that I actually stopped to look at something that looked to me like it belonged more to a game 8 or 9 years ago than a 2013 release.
Overall enjoyable, buy for a lighthearted experience but nothing else, there is no emotional or though provoking material to be found here.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 March 2013
I was insanely hyped for "the original" Metal Gear Solid: Rising so when Revengeance was annouced, it was a huge let down for me. I had abolutely no will to play this game but near the launch date i decided to give it a go and i have to say that, even though it's not what really wanted, it's a pretty great game.
In terms of graphics, it's obvious that Platinum Game's engine isn't the best looking around. Kojima Production's "Fox Engine" is clearly stronger but still, the game doesn't look bad by any means and it runs SUPER smoothly. This game offers very fast paced combat that benefits those who take the time to learn how to parry, dodge and perform diferent attack moves throughout it's course. The boss fights are a lot of fun as well and the inclusion of stealth elements (for those who choose to play in that fashion) in most chapters, makes me want to play this game again even more so i can try it with different play styles. The story and the supporting characters aren't exactly strong in terms of quality but when playing Revengeance, that's probably the part you'll care less about any way.
To conclude, this is not a typical MGS game, but it is a great action game with crazy fast combat with some stealth and humorous moments that will remind you of other Metal Gear games making it a serious contender to be the best action game of 2013.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 3 March 2013
If you're looking at the reviews you're probably wondering if this game is worth buying, so I'll be straightforward:
This is a MUST BUY if:
You like cyborgs/cybernetics
You like the ninja gaiden series
You are a fan of Kojima
You like swords
You like cutting things
You find Raiden cool
Don't buy if:
You expect this to be like the previous metal gear games. It's not.
(this is neither good nor bad) It's entirely different in every way.
Even the genre is different, so you cannot compare the two.
You don't want to spend a decent amount of money on a game that doesn't
last very long.
For me it was an excellent buy, 'cause I'm a fan of all the things mentioned in the 'must buy' section. This is a game of flawless action, fast moves, beautiful design, and spectacular fights, especially the boss fights are simply AMAZING. And it's worth mentioning that the soundtrack is EPIC. The combination of the background music with what is actually happening on screen results in PURE AWESOMENESS. Too bad this game doesn't last long. The main story is not long, it's just ok in length. The camera was a bit problematic but only at 2-3 situations, it's nothing. So the only negative elements worth mentioning is its relatively short length, and a side-effect that gave me at least, the urge to cut/smash/rip things on the real world..
Such an exciting game. Get it.
on 4 August 2015
As a long term fan of the franchise since the first Metal Gear Solid snuck up on the video game industry circa 1998 - I have to say I was a bit sceptical of the return of the much criticized he-male Raiden! Thankfully, my scepticism was misplaced. Whilst never going to top the legendary Solid Snake/Big Boss in the bad-assery department - Raiden definitely grew a cybernetic pair in the 4th instalment of the franchise, and as a result, has earned this spin off game. Long time fans may recognise this as the definitive sequel to the superb but awfully short Gray Fox missions on MGS : VR Missions that followed the first MGS.
Sneaking stealthily past your enemies is optional here, but in reality, the arcadey confront, chop and kill approach is what dominates. The box and the drum can return to hilarious effect, as well as a sub weapon option in the form of rocket launchers and various grenades, but the emphasis is undoubtedly on the blades and the variants you pick up from the 'Boss' battles.
Much has been made of the shortness of this game compared to previous incarnations, but I personally feel after the 'death by cut-scene' overkill of 'Guns Of The Patriots' the shortness of this outing is actually a breath of fresh air!
Its not perfect however. It does get a tad repetitive, and there is not much variety in the gameplay, the controls are quite frustrating at times especially the seemingly sentient camera control! Some of the VR Missions are damn near impossible - to me anyway.
The soundtrack is pretty much 'djent' or modern thrash metal! Which was a welcome change to the Inception-esque droning of so many other games and films today.
on 23 July 2015
I only bought this game because Platinum Games made it and they're like Gods in the video game department. A short summary would be to call this a hack-and-slash brawler, character action fan's wet dream. Be warned, It's not meant to be another Metal Gear Solid game (hence the title change) and it definitely doesn't play like one so don't buy this expecting to superior stealth gameplay or gunplay. This is strictly a hack-and-slash brawler in the vein of Devil May Cry and Bayonetta.
The gameplay is some of the most fun I've ever had in a video game. It's very smooth and quite deep. There are many ways to kill an enemy and you get different weapons to do so, although the sword you start with is the most fun in my opinion. You get items like grenades and rocket launchers but it feels clunky to use them and it's a hassle just trying to equip them. There are stealth elements like stealth killing from behind or from above but it's not like you can crouch. The combos are where it's at. You unlock more as you progress and it's very satisfying to chain different moves so seamlessly with the sword. The boss fights are amazing and I won't spoil how you fight each one because they're that awesome! The music is also fantastic and fits the tone of the game well, with a mixture of techno and heavy rock. I definitely recommend the soundtrack. By the way, you can manually cut anything and anyone you'd want to in the game. Except cats.
The story is pretty over the top and ultimately forgettable, but it's just so over the top that it's still fun to watch the cutscenes. The graphics are serviceable but nothing amazing. The character designs for Raiden and the bosses are seriously cool though.
Unfortunately, it's a short game. I think it lasted me about 7hrs on normal difficulty but saying that, it was the only game I played for 1 week (I played it more times on New Game+) and I still come back to it and don't forget about the price. It's so cheap now!
Overall, if you're tired of games that take themselves too seriously or if you need a game that can pump you up in minutes, then this game will undoubtedly supercharge you!
on 2 September 2014
Ok confession time: I have not actually played a Metal Gear game before this one. This appears to be a standalone story by and large, apart from a few references so that didn't seem to detract from the story, which was very cohesive within the game.
The gameplay is largely hack and slash; with two mechanics that elevate it above the stanard hack and slash affair. The first is "Blade Mode" where time appears to slow down, letting you slash at the enemy to do damage so they can't defend. Weaker enemies can even be instant-killed using blade mode. The second stand-out mechanic is the "Zandatsu" or "Slash-and-Grab" where you can remove some of the electrolytes from enemies to fully restore your health and "Blade Mode" bar. These adds a lot of fun to the basic gameplay which makes a lot of fun to play.
There is a good spread of enemies types ranging from basic cybogs through to mechs. The real standouts are the boss fights; which are generally very well executed (with the execption of Monsoon who I didn't like at all). The game is very good at hinting at the enemies weakeness, and lets you discover on your own how to best exploit them, rather than painting big glowing targets for you to hit.
The story is quite intresting and a little insane. It seems to flit between very serious tones and some very wacky sequences. (I have heard this is quite normal for Metal Gear). The final boss in particular is interlaced with some of the most insane cutscenes I think I have ever seen in a game. I spend that boss laughing at the madness unfolding before me. This game was certainly a lot of fun to play.
My main gripes are the Ninja Run and the Parry. The Ninja Run is this almost omnipowerful technique that is almost a little bit broken in terms of how easy it can make avoiding projectiles and chaining combos. On the otherside of the coin, the Parry system can be very hard to pull off, especially against faster enemies and takes a while to get used to. In particular, when in the boss fight against Moonsoon, who is very fast and very hard to parry, you may find tyourself getting a little frustrated. Another small issue is the camera, which can sometimes mean you can struggle to see what your doing because its angled slightly off, although you can manually correct it.
This game looks and sounds great, infact I actually downloaded the soundtrack. The levels are detailed and there are some options for stealth and some alternative pathways to aid some exploration. The enemies are unique enough you can easily tell what your fighting against (a issue many hack and slash games get wrong) and where attacks are coming from, so you have some hope of countering.
I am tempted to try out the rest of the MGS series to see how the story compares to this one, which I quite enjoyed. I can't say for sue if MGS fans will like this but, for the type of game it is it has well implemented mechanics and is generally balanced so that its not too easy nor too hard, and is full of personality with a well developed supporting cast that elevates it well above most other hack-and-slash games. Highly recommended.
on 20 March 2013
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes place before Metal Gear 4, with Raiden has the protagonist and in an all different type of Metal Gear game. First of all, the game is a frenetic hack n'slash, with some stealth in a couple of missions, and is a nice spin-off considering the Hideo's Kojima franchise being all based in stealth infiltration and non-detection system.
Its graphics are brilliant, although the story might not be that good it keeps you up in its fast and addictive slashing all they way to the end of each level. Most of all its a good buy and you should get when the price goes down as I think its very expensive for the combination of Content/price, because the game can be repeatable but might not give the same satisfaction due to the rivals of its genre that are coming out in late this year(god of war: ascension, etc.,).
What I think its very sadd its the reviews where other people cry out about the game "not having snake", nor being "stealth based like its predecessors", and rate it with a bad review.
There is aldready game reviews, gameplays and partial game content exposed way before the game gets released and you can acess all of this on the internet before buying the game instead of crying over a game that is actually a spin-off based on the personal story of one of the characters of the Metal Gear world.
I agree it ain't Metal Gear on its finest, but its different and its a fresh new breeze on the Metal Gear franchise and on the hack n'slash genre.
Buy it, but when price goes lower!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2014
Wow where to start. Such an awesome game, the hack and slash with the dual shock controller is a lovely addition. Basically take control of the blade with the joystick and hack away at anything and everything in your way. Hug fan of the series and I would recommend anyone who is unfamiliar with this genre to give it a go.
IGN's review 8.5/10 - http://uk.ign.com/games/metal-gear-rising-revengeance/ps3-14276686