It's an interesting comparison, don't you think? Which will be the better action game in the first quarter of 2013?

Platinum's Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance hits in February while God of War: Ascension drops in March, and action aficionados everywhere are likely intrigued by both. But in your estimation, which will end up being the superior hackin' experience?

Perhaps it's safe to assume the following: Ascension will have better overall polish and production values, as that's precisely what the franchise is known for. On the flip side, Revengeance might appeal more to the hardcore fighting fanatics, as it might be more complex and feature a stiffer learning curve. After all, Platinum was responsible for one of this generation's deepest, most intricate and most demanding combat mechanics, which was found in Bayonetta .

But this all depends on your definition of "best action game," right? For some, it's more about accessibility and those super high production values, while others place all their eggs in the complexity basket; i.e., "I want to spend my life learning these combos and only then will I get the requisite satisfaction." Then again, what about story? It usually isn't the biggest factor in such a genre but it can certainly have a positive or negative impact on the overall quality of a game. Me, I'd give the edge to Ascension just because I've never been all that impressed with any of Platinum's narratives. But Ascension might feel a tad empty, too.

So what do you say?

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Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

I never compared god of war to other hack and slash,its totally different exp

Akuma_
Akuma_
8 years ago

Rising is as much hack'n'slash as GoW is.

Teddie9
Teddie9
8 years ago

Kiryu's view is the complete opposite of what you're implying

clockwyzebkny
clockwyzebkny
8 years ago

God of War is in a league of it's own I wish Kojima still held the reigns for the Rising project but maybe it was for the best. I'd say Rising would have a similar feel to those Ninja Gaiden games
I feel like Ascencion will take the title of "best action game" between this duel of dual action adventures

clockwyzebkny
clockwyzebkny
8 years ago

Btw I've never played Bayonetta. I've heard it was over the top which is usually my kind of thing But i think i was detered by the claims that we ps3 owners got a gimped version compared to the 360's
Was it really that bad?

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

Never played it myself but it is a fact that the PS3 version was a poor port of the 360 game. Makes me wonder if the upcoming PSN version of it would be enhanced to address those issues. I doubt it though.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

It wasn't the worst thing in the world, the biggest problem was really a framerate issue that pervaded certain parts where tons of stuff was going on.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

Indeed. At least Platinum learned a valuable lesson after that and made the PS3 the lead platform for their games. I heard that Vanquish was silky smooth on both the PS3 and 360.

LowKey
LowKey
8 years ago

Ninja Gaiden has way too stiff feeling battle system. I hope MGU feels fluid.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

There's should be a demo on PSN for you try of Bayonetta. It looks very blurry, both pixel and texture-wise, compared to 360 and the frame rate is probably the most erratic I've seen in any console game I've played in memory. It was a far cry in quality compared to the 360 release.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

@Clock

Temjin's correct. It may not be worse port out there but it's the worst one I have ever seen. Fallout 3 is pretty bad in certain areas(especially the DLC) but at least you can avoid those ares if you want. You can't do that in Bayonetta. I'm sorry to say the 360 version is light years ahead of the PS3 version. I doubt it can be patched out. Sega just did a straight 360 to PS3 port which rarely turns out well.

If you really want to play it just rent it. Don't support lazy devolpers. Sega did a lot of damage to the PS3's reputation with that nasty port. 🙁

Akuma_
Akuma_
8 years ago

People KEEP forgetting that there is a lot more colaboration between Platinum and KojiPro than they realise.

Kojipro wouldn't let any MG game release and not be top value, no matter who was looking after it.

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

Absolutely buying God of War: Ascension. As much as I like the MGS series, I've never been interested with MGR:R. And with my current backlog, I have to be really picky with my games. So yeah, GOW:A it is for me.


Last edited by ZettaiSeigi on 1/30/2013 10:55:59 PM

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
8 years ago

Hmm.. I have played both the God of War beta and MGS demo. I like the GOW beta. One thing that sucks about it is you can't invite friends to the game. I know you will be able to in the final version but is annoying. My good friend ZettaiSeigi wanted to play a match together but couldn't. 🙁 We both like the GOW multiplayer.

I am going to buy GOW too Zettai. I had a ton of fun playing Mass Effect 3's multiplayer with you. I look forward to putting countless hours into the GOW multiplayer with you. 🙂

Okay, back to MGS. One thing that impressed me was how buttery smooth the gameplay is. The game looks great and is running 60 FPS. The graphics look crisp and detailed. It looks like Platinum Games knows what they are doing on the PS3.

Btw. I absolutely loved Vanquish. It's a very underated game. It's true that it's a short gane but it's still great. I would love to see a sequel to Vanquish. They should add multiplayer to it next time.


Last edited by Excelsior1 on 1/31/2013 12:10:10 AM

ZettaiSeigi
ZettaiSeigi
8 years ago

Well hopefully I'm already done with Ni no Kuni by the time Ascenscion comes out. I'm having a blast with that game! LOL But yeah, I'm looking forward to playing GOW:A with you and the other folks here.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

My vote is for DmC.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
8 years ago

From what im hearing of the demo (yea I know its just a demo) MGS rising is a very flat experience from the combat to the gameplay.

Personally I would never bet against GoW anyways. Sony Santa Monica just does to great a job with these games.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Yeah, as if I am going to go against Kratos! Holy Sh!t I am almost done with GoWII right now and don't need him coming after me!! That's right Kratos you are a god and I think you are the best video game character of all time. Yessir! 🙂

Seriously, for someone coming late to the party. I can think about nothing more than playing GoWII right now. Actually playing Ni No Kuni and GoWII right now. Both games are so different it allows me to pull it off and thoroughly enjoy both. Ascension looks fantastic! Kratos is so brutal, what a great character!

On a side note, have any of you seen the new Killzone Mercenary trailer!??!!!!! It's unbelievable! This is going to be that Vita game that brings the Vita some respect!

PSTan
PSTan
8 years ago

Dude, that killzone trailer almost made me wet my pants in excitement. Those graphics… the Vita is looking good this year.

On topic, I honestly don't care for either, although I prefer god of war games for their production values and gameplay. I'm personally looking forward to more info on MGS Ground Zeroes.

Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

haha your absolutely right! You know I finally bought a PC for gaming because of Ground Zeroes to get the best experience with PS3 Controller until the next MGS on PS4.


Last edited by Kiryu on 1/31/2013 4:49:18 AM

Oxvial
Oxvial
8 years ago

I'm more hyped with Metal Gear Rising and no wait a little people don't kill me that fast xD.

I'm sure GOW:A gonna be a better game but I don't care much about it, the beta was fun for while and got boring fast well I'm not much into MP and that is fine because the past GOW games didn't have it, they should of learned from Uncharted they incorporated MP but they didn't forgot to hype the campaign!

Jed
Jed
8 years ago

As you might assume from my avatar, I'm definitely going with GOW: Ascention. I never played bayonetta, but read about the PS3 version being inferior. Also, I never had a good feeling about MG Rising after Kojima was out.

I hope they're both great games, but I love me some God of War.


Last edited by Jed on 1/31/2013 12:52:48 AM

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Good news for the PS3 version of Bayonetta. They patched it a while ago and got rid of the long load times. I am hearing good things from PS3 owners that have played Bayonetta post patch. Don't let that stop you from playing this great game.

Teddie9
Teddie9
8 years ago

They realized their mistake with bayonetta and completely fixed whatever development model they had for the ps3 with Vanquish.

I have full confidence that MGR will run just fine.

DeathOfChaos
DeathOfChaos
8 years ago

I'll go with Revengeance. I love the God of War series, but Ascension having the online part just makes it seem less like a God of War game. Revengeance may not be anything like the Metal Gear Solid games, but it just seems different, lol.

Kiryu
Kiryu
8 years ago

I haven't liked any online game in my life accept journey and god of war ascension

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

To be honest I'm not interested in either. I too have heard the Revenegance demo was anything but impressive and I'm not even curious enough to bother trying it myself, and GoW just isn't my kind of game.

However, we are only two weeks away from Crysis 3! Woohoo – now THAT is one title I am super psyched for!


Last edited by Beamboom on 1/31/2013 1:46:03 AM

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

this might seem hasty, but I tried the Crysis 3 beta 'airplane' level, really just to see it's graphics, and it didn't impress me, not even close actually. The usual suspects make a return: growing in shadows and geometry. The blurry feel of Crysis 2 is back and the foliage looked a bit chunky by my tastes.
maybe the single player stuff will look better.

Geobaldi
Geobaldi
8 years ago

I can't speak for the console version of the beta, but the PC version of it I played didn't have those issues, on ultra settings at least. Well the foliage wasn't the greatest but I don't really care how the leaves look as you're usually running too fast to see them in detail anyway. Personally I just checked it out for tech as well, as I never play Crysis multiplayer. It's all about the single player for me with that franchise. It's not a real big improvement over Crysis 2 so far, but that was the only map I played. I'm sure the rest will look a lot better once it's out.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Temjin,
I loved the blurry feel of Crysis 2 – I think it looks great, adds depth to the picture. I really don't get why that received so much criticism, and I for one am glad they kept it.

In Crysis 2 the graphics in the single player were notably better than mp (at least the PS3 version) – something that makes sense too.

But I'm real torn this time, if I will get Crysis 3 for PC or PS3. I got buddies on both platforms that are saying they'll get the game, so it ends up being a question of who I most want to play with. Hate it when that happens!

… And then there's BioShock and GTA coming up, and between these three titles I got a life to cater to. So no GoW or MGR for me.


Last edited by Beamboom on 1/31/2013 4:09:42 AM

xenris
xenris
8 years ago

I too played the PC beta and wasn't really impressed. Both from a graphical and gameplay perspective but I just never really got into crysis for some reason.

Hope you enjoy it Beam 🙂

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

the PC network kept crashing on me right after making a group connection so sadly I didn't get to see it.

The heavy use of organics, like foliage and stuff, didn't seem to favor a lower res, blurry output, on PS3, at least by my tastes.

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

I managed to get a PC match of Crysis 3 working.
http://david-mason.deviantart.com/gallery/

here are a couple grabs I posted on my gallery link

this is 1080p at Very High settings

Very nice foliage =)

Temjin001
Temjin001
8 years ago

I liked the GoW beta and the MGR demo was a let down. With GoW it's pretty much a lock at doing at what GoW does best and MGR has this pseudo-action-stealth vibe going on that wasn't working for me in the demo.

Oxvial
Oxvial
8 years ago

Oh boy the MGR nonsensical hate continues, MGR isn't a let down lol, gameplay was damn good also 60fps ftw, let down for what? because isn't a Metal Gear Solid game? is a spinoff, people should of be happy Kojima is working in the real Metal Gear game >_> this is a win/win situation.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
8 years ago

I go with MGS since it will probably have more replay value than GoW and I prefer the gameplay on MGSR. It would make more sense to compare MGSR with DmC rather than GoW in my opinion.

Oxvial
Oxvial
8 years ago

I agree with this, GoW games never felt like DMC or like the demo of Rising showed us.

trumpetmon65
trumpetmon65
8 years ago

honestly, I play god of war mostly for the story and the set pieces. They really draw me into the game. The action part of it works fine and is certainly fun enough (especially with all the gory deaths that I am ashamed and proud to say are entertaining), but it was never really all that deep.

Platinum games may have been very light on story in the past (I didn't even bother listening to Vanquish) but Bayonetta was actually just plain fun regardless of the weird (but still fun) story. I'm interested to see what platinum will do with revengence. With God of war, I already pretty much know exactly what to expect, especially after playing the beta. But that isn't at all a bad thing

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
8 years ago

Sadly, right now, neither.

My time and money is currently on my back catalogue while waiting for Bioshock Infinite and GTA V.

Trying to juggle 2 jobs and time with friends and family is costing me a lot of time. I'm only 5 hours into Assassin's Creed 3 and I've been playing it for the last 3 weeks!!!

DAMN YOU STEAM SALE!!!
My back catalogue is huge thanks to Valve's insanely cheap games. Thank you Gabe Newell for giving me more money but no time. 😛

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I know! I too have grabbed far more than I can handle during the Steam sales. Currently enjoying the Witcher!

Hey what's your Steam nick? Can I add you? 🙂 (I'm beamboom there too)

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
8 years ago

Dancemachine55, same for PSN, XBL and Steam

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

I wish more people were like us. All these different nicks across different networks are really confusing.

PS I *love* your Steam profile picture! 🙂


Last edited by Beamboom on 1/31/2013 2:46:58 PM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

I'd like to go with MGR, but not having the ability to dodge immediately while doing combos and no block was a let down.

Have to go with GOW.

trumpetmon65
trumpetmon65
8 years ago

there is a block. you hit the direction the hit is coming from and attack although it might be a little…dodgy. I'm still playing around with it.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
8 years ago

You can dodge while doing combos they show it in the trailers. The developers explain why you can't block but parry.

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
8 years ago

I played the demo for MGR:R, it ran pretty good in my opinion I had no issues with it. The Blade mode takes a bit to get used to though, it was very weird trying to be accurate with it without slicing the cardboard hostages with the enemy behind them. I thought the demo was actually pretty fun.

But which is better? Not sure, I don't think I could choose either one of them over the other one. I like my Greek Mythology and futuristic technology, and science fiction and what have you.

That is a very tough call imo, so I will stand neutral on this.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
8 years ago

I noticed in the Ascension beta they ditched the roll and stole the Dante's Inferno style dodge 🙂

___________
___________
8 years ago

impossible to choose.
there 2 such totally different games!
its like saying whats better, zelda or darksiders?
yea they may be in the same genre, and have the same RPG dungeon crawler feel, but besides that there totally different!
GOW and rising even more so, ones a hack and slash ripper set on big set pieces, and massive boss battles!
the other is much more about stealth, precision, and super fast paced combat!
they may be in the same genre, but thats where the similarities end.

Corvo
Corvo
8 years ago

Not to be a fanboy but nothing can be beat GoW. I don't even like mashers, but from my time with GoW3 all i can say is that GoW is the creation of epic. I mean ZERO lag with that giant thing moving in the background while your fighting monsters. Textures were so clean and even the gameplay was pretty awesome. Then the brutal killing of the bosses was pretty badarse too.

The MG rising demo makes me feel like its holding my hand and saying "Its ok! Here, push this button ok good! Now do this!" I don't like games treating me like im a 5 year old haha Plus, what the hell happened to him spending time with his family? It kind of upsets me. He finally gets his son and wife back and BAM he's right back out there.

Evil Incarnate
Evil Incarnate
8 years ago

I'll be buying both. If I had to choose though it would be God of War hands down. I would take the proven product every time.