Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is how long? 
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Geoffrey Tim
February 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm

MGR

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is finally out this month, and for the first time in a long time I’m excited about a game with “Metal Gear” in the title – because damn can Platinum Games make finely crafted action experiences. If you’ve played Vanquish and Bayonetta, you know what I mean. Unfortunately, their games can be a little bit on the short side – and it looks like that’s the case with Revengeance too.

According to a a post on Gamefaqs (with some accompanying photographic evidence) the total playtime for Revengeance clocks in at just about 5 and a half hours of gameplay. Like with the excellent Vanquish, that number likely doesn’t include restarts, reloads, time spent in menus or cut-scenes.

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Of course, that also seems like it’s a “rushed” playthrough, probably on easy, without much thought or skill – and you can probably expect your own playthrough to last around 8 hours. This news already has some Metal Gear fans up in arms, because other games in the series are considerably longer. What they fail to realise is that take away the 4 hour long cinematics and you’d probably end up with that much actual play time in any MGS title.

I know many of you don’t like spending your hard earned money on games that aren’t particularly long – but I have no problem shelling out for quality experiences; but what do you think? is 6-ish hours just too short?

Oh – here’s the game’s latest trailer, showing the Desperado Elite, the band of soldiers that blade-wielding Raiden will face throughout the game’s bananas plot.

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  • http://twitter.com/MyMattstache Matthew Avalos

    DIRECT TWEET FROM PLATINUM GAME’S INABA. THE GAME IS NOT THIS SHORT.

    ????(Atsushi Inaba) ?@PG_inaba

    “It seems someone posted their MGR results screen and that people (mainly in the West) are shocked it says the clear time is 5.5hr. Here’s the truth: First of all, cutscenes ARE NOT INCLUDED in that counter. Next: For every chapter you play in the game, it ONLY COUNTS YOUR FASTEST TIME. It doesn’t track your total play time. What that means is if you replay a chapter for 10 hours, but you finally clear it in a time of 10 mins. Only 10 mins will be counted. So please don’t get fixated on that end screen Clear Time being total game time because it is not. As I said, it is not how long you’ve had the power on playing MGR, it is a record of your best efforts playing the game. We came up with this clear time counting system as a way to fairly evaluate players. It hasn’t changed since Bayonetta. However, I will say it is really disappointing that people try to use a single screen in the game to try and create negative buzz.”

    Basically this guy played ONE chapter, and it was about 5 HOURS LONG. Just had to send the message.

  • http://twitter.com/MyMattstache Matthew Avalos

    DIRECT TWEET FROM PLATINUM GAME’S INABA. THE GAME IS NOT THIS SHORT.

    ????(Atsushi Inaba) ?@PG_inaba

    “It seems someone posted their MGR results screen and that people (mainly in the West) are shocked it says the clear time is 5.5hr. Here’s the truth: First of all, cutscenes ARE NOT INCLUDED in that counter. Next: For every chapter you play in the game, it ONLY COUNTS YOUR FASTEST TIME. It doesn’t track your total play time. What that means is if you replay a chapter for 10 hours, but you finally clear it in a time of 10 mins. Only 10 mins will be counted. So please don’t get fixated on that end screen Clear Time being total game time because it is not. As I said, it is not how long you’ve had the power on playing MGR, it is a record of your best efforts playing the game. We came up with this clear time counting system as a way to fairly evaluate players. It hasn’t changed since Bayonetta. However, I will say it is really disappointing that people try to use a single screen in the game to try and create negative buzz.”

    Basically this guy played ONE chapter, and it was about 5 HOURS LONG.

  • http://twitter.com/MyMattstache Matthew Avalos

    DIRECT TWEET FROM PLATINUM GAME’S INABA. THE GAME IS NOT THIS SHORT.

    ????(Atsushi Inaba) ?@PG_inaba

    “It seems someone posted their MGR results screen and that people (mainly in the West) are shocked it says the clear time is 5.5hr. Here’s the truth: First of all, cutscenes ARE NOT INCLUDED in that counter. Next: For every chapter you play in the game, it ONLY COUNTS YOUR FASTEST TIME. It doesn’t track your total play time. What that means is if you replay a chapter for 10 hours, but you finally clear it in a time of 10 mins. Only 10 mins will be counted. So please don’t get fixated on that end screen Clear Time being total game time because it is not. As I said, it is not how long you’ve had the power on playing MGR, it is a record of your best efforts playing the game. We came up with this clear time counting system as a way to fairly evaluate players. It hasn’t changed since Bayonetta. However, I will say it is really disappointing that people try to use a single screen in the game to try and create negative buzz.”

    Basically this guy played ONE chapter, and it was about 5 HOURS LONG.

    • ElNicko

      Thanks Matt – well then……..a slice of humble pie for me then. now to estimate , with cutscenes , how long this game will take.