No, the above image is NOT a screen cap from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. It’s an action figure.
For his ongoing “Playing With History” series, Australian graphic artist Kode Logic takes iconic photos from history and pop culture and blends them with everything from X-Men to Mortal Kombat. Take a look.
Monthly Revoltech Report: Raiden
Whoah! The Monthly Revoltech Report is back? Sort of. Let’s take things slow. But anyway, this one’s a surprise. Revoltech figures are usually related to giant robots, but Raiden will launch in November and it frickin’ comes with a sliceable watermelon. Hopefully more Metal Gear Solid stuff will follow.
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
Raiden Bundle Coming to iOS
DotEmu, the company that brought us a meh iOS port of the Neo Geo’s Blazing Star will be releasing a collection of Raiden games this fall. The bundle will include Raiden, Raiden Fighters, Raiden Fighters 2, and Raiden Fighters Jet. If you don’t have an Xbox 360 - and if DotEmu doesn’t mangle the controls like they did with Blazing Star - this is an awesome release. If you do have a 360, pick up Raiden Fighters Aces, which contains all of the above except for the original Raiden game.
A Little Bit On The Revengeance Side: Dante is going to have some competition for his title as the flashiest silver-haired protagonist in the game industry. Raiden may have his number as can be seen in this Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance fan art by Admira Wijaya. You can see the step by step process HERE.
A Little Bit on the Platinum Side: A trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Rising has just leaked ahead of its VGA premiere. The video confirms the rumor that Platinum Games will be handling the game’s development from here on out. This is the best game-related news I’ve heard in a while. Platinum are clearly the leaders of Japanese action game developers and I can’t think of a better team to handle this Lightning Bolt Action.
Daily Graffiti: Insane Mortal Kombat Graffiti.
This photo was spotted on Oliver Roubieu’s (aka MrSHIZ) Flickr album and he says “This is our wall from the jam we hosted in Stockwell with 303db.
Thanks to everyone who came down and especially Gnasher, Twerk, 2Rise, Bantu, JXC, Bonzai, Blaze, Ease, Care, Tml stars, Faver, Phorm and his mates, Joeppo, Frank, Box spinah, Wrist, and anyone else I forgot.”
I love all the empty cans scattered about the ground. They’re like fallen soldiers who fought valiantly and gave their lives in the name of kick-ass art.
Matt Synowicz brings his Metal Gear Solid tetralogy digital paintings together to make one amazing wallpaper.
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]