The combat in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
can get quite complex. As well as face buttons that allow Raiden to perform quick attacks and stronger attacks, there's Blade Mode that lets players decide the angle and direction of their sword slashing. With the release of the game getting ever closer, Platinum Games has released a blog detailing some of the moves that will help players along their way.
The first move takes a little bit of practice to get right. Players can parry incoming enemy attacks by leaning the left joystick in the direction of the enemy and pressing X. If timed perfectly, players will automatically perform a counter attack against the enemy, which is a perfect opportunity to start Blade Mode. Platinum show how this is done in the video below:
One thing that players must bear in mind is that enemies can also parry. In the next video, Raiden parries an initial attack before launching a counterattack, only to find that the enemy parries his strike. This leaves Raiden open to an enemy counterattack. At least players don't have to worry about them entering Blade Mode.
Once an enemy has parried Raiden's attack, the player gets a short window of time to be able to parry the enemy's counterattack. It is entirely possible for there to be a lengthy sequence where the pair counter each other's attacks. In the next video, the enemy does eventually become tired of parrying:
Those players who feel like they aren't good enough to be able to perform parries perfectly would possibly be more suited on Easy difficulty. On this difficulty there is a gameplay option called Easy Assist that automatically perform parries for the player.
Raiden will not always emerge triumphant in his initial encounters. Check out these next clips that show a few more-formidable enemies. Long-range weapons, sheer bulk and enemies that can reconstruct themselves will call for more-advanced techniques.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
is due to be released on February 19th in North America and February 22nd in Europe. Check out the demo here
to practice some of these moves before the game releases.