Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a hack and slash spin-off from the Metal Gear canon developed by the folks who coded the seminal Bayonetta, has had a tutorial video appear; chronicling the first three minutes of the game’s tutorial.
You also get to see the game’s title screen; depicting our cyborg hero Raiden up-close who looks like the bastard son of a mechanized Skeletor and David Bowie. With a sword.
The VR training tutorial predictably spends the majority of the time showcasing the slice ‘n’ dice gameplay mechanism that the game has become known for. Specifically, we get to see Raiden carve up a parked car in the sort of time that would make the bonus stage lovin’ folks from Street Fighter red with envy and also slice up a bunch of melons on a table Fruit-Ninja style – as seen in one first reveal trailers before the ‘revengeance’ tag got stuck on the end.
Another aspect of the mechanic that we see is the fashion in which the action effectively slows right down, allowing our bad hair day hero to meticulously choose exact slicing angles and dismember his target accordingly – something that proves extremely useful for eliminating hostage-takers if the video is any sort of indication. Think bullet-time for sword swings instead of gunshots and you’re pretty much there.
While the mechanic certainly seems like it’ll be a lot of fun to play about with, with a wide variety of applications, there does appear to be one notable restriction based on the footage seen below. You can only sushify something up a finite amount, meaning that you can slice something for nigh on forever into tiny little pieces; the processing power required to adequately do that to the majority of the assets in the game just isn’t here yet.
Speaking of not being here yet, the game is due out early next year, but i’ll be getting an opportunity to get a hands-on with the Platnium Games developed title at this year’s Eurogamer Expo, so naturally you lot will be the beneficiary of any pearls of wisdom that i’ll be able to impart on the subject.
The tutorial trailer is embedded below, courtesy of IGN:
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is due out on Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms sometime in February 2013.