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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is now backwards compatible on the Xbox One

If you thought the pool of great Xbox 360 video games that have yet to be given the backwards compatible treatment on Xbox One had dried up, think again! Microsoft blasted us with a reminder that there are still plenty of great games left with the addition of one of the most offbeat, over-the-top, and ridiculous action games of all time.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. the Metal Gear spin-off from Hideo Kojima and the wizards at PlatinumGames, can now be played on modern day consoles for the first time.

Making Raiden cool… ish, maybe?

Metal Gear Solid 2 is one of the most controversial and polarizing games of all time. Criticized upon release for being too confusing and having long, overly written dialogue, it’s now sometimes seen as ahead of its time by predicting a world dominated by digital information. Those who control the flow of information can control the world. It’s an ideology that created the Patriots, a behind-the-scenes group of elites who secretly run Metal Gear’s universe.

And it’s about as true as it gets in 2017.

In retrospect, those extended dialogue scenes were quite profound, something my 15-year-old brain had quite a lot of trouble grasping at the time. Maybe it would have been easier if we didn’t have to sift through Raiden’s and his fiancee Rosemary’s quibbles every other time the Codec rang in my ears.

Stab me in the face, just shut up you two!

I find it hilarious that the only way to make Raiden, who is the video game equivalent of Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker, tolerable is to turn him into the most badass, cybernetic, super ninja of all time. Maybe then, and only then, could he make up for forcing me to reflect on his love life for hours on end.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...