Yayınlanma: 22 Şubat
If you come to this game looking for a complex and intriguing narrative similar to that of games such as Metal Gear Solid 2, you won't find one. However, you will find a badass, intense, and creative hack and slash that is arguably the best of the titles released under the genre in the past few years.
Throughout the 5-6 hour campaign, you'll face off with hundreds of cyborg warriors by stringing together light and heavy combos, as well as blade mode attacks. Blade mode is my favourite part of the game; it slows down time and allows you to unleash a flurry of slashes at your enemy, leaving them in pieces. You can activate it by holding down the left trigger (most likely R1 on the PS3), and you can cut by pressing X (horizontal slice; Square on PS3) and Y (vertical slice; Triangle on PS3). Or you can use the right analog stick to slice, but I wouldn't recommend this when you're just trying to kill the enemy, because it's extremely slow in comparison to using the two buttons. Analog blade mode is useful (and almost required) when cutting left hands, slicing through Sundowner's shields, and for a brief moment during the final boss fight. If there's ever a sequel to this glorious game, I would love to see improved blade mode with the analog stick. Raiden has a few different sub weapons that he gets from boss, but none of them are really that useful aside from pole arm. Oh, and the boss battles are amazing. Probably some of the best I've ever seen; they make you feel like such a badass. The combat is, for the most part, "solid", despite the lack of interesting or varied move sets.
Now, on to the gameplay negatives. First, the time window you are given for parrying an attack, is way too friggin' small; you'll rarely get a perfect parry. The camera can have a seizure at times, which can really mess you up at times. I didn't like the stealth sections in game. They were somewhat poorly-done and they just don't belong in an action game like this. I don't want to sneak around in a box to get past my enemies for an S rank. I want to slice the ♥♥♥♥ out of them and crush their spines. Perhaps, I wouldn't take as much of an issue with this if the stealth sections played a little bit better. Those were my main problems. Upon replaying bits of the game on revengeance difficulty, I noticed a few more issues than I did on my initial playthough. The way you usually want to go about obtaining an S rank would be to complete your objective as fast as possible with no damage. Not taking a hit can be extremely difficult when faced with a group of enemies (which is pretty much the entire game), because you can't always keep track of them. Enemies with assault rifles and rocket launchers come to mind here. A few of the bosses can occasionally sneak in a tiny and fast hit that you couldn't defend yourself from, thus ruining your S rank because you ended up taking like 2% damage.
When you examine textures at a very close range, you'll see that they're not all that great. But you probably won't be doing that very often (you probably will on title screen when you get a close-up of Raiden's ugly jaw) since the game is very fast-paced. The game still looks good overall. The PC port also runs very well. I only experienced minor framerate drops (60-55 and such).
This game just looks so impressive and badass. There really is nothing else like it. The soundtrack for this game is fantastic. This is coming from someone who usually hates heavy metal and electronic music. It really gets you pumped and motivated. I listened to final boss theme while I was writing an English paper a few weeks ago and I received a mark of 95%. I think most of the credit for that goes to the soundtrack. Also, the PC port is the version to buy. It includes all of the DLC and allows you to replay boss battles from the main menu. If you can't run it, then the console versions are great choices as well.
Verdict: 89/100 - If you love hack and slash games, there is no reason not to own this. It's fast, fun, and worth buying on PC over consoles. RULES OF NATURE!