Have you ever wondered what Ninja Gaiden would look like in the Metal Gear universe? Well look no further because Kojima Productions and Platinum Games have delivered just that. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance picks up four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots and you play as
Ryu Hayabusa Cyborg Ninja Raiden (aka Jack the Ripper) as he sets out to right the wrongs of a Private Military Corporation (PMC) who are trying to restart the war economy.
As Raiden, you run, jump and slice your way through a sea of mercenary cyborgs hell bent on stopping him from achieving his goal. The game offers limited stealth capabilities as Raiden cannot sneak around but instead can quietly walk up behind and perform an instant kills on the enemies. Combat in the game is handled by literally slicing and dicing your enemy to death. The games chief mechanic is centered around a feature called “Blade mode” which allows you to slice almost every object in the game into pieces. This includes enemies, vehicles and most background objects.
Climbing objects in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is done through the Ninja Run ability. It allows you to run up certain walls or objects to get above your enemy and retrieve in game items. This feature also allows you to quickly move through the environment to dodge attacks, block incoming bullets or chase after enemies. This is helpful but it’s also your only choice because there is no dodge or block button.
This time around, Raiden isn’t the whiny spec ops soldier he was in Metal Gear Solid 2. He seems more well adjusted to the situation at hand and doesn’t have someone calling him every five minutes to talk about their relationship. There are no returning characters from previous games as far as I’ve played, though I haven’t finished it yet. I didn’t like Raiden when we first met during the Big Shell incident in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, but that’s because he was taking the place of the series hero, Solid Snake. Now that he has his own game, he’s starting to grow on me. Look for the full review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on Gamer Horizon in the next few days.