If you caught my latest Recent Buys post, you'd know that I got myself a copy of Zone of the Enders HD Collection which comes with a demo of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. I played the demo a bit and here is my impression of the game so far.
I'll be blunt, I like it. The demo is far from perfect but it's a demo so you have to give it some slack. The slashing isn't as dynamic as I thought it would be it's still pretty kickass and I like how the precision cutting comes into play against certain scenarios and enemy types where you have to slice specific body parts to expose the energy drink juice I mean fluids filled with electrolytes to replenish your health. Controlwise the game feels great and gives you the sense that this truly is an action game which Platinum Games excels at.
Basic attacks are mapped to the face buttons as well as the jump button and your action button. The shoulder buttons are mapped with the precision cutting aim, the ninja run and secondary item/weapon uses. When you go into the precision cut aim view, you aim the direction of your slice with the right analog stick while the left analog stick lets you control the camera. If you don't feel like you need to aim your slices and just want to cut up a dude into meat slices so bad, the square and triangle buttons will also work. Square acting as the horizonal slash and triangle as the vertical slash ala Soul Calibur.
Aside from nameless cyborg grunts, you also get to face a few Metal Gear Gekkos as an enemy type as well as a killer robot dog with a chainsaw tail as a boss at the end of the demo wherein some kickass music plays along for the boss fight. It's also refreshing to see crazy animated cutscenes without having to worry about some annoying quick time event prompts interrupting the action. Oh Platinum Games, you get me. I personally can't wait for the release of this game and you better be too because Raiden might have been that wussy anime pretty boy from MGS2 but now is a badass cyborg ninja who can cut you up while holding a sword with his foot.