“Metal Gear Solid” brings to mind a lot of things, like cardboard boxes, genetically engineered super soldier mercenaries, and the trials and tribulations of a cyborg assassin and his long-suffering girlfriend. Foregoing the franchise’s iconic stealth gameplay for a quicker paced, combat-oriented hack-and-slash style, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has raised concerns in the Metal Gear fanbase for straying too far off-base to be a “real” Metal Gear title. For now, it seems that, at the very least, its complex and much-loved sci-fi military mythos remains intact.
Featuring awkwardly stilted dialogue, cyberpunk style, and some excellent cinematography, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance‘s new trailer, titled “Jack the Ripper,” showcases Raiden’s ninja-like finesse and expertise with a sword as he slices and dices his way through the streets of a city populated solely by cops who only speak in one-liners and car chases. Gone is the pensive and deceptively sensitive secret protagonist of Sons of Liberty – the Raiden who has taken his place is as bloodthirsty as the trailer’s namesake, if he was also part Saiyan. The trailer ends by instructing you to “Cut What You Will,” and I honestly just might when the demo comes out on January 22.