There It Is: Metal Gear Revengeance Finally Dated

By Nathan Grayson on December 20th, 2013 at 2:00 pm.

This is probably not even the biggest thing you'll fight.

We’ve known for a while that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (because why have one meaningless subtitle when you can have two and invent a new word) would eventually turn its helicopter-bifurcating blade on PC, but that’s all we’ve known. Like a ninja or secret agent from any series other than Metal Gear, Konami’s been pin-drop silent on details. BUT NO MORE. Metal Gear Rising: The Redundancing now has a Steam listing, and it offers a just-close-enough-for-comfort January date.

The game will be out on January 9th, and it’ll run you $29.99. However, despite not being out yet, it’s currently on Steam sale for $19.99. I think that is some kind of release-to-sale record, and also a TIME PARADOX.

The comically over-the-top (and also quite good) actioner is making up for lost time in the form of a few rather piecemeal goodies, though one definitely has my attention.

“This new PC version includes all three DLC missions: Blade Wolf, Jetstream, and VR Missions, in addition to all customized body upgrades for Raiden, including: White Armor, Inferno Armor, Commando Armor, Raiden’s MGS4 body, and the ever-popular Cyborg Ninja.”

“GRAPHIC OPTIONS added to the OPTIONS Menu. Modify resolution, anti-aliasing, etc. There is an option reading ZANGEKI that will modify the amount of cuts you can make.”

Do you know what this means? In theory, if your PC can handle it, you can cut people/bipedal nuclear tanks/watermelons into infinity pieces. Or at least, that’s how I choose to interpret this information. I really, really hope I’m right.

Beyond that, it bears repeating that MGRR was one of the most acclaimed action games of 2013, so its quadruple pirouette spin flip onto PC is probably worth getting excited over. Are you ready to cut the entire world into perfect, Jello-cube-like chunklets?

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79 Comments »

  1. Emeraude says:

    Interested in you opinion on the fact it cannot be gifted cross-region anymore it seems.

    • dE says:

      While the flag doesn’t bode well, I’m wondering how this is actually a new thing and why people only get upset about it now. Certain games required VPN to activate outside of their designated territory and now you need VPN to be gifted the game.

      • Emeraude says:

        I’m not really up to date on Steam, not being a user myself, but that’s the first time I’ve seen outcry on the issue, and it *was* presented to me as a new thing. Apologies if I misunderstood the situation.

        • dE says:

          I’m sorry, didn’t mean it as an attack on you, was just wondering. It’s new in that the functionality is now based on a tag in the Database so it can be set quite easily – and presumably not on seperate packages? Don’t really know.

          • Emeraude says:

            No worry, was just afraid of having been a bit curt myself.

    • ArmyMan says:

      It’s pretty ridiculous. So if I move to another continent, I have to buy a new copy? What bothers me about this is the whole principle of it. Why should a company dicatate where I can use a product I legally purchased from them?

      Also, the main character looks gay as hell. Can’t these Japanese developers go back to making normal looking male characters, like Solid Snake?

      • Emeraude says:

        The Japanese do have a long established tradition as far as designing male characters that aren’t following the virile burly mold is concerned.

      • mukuste says:

        Be careful: your precious heterosexuality might be challenged by this game.

      • ChrisAlgoo says:

        I’m pretty sure that Metal Gear Solid 2 was made just for you.

        • Lusketrollet says:

          The Japanese do have a long established tradition as far as designing male characters that aren’t following the virile burly mold is concerned.

          Yes, they design them to look like male models in stead. Which is obviously just so much less extremely sexist.

          • Darth Gangrel says:

            Whereas the western stereotypical male looks like Dwayne Johnson or Matthew Fox, the Japanese males look like androgyn/queer people that could be mistaken for girls. That is, until you see how they make girls look like 10 year-old schoolgirls.

      • commentingaccount says:

        Raiden was developed because a teenage girl sent the head/creator of the Metal Gear series, Hideo Kojima, a letter asking for someone she’d actually be attracted to(She basically said that the kind of guys always in Japanese games at the time were not of her taste). Hideo Kojima, always one to sexualize each and every single character he creates regardless of their gender or sex, obliged.

        Good for him.

        Besides, Raiden’s still fairly muscled up… Or was before he lost 95% of his body weight and became a cyborg.

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        AngelTear says:

        I’m sorry, I only now realize the shortage of videogame protagonist who look like John Doe. I understand how all these “Gay as Hell” characters may trouble you when you try to identify with them, they certainly seem to riddle gaming. We definitely need more games with characters who are male and look hetero as hell.

        (You may want to look into a drawing style called anime, that may or may not be influential in Japan.)

    • SuicideKing says:

      It can’t even be bought in my region.

    • Greggh says:

      Bought it and don’t care if it doesn’t work if I move to another region (the gift region-lock SHOULDN’T work like this).

      If it doesn’t work I’ll fucking pirate it.

  2. Moraven says:

    Just got this for $10 used at a closing Blockbuster for 360. Of course its coming to PC with all DLC for $20!

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    thekeats1999 says:

    Pre-ordered.

    Only downside is that it won’t go above 1920×1080. Hope it plays in a window then.

  4. derbefrier says:

    so is the only reason to be excited for this is because it says metal gear on the box and its PC or is there a good game here?

    • Dominic White says:

      Here is the tutorial boss.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmPa2RwAa4#t=894

      Yes, it is a good game. It is a very silly game. It is kinda brilliant.

      • ChampionHyena says:

        All hail Chip Cheezum, king of LP. I love this whole series. Don’t watch it all if you don’t want the game spoiled, but he’s excellent at explaining nearly every nuance of the combat system.

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          Harlander says:

          I wish I could selectively purge the LP from my memory to come to this fresh. I was watching it, and thinking “this looks fun, but they’ve stopped porting Metal Gear games to PC, haven’t they?”

          *sad trombone*

      • subedii says:

        The item I’m most looking forward to is the Boss Rush mode.

        When a game has well designed Boss fights (extremely rare, but more common in combat focused brawlers like this) I want a Boss Rush mode.

      • DatonKallandor says:

        Yeah that first Boss Fight looks absolutely nuts.
        I wish Vanquish would show up on Steam too, so Revengeance and Vanquish can have a crazy-boss-fight-off.

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      AngelTear says:

      It’s worth getting excited over because the name “Metal Gear” implies a certain standard of quality, that has been confirmed across several games. Most Metal Gear games are praised as downright masterpieces, and you can at least be sure it’ll be very engaging and the storyline will be interesting.

      Think of it like the excitement for the (non-)announcement of HF3. People already expect it to be good based on the success of the franchise and developer.

      (In this case, though, there’s no lack of actual reviews either, on console websites)

      • subedii says:

        Speaking as someone who feels that the “quality” of the Metal Gear series isn’t all its cracked up to be, and a lot of the plotlines to be completely ridiculous and ham-fisted in their attempts at emotion, this game is made by a completely different studio, and is in a complete different genre.

        And is thankfully missing anything like the hour long cutscenes and codec conversations that Kojima likes to dump into his games.

        Still completely fruit loops as story goes, but at least you can ignore that and get on with hitting things.

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          AngelTear says:

          Well, surely, the “gamey” part is different, but the creative direction is (I believe? Correct me if I’m wrong) still somewhat in the hands of/influenced by Kojima. I haven’t played it, and I have read very little about it, but that’s why I’m hyped. I’m hyped because KOJIMA!, not because Devil May Cry/Platinum. (Despite my appreciating both)

          Plus, well, if you don’t like the Metal gear franchise, there was no reason for you to get hyped about the brand in the first place, which is what I was responding to.

          Also, I loved MGS2 to bits, and sometimes I wished I could have skipped certain gameplay sections to get to the next story bit (cutscene, codec conversation etc); I think the gameplay is ok-ish (the camera and the controls of episodes 1-3 really really hold it down), but that’s not what made me love the Metal gear series in the first place. I loved the dialogues, the cutscenes, the voluntarily b-movie bits, I love that you can write a 30 minute documentary/critical analysis on each of those games and not come even close to exhausting its possibilities. there’s so much meat and thought in each of those games, that I have rarely found elsewhere. That’s what made it great in my opinion, not the stealth mechanics. Any Splinter Cell of the Ps1 and 2 era beats any Metal Gear in terms of mechanics and controls, any day, but Splinter Cell didn’t stick with me the way MG did.

          On the other hand, I hate it when I want to skip the cutscenes, that’s half of the game ruined IMO. But we obviously game from very different perspectives =)

          • subedii says:

            I can appreciate that. My point was more coming from the other direction: Even if you’re not interested in the core MGS series(I liked MGS 1, but 2 felt a bit too out there for me), Rising is worth getting hyped about still because it’s widely recognised as a good action game in its own right, and is by Platinum games.

            I’m not too sure how much input Kojima had on Rising so I can’t comment on that.

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            ffordesoon says:

            As a huge fan of MGS and MGR, I will say that if you go into this expecting something nearly as thoughtful and meditative and subversive as MGS, you’ll be disappointed.

            The long soliloquys and weird encyclopedic tangents about the appeal of torture porn films are still here, but they’re largely confined to wholly optional codec conversations. The rest of Rising is much more straightforward and bombastic and melodramatic.

            It’s ludicrously entertaining in that equally audacious and hamfisted unusually-ambitious-B-movie way all Metal Gear stories are, but it is without a doubt focused squarely on Metal Gear as a continuing soap opera, and rarely gets more ambitious than that.

            Still a great game, still very entertaining, but if you’re looking for a whole lot beyond the surface narrative, you’re not going to find it.

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      Mungrul says:

      I didn’t buy it on the PS3 because it was Metal Gear. I bought it because it’s a Platinum game.
      For my money, Platinum make some of the best action games out there, and this is one of their best.
      If you’re not familiar with Platinum, they’re basically Clover Studios. Who are Clover Studios?
      Only the people who brought us Viewtiful Joe, Okami and Godhand.
      As Platinum, they’ve so far released Bayonetta, the sublime Vanquish, and this that I’ve played.
      This is their first PC release, and I for one hope they’re here to stay!

      • Calabi says:

        Same here I hate Metal Gear games but I like Platinum games. So this is a must buy for me.

    • derbefrier says:

      :) sounds like something i will have to pick up thanks for the replies!

  5. Dominic White says:

    A reminder that in almost every review, Metal Gear Rising was rated lower than DmC. This leads me to believe that some reviewers do not actually play games anymore. Like, seriously *play*, experiment with gameplay mechanics, test out higher difficulty settings to see what changes (in this case: EVERYTHING), etc.

    DmC might be a bit prettier, but the actual game design of MGR is among the best there is.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Hmmm, that could indeed be the case or they simply didn’t share your opinions about what made either game great.

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      ffordesoon says:

      You have a point, but it is worth noting that Platinum is really, really, ridiculously bad at teaching players how to play its games. Which isn’t all that much of a sin to folks like you and me, but it has had the irritating effect of making their games uniquely unsuited to the needs of your average game reviewer.

      I feel for both Platinum and the reviewers in this situation, honestly. The problem is a really tough one to solve on both ends. When you’ve got five other games you have to review that week, and a game with incredibly deep mechanics that it more or less refuses to explain crosses your desk, the five other games that patiently walk you through the mechanics are going to be less frustrating to speed through in time for the release date.

      The problem Platinum faces by contrast, is that a key joy of their games is seeing how deep the mechanical rabbit hole goes. They really are games where you get out what you put in, and they get better and better the more you play them. They’re the deadline-fearing reviewer’s worst enemy, and the hardcore player’s best friend. If Platinum did a better job of explaining its games’ mechanics, that could net them higher scores while making them less satisfying for players.

      I’m not sure there’s an easy solution to that problem. Make the games more inviting, and you damage their charm. Keep to the current path, and they’re doomed to a yellow Metacritic number and at least a couple of dips into red territory, which then affects sales. It’s hideously frustrating.

  6. PopeRatzo says:

    So this plays like a Devil May Care game? The third-person with the controller and the button mashing?

    I’ll check it out, but only at a discount.

    • DatonKallandor says:

      Like a…33% discount? You’re in luck, that’s exactly what you’re getting already.

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      ffordesoon says:

      No, it plays like a technical action game. Meaning it is lightspeed murder chess.

  7. RProxyOnly says:

    This game was pretty much universally slated when it came out. We’re getting Konami’s shit and hand-me-downs… Why would I buy this garbage?

    • dE says:

      Uh, in which universe? Certainly not this one.

    • DatonKallandor says:

      It was panned by people who didn’t actually play it and wanted MGS4. It’s not MGS4. It’s a Devil May Cry style brawler by the kings of the genre at their peak.

      • Lusketrollet says:

        Careful, DatonKallandor. I think I could hear a little dribble of fanboy-jizz spill out from you when I read that sentence.

        • subedii says:

          Um, I hate to break this to you, but ad-hominems like that don’t really make people laugh at the other guy, they just make you look like a bit of a twerp.

          More on topic, he’s largely right on both points. Rising isn’t in the style of the other MGS games, it’s an action game. And Platinum have an awesome track record in that genre (going back to Clover Studios).

          • Synesthesia says:

            thanks man, way too open that wound. Now i know i wont play a new okami again. Where’s my crying blankie!?

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        AngelTear says:

        You probably mean MGS5; The 4th chapter had been out for quite a while when MGRR came out.

    • Totally heterosexual says:

      You are a moron.

  8. bstard says:

    I’m OK with gay robots and not racist enough to condemn part-cyborgs.

  9. Moraven says:

    Via http://www.siliconera.com/

    Use coupon GFDDEC20 to get the game for $15.99 at Gamefly (unfortunately US only).
    Read more at http://www.siliconera.com/2013/12/19/metal-gear-rising-revengeance-pc-47-better-steam-winter-sale/#Pa3zS1A4XBXcwhl3.99

    Not sure how picky GameFly is about just putting in a US address in despite your location.

    • hap says:

      I paid with paypal and didn’t give them any address at all, GFDDEC20UK is a 20% off code for the UK gamefly site though.

  10. Choca says:

    Can’t wait for its follow-up MGR : Redemptentation and its inevitable prequel MGR : Origibluejeans.

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Then there will be a rereboot and they’ll rereassure people that it won’t be reretarded.

    • GameCat says:

      MGR: Nanomachines, son!

  11. lautalocos says:

    minimum requirements:
    2gb ram. please dont make me laugh
    gts 450. only that?
    25 gb. shit, with my internet speed that will take like 37 hours, minimum.
    intel core i5. welp, im not getting this game now. i don´t want my little i3 to die.

  12. mrdan says:

    Too bad it’s apparently not available to some seemingly random countries, including Ireland (where I is)

    • The Random One says:

      I’m in Brazil and, bizarrely, there’s a broken picture in the Steam sale that’s also a broken link (it only reloads the store’s home page). I think it’s Revengeance.

  13. HAdr55 says:

    just before I looked at the check for $8124, I have faith that…my… mom in-law was trully bringing in money in their spare time from there pretty old laptop.. there friend brother haz done this less than eleven months and by now paid for the depts on there home and purchased a great new McLaren F1. visit homepage http://Buzz95.com

  14. Ulaxes says:

    Holy Moly, this looks like the most overthetop thing ever. Preordered and counting the days!

  15. RangerKarl says:

    Preordered it via Amazon and some address trickery. Hopefully it’ll still unlock as per normal, otherwise it’s VPN time for me! (Malaysian IP, most of the time the only Steam games that are restricted are GFWL ones. This current arrangement is perplexing).

  16. Ross Angus says:

    I’d like that trailer explained by someone who knows nothing about Metal Gear. Cara or Brendy would be good, if they fit the criteria.

  17. Radiant says:

    Brilliant! Dying to play this.

  18. Danda says:

    “GRAPHIC OPTIONS added to the OPTIONS Menu. Modify resolution, anti-aliasing, etc.”

    They are announcing this as a feature! I’m not sure if this is hilarious or just sad.

    • ChampionHyena says:

      When there are games (and ports) that DON’T do this, I’m actually a little reassured to know it’s in the realm of possibility.

    • DanMan says:

      Being a console port made by a Japanese developer, it’s actual a bit reassuring reading that. Could mean they actually invested some time to create a proper PC game. One can hope, right? I would like to know if they improved any graphics though (like higher-res textures). After all, they took their sweet time to port it.

  19. SRTie4k says:

    Wow, I’m betting fans of cheese-fest melodrama and ridiculous anime have raging hard-ons after watching that trailer.

  20. DanMan says:

    I’m on the fence about this. I like the genre and it seems to be top notch in that respect. It may also be used by them to test the waters in PC land, if they can make enough money over here, and I’d like to see more games from Platinum and Kojima so… The last MGS on PC was part two, and we’re almost at five.

    Then again, I’m spoiled by sale prices and I have a bit of a hard time justifying spending more money while still having enough games to play through yet.

  21. virtualmatrix258 says:

    I really enjoyed this game, as much as someone can enjoy a console game. It will be nice to play this at 1080p 60fps. The story was cool, characters were memorable as well. I really hope this is an experiment to bring MGSV to PC in the future. Konami has already said they are interested in PC as a platform, but they’re just not fluent with PC releases and ports. Here’s hoping.

  22. RPSRSVP says:

    Of all the MGS games they should have ported to the PC, they picked the red headed step child…

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      Harlander says:

      The first two Solids got PC ports…

      • Geen says:

        But the best one (3, obviously) didn’t, and it let you throw animals at people, disguise yourself as a crocodile, dress as an officer and beat up soldiers with no repercussions whatsoever, kill a boss with old age, cover yourself in bees as armor, do crazy CQC, punch kidneys for an instant KO, fake your own death, and even more awesome shit.

  23. Shazbut says:

    Wow, I’m starting to understand what they meant when people accused DE:HR of ripping off Metal Gear.

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    ffordesoon says:

    One of my top ten games of 2013. Damn right I double-dipped.

  25. commentingaccount says:

    TIME TO LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNND I’M MY OWN MASTER NOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW

  26. Lemming says:

    “(because why have one meaningless subtitle when you can have two and invent a new word)”

    I thought that, but apparently it is a word, a completely redundant word. I weep for the language , sometimes.

    • Emeraude says:

      Don’t, at least not for this. It’s a sign the language is alive.