This article was originally published in February 2021, but we're bringing it back for the 10th anniversary of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and because of the very recent rumours of the game receiving a remaster. Sadly, that still hasn't happened at the time of republishing — but that just makes this soapbox all the more relevant!
Every now and then, I stop and think about Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. What a game. What a ride. What a thrill. Regular readers will know that I adore a good action game. I can never get get enough of combos, dodge rolls, perfect parries — moves and techniques that interlock to create a beautiful virtual ballet of blood and guts. Mastering mechanics is at the heart of exceptional titles like Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, and even the less demanding — but no less satisfying — Ghost of Tsushima. Ultimately, I think I just like really cool sword fights.
And honestly, they don't get much cooler than the ones you'll find in Metal Gear Rising. The Platinum-developed title released a whole seven years ago on PS3, and it's still an utterly glorious example of white-knuckle character action. For my money, it's the best game that Platinum has ever made. It's not perfect — god, some of those environments are so horribly brown — but when you're hacking and slashing in the heat of battle, it's bloody brilliant.
It's also so outrageously over-the-top. The first time I saw Raiden slice an attack helicopter into pieces I was blown away. Then he went and did the same thing to a Metal Gear Ray just a few minutes later. Rising simply doesn't know when to quit, but that's part of its undeniably cheesy charm. And what I wouldn't give to play it all again on PS4. Or PS5. Both. Someone just make it happen.
When I think about all of the PS3 games that have been remastered over the years, it's a crime that Metal Gear Rising hasn't been brought up to speed — especially when a PC port already exists. But god only knows what Konami's strategy is these days, and after so many years, it feels like the opportunity has probably passed. It's such a huge shame.
For me, what makes Metal Gear Rising more than just a great action game is the overall package. The absurd cutscenes, punctuated by absolutely ridiculous characters (Jetstream Sam! Sundowner!). All those truly stupid one-liners that Raiden comes out with before charging headfirst into battle. And, of course, the music. Rising has to have one of the greatest video game soundtracks I've ever heard. Just the fact that each boss has their own theme song is enough to make you buy into the madness of it all. For as mental as it is, Rising is a shockingly cohesive experience.
There's nothing quite like Metal Gear Rising, really. Sure, Devil May Cry still loves to embrace its absurdity, but there were bits and pieces to Rising that made it feel so unique. It had that Metal Gear-ness to it, where weird Easter eggs and oddly specific references are simply a part of its DNA. By no means was Rising a flop, but it still deserves another stint in the spotlight — and a remaster is absolutely the way to do it.
Are you a fan of Metal Gear Rising? Would you like to see Raiden make a return? Let us know if Jack's back in the comments section below.
Metal Gear Rising is so slept on. Probably among my top 3 favorite Platinum games alongside Bayonetta 2 and NiER Automata
It doesn't have much in the way of an actual story but it feels so unique as an offshoot of the main series due to how over the top everything is
It makes MGS The Twin Snakes look tame by comparison
Played a lot of Platinum games but never got around to playing Rising. Would love to though. Ya think Konami will bring this back?
I loved Rising, but why pine for a remaster? Let's ask for a sequel. Platinun still exists and Konami still owns the MG license. If they're going to continue the franchise this is honestly one of the most logical ways since Koji Pro is gone.
As much as I loved Rising, and I really did, I'd likely skip a remaster. I don't need to revisit games that are barely 10 years old.
@shonenjump86 The most Konami does in terms of legacy content is re-releasing everything up until the PS1 and nothing else
I wouldn't count on stuff like the PS2 Castlevanias, the DS Castlevanias or any of the Metal Gears coming back for a long time
I literally just can't take edgy Raiden seriously. He looks like he was designed by a 12-year-old boy.
@TheFrenchiestFry I imagine it makes every MGS game look tame in comparison. Twin Snakes and Metal Gear Rising are nothing alike.
@Ralizah I mean in terms of tone. Gameplay obviously differs since one is a stealth game and one is pure action, but considering how flashy and in your face both games are in terms of cinematography and even dialogue choices they're pretty comparable imo
I'd rather have MGS 3, 4, 1 and 2 remaster in that order.
Like a dummy I slept on this game during the PS3 generation. Found it used recently, played it for what might have been the most exciting and hilarious hour of my life, and then my PS3 died... So yes to a remaster please.
I really liked it when I played it a couple of years ago. This is why I have a PC, games from a couple of generations ago go for dirt cheap and play just as well as remasters while also being able to mod them.
There was a giant mural of Raiden from MGS Rising on a building near the train station in Leeds until very recently. I had to do a double take when i went up there for work and was greeted by that. It was super cool.
@shonenjump86 It didn't go anywhere, here it is on Steam, where the journalist pulled his photos:
Kind of a weird article to write about a game that already is graphically enhanced on PC, when compared to it's PS3 release and is readily available on both Steam and HumbeBundle.
@TheFrenchiestFry "The most Konami does in terms of legacy content is re-releasing everything up until the PS1 and nothing else"
If only. Goemon is still forever lost......
@shonenjump86 @BloodNinja Not sure if you're multiplatform, but it's also still on X1 and XSeries via BC, on the digital store still for sale (and appears in sales often.) And enhanced on Series with HDR, etc. Due to the PS3 being PS3, Sony's really the only place you can't still get this game.
"For my money, it's the best game that Platinum has ever made"
Personally I would give that title to Nier Automata or the first Bayonetta but I understand were you're coming from. Unfortunately since it's a Konami property a remaster is out of the question, unless you can somehow tie it to a pachinko machine or convince Konami suits that a remaster would make Kojima angry and very miserable 🤷
Yep amazing game with a killer soundtrack, really wish it would get remaster or even a no thrills port.
@NEStalgia @BloodNinja I appreciate the heads up on that.
@TheFrenchiestFry yeah, Konami is definitely not what they used to be these days.
If we're talking over the top, can we get a Asura's wrath remake or sequel.
@PhhhCough I'll take that as well.
@ShogunRok the moment I saw wyzen grow to astronomical proportions and try to crush asura with a finger, I was hooked. Not to mention the TV-like rejoiners inbetween stages.
F*** YEAH, I would pay top dollar for this. Such an awesome game, can't even imagine it with PS5 visuals
@Rob_230 has that gone now? I haven't been to the city centre for a while for obvious reasons but I used to see it on my commute
@PhhhCough Oh yes, Asura’s Wrath is hell of a ride! I managed to replay it again during the lockdown and it’s still such a blast! Kudos to Cyberconnect2.
Regarding Platinum Games, NieR Gestalt and Bayonetta 2 are their top games by me.
I had this game on PS3 but really struggled to enjoy it using the Dualshock 3. It felt like I was going to crush the pad in a game like this. Plus I didn't have the sense to get trigger caps to improve the 'wrong' ones Sony chose. I ended up buying it on 360 and it felt so much better. I can still play it on my One X but would happily buy a remastered version on PS4 or PS5.
Still got mine for ps3.amazing game.the darkness 2 is amazing also.word up son
Raiden is about as cool as Kai Leng from Mass Effect 3.
I honestly want a sequel to the game but it's sadly never gonna happen
I still love the blade mode to absolute pieces (pun intended).
I remember downloading the demo on the PS3 and spending so much time just cutting things up. It made me so hyped for the full game.
@ApostateMage The sad part is that Kai Leng wishes he was even half as cool as Raiden. And Raiden's a weeb!
This game is slick, but I can't stop staring at Raiden's high heels.
@Channel42 Sadly it has apparently. Looks like it was painted over late last year. Tragic really. It was so cool!
@NEStalgia I'm multiplatform, it's a Ninja requirement.
rather have a sequel myself
Is it weird that this is the only Metal Gear game I finished?
@Badheelman It worked for Prince! Though technically it also indirectly killed him....
@Badheelman If a man cannot rock high heels while slicing and dicing, he is not a man.
@nessisonett He's like parkour-Lady Stardust, singing songs
of darkness and whirling blades of death
The cutting mechanics alone were something to behold. If only they could need the final boss a little. I just remember getting awfully mad in the end.
the pc port looks and runs great. absolutely no need for a remaster. save the remasters for games held hostage on legacy consoles from the ps3 era and older.
All metal gear games should be on the ps5.
@Porco - Like Metal Gear Solid 4?
@Mr_Persona - Agreed, not having any mainline entries outside V was one of the biggest missed opportunities of the PS4 (along with Mass Effect) as far as remasters went. Now that Mass Effect is coming to PS5, and MGS 1 and 2 are on GOG, it'd be nice to see at the very least the HD Collection brought over to the PS5.
Personally, I'd love a sequel more than a remaster, as the original is getting on a bit nowadays and there's a lot of potential that a sequel could bring, but a remaster is the next best thing, and could potentially help justify a sequel by raising the game's profile, so either way is (potentially) a win.
@hypnotoad yea no *****, rising was bleh
Metal gear revengeance is one of the greatest games ever played by the fewest people. THIS was my favourite MGS game as I better than DMC and Bayonetta.
A remake would be awesome
Got it on PC and it definitely needs a remaster it runs at 60fps but the textures could do with a revamp
I'd prefer an MGS1 or MGS4 remake.
What need is there for a remaster when the game still holds up so well? I barely ever like games in this Devil May Cry style "stylish" action game genre but this game managed to win me over so much, the soundtrack is so good.
I'd rather see a sequel than a remaster myself.
I would love a remaster or better yet, a sequel! Raiden has been my favourite Metal Gear character since 2 so I would love to see more of him.
Not sure it really needs a remaster. It was already in HD and I don't remember it particularly struggling. If we start asking for remasters for the sake of it, where does it end? Does every single game need a new remaster every generation?
@TheFrenchiestFry Would love to see Konami release Suikodens 1 & 2 at the very least!
As far as PS2 era games Capcom could do worse than release a compilation of the G'n'G series including G'n'G,Ghouls'n'Ghosts, Super G'n'G,Ultimate G'n'G,(from PSP),& the Maximo games! Especially since the reboot is Switch exclusive currently!
Would also love to see Red Dead Redemption/Undead Nightmare campaigns get a PS4/5 remaster,but given Take Two's love of live-service mtx,that's wishful thinking!
@Robocod Suikoden 1 and 2 would be great for giving remasters to considering that Eiyuden Chronicle game that's coming out of Kickstarter basically being Suikoden III in everything but name
Probably one of Konami's most criminally overlooked series and Suikoden II in particular is one of my favorite RPGs not made by Square or Atlus
@FullMetalWesker yes, absolutely mgs iv. when you get down to it, there are very few true ps3 exclusives left at this point as many of them get ported to ps4. mgs iv would easily rank as one of the greatest games ever made, let alone one of the best on ps3 — the fact it is still locked to a console many people never owned is quite shocking. that said, it is on psnow streaming so that is something at least. it would take a very talented developer, bluepoint for example, to make a ps5 port should konami ever bother.
You do know that there is an actual Suikoden 3? 4 and 5 as well.
I absolutely hate this game.
@Expa0 I think they're all available on the ps3 PSN Store too,alongside 1 & 2,but sadly Konami never did the same on ps4! 😕
Never got around to the later ones-I did love how the Teo showed up in a Suikoden 2 cameo if you saved all 108 characters from the first game!
i just beat this game again
There is a MGR Remaster coming to ps4ps5 developed by Virtuous, it is scheduled to release in the second quarter on 2022
I love Kojima games for their Japanese quirkiness and great ideas, but the block/parry system didn't click with me in this game. It's a shame, too, because I was so interested in playing Revengeance.
@TheCollector316 the block and parry was really simple , just hold the analog in place and the game does the rest .
Also happy anniversary to an amazing game and the GOAT of hack n slash !!! 😭😭
I thought you had to tilt the stick in the direction of the attack and time it just right. Am I just misremembering that? I haven't tried to play it in eight years or so.
No thanks,.worse metal gear ever,.leave it in the past, I think Konami also agree hence they gave art and no update on a remaster for its anniversary.
Metal Gear solid remaster only, in beautiful 4k, that sniper battle, hind D battle psycho mantis, ugh be so amazing
Can't even remember a notable boss or character in Rising
@TheCollector316 yeah , you’re misremembering . i used to think that too until i actually did the tutorial mission content ; all you have to do is hold the analog stick in the direction of the attack , the only time you’d actually have to “time” it , is if you wanted a “perfect parry” , which led to a strong follow-up attack .
but yeah , overall ,the parry is really simple and plays itself . and on the higher difficulties if you were good at perfect parrying , the follow up attack would drain so much of the enemies health it could feel like an exploit lol
Why is the gaming community so obsessed with remasters over new games?
Admittedly all the funny vids I've seen of the game piqued my interest. Combat looks fun as well.
That must be it! I couldn't pull off perfect parries and it frustrated me. In any case, I'd definitely give it another go.
I have this sitting in my Steam account. Never play it.
Not playing the same games over because I can play it on the bus on a Switch or at 4K with new lighting on PS5... it is boring.
Make something new.
Its worth noting if you have an Xbox it is on there with all the DLC. That said a 4K/60fps remaster would be more ideal.
If there are going to be remakes and remasters, don't pick titles that are only a few years old.
We need dev houses to bring out new things, not keep bringing out new versions of old things.
Every one of us complain about rockstar and yet here is pushsquare asking for yet more old stuff.
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