Posts Tagged ‘Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance’

Our Steam Sale Picks, Round Two

We already chose 13 of our favourite games in the current Summer Steam sale, but more games have been discounted since. So, based on the entirely correct hypothesis that you all have completed every single one of our first round games and are now thirsting for more, here are 18 more to throw your spare change at. Everyone on the RPS team has picked three stone-cold personal favourites, making for a grand old set of excellent PC games: here’s what we chose and why.

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The Bestest Best Word Of 2014 – MGR: Revengeance

Raiden there, demonstrating how to spell 'Revengeance' in entrails.

Revengeance is a real word, you know. It’s an obsolete, and a mite ostentatious, form of ‘revenge’. But my, how ostentatious is Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance! The tutorial level’s mid-point is a fight with a robot dinosaur where you leap between its missiles in mid-air and ultimately cut it in half lengthwise, coolly sheathing your sword as it explodes behind you. The tutorial!

I’m glad that we’re awarding Revengeance a trophy for Bestest Best Word, because if it were Bestest Best Ridiculous Amazing Oh Gosh Wow Just The Best Fighting, I wouldn’t be equipped to write about it. That’s something I’ll never fully experience or understand, and more’s the pity.

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What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Play Free Or Die Hard

I’ve gone retro with my gaming for this weekend, but what era am I revisiting? The low-bit arcade stylings of the late 80s? The JRPG heyday of the PlayStation years? Ten years ago, when Half-Life 2, World of Warcraft and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines all came out within a week of one another? No! I’ve been travelling the mysterious, mystical land of, uh, 2013. A frightening time.

But what are you playing?

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Replaying Revengeance: Difficulty, Mastery And Fighting

One of the downsides of being a games journalist (violins please) is that you don’t play many games that aren’t also ‘work.’ I secretly indulge a Counter Strike habit and the odd round of Hearthstone behind the sheds, sure, but mostly I play stuff I’m writing about or might write about. To break into that cycle takes a special kind of game. Something unique in style and structure. Which is another way to say I can’t stop replaying Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance.

Hit the jump to learn of ZANDATSU.
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Wot I Think: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Geaaaaaarrrrrrrr?!?!?!?! On PC? This particular collision of worlds – masters of espionage infiltrating the home of spyware, cyborg ninjas running amok in cyberspace – isn’t unheard of, but it’s far from the norm. Then again, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance isn’t your average Metal Gear game. It dispenses with stealth almost entirely, favoring combo and counter-heavy action over tippy-toeing and mullet-rocking. But does the extra helping of over-the-top insanity gel with Metal Gear’s, er, also insane (but in a different way) universe? And how does the long-awaited PC port hold up? Here’s wot I think.

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Wuh-Oh: Metal Gear Rising Unplayable Offline

I might be a big, mean robot, but mainly I'm sad and jealous of your humans hands. My cruel master gave me giant boat paddles for arms, and I will never be able to hold a sword or, indeed, my mewling robotic children.

Edit: Steve Key, European Brand Manager for Konami, confirms that this was an accident rather than a DRM issue and the publisher has applied a fix: “MGR PC Update – offline problems *should* now be fixed.” That’s quick work and commendable.

Oh no, say it ain’t so. Another single-player game that boots its owners back into cold, cruel reality the second an Internet connection drops? That would be the saddest of shames if it were the full story. Fortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. While it’s true that Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on Steam falls to freshly sliced pieces when an Internet connection isn’t holding it together, the issue is apparently not intentional DRM. Signs instead point to a Steam API error, though Konami and Platinum have yet to respond in any official capacity.

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Steam Allows Publishers To Disable Cross-Region Gifting

Doing all your Christmas shopping for your distant desert-island-stranded relatives who you’ve not heard from in over a decade on Steam? Well, relish the convenience while you can, because Valve’s added an option for developers and publishers to disallow cross-region gifting and trading. In addition to the obvious ramifications, this may pull the rug out from people who use those features to get around arbitrarily raised regional pricing and/or censorship. In the words of a handless person who’s just come across the world’s most pettable kitty, “bummer.”

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