gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I can't say that I didn't enjoy this game at all, because I did. Most of the combat for most of the game was fun. However, as the game got further to the end, the camera became increasingly problematic, often times swinging towards a random wall instead of at the enemy you are allegedly locked onto. Compounding this problem is the fact that Raiden will sometimes attack an enemy nowhere near where you are facing. Also, the parry system is TERRIBLE. Whoever thought that jamming forward + attack was a good idea needs to be slapped. Why they just didn't go with a dedicated parry button is beyond me, because what they have instead is so inferior it's laughable. Also, Raiden can't dodge. He's a ninja, and he can't dodge. He back-flips and twists around plenty during cut-scenes, but when you control him, there is no dodge button. Seriously? Worst ninja ever. These problems really made me sad, because they are easily remedied and hinder you from feeling like a ninja. There are moments where you do feel awesome, but then there are plenty of moments where you see that they want you to feel awesome, but all these problems end up making you feel like a scrub. Other minor issues: the game is short, less that 6 hours; some of the voice actors are god awful; the unlockable weapons and items are useless. Bottom line, I don't understand why Hideo let this game out of the gates like this, and I don't know how Platinum Games managed to mess this up considering how great Bayonetta was. Metal Gear Rising is worth a brief rental if you're a diehard Metal Gear fan and want to keep up with the story, otherwise get your revengeance elsewhere.
When I first heard of this game, it's non-stealth concept and the protagonist choice my first thoughts were, "This is going to suck." I've never been happier to announce how wrong I was. I was never a big fan of Raiden in MGS2/4 but I grew to love him in this game. The story is a bit confusing at first and I believe could have had a bit more work done to it, but otherwise its enjoyable. As always, the Metal Gear franchise produces the greatest set of villains in video game history. My favorites are Psycho Mantis, Vamp, The Sorrow and now Jetstream Sam joins their epic collaboration. The action/gameplay is great. The Blade Wolf and Jetstream DLC's is reason enough to buy this game, let alone rent. I recommend this for any action fan and of course any fan of the Metal Gear franchise.