Metal Gear Risings story follows on from Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The world is still in chaos no thanks to the privatisation of the military. Raiden now works private security for an African prime minister, and what better security is there than a cyborg Ninja? Things soon turn bad when Raiden and his convoy are ambushed by a rouge group of soldiers known as the Desperado Enterprises. Raiden and his beautiful blade would make easy work of such corrupt low lifes but unfortunately the group is lead by a very powerful cyborg called Sundowner, and after a brief encounter with him goes bad Raiden is left beaten and a little short handed.
Luckily thanks to Raiden’s crack team of Doctors he is given a much needed upgrade and sent out to seek his revenge and stop Sundowner and his thugs. This brings us to just how Raiden plans on getting his revenge, which involves a lot of slicing and cutting pretty much everything in his sight. MGR essential plays games such as Devil May Cry; it’s a high intensity button smasher that runs at a smooth 60 FPS. What makes MGR stand apart from the other button smashers out there is Raiden’s unique sword, and its ability to basically slice through anything in the game.
This slicing ability is made even more fun thanks to a feature called blade mode. You activate this with L1 and once in blade mode you have the ability to precisely direct the path of Raiden’s blade to chop off certain body parts of soldiers, resulting in a very satisfying slow motion death. Each kill lets you pick up data that works as the games XP that you can spend on upgrading Raiden’s abilities. The action is very intense and over the top, and although there is only about 5 hours of gameplay to be enjoyed there is a good few hours of amazing in game cut scenes to add on top of the play time.
The cut scenes are so good you will finish the game only wanting to restart it straight away to enjoy them all again and maybe up the difficulty and beat your previous score. There might be some cheesy music at times and a hiccup of performance while the game auto saves, but other than that you are in for one insane ride with Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.