Hands on With: Metal Gear Rising Revengeance

-Marcus Lawrence

Anyone that enjoys high-speed hack and slash will enjoy this title.

The Zone of the Enders HD Collection offers more than just two games; it also gives players the option to play the Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo. Initially, I heard of reports saying how unplayable the demo was and prepared myself for the worse. I must have gotten lucky or something because the game played out just fine for me. A minor hiccup here and there but nothing game-breaking. Good thing too because Revengeance is awesome! Once I loaded the demo up, I had the option of playing through a tutorial or skipping it; I chose to play through. While it doesn’t describe all the advanced movement, it does allow players to have ample time to familiarize themselves with Blade Mode.

Blade Mode allows players to cut enemies in any way they desire. Not only is it an effective way to dispatch foes, Blade Mode is just way too much fun. I found myself cutting watermelons in the VR training room for about half an hour before starting the mission. At first, it will take players awhile to get used to the blade’s controls but once you have it down, you have it down pat. Besides Blade Mode, players can combine light and heavy attacks to destroy enemies. Yes, Blade Mode can be used mid-combo. There is also the ability to Ninja Run, which makes Raiden sprint and interact with the environment (I.E. leaping over boxes etc.)

Besides the combat, the graphics in this game are some of the best I’ve seen. So, not only is this a crazy action title, but a gorgeous one at that.

I had my doubts about this Metal Gear Solid spin-off, but upon finishing the demo, all the doubts have been washed away with the blood of my enemies. I’ll be picking this up on the launch date of February 19th.