* ActorAllusion: When Raiden calls his enemies "walking vending machines," Kevin makes a joke about blood and calls Raiden "Dracula." His English-language voice actor, Phil [=LaMarr=], played Vamp in ''[=MGS2=]'' and ''4''.
* ApprovalOfGod: ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=meJckIFWFR0 Metal Gear Sunrising]]'', a Creator/FreddieWong parody about Raiden trying to lead a normal life; not only was approved by Creator/{{Konami}} and Creator/HideoKojima, but Creator/QuintonFlynn himself reprised his role as the voice of Raiden.
* CastingGag: Monsoon is not the first cyborg to be voiced by MasashiEbara, extra hilarity being that the other was named ''[[Anime/AngelCop Raiden]]''.
* TheDanza: Philip-Anthony Rodriguez provides the English voice for Samuel Rodrigues.
* DevelopmentGag: The character of Boris was featured in the original version of ''Metal Gear Solid: Rising'' that was set prior to the events of ''[=MGS4=]''. He alludes to this by mentioning he met Raiden at Area 51, the place Raiden was turned into a cyborg.
* DuelingGames: The game came out one month after fellow HackAndSlash games ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' and ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry''. ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'': ''Ascension'' followed not more than a couple of weeks later.
* FanNickname:
** The Game: ''[[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ninja Raiden]]'' or ''[[Franchise/DevilMayCry Metal Gear May Cry]]'' due to the {{hack and slash}} gameplay.
** [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Ezio Mode]] for Raiden's Ninja Run, because you have limited LeParkour abilities with it active.
** ''Heavy Metal Gear Solid'', due the habit of firing up the song lyrics at clutch moments.
** [[Franchise/DevilMayCry Devil Trigger]] for [[SuperMode Ripper Mode]]. Funnily enough, the controls to activate both Ripper and Devil Trigger (for [[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry the reboot]]) are the same: pressing down both analog sticks.
** Dog-Shaped Robot Buddy for [[RobotDog Bladewolf]], coined by a [[BlindIdiotTranslation poorly translated]] survey from Konami about what fans want out of a second ''Rising'' game, and popularized by LetsPlay/ChipCheezum.
* MidDevelopmentGenreShift: Originally the game was announced under the title of ''Metal Gear Solid: Rising'' as a stealth-action game with a focus on stealth hunting. The game instead shifted to a focus on hack and slash gameplay when the development was of the game was switched from Kojima Productions to Creator/PlatinumGames. However, the emphasis on stealth hunting still remains with the alert system, AR vision mode, and ability to hide and do stealth take downs (akin to the ''VideoGame/{{Batman Arkham|Series}}'' series).
* NoExportForYou:
** ''Metal Gear Rising'' is a UsefulNotes/PlayStation3 exclusive in Japan[[note]]If you don't count the Japanese Steam versions, which also come with Japanese voiceovers[[/note]] because the Japanese UsefulNotes/XBox360 version was cancelled.
** Western fans aren't going to get the Solid Snake Sword DLC thanks to Creator/DavidHayter being replaced for ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' by Creator/KieferSutherland; it'd be too expensive to bring him in for a joke role.
** The PC version isn't available on Steam in Malaysia for no given reason other than it being a [=PS3=] exclusive in Asia, since the [=PS3=] version is being sold at all Sony Centers and game shops in the country.
* OlderThanTheyThink: Sam was not the first one to use a bullet trigger on his katana sheath. The 2005 manga ''Manga/GaRei'' already had protagonists fighting ghosts and demons with these.
* RefittedForSequel: Bladewolf combines elements of Crying Wolf from ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots MGS4]]'' and an unused RobotDog AssistCharacter from Platinum's previous game, ''VideoGame/{{Vanquish}}'', as seen [[http://www.blogcdn.com/www.joystiq.com/media/2010/08/vanquish8510.jpg here.]]
* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: The game was cancelled before Platinum Games got involved.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** Kojima initially wanted gameplay to be like "a hunter stalking their prey." However, the Kojima Productions version was cancelled after difficulties with gameplay and stage design in late 2010.
** Kojima considered offering the project to several Western studios, before settling on Platinum Games.
** ''Rising'' was originally an {{interquel}} set between ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty Metal Gear Solid 2]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots Metal Gear Solid 4]]''. The final version is set in 2018, four years after the events of ''Metal Gear Solid 4''.
** Kojima personally wanted Gray Fox to be the main character as opposed to Raiden. However, the development team wanted to use Raiden. Kojima also admitted that if Fox has been used, then he would have been the director of the game instead. In the final version, Fox's [[PoweredArmor exoskeleton]] and sword appear in the game as [[DownloadableContent DLC]].
** You could initially run on walls and running toward enemies would automatically have Raiden block the bullets. It's was scrapped as it felt it would be too easy for the player.
** Had David Hayter not been replaced by Keifer Sutherland, it's very likely Western players would have gotten the full version of the Wooden Sword DLC.
** Regarding the "[[FanNickname ninja cat]]" on the beach in the second mission that dodges all of Raiden's attacks, [[http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-03-05-revengeance-used-to-have-a-lot-more-cats there was apparently supposed to be more of these throughout the game that were supposed to eventually follow Raiden around.]]