E3 2010: Why Metal Gear Solid: Rising offers the only fresh experience of E3 so far

By Tom Selleck’s thick and dignified facial hair if MGS: Rising doesn’t look the dog’s sliced up bollocks. Seemingly offering a peerless level of fidelity when it comes to destroying the holy hell out of enemies and environments, it’s definitely got something rising in…no, we won’t go the innuendo route.

But while Kojima Productions latest looks like it could well redefine action games, the same couldn’t be said for the rest of Microsoft’s conference. More COD! More Gears! More Halo! Yawn. Read below to find out why we think Rising offers the only genuinely fresh experience we’ve seen at E3 so far. Oh, and treat your peepers to the video just down yonder, too.

It’s Metal Gear, Jim. But not as we know it

Right, let’s try an experiment. We’re going to see if we can get through this entire article without talking about a certain hateful peripheral thall shalt not be named. If we do, then we’ll be rewarded with a shiny nickel and a new 360… probably.

Above: This chap looks a bit like the Beauty & the Beast unit from MGS4

Back to the Gear, then. This is not the really talky stealth ‘em up we all know and ‘occasionally-fall-asleep-during-its-of-the-60-minute-cut-scenes'… eh, we mean love. No, it’s a high-paced action game in the mould of Ninja Gaiden, which looks like it’ll be markedly different from past, more methodical Metal Gears.

In short, Rising represents a massive change in direction for its series. Sadly, this trend was in stark contrast to the rest of the games shown at the conference. But we’ll get back to that in a bit.

Slice and easy

Do we know how to write an original pun, or do we know how to write an original pun? Our shit word play aside, Rising’s katana control looks like it offers levels of finesse and destructive power never seen before. Sure, Red Faction: Guerrilla had crumbling environments coming out of its revolutionary ass. But the destruction was rarely this precise. The slow-mo execution at the end looks like it might control similarly to Snake’s behind-the-shoulder aiming system from MGS4.

Above: Well, until Raiden rips him apart like Ash in Alien. Ewwwwww

Raiden’s weapon of win looks like it can dissect enemies and environmental objects with incredible accuracy. One of the game’s key features is described as ‘zan-dats’. Translated this means “cut and take”. This probably explains why our boy takes such pleasure in knifing up the baddie at the start of the trailer, before nicking his glowing spine. At a guess, we’d say said glowy spines are what power Raiden’s suit.

Above: It's all about those juicy spines.


  • Sabtos - June 17, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Oh my fking god that video just blew my mind. I've played through X-Men Origins multiple times, GoW III, and this video blew my mind. When I read about this game I must have had no idea what they were talking about because this just blew my mind. I've always wondered why they didn't go the extra step in games with blunt or sharp weapon melee fighting. I never in a million years would have thought that MGS would be the series to take us there. Holy shit cutting right through people and it looks just like fkn Mythbusters or that slow cam shit, but not just people, objects in the environment. Holy hell. THIS.IS.INSANE.
  • Sickooo - June 17, 2010 6:26 a.m.

    damn MGS rising looks so badass i want it sooo bad
  • d0x - June 16, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    Microsofts conference was...odd but it wasnt really for most of us. They want to push Natal or kinect to the casual set. They want our girlfriends to play it and the show worked perfectly. I watched the whole thing and was excited by the 1st games they showed me and some of the Kinect stuff was cool when you consider future potential. After I was done I started the show right where Kinect started and gave the laptop to my girlfriend and she loved it. She has never had any real interest in gaming, not even the Wii yet she watched an hour of a gaming press conference and came away with a gaming wish list. So what we have been shown so far for Kinect isnt as cool as what Sony has shown for Move but thats not the angle they were going for, at least not today. Who knows what the future will hold? I know come launch day ill buy both of the peripherals so its all good.
  • Gameguy94 - June 16, 2010 4:40 p.m.

    Are watermelons a prolonged funny Easter egg for MGS games cause when Raiden cut that watermelon I was reminded of the Gekko smashing the box that said "no place for hideo" with a bunch of watermelons in it.
  • aaron9101112 - June 16, 2010 2:57 p.m.

    I think MGS should've stuck to the stealth & not incorporated the 'hack & slash'.
  • pin316 - June 16, 2010 2:40 p.m.

    totally just filled the cup..... this will own - i was hoping for a new Ninja Gaiden title, instead I get a new IP from Itagaki and then what is going to be a Kojima masterpiece which will do nicely instead of an actual NG title. i am one seriously happy bunny
  • philipshaw - June 16, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    I have to agree, this and Dead Space 2 are the only games that blow me away
  • RickyV300 - June 16, 2010 8:25 a.m.

    It looks like the fear has been confirmed MGSR is 360 exclusive.... Damn you Konami
  • GhoulxScout13 - June 16, 2010 5:27 a.m.

    I can't quite grasp why so many people were and are being so incredibly negative regarding Microsofts E3 conference. While I'll admit that not a lot in terms of innovation was shown, there were several games that all peaked my interest and many other gamers for that matter. I personally feel like the gaming community is getting spoiled to an extent and can't stay content with one medium without having it reshaped a few years later. Point in case, COD. Last year, E3 erupted once COD Modern Warfare 2 was shown, and yet when it's presented this year, it's given ho-hum remarks (despite the fact that most of you are going to buy or at least play it at some point anyways). Point being, don't get so wrapped up in wanting something new every year, and enjoy getting some well crafted.
  • batouyukinawa - June 16, 2010 4:32 a.m.

    I think it's kinda weird that we saw a very short brief video. My guess is that Kojima allowed 360 to showcase the game in America, and in Japan at TGS he will blow us away with longer and more in depth footage on a JA console, namely PS3. I will also go onto say there will be some announcement to please the Sony fan boys. It's pretty obvious the heavy hitters from Japan were almost completely nowhere to be found aside Nintendo. I bet TGS is where we will really get details on Rising, and the new Castlevania.
  • derrderr420 - June 16, 2010 2:55 a.m.

    ohh, I bet I can predict what the complicated ass story line is going to be about, the extent of Government experiments and Black Projects and operations, and their potential for blowback on more than just the civillian world but global securities and infrastructure in general, the fray from the general disconnect of society and the controlling body's actions that often occurs from simple aligorchy
  • sklorbit - June 16, 2010 2:09 a.m.

    only other thing besides this that looks cool is portal 2 and gears 3. beast mode looks epic
  • Defguru7777 - June 15, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Well, Gray Fox was one of the best things about The Twin Snakes.
  • TheRebaleKing - June 15, 2010 10:34 p.m.

    I am actually really looking forward to this, it looks like it is going to be an epic game, I can't wait to play it on my Xbox 360!
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - June 15, 2010 10:12 p.m.

    As much as I hate to admit it, because I love MGS, this looks like it will be my new favourite game in the series. BIG fan of slashy slashy fun. :)
  • RebornKusabi - June 15, 2010 9:31 p.m.

    This is actually interesting to me because, as many people who've played MGS4 can attest to, Raiden's took a significant level in "Badass" compared to his foppish, bishounen character that everyone (aside from yaoi fangirls) hated in MGS2.
  • RocketPenis - June 15, 2010 9:24 p.m.

    I am so pumped for this game!
  • 510BrotherPanda - June 15, 2010 8:32 p.m.

    Sounds like Activision, shooters, and Space Marines have all glommed onto Microsoft like sticky, moist baby turd. Nice to see something different. Not that I could afford an HD console right now.
  • JohnnyAppleSperm - June 15, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    I've never played any Metal Gear, but that looks lie a buy.
  • lovinmyps3 - June 15, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Best of E3, right there.

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