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Metal Gear Solid: Rising

June 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

With E3 having drawn to a close, one of the most exciting scenes on display was the new trailer for Metal Gear Solid: Rising, the spin off title from the incredibly successful Metal Gear franchise. Rising actually takes place between MGS2 and MGS4 and follows Raiden, a recurring support character from the series.

Raiden as a character has divided fans of the franchise for many years since his debut. Before Metal gear solid: Rising, when he was revealed to be the protagonist of MGS2, replacing the established and popular Solid Snake, many fans were upset and angered. It didn't help that he reportedly came across as whiney and juvenile, his generic pretty boy appearance in stark contrast to the gruff and able Solid Snake fans had come to love.

However, Raiden returned in MGS4 as a non-playable character, and instantly took the gaming world by storm. Free from the burden of carrying the game on his shoulders and with a reinvented persona which saw him more mature and deadly, Raiden played a pivotal role in the story and his action scenes were easily the best in the game. He had gone from being the joke of the franchise to stealing the show. Now he is set to return to main man duties in Metal gear Solid: Rising.

Little is known about this title so far, with the teaser trailer only offering a brief glimpse of gameplay. However, Metal Gear Solid: Rising did showcase an interesting quirk which allows Raiden to enter a 'bullet-time' like mode, wherein you can plot the course of his sword slashes and therefore make for some interesting (and gory) attack methods.

Some fear that Raiden is not meant to lead a game, and that his recent successful return is owed to the fleeting quality of his appearances. That said, his reinvented character, along with the impressive looking teaser trailer, is beginning to douse the fears of many. Metal Gear Solid: Rising could mark the advent of one of gaming's greatest spin-offs!

God of War 3

May 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

At long last, we have the unveiling of God of War 3, the PlayStation 3 stalwart which has been three years in production. Sustaining the wildly popular franchise from the Playstation 2, this is the first ever time we'll witness Kratos' adventures on a next gen console. Without a doubt, the delay has been well justified.

The God of War franchise has always been a epitome for action adventure mastery, and this game returns to show the rest the way it's done. We follow Kratos just as the last title left off, climbing Mount Olympus itself to lay siege to the remaining Gods that banished him. This gives opportunity for a number of new gameplay promises.


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God of War 3 benefits from a dynamic camera, wavering and looping to comply with Kratos in a clear distinction to the fixed camera of earlier installments. The ascent of Mount Olympus additionally allows for plenty of wonderful gameplay elements, together with flying high on wind tunnels or battling Titans over vast drops.

Visually, God of War 3 is beautiful. The character models are highly developed, down to skin pores. The varied environments supply a wealthy show of vision, from the seat of the Gods to the depths of Hell. The gameplay in God of War 3 can still claim to set the bar, with Kratos getting access to an revolutionary array of new weapons, all of which are able to play a tactical role in your diverse battles.

It was virtually a forgone conclusion, but God of War 3 is an incredible game. Each possible aspect of what makes a game successful is rolled into one; epic storyline, amazing graphics and interesting gameplay. The franchise continues to smash all competition out of the water, and if you happen to own a Playstation 3 you simply must give it a go!

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