3 reasons why Raiden is just as badass as Solid Snake
- Posted February 20th, 2013 at 08:35 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 9 Comments
Poor old Raiden. Since his introduction in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, the floppy-haired hero has had to endure his fair share of acid-tongued criticism from devoted fans and reviewers alike. Much of the moaning can be attributed to his appearance in MGS2, where he replaced Solid Snake as the main protagonist after about 30 minutes of play time. After seemingly going down with the tanker, players were gagging to find out what had happened to their grizzly hero, only to be lumbered with this scrawny pretty boy for the rest of the game.
Whereas Snake had calved out a fine CV of snapping necks and destroying a tank single-handed, Raiden was perhaps best known for his penchant for doing cartwheels, arguing with his girlfriend, and fighting foes naked with one hand covering his crown jewels. However, give the guy a chance. Raiden returned in MGS4 with a makeover, kitted out in ninja clobber and wielding the sharpest sword skills known to mankind. With his imminent return in Metal Gear Rising looming, PSU.com thought it was time to celebrate three reasons why Raiden is just as much of a badass as Solid Snake.
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He took down dozens of Metal Gear’s and lived
Solid Snake had a ruck with Metal Gear Rex in the original MGS at the climax of the game. Armed with a stinger launcher, some chaff grenades and a few helpful hints from Hal ‘Otacon’ Emmerich,’ our square-jawed hero managed to see off the mechanical monstrosity and live another day. Raiden, however, has taken down literally dozens of Metal Gear Ray’s on his lonesome, again coming out alive and well. Yep, despite seemingly insurmountable odds, the young Jack the Ripper stood his ground with a stinger and a copious supply of ammo, felling countless of the walking battle tanks in combat. In fact, this battle – which saw Raiden capping them in the knee before finishing them off with a shot to the head – ranks as one of the most tense encounters of the series to date. Just how did he do it? We don’t know, but surely even Snake himself would be proud.
He can slice up enemies (and water melons) in stylish fashion
Raiden’s proficiency with a blade was hinted at before he returned in MGS4 fully decked out in Ninja clobber – MGS2’s climax saw to that. While Snake stuck to his guns (no pun intended), Raiden opted for a HF blade to battle Arsenal Gear’s grunts, before ultimately duelling with Solidus Snake himself. While competent with the blade, MGS4 cemented Raiden’s status as a definitive badass, with his Ninja incarnation offering some of the most stylistically thrilling scenes to grace our screens. We watched as our floppy-haired hero effortlessly dispatched hordes of Gekko’s, went toe-to-toe with the ‘immortal’ Vamp, and wielded a blade with his mouth (yes, really). If that wasn’t enough, Metal Gear Rising’s gameplay demo also proved he’s a dab hand at slicing water melons with alarming precision, too…
Amazing strength and resilience
In MGS4, Raiden is an almost unstoppable powerhouse. Aside from his aforementioned skills with a blade, our fleet-footed Ninja hero has an uncanny ability to survive all sorts of punishment. Being slammed against walls, stabbed multiple times, losing an arm and crushed by tons of rubble would put Snake’s lights out for sure, but Raiden still manages to carry on trucking. If that wasn’t enough, there’s the incredible – boarding on ridiculous – feat that saw our hero literally slow the gigantic ship Outer Haven to a crawl as it attempted to crush Snake, despite recently incurring severe injuries, which included having to amputate his own arm. Even after all this, he survives and manages to turn up to aid Snake in his final mission on board Outer Haven. Now that’s one tenacious chap.
Be sure to check out our review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance here to see how Raiden’s latest outing measures up.
DeadCrow | xSoloWing--
- 9:14am EST - February 20th, 2013
I've always been a fan of raiden since he first appeared in MGS2. He was so gullible in mgs2 lol But I really liked how his character was so story driven.
shadowjin | shadowjin
- 9:18am EST - February 20th, 2013
"He took down dozens of Metal Gear’s and lived"The ones in his game are not full metal gears, there mini versions. Its already been stated which is why there mass produced and he had issues with the one Solid snake battled.Beyond that he is a cool character.. cyborg ninja with martial arts training making him an ultimate weapon. he stated in one of his dialog that even with the enhancements, its his training that allows him to use the suit. So its not like anyone wearing the suit can be what he is by wearing it. I thought that was an interesting take so people cant just say "use a suit" and be like him or take away from his character because he uses it.
Ariakace | Ariakace55
- 9:20am EST - February 20th, 2013
Raiden always annoyed me because he was a whiney little girl in MGS2. in MGS4 he was a whiney girl who turned lesbian and had daddy issues.
- 9:45am EST - February 20th, 2013
@2 He's talking about Raiden fighting all the Metal Gear Rays at the end of MGS2, not when Raiden fought Gekko in MGS4.
@3 You win the award for biggest crybaby exaggerator of the day. Pat yourself on the back and then put ice on it to reduce swelling, yellowbelly.
This article is not needed by the way. Maybe about 4-6 years ago, but not now. Most "haters" of Raiden have now long since jumped on the bandwagon when they saw him cutting through Metal Gears in MGS4. Pathetic. Kojima played them like Psycho Mantis, or better yet he played them like I play Psycho Mantis whenever I switch the controller to the second port.
Need an article on the hypocritical fanboy evolution:
1. Omg I hate him soooo much, he's too whiney. (#3 basically) I dont wanna use him!
2. Omg he's killing things in MGS4, why cant we use him!?
3. Omg I love Raiden now, metal gear rising is the best game evar!
Yeah...that's more accurate.
shadowjin | shadowjin
- 10:41am EST - February 20th, 2013
SHAZZMAZZ | SHAZZMAZZ
- 11:31am EST - February 20th, 2013
For the people that hate Raiden WTF is wrong with you, he the best and now he turned into the TOP DOG with his robot body and his sword its impossible to get any better.
Im going to miss Snake he made Metal Gear Solid games what they are today but its up to Raiden continue the life of the best game ever.
- 12:49pm EST - February 20th, 2013
@6 I highly doubt the series will move forward with Raiden as the new star.
SHAZZMAZZ | SHAZZMAZZ
- 12:55pm EST - February 20th, 2013
I think Raiden will be perfect to continue the series
Gameoholic007 | Demented007
- 1:02pm EST - February 20th, 2013
I only liked Raiden in MG4, that was it. In MG2, nobody wanted to use him as the playable character, and wanted Snake, and b i t c h e d about it till MG3 came out. Now, all we got is Raiden running around, cutting and slashing everything up that doesn't hold still, with horrible voice acting to boot. Then on top of that, you get half of the MG fans out there, popping a tent in their pants, just because it has METAL GEAR slapped across the boxcover. Congrats, for submitting yourselves lower than your everyday Halo fan.
Hey, maybe a sequel to this game will come out later, and Raiden will be missing his other eye, and then we'll have a blind ninja, and he'll be even cooler! =/ =/ =/
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