Tuesday, February 19, 2013
CUT ALL THE THINGS
If you will allow me one thing before I get started...
So, obviously, I picked up my Limited Edition copy of Metal Gear Rising: REVENGEANCE (I will be doing a Bonus Post to go over the box, the contents and offering pictures. Also bragging.) today and brought it home after a few detours that cut into my playing time drastically. That was not so great, but it's a thing that happens sometimes. When I did manage to get home and unbox the thing finally, the first thing I did was pull out the Soundtrack and pop that into the ol' PS3 to import it, taking a look at what we were talking about in terms of Video Game OST here. Since a lot of "included" OSTs tend to be like, 10 tracks when the -actual- OST has like 40. I figured that would be the case here since, really, how many tracks could the game have, and how many were they just going to 'give away' like that? So, imagine my surprise when I popped up the little disk icon on the XMB, hit Triangle and hit Import and was first introduced to the 32-Track, 630 (ish) MB, Hour and change long OST. I will assist you in this venture: my surprise was vast and all encompassing. I haven't -actually- listened to it yet, just imported it, but I will because I've already heard some pretty great things in the game itself.
That was not the first, nor the last surprise that I was visited by this game and specifically this Limited Edition. No, the first surprise was when I walked into GameStop, informed the clerk of my reason for being there, and he reached down and pulled out this massively tall box (comparatively speaking) by a handle on the top of it and placed it on the counter. "Holy crap", I said, unable to stop myself. "That is huge." "Yeah, I was really surprised with just how big they were.", said the clerk with a little grin that I myself shared. Right then and there, I knew my purchase was 100% justified, yet it would astound me hours later when I didn't even know the half of it then. "It's blue." someone chipped in from behind me. Both myself and I looked back to another customer in line directly behind me, as he was pointing at my box. "The sword lamp. The electricity is blue, it's awesome looking. My friend sent me a picture of it earlier because he knew I had to wait until later to get mine." He then produced his smartphone, brought up the picture of the arcing blue electricity contained within another sword lamp to which myself and the clerk "Oooo"d and "Ahhh"d over for a moment. Good times were had by all, I concluded my purchase (After also pre-ordering Tearaway, Soul Sacrifice, Deadly Premonition: Director's Cut, Tomb Raider and The Last of Us Suvivalist LE since the Post-Apocalypse is all sold out whyyyy) and left, eager to get my foray into REVENGEANCE started.
Hours later, when I got home after the annoying sidethings I had to do, I went through the process described above, popped in the disk and allowed its Day One patch (presumably for the DLC, both pre-order and non) before it then had to install as well. These times, when these things are downloading and installing, these are the hardest times ever, and it's only when a game like Binary Domain and Metal Gear Solid 4 comes along and -does- something with Install screens that you truly appreciate them for doing that. Because the install wasn't that big, nor did it take too long, but the minutes stretched into hours and I only steadied myself with a quick couple rounds of Jetpack Joyride on my Vita - the last mission eludes me yet, but I will accomplish it one day. Eventually, the download, the install were all done and I could finally, finally begin seeking revenge with a vengeance.
Like with the just mentioned Binary Domain, I didn't know quite what to expect, walking into REVENGEANCE, but I did expect something good. Something fun. And much the same as with that situation, I got a -lot- more than I expected, finding that at no point in my four hours of playing did I stop grinning, did I stop chuckling and getting excited by all of the wonderfully awesome things on the screen. The game is beyond fun, it's beyond good - it is exquisite, and it's a whole different beast than I was expecting, but a beast that I've been wanting without knowing it. I'm only a couple boss fights into the game as it stands, but it has already been a goddamn experience and my mind has gone wild with the possibilities and the realities of just what this is. And what REVENGEANCE, so far, is, is a game where you do so much cool shit, so much fun shit, that it makes your head spin. I jumped on a string of missiles to cut a Metal Gear RAY in half. I remote controlled a Dwarf (those things with the arms) to zap a bunch of guards into unconsciousness where I then went around, cutting them up and absorbing their sweet, sweet electrolytes. I cut a Gekko into 100+ pieces while wearing a Sombrero.
Cut all the things indeed.