Miss Devil May Cry as much as I do? Maybe these games will help.

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2. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Truth be told, I never played the full game due to lacking money. But after playing the demo, seeing a couple of playthroughs, and even the Death Battle between Raiden and Wolverine, I wish I had! Metal Gear Rising Revengeance doesn’t quite have the kind of story that could compare to other Metal Gear titles, but it more than makes up for it in the fast gameplay department.

You control Raiden from the Metal Gear Solid series after he has been upgraded to become a cyborg. Following some events in-game, and after throwing a frigging Metal Gear Ray before slicing it up to ribbons, he gains an even stronger body capable of some crazy stuff! You’ll be slicing the limbs of any and all enemies, in addition to doing combos. There’s even a special mode where you slow down time to slice off individual body parts, like trying to gain certain items to replenish your health and gauge to keep on slicing things up.

The game doesn’t hold back in the amount of gore or destruction it tries to deliver, either. I do not exaggerate when I say your enemies can be cut up into tiny pieces with your fast slicing skills! Also, the game tends to go all out with its ridiculousness, from the robot with a chainsaw as a tail, to the giant robot bosses, to even its final boss, who is simply amazing. Also, Raiden wearing a sombrero...and why would you NOT want that?

However, I never really liked how dodging was handled. It involves parrying enemy blows most of the time, as well as some quick-time events too. There are occasional stealth elements, but these are optional and not really worth it, so you can just go in swords-blazing. Even so, it’s harder to feel more badass than playing as this ultimate cyborg! Now...I just wish I had more cash to really play this insanity. And this was also done by Platinum Games too, the same people responsible for Bayonetta, if you just needed that extra incentive. And the soundtrack is to die for as well!

Published Jun. 13th 2016

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