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Action Games are Back with a Revengeance,
This review is from: Metal Gear Rising Revengeance - Xbox 360 (Video Game)This game far exceeded my expectations. It is truly the best action game so far this year, and one of the best actions games of this gen. If you're hankering for some action, or you're just a long time Metal Gear fan, check this title out.
It's certainly a Metal Gear game, though not a Metal Gear Solid game. If you want a focus on sneaking, Ground Zero was already announced a while ago. This game is all about fast, frenetic action... it is a veritable rollercoaster ride of ridiculous scenarios, absurd setpieces, and crisp clean combat. Despite this, there are actually quite a number of sneaking sections in the game, if you choose to go that route... certainly moreso than I expected. Alternatively, you can run into the fray swinging. It's up to you, and each has its advantages. There are over 500 codec conversations for you to explore that expands on the game's lore and characters.
The game focuses on ground based combat with a focus on counters, parries, and the new Zandatsu cutting mechanic. Parallels can be drawn to Ninja Gaiden. Essentially, you can slash your opponents open with the high frequency blade once you enter "Blade Mode" and pull out their electrolyte core to replenish your own health and energy meter.
What's truly revolutionary is the parry/dodge mechanic in the game. Rather than having a dedicated block button, Revengeance makes it a forward+attack input, which maintains offensive momentum. You need to parry every attack coming at you, but the game's window is generous, allowing for a lot of wiggle room until you nail down your timing. And once you nail down that timing? You get perfect parries with counterattacks that lead into Zandatsu (slowdown cutting mechanic where you can steal energy cores).
Even if you don't get the combat, or you're an action game novice, the game features a number of different difficulty levels to tailor the experience to what is most comfortable for you as a player.
The story is filled with its own levels of abrudity, but features a memorable cast and set of bosses. The bosses... Oh, the bosses. They're some of the best of this entire generation- meticulously crafted and exhilarating to fight.
The game is about 8-10 hours long, depending on your skill level and your starting difficulty, and that's not counting the plethora of VR Missions, unlockables, and successive playthroughs. Each difficulty will provide a unique experience with rearranged enemy encounters and enhanced boss behavior. The game is fast paced and addictive. Countless hours can be sunk into it.