We got the privilege yesterday to attend Konami's in-house-hosted press conference and needless to say it was....different. With men in cowboy hats to people who at least reminded me of Ando from the recently cancelled NBC series Heroes, we were certainly entertained in at least some sense of the word.
There were tons of interesting presentations throughout the press conference but the one that caught my eye and interest was Metal Gear Solid: Rising. Although we already saw the trailer for the game earlier in the week along with gameplay, Konami decided to take us even deeper into the game mechanics and characters of MGS:Rising, peaking my interest.
One of the first things they talked about was the stealth system and how it's not exactly what we have encountered in the past. Rather than relying on hiding in the shadows and using boxes as hiding places, Raiden uses his acrobatic abilities, speed and agility to go unseen (so no need to worry about back problems). With the cyborg suit he has on, it would not surprise me if it has some sort of cloaking ability that might be on a timer of some sort.
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The other game mechanic they decided to delve into was the ability to literally cut anything and everything you encounter. In the videos, you will see that Raiden enters a mode where you can aim at who or what you want to cut. They also mention that the system is very precise, proving that statement to us by literally cutting a watermelon into several thin slices using the system.
The topic of discussion that all the MGS fans seemed to be excited about was the story of Raiden. Apparently the game takes place between MGS 2 and MGS 4 (and as Scott aptly put it "so did MGS 3"), so it will certainly be interesting to see what happened to the suit Raiden uses in Rising, for it not to be in MGS: 4. Some are saying that perhaps the Rising game just isn't cannon so we need not be concerned as to how the story impacts the MGS series, but we will just have to wait and see once we get our hands on the game.
Also, don't forget to check out PLuGHiTz Live! Radio Thursday night @ 9PM Eastern for our Nintendo and Konami recap show where we will break down this topic.