No, the above image is NOT a screen cap from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s an action figure.
Fire Emblem: Awakening, $15 At Best Buy
Wow, this is a killer deal. Fire Emblem: Awakening is only $15 at Best Buy right now if you purchase it online. I don’t think I’ve seen this title at a lower price. The only thing is, you can’t ship the item to your house so it’s only available for in-store pick-up, which totally is 100% worth it at that price.
What Metal Gear Rising Should Have Been
Don’t get me wrong. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a great game. But at the same time, it’s a missed opportunity. “Rising” seems to allude to the rising action that crescendos in Guns of the Patriots. Konami and Platinum should have taken this and run with it.
As soon as I saw Raiden as a cyborg ninja, taking apart a Gecko with his katana and feet, I needed to know the backstory. How did Jack the Ripper become the next Frank Jaeger? What happened between the brainfuck of Sons of Liberty and his cyborgification? Explaining that was the plan for Rising. But that got scrapped in favor of a story that took place after Guns of the Patriots. So we’re left wondering how Jack got his lightning bolt action.
Backstory is what Rising should have been all about, to the point that it could have been its own side-series to Metal Gear Solid. Everybody wants to play as Cyborg Ninja, AKA Grey Fox, AKA Frank Jaeger. Playing through the events of Metal Gear Solid as Grey Fox, eventually coming face to face with Snake would be amazing and could even serve to flesh out the other members of the cast like Vulcan Raven and Sniper Wolf.
And while she didn’t have quite as dramatic a transformation as Raiden did, I want to know what Meryl was up to between Ski-Dooing off of Shadow Moses and her “What happened to your face” run-in with Snake years later. While Raiden’s and Grey Fox’s games would be Devil May Cry style action games, Meryl’s could stick to stealth or maybe try something completely new.
Konami certainly aren’t averse to whoring out the Metal Gear series. So maybe this stuff could happen. But then again, Kojima needs to walk away from the series soon.
Metal Gear Rising Shirts From UNIQLO
Popular Japanese clothing retailer UNIQLO are launching a Metal Gear Rising line on February 18th to celebrate the release of the game. These shirts are awesome. I love gaming shirts that are really nicely done.
UNIQLO has previously done other really great Metal Gear Solid related clothing. However with their only US shop being in New York City and with many of their MGS shirts hard to find online, you may have a bit of trouble getting one. However, if the rumors are true, a UNIQLO store will soon be opening in Philly.
Check It: The time we met Hideo Kojima at UNIQLO NY
Buy It: Pre-order Metal Gear Rising
Yoshi Shinkawa's artwork of Raiden from the MGS series transformed into two colossal street art murals by the End Of The Line art collective for Konami's nationwide Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance campaign in the UK.
Check it: That time we met Hideo Kojima & Yoji Shinkawa
Pre-order: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
New Trailer For Metal Gear Rising Shows Off Some Pretty Crazy Boss Battles
Between this and Killer Is Dead, it seems like bad-ass hot chicks with a gazillion arms are going to be some sort of video game trend in 2013.
The Japanese Premium Edition Of ‘Metal Gear Rising' Is Kind Of Nuts
The Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Premium Package comes in a steel case with a soundtrack, art book, Cyborg Ninja in-game costume, and a figure of one of those creepy robot things from the game. Like something out of Gantz.
There’s also the extra fancy Konami Style Special Edition that comes with a hecka’ boss Raiden figure.
'Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance' Looks Like The Futuristic ‘Desperado’ Of Video Games
Even though we still don’t have a U.S. release date, this is shaping up to look pretty redonkulous. Slicing dudes through walls, fighting against (and alongside) chainsaw-tailed panther robots, running atop a barrage of missiles toward a helicopter and proceeding to slice it into smithereens. I can’t NOT think of Robert Rodiguez-style action while watching this thing.
Check it out for yourself to see what I mean.
Yeah, I’m sold. What about you guys? You digging the new direction of the Metal Gear series, or does this just leave you pining for the stealth action days of yore?
Also check out: That one time we met Hideo Kojima
MGS: Rising Not out for a Year and a Half
According to Destructoid, skeevsters Gamestop have listed Metal Gear Solid: Rising as being released on November 2, 20 freakin’ 12. That means we’ll only have five and a half weeks to play it before the apocalypse. One thing worth noting, though, is that 11/2/12 is a Friday. Games are almost always shipped on Tuesdays and sold on Wednesdays, so this could just be a placeholder date.
Raiden Kubrick looks deadly
A set of Metal Gear themed Kubricks were released back in 2007 to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary. I wish I knew about these back then. This Raiden variation looks amazing. Also of note in the limited series was Grey Fox.
[Via Toybot Studios]