Round 79 of the Articles Of Excellence ends with Gryzor taking another win, this time with a spin off of the Metal Gear franchise from Platinum Games known as Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. While he finds the story to be one that goes in one ear and out the other while serving up a lame final boss and bad camera controls, he also finds the overall game to be a fast and furious romp that feels like an adrenaline rush and is just so much fun to play through that the bad stuff can be overlooked... to varying extents.
Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceScore: 7/10 Genre: Hack and slash There's just too much working against Revengeance to consider it a great game, though for what it does right, it most certainly comes recommended.
Platinum Games and Kojima Productions working together on a Metal Gear game? If you're the kind of person who digs anything and everything campy and crazy, this would pulsate your *bleep* into a diamond carving machine. I mean holy shit, fun and exciting gameplay with some over the top set pieces to go along with an exposition heavy story full of crazy plot twists? Sign me up! Sure, it took a long time and the only reason Platinum Games was even involved was because Kojima had some issues and needed somebody to essentially redo it for him and Shinji Mikami was more than happy to help out, but it did eventually come and with everything at their disposal, I'm sure they've developed a fantastic game, especially since it's based on...
...Raiden? You mean the guy from Metal Gear Solid 2 that people hated because he wasn't Solid Snake? Who wound up becoming a cyborg ninja in Metal Gear Solid 4 and got people loving him and even wanting games based on him because he was doing some sick Matrix shit? Interesting – and really, that's a word I'd use to describe my experience with this game. Raiden is able to slice up robots, slow down time to cut them into tiny little pieces and harvest their spines for health (otherwise known as Zandatsu), and given that there are a good amount of enemies and bosses to take down, it makes for some frantic action. There are so many instances where the phrase “holy shit” is uttered to a point where my voice is hoarse and not just gravelly.