Imagine a giant, roughly 200 ft. tall robot shoots a barrage of missiles at you. Do you:
a) Try to run away, but fail and die in a blazing inferno?
b) Wet your pants and cry
c) Run towards the robot, using the missiles as platforms as you parkour your way through the air and chop the menacing machine in half with your sword?
If the prospect of Option C makes half of you want to bust out in incredulous laughter while the other half explodes in raucous applause, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will be your type of game — if you can figure out how to control all the action, that is.
Holy dumb, Batman
To be clear: the above situation isn't some hard-earned, climactic encounter that caps off a dozen hours of middling third-person action. This is Revengeance's opening sequence — literally the first real encounter you have in the entire game.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is so silly — so downright insane — I can almost forgive its absurd title. Revengeance is capital-F fun, an exhilarating ride from start to finish.
The combat is really tight and — with the exception of some annoying boss encounters —well-balanced. Once you dig into Raiden's moves a bit more, there's a really rewarding game to be found. There's a surprising amount of depth in Revengeance — perhaps not as much as Devil May Cry, with its seamless weapon-swapping combat, but enough to keep things interesting. You just have to discover the depth for yourself. (Much more on that later.)
Parrying is especially satisfying, and there's a real sense of progress when you go from "Blade Wolf as boss fight" at the beginning of the game to effortlessly fighting multiple Blade Wolves at the same time later on. The addictive, combo-based swordplay oozes ridiculous style and insane violence in equal amounts.
And the story of Revengeance (and its protagonist, the metal-jawed Raiden) is as ludicrous as its fast-paced action. Revengeance's tale is as Metal Gear as it gets: The plot is borderline inscrutable, but has something to do with the military industrial complex and US military dominance... and TV news punditry
Imagine a world in which Rush Limbaugh and Rachel Maddow are both superpowered cyborg ninjas who settle their differences with swords while screaming political rhetoric at each other. On the back of a moving train. And one of them inexplicably has a cyborg wolf as a pet. Oh, and it's probably raining. Yeah, it's like that.
Much like Asura's Wrath and last year's Devil May Cry reboot, Revengeance's story is pure "sit back and let the dumb wash over you" fun. And that's totally okay. It's the best summer blockbuster released this January — a quick, stupid blast of fun.
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