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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is the latest installment in the Metal Gear franchise, developed by Platinum Games and published by Konami. The game is a departure from the previous stealth-based games, opting instead for an action-oriented "hack and slash" style with heavy emphasis on melee combat. It is a solid, intense action title that rarely slows down or ceases to amaze, despite some minor issues.
Players assume control of Raiden, the katana-wielding cyborg from previous games. Gameplay focuses primarily around swordfighting, executing stylized combos, and a sophisticated cutting system to fight and defeat enemies. Raiden's cyborg body affords him superhuman speed and agility, along with incredible strength and the ability to deflect or destroy most projectiles and objects with his high-frequency blade. Stealth is still an important aspect of the game, however, allowing Raiden to avoid undesirable combat situations and silently eliminate enemies.
The game has plenty of action-heavy sequences, including battles with gigantic Metal Gear mechs, running along the sides of collapsing buildings, bridges, and airborne projectiles, slicing and dicing armored helicopters and other sizable objects, fighting endless waves of unique enemy types, and amazingly epic and memorable boss battles. Combine that with an endless array of crazy, over-the-top acrobatic combos and the time-slowing Blade Mode, which allows Raiden to quickly and precisely slice enemies and objects into hundreds of pieces, and you have what is perhaps the most impressive action game in recent history.
The story and cutscenes are also engaging, with the typical convoluted plot and geo-political overtones that the Metal Gear franchise is known for. The game offers plenty of fan service in this regard, without letting the story become overly complex or intruding into gameplay. And despite its seriousness, the plot is often presented in a campy manner which actually complements the exaggerated, ridiculously intense action-oriented nature of the game.
Amazing Swordplay: The sheer awesomeness of the swordplay has to be seen to be believed. Its incredible style is only matched by its ferocity.
Blade Mode: Although it may seem gimmicky, this signature feature is actually very well implemented and tons of fun. Slicing things into many indiscriminate pieces never really gets old.
Great Story: The story lives up to the typical craziness that the Metal Gear franchise is known for, yet still fits in nicely with the fast-paced nature of the game.
Camera Issues: Due to the chaotic and often unpredictable nature of the combat, the camera can occasionally lose track of Raiden.
Missing Tutorial: The game does not include a proper tutorial/explanation of the combat system and some important gameplay features. As a result, some players may be confused or frustrated with certain aspects of the game.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is an amazing game and an engaging action-oriented take on the Metal Gear franchise. Minor gameplay issues might annoy some players, but it should not really detract much from the overall experience.
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