gamers (18%) found this review helpful
Let me make this clear, if your a fan of Platinum games more than you are of Metal Gear, then you may enjoy it even though the story is horrible. Its a very fun (Mostly) game with a lot of incredible action and a near perfect combat system.
Now, if you are a Metal Gear fan and wanted to see some more of Raidens story you will be sorely disappointed. Its incredibly over the top, inconceivably far removed from the MGS universe and 100% platinum story that never stops defying common sense. The story could have been a pretty good side bar but the acting and direction is so bad that you're better off not even paying attention because it will only hurt the experience. It seams as though all the ideas brought about from the games inception with Kojima had been tossed. For instance, Raiden can't lift a metal gear, thats just preposterous. In MGS4 it took all of his strength and the loss of limbs to do something less. It just doesn't make sense. The game ends up feeling like a completely different series with an unlockable Raiden costume. Its the fact that Raiden is still (partly) human that makes everything he does so awesome and impactful in MGS4 but in this game he has superhuman abilities instead.
This game is incredibly stupid with the exception of the combat so, if the combat is all you're interested in then you wont be disappointed but if you wanted and expected something more than you're gonna have a bad time.
While it wasn't horrible, it wasn't spectacular either. The camera angles are bad, and the fact that the camera constantly swivels away from where you want it if you're trying to hide in a box/barrel against a wall and view the scene for your next move. And while the game is pretty and polished as you'd expect, it feels empty to me. I realize that it isn't Metal Gear Solid, but you can't sneak around at all really unless you have a hiding implement, there's no pressing up against walls, or ways to distract the guards really besides throwing an IR grenade at them. Oh, and when you need it to work, the blade time or whatever it's called is stupidly hard to get to go the angle you need it, I won't spoil it for anyone, but you need it to work to finish the game entirely, unless you skip trying to even do it in one part.
In the end, I guess it was an ok game, but I'm honestly surprised it even has the Metal Gear name on it at all, since the name has become synonymous with espionage action. In the end though, I finished it, it's very short, less than 5 hours to beat. I guess I shouldn't have expected perfection as it was a complete different direction from previous Metal Gear games.
Glad I didn't buy it, can't wait for the next Metal Gear Solid style game by the franchise.
posted by PPandora (CENTER CONWAY, NH) Mar 5, 2013
Member since Feb 2013
gamers (14%) found this review helpful
This game looks horrible. I rented it thinking "hey, metalgear is a monster game title" then I looked at it after I got it and was disgusted by how pathetic this gameplay looks. Returned it before I even put it in the disc drive.