METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE
PS3 (also on Xbox 360)
What is it good for? Absolutely the economy, at least according to
nasty-pastie private military company Desperado Enterprises. Hey,
what’s a spot of genocide when there’s cashola calling?
bullshit, actually, and thankfully our heroic cyborgy protagabloke
(and Steve Strange lookalike) Raiden agrees, intending to stop such
nefarious skulduggery upon assailing a veritable UNgasmic cornucopia
of various ethnicity ne’er-do-wells. True to his roots of being
named after a classic shmup – not actually related at all, but we’ve
already typed it - he’s a shooty-shooty death-dealy machinetraption
(hey, if they can invent the portmanteau ‘revengeance’, we can get
language-inventy too – erm, not that we haven’t already since, ooh,
about birth)... Umm, where were we?
Oh yeah, Raiden’s packed
to the shiny metal bonce with weaponry. There’s trad stuff (heh)
like rocket launchers and grenades, but the real action’s with his
high-frequency katana blade. This sucker makes your
slices/dices/mushes/smushes infomercialistic implements of sharpness
– sorry, sharplements - look blunter than James and Emily sitting in
a tree. Go bullet-timey and get all vertical/horizontal
sluice-master, then watch your enemies kerplunk into zillions of
pointy-pointy chunks. You can even wield it on unsuspecting
furniture and such if desired.
Between that, switching
weaponry, ninja running (hold down R1 then go make a milkshake as
Raiden goes auto-modal), nods to the series’ stealth roots, the
fabby ‘Zandatsu’ mode (now we are here) and the indispensable
parrying mechanism, MGR:R’s initially an absolute
controller headbonk. Persist though, absorbing training sub-games,
and the innumerable combinations become dealable. Phew!
sheer craziness while taking on increasingly bonkers cyborgular
adversaries of mucho bigness and infinitesimal smallousity can verge
on overwhelming, and it’s not helped by the obstreperous,
bungiepoopular camera. Still, if you crave challenging, frenetic
slashing – and can’t be arsed drinking megalitres of water - you’ll
be hard-pressed to get a better fix.