Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes a different spin on the Metal Gear franchise by making a decided move away from stealth that is welcoming. While nostalgic fans of the franchise may be looking for the stealth crouching shadow-kills from Metal Gear Solid 4: Sons of the Patriots, Raiden keeps a decidedly new persona of ruthless vengeance as the title implies. Action combat is fierce, and while the storyline is less than exciting, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance brings a new light to the Metal Gear universe in the form of hack and slash adventure with very solid gameplay.
Raiden has been hired by Maverick Security, a corporation that is a private PMC security firm which assigns Raiden to protect an African prime minister. Unfortunately, the Desperado Enforcement make away with the prime minister starting Raiden’s plot-twisting blood lust. The storyline character development can use more work. Often times, the political nature of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance seems to carry a lesser weight than Metal Gear Solid type politic intermingling. If a gamer looks past the storyline flaw in terms of a non-exciting title, he/she can very much enjoy this title for something that makes up for it in other ways.
PlatinumGames does manage to achieve its goal of a synergetic experience that combines action and non-stealth adventure in the half-man, half-machine cyborg ninja Raiden equipped with his katana blade. The combat focuses much on the varying gameplay where many cybernetic enemies hold electrolytes that can be used for a special blade mode, where each blade strike is slowed down and can be done with precision for a stunning display. The ZanDatsu engine allows Raiden to cut anything and treats the environment as a cutting field. This is a great addition that is not exactly useful for the gameplay as a whole, but is definitely a feat of technical achievement for Kojima Productions. Wielding the katana precisely at certain angles can be a tad bit frustrating, but the enemy-filled rage moments are more than worth the precise reward.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance does a lot to add something more visceral to the pacing of the Metal Gear series. While the actual franchise formula suffers a bit, the bulk of the gameplay’s energy is matched with Raiden’s personal inner transformation. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a great but not perfect display of how a franchise can have more than one element to it, and it does so successfully with just a few minor foibles to take into account. It is time to fight in the name of justice, it is time to be Raiden.