Whereas previous Metal Gear games were all about creeping up on enemies or slipping by them undetected, Revengeance is all about full-on action. Every battle is fought out in the open with not a piece of camouflage in sight.
Along with standard light and heavy attacks, Raiden has two different combat modes that set him apart from his enemies: Ninja Run and Blade mode. Holding the R1 button enters Ninja Run and sees Raiden skip through environments and past obstacles without breaking his stride, as well as sliding under enemies in direct combat.
Blade mode, meanwhile, activates once you defeat enough cyborgs and lets you slow time, where with a few flicks of the right stick you can precision slice and dice enemy limbs using your katana. The results are gruesome and gory, making Revengeance a game for adults only. While in Blade mode you can also cut open cyborgs to reveal fuel, which Raiden can steal to heal.
The action flows seamlessly from one thrilling action scene to another. Look out for the duel on board a speeding train, the speed crawl down the side of a building while avoiding fireballs, and the moment where Raiden leaps from missile to missile in mid-air to reach a giant enemy boss. You won’t believe your eyes.