Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - Review

No image found Cover Art
Format:
.box_heights { width: 610px; margin-bottom: 30px; }

Release Date: 21/02/2013

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Review for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at GAME

One Hell Of A Raiden

After watching the end credits of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, you'll immediately restart from the beginning with a massive grin. A third-person beat-em-up that's fast, stylish and unforgiving, Revengeance feels like the future of high-octane entertainment, an endlessly replayable game that blasts out of the gate and simply doesn't stop until the final strike hits home - though there's plenty of slow-mo along the way.

Revengeance is an offshoot of the Metal Gear series, starring MGS2 main man Raiden - who is now a cyborg ninja, a one-man army with an electric sword and bags of flair. The gameplay will be familiar to fans of games like DmC or Ninja Gaiden, but Revengeance is a different kind of experience; it's easier to pull off moves and destroy enemies in a blink, but parrying attacks and staying aggressive is the real challenge.

Down Low - Too Slow

Blocking and parrying are handled by a timed button press and directional input - go too early and Raiden blocks attacks with no advantage, but hit it just as the enemy attack lands and he'll parry into a devastating counter-blow that leaves them wide open. And this is when Revengeance comes up with another silly word to describe something fantastic: the Zandatsu.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Review for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at GAME

Revengeance has a slow-motion 'blade mode' that lets Raiden shred weakened enemies and scenery to pieces with his diamond-sharp sword. The Zandatsu is using blade mode after a parry, and whoever invented it is a genius; a button prompt makes Raiden execute a few quickfire moves before launching into the air. Things go into slow-motion at crazy-upside-down angles and there's a few seconds to line up a killer blow; it is an unbelievable spectacle, something no other fighting game has, and the first occurrence makes you want more and more.

Thor 2.0

There's a trophy for clearing Revengeance with full S ranks that includes the words 'Lightning God', and there couldn't be a better description of Raiden. A razor-edged dervish that moves like wind and hits like thunder, his endlessly intricate movements are matched only by their speed; he positively crackles across the screen, a devastating and irresistible force. Left unchecked Raiden is basically a superpower, capable of demolishing anything with fabulous hard-hitting moves.

So Revengeance's challenge is all about keeping him there, and it makes the fights incredible. To play Revengeance is to face a merciless onslaught of enemies that press individually and work terrifying well in packs. The staple grunts are cybernetically-enhanced humans, and a sword-wielding variety is a particular delight to fight, capable of counter-parrying and drawing Raiden into a blink-first mini-duel in the midst of a storm.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Review for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 at GAME

Intense Intentions

The soldiers are soon enough joined by a very Metal Gear cast of biomorphic mechs and cyborgs: MGS4's mooing Gekkos kick like cranes and charge like bulls, while vicious gorilla-aping androids merrily pound Raiden into the dirt. These enemies are relentless because they have to be, and this can easily tip towards overwhelming - multiple unanswered hits will stun Raiden, guaranteeing several more, and entire health bars can disappear in a blink.

Revengeance is a game meant to be replayed, and its ten hours of flab-free campaign are matched by VR missions that set up especially challenging battles. Amazing settings, like a traditional Japanese garden at the top of a skyscraper, are matched up with pyrotechnic set-pieces: on the very first level Raiden moves from rocket-jumping to sprinting down a crumbling church, and splitting a gigantic Metal Gear in half. That's not even the end of the level.

Ultra Violence

Revengeance has one problem - a camera that occasionally gets confused when you're in a corner, and flicks around unhelpfully. But this doesn't come close to spoiling a brilliant game, and an experience that improves exponentially as it gets faster and you get better. So come get some.

GAME's Verdict

The Good

  • Incredible combat!
  • Explosive set-pieces!
  • Huge replay value!

The Bad:

  • Dodgy Camera
  • Philosophy-spouting bosses
  • Doesn't last forever
Show more Show less

Pegi Rating:

Suitable for people aged and over.

Genre

Action

Customer Rating:

No rating yet

SKU:

Reviews-210753

We offer FREE delivery on all UK orders, plus competitive postage costs on EU and international shipping on orders fulfilled by GAME.

Delivery type Delivery Time Cost
UK orders up to £74.99 (Royal Mail 2nd Class) 2 to 3 working days FREE
UK orders £75 - £149.99 (Hermes Tracked) 2 to 3 working days FREE
UK orders over £150 (DPD Tracked) 1 working day FREE
UK all Preorders (Royal Mail 1st Class) 1 to 2 working days FREE
UK orders 1st Class (Paid Upgrade - Royal Mail 1st Class) 1 to 2 working days £0.50 per order
Next Day (pre 10am* - DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £11.95 per order
Next Day (pre 12pm* - DPD Tracked) 1 working day** £5.95 per order
UK orders Express (Paid Upgrade - DPD Tracked) 1 working day £3.95 per order
UK orders Saturday (Paid Upgrade - DPD Tracked) Order between Thursday 3.30pm and Friday 3pm £9.00 per order
UK orders Sunday (Paid Upgrade - DPD Tracked) Order between Thursday 3.30pm and Friday 3pm £9.00 per order
Click & Reserve (Order online, pick up in store) 2 hours from order FREE
Click & Collect (Order and Pay online, delivered to store) 1 to 2 working days FREE
Order in Store (Home or Store Delivery) 2 to 3 working days FREE
For items ordered from Marketplace sellers, please refer to their specific delivery types, times and cost

Order before 3pm for same day dispatch. Monday to Friday, except on Bank Holidays. Order after 3pm Friday to 1pm Sunday for Sunday despatch (DPD & Click & Collect>£100 only) except on Bank Holidays, where the order will be dispatched on the next working day.
Digital purchases are excluded from the total order value.
All delivery times are estimated lead times and are not guaranteed

Working day definition: Monday-Friday (Excludes Weekends and Bank Holidays)

To see all of our delivery options click here

Sign up for a GAME Reward Account online for FREE, via the GAME App or in your local store.
Earn points whenever you trade-in or buy at GAME. Use your points to save on the stuff you want in-store.

2% points back

2% points back

On all purchases

1% points back for any game traded in

1% points back

For any game traded in

Extra Points

Earn accolades to

Unlock extra points

Join Today - 12 Months for £36


Join GAME elite today and earn up to five times more Reward points with GAME Elite - Our new and exclusive membership service from GAME. With extra points and more cash to spend, this deal is seriously on point.

Our promise to you - you can’t lose – join today and if you receive less points back from purchases than the fee you have paid for your membership for 12 months, we will give you the difference back in points.

Receive exclusive deals and offers and we will even send you a gift around your birthday.


Key Benefits:
  • 10% points back on all physical games, merchandise and accessories
  • 4% points back on all consoles, PC, VR, phones and tablets
  • 2% points back on trade-in and digital
  • Exclusive deals and offers
  • Birthday gift
  • Our promise to you – you can’t lose


    Terms and conditions apply

    Please note: You will not receive Reward points for your purchase of GAME Elite Membership