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E3 09: Why Metal Gear Solid: Rising will make you love Raiden

So that’s what Konami’s mystery site has been teasing for weeks, then. A rainy field, the occasional lightning strike; it all alludes to a new MGS game, Metal Gear Solid: Rising. As many of us expected, it stars our favourite whiny bleach blonde, Raiden, in the lead role. While we’re still waiting for concrete details, below are the features we expect to see in Hideo Kojima’s latest entry in the much respected stealth series.

Nope, we don’t expect to be doing much cowering in the shadows or wetting our intestine-squeezing lycra under a cardboard box this time. Instead, we reckon Rising will be a much more action-orientated affair, with the emphasis on slaughter over stealth.

Above: Snake's nightmare mini-game from MGS3

You’ll notice the series’ usual ‘Tactical Espionage Action’ tagline has been dropped for ‘Lightning Bolt Action’. We suspect this means Raiden’s mysterious electrical powers – a by-product of his ninja surgery – will be brought very much to the fore. Expect to slice and dice enemy soldiers with katana attacks (Kojima has already tinkered with these mechanics in Metal Gear Solid 3’s hidden samurai mini-game) and barbecue them with lightning.

Ever wondered how Raiden got hold of Solidus Snake’s remains, how he survived being crushed by a massive ship or just how he was transformed from moaning emo agent to killer cyborg ninja? We doubt we’ll have to wonder much longer, as these and several other unanswered Raiden questions from Metal Gear 4 will most likely be answered in Rising’s missions.


Above: How exactly did Jack go from cry-baby to killer?

While the game will certainly slot into the MGS mythology, we think Rising is merely a spin-off. Considering Konami’s teaser site also reveals an image of a young Big Boss, we’d be surprised if Sony don’t confirm the true sequel to Guns of the Patriots – starring Snake’s dad – at Sony's E3 09 press conference.


Above: Big Boss' image possibly teasing MGS5

June 02, 2009

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36 comments

  • aperson789 - March 1, 2010 1:08 a.m.

    Hideo kojima actually announced that its going to be a stealth game. :P
  • jackthemenace - November 21, 2009 8:07 p.m.

    I've never played an MGS game, but i do like radein (Somehow) and i think i'm more the kinda guy for action over espionage. plus, it's on 360! bring on rising!
  • lovinmyps3 - June 9, 2009 5:11 p.m.

    @MGS4SolidSnake - 1 day 18 hours ago big boss DID die in MGS4
  • lovinmyps3 - June 7, 2009 9:25 p.m.

    @linkganon the psp game in the jungle is MGS: Peace Walker which stars Big Boss. And yes Big Boss died in MGS4 and i doubt kojima is going to make another game with snake. I honestly am glad snakes days were numbered because it makes it way more dramatic and it makes the fans love snake even more. otherwise snake would just be in game after game and eventually would be as hated as sonic. and im pretty sure this is a prequel to MGS4 and is set after MGS2
  • linkganon - June 5, 2009 3:13 a.m.

    twin snakes is the recreation of the first game.
  • yoreAtowel - June 3, 2009 8:52 p.m.

    mgs should come to the 360. I think we can make an compromise. We did give them bioshock afterall.
  • RandyChimp - June 3, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    wow, no-one else realises its ps3 aswell. I've checked around, and even though both companies have stated its multiplat, forums are still full of comments like "finally, take that sony!"
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 3, 2009 5 p.m.

    y is everyone talking about mgs5 there has been no announcement of it?
  • Arclion - June 3, 2009 4:40 p.m.

    im glad it aint exclusive to xbox still disappointed tho hideo kinda betrayed us well cant wait for mgs5 (is it exclusive or multi platform like this?)
  • jballboy88 - June 3, 2009 12:26 a.m.

    wow did i just kill this feature? no one's commenting
  • jballboy88 - June 2, 2009 8:59 p.m.

    ATTENTION PS3 FANBOYS [like myself] AND XBOX 360 FANBOYS [whom i dislike] MGS: RISING IS MULTI-PLATFORM! I REPEAT. MULTI-PLATFORM!! HERE'S MY PROOF: go to joystiq.com & search "metal-gear-solid-rising" and click the top result (it should have 'Castlevania" in the titel)
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 2, 2009 8:14 p.m.

    i cant imgagine how u could work this..it will be super hard to make playable raiden as sweet as the cut scenes he is in...and the sneaking defines the series w/o it, it is really not an authentic metal gear game...im def. gonna buy it but theres no way it will end up better then any of the other mgs games other then 2
  • jollyroger50 - June 2, 2009 7:20 p.m.

    i have lost faith in humanity.... this just doesn't feel right.... multiplat MGS... hopefully this will blow right off like substance for the original xbox did
  • CRYPTONiC - June 2, 2009 5:21 p.m.

    i was never really into metal gear solid games but i heard they were good so i'll probably get this
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 9, 2009 5:14 p.m.

    lovinmyps3 - 11 months 30 days ago @MGS4SolidSnake - 1 day 18 hours ago big boss DID die in MGS4 when? he was alive at the end of the game
  • MGS4SolidSnake - June 7, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    lovinmyps3 - 11 months 30 days ago @linkganon the psp game in the jungle is MGS: Peace Walker which stars Big Boss. And yes Big Boss died in MGS4 and i doubt kojima is going to make another game with snake. I honestly am glad snakes days were numbered because it makes it way more dramatic and it makes the fans love snake even more. otherwise snake would just be in game after game and eventually would be as hated as sonic. and im pretty sure this is a prequel to MGS4 and is set after MGS2 big boss didnt die in mgs4?
  • linkganon - June 5, 2009 3:06 a.m.

    i think the chances of mgs4 on 360 is like halo on wii. by the way, i think big boss died in mgs4 and snake technically is dead since he had only 9 months to a year to live. from another article, i hear that it is on the psp, and in the jungle, yet again, and is obiously in the past as snake eater was. a magnificent game indeed. i hope Hideo finds a way for snake to cheat death, yet again and eventually find a way for him to permanently not pre age and be back in the age he was around mgs1 and 2. i don't really like old snake, nor do i want mgs's main character to die. hmm they could make him ressurect somehow, heck , when vamp survives a shot to the head, the chest, drowning, and sniper shots to the everywhere, snake should find a way to cheat death.
  • infern0 - June 4, 2009 4:38 p.m.

    if kojima never turned raiden into a ninja (oMg NinJAz!1111111) this would never have been released I mean I have nothing to say about the original raiden just look at him. note to self turn osama bin laden into a ninja then everyone will love him
  • RaIdEn - June 4, 2009 5:13 a.m.

    i didnt expect to hear about another mgs game so soon. i am very exited
  • lethalcodeine - June 4, 2009 12:41 a.m.

    RandyChimp-- you're right dude, I just looked it up and it is on all platforms. I thought I was going to have to buckle down and get a 360.

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