We’ve already highlighted how some early reviews have pegged Platinum Games’ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance as the best Metal Gear title released this generation – but now that the game’s been released in the states, we’re seeing a torrent of other reviews come in – and it looks like Platinum may have struck gold.
Here are the scores as they stand right now:
Those are some pretty good scores, barring the two less-than-amazing scores from OPM and New Game Network, and an unusual one for when a developer takes on somebody else’s IP; reminding me a little of Capcom’s incredible work making handheld Zelda games.
The biggest complaint seems to be the game’s sometimes wonky camera – but it’s not enough to detract from the experience.
Eurogamer’s Rich Stanton had this to say:
“If Revengeance didn’t have camera issues this would be the easiest 10 I’ve ever given. As things stand it’s still brilliant, staking out new territory in the genre and adapting certain Metal Gear characteristics so well that it makes the competition look outrageously bad. This is simply the ultimate one-man show, worth its ticket price many times over, an experience that improves exponentially as it gets faster and as you get better. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a thrilling and almost flawless fighting game – come get some.”
Fans of the Metal Gear universe needn’t worry that it pisses all over the established canon either – because it largely exists outside of it.
“In terms of contributing to the Metal Gear canon, Revengeance isn’t doing much which seems significant,” says Destructoid’s Jim Sterling. “It feels as though it exists in a bubble all its own, a single instance where a crisis arises and is overcome, and the impact of these events feel largely resolved by the conclusion.”
Platinum has quickly become one of my favourite developers this generation, producing games that don’t make a whole bunch of narrative sense, but make up for all of their misgivings by being incredibly deep, and most importantly fun action experiences. If it’s even half as good as Vanquish or Bayonetta, it’ll still be magnificent.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance should be in stores locally this Friday, for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
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