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Do I need to have played MGS 1-4 to enjoy Revengeance?

Ilium |  Jan. 19, 2013 at 22:51

Mainly a question for the Dealspwn chaps themselves really, but I'm loving the look of Metal Gear Rising...just wondering, though, do I need to have played all of the Metal Gear Solid titles to enjoy Revengeance? Only played 1 and 3 you see.

Most Useful Answer sits69  Jan. 19, 2013 at 23:11

Narratively, yes. Gameplay-wise, no. It will serve as a nice aperitif to the overarching canon so that you may decide if you want to find out more about the whole MG universe. If you don't, then I'm sure you'll enjoy Revengeance for its gameplay regardless; MGS 1-4 isn't a pre-requisite.

Anyone who says yes you need to play MGS 1-4, but hasn't played the original 8-bit Metal Gears (MGS 1-4 being a narrative continuation thereof) is a hypocrite.

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sits69  Jan. 19, 2013 at 23:11

Narratively, yes. Gameplay-wise, no. It will serve as a nice aperitif to the overarching canon so that you may decide if you want to find out more about the whole MG universe. If you don't, then I'm sure you'll enjoy Revengeance for its gameplay regardless; MGS 1-4 isn't a pre-requisite.

Anyone who says yes you need to play MGS 1-4, but hasn't played the original 8-bit Metal Gears (MGS 1-4 being a narrative continuation thereof) is a hypocrite.

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stx  Jan. 20, 2013 at 07:29

Metal Gear isn't strong on coherent narrative. You're not really going to miss out.

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bggriffiths  Jan. 20, 2013 at 10:40

If you have time, I'd give 4 a go. Might be useful as the time setting is similar and Raiden has a role in it. It's very overblown though. There are always plenty of wikis out there to get you up to date on the story. Obviously gameplay is totally different.

In short, if you enjoyed 1 & 3, play 4. And 2 you monster!

MattGardner  Jan. 20, 2013 at 12:13

Naturally there'll be certain things that you miss if you're not familiar with the Metal Gear narrative, but don't let that put you off. You get to take down an enormous armoured mech by shaving its kneecaps off with a katana, before running up a barrage of missiles and carving a helicopter into metallic lardons, fighting a demonic robot dog with a chainsaw for a tail, fending off gigantic urban katamari-esque bundles being thrown at you by a telekinetic ****...

...the list goes on. In short, play every Metal Gear game you can get your hands on, and revel in the ridiculousness. It is sublime.

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