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Another Slice of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Lorenzo Grajales's Avatar + Posted by Lorenzo Grajales on Dec 12, 2012 // Blog Manager, Latin America

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on PS3

By now, we’re all familiar with the long, twisted story of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. First announced in 2009 as “Metal Gear Solid: Rising,” its production was ultimately handed over to Platinum Games, the studio behind legendary action epics such as Bayonetta and Vanquish.

Recently we attended the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Boot Camp, where members of the press were able to go hands-on with a nearly complete version of the final game. I won’t talk much about the story, but it’s worth noting that a several years have passed since MGS4, the Patriots no longer exist, cyborg technology is within reach of all who can pay for it, and Raiden belongs to a corporation protecting a very “important” someone in Africa.

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In the first scene, we meet two of the game’s bosses. They are not people with a sad past or who are attached to a feeling: They are simply very powerful cyborgs looking out for their own interests, no matter what they have to do in order to get what they want.

“Zan-Datsu”

Raiden means thunder and lightning, and that’s exactly what he is in this game. The action is frenetic. Raiden can use Blade Mode to cut literally everything, scenery and enemies alike. By cutting certain parts of their bodies, you can expose your enemies’ fuel cells in order to rip them out and recover your energy, a crucial gameplay strategy in that if you cut well, you will be rewarded.

Just as we saw in MGS4, Raiden is a killing machine. With just two attacks, normal and strong, you can execute spectacular combinations. Raiden is also exceedingly agile and quick, and is able to jump over obstacles in Ninja Run with a press of the R1 button. One tip: R1 also deflects your enemies’ bullets, something you will need to do frequently during your extremity-cutting adventure.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on PS3

The Best Defense is a Good Offense

Parrying is also extremely important: Using the Square button and the left analog stick at the instant an attacking enemy flashes red, you’ll be able to launch an immediate counterattack. This gets interesting when you begin to encounter enemies who can parry your attacks, leading you to stop their attacks with another parry and so on, in what becomes a mortal dance in which you can lose far more than just a finger.

The first scenario is used to train you in all of the aforementioned skills. And what better way to test them than facing a Metal Gear Ray? Well, actually, there’s two of them. Seeing how Raiden cuts these powerful enemies like a hot knife through butter provides a clear example of what’s waiting for us and of how powerful Raiden has become.

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A Trip Around the World

In the second scenario, Raiden travels to Abkhazia. Here we encounter more powerful enemies such as MGS4’s Gekkos, which require fast reflexes and precise parrying to defeat. As you advance, you will face an LQ-84i, a robotic wolf who later becomes a partner.

From there we go to Guadalajara, Mexico. Raiden arrives dressed as a mariachi and promptly hides in the sewers with LQ-84i. And it’s no wonder, because the enemies here are bigger and more aggressive than we’ve seen yet. This sequence of the game opens up a new stealth approach for Raiden, complete with the iconic cardboard box (he must have it on loan from Old Snake). Make no mistake: Revengeance is squarely an action game. But it’s always good to have options, especially when you’re facing the horrors lurking in Mexico’s sewers.

Occasionally, you’ll stumble across computers that you can activate to unlock new VR missions. The VR missions in Revengeance have various levels of difficulty and goals, and you’ll unlock various rewards for completing them — though I won’t spoil the surprises for you.

In the end, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is shaping up to be a refreshing blast of pure action gaming. I particularly liked its emphasis on technique with the parrying system, which is a blast in the midst of tough combat.

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40 Comments

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+ hoos1986 on December 12th, 2012 at 7:13 am said:

I read elsewhere online that there was a Revegeance demo headed to PSN this week. Is that true?


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+ D-Squad3 on December 12th, 2012 at 7:18 am said:

Just waiting for Snake to be in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.


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+ snakeeyes211 on December 12th, 2012 at 7:22 am said:

The demo that I played in my zone of the Enders for MGRR is amazing anybody who likes metal gear and ninjas should buy this game :-)


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+ YungShep on December 12th, 2012 at 7:42 am said:

@3 ohhhh..didnt know the demo was in ZOE! i really wanna play this..the most recent trailer was beyond epic, i posted the video on fb, tagged all my non-gaming friends, and made them watch the video..BEYOND!

wish it was exclusive :)


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+ U_P_S on December 12th, 2012 at 7:46 am said:

Looks like a must buy! Also update to add PSVita folders please!


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+ TomatoDragon on December 12th, 2012 at 8:13 am said:

Hoping to try out the demo on psn. But I love platinum games, so will be buying.


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+ GRIM__REAFER on December 12th, 2012 at 8:54 am said:

@ #2 or The Boss, since that other company took Solid Snake (unless you meant Big Boss…or Liquid……or Solidus)


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on December 12th, 2012 at 8:56 am said:

Looks like a PS2 game.


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+ Xcaligamer1 on December 12th, 2012 at 9:04 am said:

metal gear? nah no way is this a meta gear game


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+ Ryumoau on December 12th, 2012 at 9:13 am said:

being developed by Platinum Games makes this game nothing more than a rental at best. Not a fan of their previous games. I’m curious to play for the Metal Gear story though.


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+ wtGp on December 12th, 2012 at 9:15 am said:

this sentence should be rephrased as “several years have passed since MGS4 in this alternate time line”
this game isn’t cannon to the MGS story, just a heads up.


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on December 12th, 2012 at 9:24 am said:

Such a shame Konnami & Kojima unofficially disowned this game. It could of been amazing if it was made specifically for PS3 like MGS4.

…but of course, i hear Rising was originally intended as a bone for Micro$oft, who at the time were desperate for any “metal gear” to appear on xb360 :/


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+ yami930 on December 12th, 2012 at 10:12 am said:

@#12 wtGp

I guess you missed the announcement that this game is indeed cannon now, being that Kojima Productions was in charge of the story, the scripts(dialouge, codec, et.c) and direction for the cutscenes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d7BTtiAQuZ0

I’m a big fan of Metal Gear and can’t wait for this game, looks amazing! I would love though if the original team that was working on “Metal Gear Solid: Rising” would make a Gray Fox / Frank Jeagar game. I feel like the who idea of having action and stealth through a Ninja would have worked perfectly with Gray Fox the first Cyborg Ninja, plus I find him to have the most interesting back story in the Metal Gear Universe (and I’m excited to have the Gray Fox skin in Rising, really want the team to show some in game screenshots or something of it).


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+ DasRequiem on December 12th, 2012 at 10:20 am said:

It looks really good and I liked the description of the fighting system. Good report on the game.
Now, I wonder why is this up for the US playstation site and not for the Latin one? Since Lorenzo Grajales wrote it, I thought it’d be on both. Just wondering.
I want to see more on this game and I hope the demo is available soon.


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+ Dantes_Ragnarok on December 12th, 2012 at 10:32 am said:

Why would I buy ugly DmC when MG Rising is almost here :D
thanks Platinum Games for awesomeness :3


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+ Welmosca on December 12th, 2012 at 10:34 am said:

This game is a shame to Raiden’s reputation…looks terrible awful…I’m huge fan of MGS series and of course Raiden too…you guys spoiled his whole personality…I still can’t belive in that.I was very exciting with this game but that trailer from VGAs 2011 was a huge letdown.Anyway I still have hope on Platinum’s work.Here hoping for a demo before release.


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+ Welmosca on December 12th, 2012 at 10:38 am said:

9 MP_is_for_Chumps – LOL I was about to say the same.Also man your ID is awesome.


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+ DekarRJ on December 12th, 2012 at 11:06 am said:

I keep throwing my money at the screen but nothing happens :/


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+ Tyga95 on December 12th, 2012 at 12:19 pm said:

I have also heard that the demo for metal gear rising will be released this week.
perhaps these are just rumours, can someone confirm this information?

(I am not going to buy the Z.O.E HD bundle just for the demo)


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+ thorgrim5 on December 12th, 2012 at 1:43 pm said:

The cyborg designs look really great. Makes me wish there was a Battle Angel Alita game.


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+ iREVOLTER on December 12th, 2012 at 2:00 pm said:

According to Siliconera “Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Demo Slicing Up PSN On December 13″ – but this might be just for Japan PSN since it is the TGS demo they showed us at they booth.


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+ Unjust007 on December 12th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

This is still a no from me game. Hopefully the supposedly soon-to-be-released demo will make me change my mind.


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+ BlaqMagiq24 on December 12th, 2012 at 8:13 pm said:

After playing the demo in the ZOE collection I immediately preordered this. This will blow DmC out the water.

And for anyone thats think isn’t canon Kojima has already confirmed it is canon so quit being ignorant.


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+ XxDG3K_ALL_DAYxX on December 12th, 2012 at 8:59 pm said:

IF YOU GUYS WANT THE DEMO MAKE A JAPAN PSN ACCOUNT AND DOWNLOAD IT OFF THEIR STORE!!!!!!


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+ blakseed on December 12th, 2012 at 9:32 pm said:

Awesome. Thanks for the heads up XxDG3K


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+ XxDG3K_ALL_DAYxX on December 12th, 2012 at 10:01 pm said:

UPDATE: GUYS DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME DOWNLOADING THE DEMO IT IS REGION LOCKED!! SENSE WHEN DID DEMOS BECOME REGION LOCKED!! THANKS FOR NOTHING KONAMI @__@


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+ XxDG3K_ALL_DAYxX on December 12th, 2012 at 10:01 pm said:

*SINCE


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+ Kchow23 on December 12th, 2012 at 10:29 pm said:

The demo was a ton of fun and the game just looks and runs great… really looking forward to February. The only concern is whether or not there will be some variety to gameplay and at least from the demo… boss battles sure switch it up though.


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+ Kchow23 on December 12th, 2012 at 10:30 pm said:

Just because it isn’t exclusive, it doesn’t mean that it has lost quality… the only difference is that more people will be able to play it now.


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+ DonkeyKongKilla on December 13th, 2012 at 6:18 am said:

MGS: yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn…….. ill wait for GTA5 and the last of us.


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+ Manigamer on December 13th, 2012 at 8:04 am said:

@xxgd3k: wait what ! how come do u need to play from that same account you dlded the jap demo from or something else ? it checks IP etc ?


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+ surfrider78 on December 13th, 2012 at 1:54 pm said:

Please ,please ,please….can you do something about all the hacking on MW2?I believe I´m speaking in behalf of thousands of pleople who still enjoy playing the game online the way it´s supposed to be , no hacks and no advantages other than the perks you choose!!!It could be our Christmas present ; ) P.S. If you want PS Network ids they can be provided they To whomsoever it may concern I thank you in advance for updating the software or whatever it needs to be done to end this huge inconvenience which is taking the fun out of the game Big Time!!!


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+ Edzo04ps on December 13th, 2012 at 3:18 pm said:

oh wow people are still complaining that this isnt a stealth game. im in awe that people still say “this isnt metal gear”. are you brain damaged?


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+ XxDG3K_ALL_DAYxX on December 13th, 2012 at 4:26 pm said:

@Manigamer you can’t play it unless you have a ps3 from japan. No worries a demo for all regions is coming in January.


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+ Shodex on December 13th, 2012 at 8:11 pm said:

What are the chances of seeing a Metal Gear Solid Collection in the vein of the recent bundles for God of War, inFamous, Resistance, etc. I’d love to have all four games in one box, maybe even the remake of MGS1 on the MGS2 engine.

Is there a chance of this, or is Metal Gear Solid not enough of a PlayStation brand?


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+ Freshh23 on December 13th, 2012 at 11:53 pm said:

Disappointing and shameful how Raiden is in PSASBR when he’s not important to PlayStation, but Snake isn’t when he’s important to PlayStation.

PSASBR should be called Video Games ASBR because instead of it being full of PlayStation icons like it should and is suppose to we have a bunch of non important characters (guests) and a lot of PS icons are yet to be announced.


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+ PrinceofXIII on December 22nd, 2012 at 10:08 pm said:

it’s a shame the demo keeps freezing my PS3 :\

still can’t wait for game!!!!


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+ kog-vanguard91 on January 8th, 2013 at 3:31 pm said:

Does anybody know when the demo for metal gear rising revengeance comes out? i heard from some where it suppose to come out in January of this year cause the game come in Feb 19.


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+ EXQUISITEEMPRESS on January 10th, 2013 at 9:24 pm said:

Just release it and stop teasing us with all these sneak peeks! The anticipation is excruciating!


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