Konami finally reveals Metal Gear Rising at E3

It’s been a long time since it was announced that a Metal Gear game was coming to the Xbox 360 and now we’re less than a year away and Konami had Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance playable at E3.  After some time with the game, I can tell you it takes the Metal Gear franchise somewhere it’s never been before.  Revengeance is a dual effort between Kojima Productions and Platinum Games and as such the game contains much more action than previous entries in the Metal Gear universe.

Instead of Snake, this time Raiden, a half-man, half-machine cyborg ninja, equipped with a high-frequency katana blade is the central character. The game takes place after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4 and now the world has fallen into chaos, with cyborg crimes & terrorism running rampant in society.  The child-soldier turned cyborg-ninja, Raiden, has origins in Metal Gear Solids 2 and 4, though long time fans will know him well.

The most notable new mechanic is called ‘ZanDatsu’, a cutting mechanic where virtually everything within the game world can be cut at anytime, anywhere.  Though ranged weapons still exist and are necessary, the introduction of swordplay as a staple is new to the series.  Playing it may take some gamers a while to adapt to, because of the mechanic’s use of dual analog sticks, although button presses can be used to speed things up.  The rest of what was playable was fast-paced third person action that was very reminiscent of Devil May Cry and of course, Bayonetta.

If you can’t wait to get your Metal Gear fix until Rising comes out, Konami also had the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for the Playstation Vita playable.  The HD Collection includes both Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and will be out this week.  Also for the Vita and playable at E3 is the new Silent Hill: Book of Memories where for the first time you can create your own character.  In somewhat of a departure, the new game is a third-person isometric multiplayer dungeon crawler.  Don’t worry it is still Silent Hill and features an eerie Daniel Licht soundtrack.

Lastly but certainly not least, Konami was showing off some scenes from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.  The game looks to continue the great modern translation of the series that the first Lords of Shadow did.  Out this fall will be Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate which jumps the story ahead about 25 years.  The visually stunning game will allow players to choose from multiple characters to discover the history and fate of the Belmont bloodline.

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