[Review Quickie] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
(PS3, 2013)

+ excellent instrumental soundtrack
+ combat is a lot of fun and is very satisfying to “cut what you will”
+ really good over-the-top boss battles
+ voice acting and narrative are decent and ironically enjoyable (NANOMACHINES, SON!)
– camera can be unwieldy at times

Can Platinum do no wrong, Ladies and Gentlemen? They not only consistently create incredible games of their own, but now you can put “game rescuer” on their resume as well! Platinum truly are kings of the action game. Nobody can touch them! This time they flex their action game prowess with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Ever since I played Metal Gear Solid 4 for the first time and saw what they did with Raiden, I was begging for an action game spin-off. That game is here and it is glorious! The Zandatsu mechanic is what really drives the gameplay here and it was done masterfully. Cutting enemies up and taking their energy-spine-thing is super satisfying, especially when you chain three of them together! The parry mechanic is effectively how you “block” and if you time it especially well, you will strike back immediately and if landed will usually result in an opportunity for a Zandatsu. There’s also many different helpful items and sub-weapons like various grenades, rocket launchers, and stealth items. A few of the bosses’ weapons can be had after defeating them and used as secondary weapons like Monsoon’s sai and Sundowner’s pincer blades. Boss battles are another big highlight. Many are over-the-top fun, especially the final boss Senator Armstrong which is getting many different nicknames from the gaming community. Mine is Senator Incredible Hulk. As you can tell, I think MGR is yet another phenomenal game by Platinum and if you are an action aficionado like I am: play this game!

RATING: 5 out of 6 / 8.5 out of 10


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