Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: Meme-filled Fun Times!

Released on: February 19, 2013

Available Platforms: Playstation 3, Xbox 360, PC, MacOs, Nvidia Shield TV

Price: $32.99 CAD ($28.99 US)

Developed by: Platinum Games Inc. Published by: Konami Digital Entertainment

It’s funny what kind of things catch on. A few months ago, while browsing Youtube, I noticed an uptake of memes featuring a cyborg beating up what looked like an influential businessman. The funny part is that, no matter how much the cyborg punched the businessman, he made no headway. A very catchy heavy metal song accompanies the meme. I got hooked on the song and found out the meme is from a 2013 game called Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

When the game was first released, I remember it not getting much fanfare. It went by largely unnoticed, despite being a game in the famous Metal Gear series. The more I think about it nowadays, the more I wonder why it only now appeared on people’s radar. The game was developed by Platinum Games, which cut their teeth on notable titles like Viewtiful Joe, Bayonetta, and Nier: Automata. Nevertheless, I played the game recently since I wanted to know what it was all about. Does Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance rise above its status as a meme?

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Title Screen

Our story begins with our hero, Raiden, riding with the prime minister of an unspecified country. Suddenly, while on their way to an important meeting, their car gets attacked by cyborg terrorists. Wasting no time defending the prime minister, Raiden springs into action and takes care of the interlopers. Unfortunately for Raiden, the prime minister gets kidnapped by more powerful-looking foes. Raiden gives chase to save the prime minister and avoid an all-out war.

Trying to describe the story is challenging. It starts simple enough, but we soon discover what kind of shenanigans awaits the player in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Where the story gets wacky is with its characters. Raiden manages to somehow be awesome and ridiculous at the same time. One of Raiden’s adversaries constantly has a smirk on his face that is both hilarious and punch-worthy. Honestly, I don’t think words can accurately convey Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’s story. It plays out like a bad movie in the most amusing way possible.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Story Sequence Mariachi outfit
Ah yes, the best attire to sneak into a sewer system: as a Mariachi.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn’t super impressive by today’s graphics standards, but it gets the job done. There are a lot of crazy action set pieces, the Metal Gears are daunting, and the boss fights are epic in scale. I think Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance shines visually with its character designs. Raiden looks superb, and the bosses have insane designs. That said, if the player stops to look at the game in detail, the blemishes start to show.

The soundtrack was my favorite part of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, which drew me to it. I believe that is part of the game’s recent notoriety. People realized the soundtrack was fantastic, making for excellent meme potential and introducing people to the kooky cast of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. If action games aren’t one’s forte, I would at least recommend giving the soundtrack a listen, especially fans of heavy metal.

Those who’ve played games like Bayonetta, Devil May Cry, or God of War will be familiar with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’s gameplay. Raiden has a reasonably vast arsenal of attacks. He has light and heavy attacks that he can string together into combos. Depending on the timing of his attacks and which one the player presses in the sequence, he will perform different moves. Raiden also has a focus meter that he uses to enter Focus Mode. Focus Mode allows Raiden to dismember foes when prompted. If the player kills the enemy with a perfect slice, he can recover his health and focus.

All of the above sounds simple when reading it, but it takes some getting used to. For instance, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has a parry that I had to discover by doing some research. If the player presses the direction of an oncoming attack and the light attack button at the right time, Raiden will perform a parry that will knock the foe off-balance. Even when I discovered how it still took me a while to accommodate to the timing. Of course, Raiden will block the attack if I try to parry a little too early, but then I find myself at a disadvantage.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance combat example surrounded
If the player isn’t careful, things can get chaotic and overwhelming really quick!

During gameplay, the player will earn combat points which they can use to upgrade Raiden. They can use them to buy new moves, increase his health and focus, buy new costumes, etc. The better the player performs in certain sections, the higher their rank and the more points they earn. Of course, the player will also earn points when beating up bad guys and bosses.

I know I discussed it earlier, but I must bring this up again. The characters are hysterical! I understand that the game tries to tell a semi-serious story, but many of the story elements are so ridiculous that it is tough not to laugh. For example, it is hard to take the philosophical words of your adversary seriously when he constantly smirks like an emoji.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Sundowner goofy face
I know he’s suppose to be intimidating, but his face always being like this always makes me laugh.

Those looking for a ridiculous game full of kooky characters, over-the-top action, and a ludicrous story, look no further than Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. While combat takes a while to get used to, it’s worth it for the music and the plot. If Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance ever goes on sale, I would recommend it.

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