Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance: PS3: Action: £34.99

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TO describe Revengeance as just another latest title in the legendary Metal Gear series would be a little misleading.

A new development team has grabbed the franchise and shaken it to the core, sending it spinning into new territory by delivering a novel action experience, rather than the traditional stealth approach.

While this may not be to the tastes of die-hard fans, when judged as a standalone spin-off, it’s an overwhelming success. Players can indulge in a fresh synergetic experience that combines the best elements of pure action and epic storytelling, all within the expansive Metal Gear universe.

Ninja cyborg Raiden excels as the lead character, equipped with a high-frequency katana blade and a soul fuelled by revenge.

Though his haircut may be dodgy, the world around him and the incredible combat system at his disposal are pruned to perfection, leaving even those naysayers itching for more sensational swordplay.