Rated 4 out of 5 by 3
Rated 5 out of 5 by BluRaYoyo Fun game; definitely a spin-off
If you're looking for the essential Metal Gear Solid experience, you won't be getting it here. This game is definitely a spin-off. It takes place in the same universe, after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, but does not feature any of the signature characters outside of Raiden (and a small appearance for one other MSG4 character).
That being said, the story itself is classic Metal Gear through and through. Talk of cyborgs, PMCs, child soldiers, and Metal Gears? Check, check, check, and yes, check. Of course, while the story still feels like a Metal Gear game, it definitely has a darker than anything in the series prior to this.
As for the gameplay itself... It's a action game through and through. While you do have the option to attempt (some) of your objectives stealthily, or avoid combat, the game does lean in favor of going crazy with your sword... Which is a good thing, since combat is tons of fun - the ability to slow down time and slice your opponents into hundreds of pieces never gets old.
Seeing as the combat is different from traditional Metal Gear games - it plays more like a hack 'n' slash akin to Bayonetta - gamers unfamiliar with the genre should probably play through on "easy" the first time around, as you're not able to change the level of difficulty in-game, and even on normal certain enemies and bosses can provide quite a challenge if you don't know exactly what you're doing.
The exclusive soundtrack that comes with the game is a nice bonus, especially if you're a fan of rock. I only wish the soundtrack came with the vocal versions of the songs that play during boss fights, as they are definitely a highlight of the game. All in all, this may just be my favorite Metal Gear soundtrack ever.
Also, remember to use your Codec frequently, because questions such as "Why did Raiden become a cyborg again?" are only answered during these optional calls, and aren't answered anywhere else.
To sum things up, this is a incredibly, beautiful game, that is a must have for any Metal Gear fan interested in finding out what happens to Raiden, or what happens next in the series.
Rated 4 out of 5 Good, but Lacking.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is the final installation in the METAL GEAR Saga. Insane and over-the-top, it takes the idea of a MGS themed hack-and-slash and runs with it. It uses a prominent character from MGS2: Sons Of Liberty, and MGS4: Guns Of The Patriots, to try to expand upon the narrative ending in MGS4. While the developers seemed to enjoy using this setting as a way to add new and quirky characters to the game, to some purist fans of the original style of MGS or even the first 2 Metal Gear games the story will seem to be a complete joke. The gameplay is great and is enough to push you through the incredibly mediocre plot, whereas the usual games in the METAL GEAR Saga were more about incentivizing the player to play more of the game so that they could understand more about the narrative.
I struggle to find someone that I would recommend this game to. While it is a good, cheap, and fun beat-em-up, there are far better games in this style like Dark Souls or even Bayonetta, a game created later by Platinum Games, the people who developed this game. As for MGS or Hideo Kojima fans, I think it doesn’t have enough of that humble MGS feel to incentivize people who like playing games for immersive stories. Overall, I’d say that if you find this game for below $10, definitely buy it. But anything beyond $15 is too much. While this game does a lot of things well, it struggles in a lot of points overall.
Rated 3 out of 5 by Phillip14 The game wasnt all that great.
The game itself wasnt as good as I thought it would be? I have also returned it to walmart.com.