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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Yahtzee from WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation likened the relationship between Raiden and Bladewolf to that of [[Franchise/ScoobyDoo Shaggy and Scooby Doo]]. This paints the picture of them being partners who occasionally get involved in increasingly silly antics, which probably isn't too far from the truth
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: Every boss has its own theme. And yes, they are ''all'' awesome:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LmYHOZorwc "Rules of Nature,"]] the music that plays during the Metal Gear Ray and other UG boss battles.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R86NrDpC06g "I'm My Own Master Now,"]], the theme for LQ-84i.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaQK63HqgPw "A Stranger I Remain,"]] Mistral's theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUSbP2sPFCM&list=PLvNp0Boas722KITodpPOPeBrcxmrW5uwf "The Stains of Time,"]] Monsoon's boss theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MiYDVji858 "Red Sun,"]] Sundowner's theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQzet0GOKNo "The Only Thing I Know for Real,"]] Samuel's theme.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95ar2Z8ShiM "Collective Consciousness"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhS8oJ_N-Kc "It Has To Be This Way,"]] [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]]'s themes.
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDwWLFbDhQ The War Still Rages Within,]]" the credits theme, a slow (compared to the rest of the game's music at least), haunting track that reflects on Raiden's future.
** The music from the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op8mjKZxccM final trailer "cut"]] by Kojima himself prior to the game's release could count as one. (Do be warned that it's rather [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil spoileriffic]].)
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ-drpEGRc0 "The Hot Wind Blowing,"]] a remix of Collective Consciousness, which at release date seemed like a {{wasted song}} but turned out to be the theme song of the Blade Wolf DLC's final boss.
*** It still counts as this in the traditional way, as the lyrics only kick in during the finisher QTE, meaning you basically have to pause the game during it to have any chance of hearing more than than 20 seconds of them.
* [[AwesomeBosses/VideoGames Best Boss Ever]]: While any of the bosses in the game are all extremely awesome, special credit goes to the FinalBoss, [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong, who first fights you in a block-sized Metal Gear before absolutely thrashing Raiden in a fight, firmly solidifying his status as a complete and total {{Badass}}. It takes Sam's sword and Wolf getting smashed by Armstrong for Raiden to even stand a chance. Moral support is also available thanks to [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic "It Has To Be This Way"]] and the encouragement from all of Raiden's codec comrades]].
* BreatherBoss: Sundowner, and a possible AntiClimaxBoss at that. Formidable as he is, he doesn't require nearly as much finesse and skill to keep up with as [[ThatOneBoss Monsoon]], the previous boss. He also has disproportionately low health considering his physique and fighting style, you can also ignore his main gimmick (cutting through his shields with Blade Mode when prompted) pretty easily, and his attacks in his second phase are slow and heavy enough that parrying them should prove fairly easy even for someone struggling with the parry mechanics.
* BrokenBase: Many fans were split over:
** The final game being developed by Creator/PlatinumGames instead of [[Creator/HideoKojima Kojima Productions]].
** Raiden's DarkerAndEdgier AntiHero tendencies over the course of the game, particularly during his fight with Monsoon.
* CanonFodder: The game references multiple events also mentioned in the ''Metal Gear Solid 4 Database'' regarding Raiden's transformation into a cyborg between ''Sons of Liberty'' and ''Guns of the Patriots'', without going into the specifics of those events either.
* ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch: The game was criticized by some for its GenreShift from {{Stealth Based Game}}play to HackAndSlash, even before they'd actually played it.
* CompleteMonster: Sundowner is a BloodKnight war profiteer who seeks to spread WarForFunAndProfit around the world, believing it to be the natural state of mankind. He begins the game by killing President N'mami in front of Raiden whilst being needlessly sadistic, and has street children kidnapped while their brains are removed into cyborg casings [[AndIMustScream while they are aware the whole time.]] We see hundreds of these brains as well. They're forced to commit endless atrocities in virtual reality before they are sent off to commit them in the real world as well. Sundowner has no good intentions or vision for peace like Hot Coldman, no, he's more sadistically gleeful and sociopathically unrepentant of his atrocities.
* CounterpartComparison: Raiden to Big Boss. Raiden expresses a desire to put his violent past behind him by seeking peaceful applications of his abilities, even using the analogy of deterrence wherein his powers would starve off potential violence in the future. Has his idealistic vision ruined through a vicious assault on him and his allies, and loses his left eye and his left arm in the process (curiously Big Boss lost his left arm in ''MGSV'', and had lost his right eye prior to that). When he wakes up he is hellbent on revenge and goes to any length to achieve that goal, sacrificing his body, his philosophy, and even his own sword to achieve his vengeance, perverting what he once stood for. It's almost prophetic how close this is to what Big Boss goes through in ''MGSV'', to the point that one almost begins to think that Kojima used ''Rising'' as a deliberate foreshadowing of what would happen to Big Boss in the next game.
* CrazyAwesome: Many players considered part of what made Raiden {{Badass}} in this game was his re-descent into being an AxCrazy {{Sociopath|icHero}}.
** This also applies to Senator Armstrong, who shows us that [[MemeticMutation you don't fuck with senators]].
* DemonicSpiders: The mastiff enemies. They have a slow wind up for their attacks, but they're incredibly agile which causes the camera to go berserk far more often than with any other enemy and can also easily leave Raiden vulnerable. Especially when they dropkick Raiden, which has little warning and is the only move of theirs you can't outrun with Ninja Run. And you're often facing several at a time.
* DracoInLeatherPants: A '''lot''' of people ended up agreeing with the [[SocialDarwinist ideology]] that Senator Armstrong spouts, even though his actions in controlling Desperado show that, while he does have points regarding the issues plaguing his nation, neither the ends nor the means are justified.
* EarWorm: ''Time to leave them all behiiiind'', or to be specific, the vocal portion of Bladewolf's boss theme, both for being [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic very cool]] and because the fight against Bladewolf is the last thing you do in the demo. Expect just about every [[LetsPlay Let's Player]] to start singing along when they get to that part.
** The final boss music has this as well.
--> ''"And staring across this barren, wasted land, I feel new life will be born beneath the blood-stained SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND!"''
** "Rules of Nature" could have been four minutes of nothing but the "[[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth DUN DUN DUUUUUN]] [[MetalScream RUUULES OF NATURE!]]"
%%Please do not re-add Senator Armstrong to the below section. By definition, his role as the main villain invalidates him for dark horse status.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Monsoon's role in the story is about as minimal as Mistral's, but his unique design and [[DetachmentCombat even more unique fighting style]], and [[LargeHam incredible rant about "The Meeeeeeemes"]] has gained him a huge following.
** Jetstream Sam is also a bit of this as well. It helps that the first DLC for the game features him.
* EsotericHappyEnding: [[spoiler:[[BigBad Armstrong]]]] is beaten, and Desperado has been effectively dismantled. However, [[spoiler: the best possible result for the victims is an "imperfect solution for an imperfect world." Not only that but Raiden has abandoned any hope for a peaceful life, leaving behind his family that he returned to war to support in the first place.]]
* EvilIsCool: [[spoiler:Senator Armstrong]] is extremely popular [[spoiler:due to the ridiculously awesome last 35 minutes of the game where he goes on to show us that he's one of the biggest {{badass}}es in the entire series by throwing Raiden around like a ragdoll [[LargeHam while spouting]] [[FountainOfMemes some of the most awesome and hilarious lines in the game]].]] Between his boss battle, dialogue, and music, he's arguably the most remembered character in the game behind Sam and Bladewolf.
** Jetstream Sam and the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Winds of the Destruction]] (particularly Monsoon) have similarly found a place in the hearts of most fans.
* EvilIsSexy: The Winds of Destruction bring some equal-opportunity eye-candy with the charming, darkly humorous, and ruggedly handsome Sam on one side and the seductive bombshell Mistral on the other. Sexy accents included free change of charge!
* FaceOfTheBand: Sam seems to be this for the Winds of Destruction, even if he's not an official member. Sundowner may be the leader, but Sam has the more prominent role in marketing materials and overall plot relevance as TheRival to Raiden.
* FandomRivalry: With ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC: Devil May Cry]]'', although it's less a rivalry and more an InternetCounterattack against those who criticized the ''DMC'' reboot but like this game.
* FoeYay: Mistral hits on Raiden several times with her [[spoiler:final words being a love declaration in French.]] However, [[spoiler:her last words were actually meant for Armstrong.]]
* FountainOfMemes: Steven Armstrong.
* FriendlyFandoms: Fans of the classic ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' who are upset over the reboot due to its redesigns and use of gameplay mechanics more similar to that of ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'' as opposed to a sequel/prequel within the original continuity support this game instead of the reboot. The game's fast movements and Raiden's appearance probably help.
* GameBreaker:
** The Fox Blade, once bought and upgraded will kill all non-boss enemies in 1-2 hits, even on Revengeance difficulty.
** The Blue Wig, which gives Raiden infinite fuel cells for unlimited BulletTime and SuperMode, which can also be combined to slow the game down to 1/10th normal speed. Though the wig can only be purchased after beating normal or above with 20/30 collectible data chips, it makes all but [[HarderThanHard Revengeance Mode]] a walk through the bloody, eviscerated park.
*** Unlike all the other GameBreaker items in past games like the stealth camo or the bandanna, there's no score penalty for using the Fox Blade or any of the wigs.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Raiden calls Sundowner's pincer blades "gimmicky shit", when in reality, they're one of the best weapons in the game, offering long invincibility frames and cutting mooks in half with one slice.
* GoddamnedBats:
** The dwarf gekkos. The only purpose they serve is to ZergRush you, stun you and leave you open for other enemy attacks.
** Also the flying mechs, which serve only to pick at your health with their gun, occasionally swoop you while you're distracted, and have a tendency to hover just out of reach of jump attacks.
** {{Mooks}} with rocket-propelled grenades. Not so bad on their own, but in groups they will rarely give you a second to rest. It's especially bad on higher difficulties with little to no health packs, making you move faster than your brain can comprehend just to avoid them.
* GoodBadBugs: In order to prevent the player carving up a civilian whilst trying to save them, they aren't harmed by sword attacks; as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=YeSC-MpALhE this Destructoid video]] shows, this unintentionally extends to explosion damage, meaning [[ShootTheHostage shooting the civilian himself with a rocket]] is the easiest way to save them.
* HarsherInHindsight:
** ''Rising'' contains additional discussion of Raiden's past as a {{Child Soldier|s}} in Liberia, making the discussion of those events in ''[=MGS2=]'' more disturbing.
** Being able to wear the Raikov Mask when Naked Snake loses his right eye in ''[=MGS3=]'' becomes creepier considering Raiden gets one of his eyes cut out by Sam in this game.
** There are times that the player can cut a soldier's arms but the enemy will still try to kill him in his state. While this is PlayedForLaughs, we later learn that they have nanomachines that suppress their fear meaning that they were actually in panic and wanted to escape.
* HateDumb: Haters bashed the game so much for apparently [[ItsShortSoItSucks being short]], that Atsushi Inaba had to explain on [[http://www.metalgearsolidtv.com/2013/02/metal-gear-rising-revengeance-platinum.html his Twitter account that]] the game's final results screen actually records how much time you took to beat the game ''without taking cutscenes or failed tries into account.'' Inaba was dismayed by how people used this single image to generate such rumors.
** However, this didn't stop several video game critics from making the same complaint, creating another case of CriticalDissonance in the franchise.
** People also complain that the game forces you to parry and demand a block button. The truth is that if the player fails a parry, they do get a "lesser" parry that could be named block. There's also a dodge skilled named Defensive Offense for another way to evade enemy attacks.
* HilariousInHindsight:
** ''Rising'' is the first ''Franchise/MetalGear'' game developed specifically for consoles since ''[=MGS4=]'', making Rose's suggestion at the end of the ''[[UpdatedRerelease MGS3: Subsistence]]'' short ''Metal Gear Raiden: Snake Eraser'' that Raiden try to become the main character of ''[=MGS5=]'' instead of {{Retcon}}ing himself into the previous games all the more amusing.
*** For added humor, he's still not the main character of the ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain actual]]'' fifth ''MGS'' game.
** In an early codec, Doktor mentions the Prime Minister would have survived if he had been a cyborg. Raiden states it would have been ridiculous to have a cyborg Prime Minister. [[spoiler:Some chapters later, Raiden fights a politician equipped with nanomachines that make him as powerful as a cyborg.]]
** [[spoiler:Metal Gear Excelsus]] has many legs and two big, almost pincer-like blades. [[Memes/MetalGear Crab battle]] will be going through your head the whole time.
** ''[[VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood Assasssin's Creed: Brotherhood]]'' included a ShoutOut to the ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series by giving its main character Raiden's ''[=MGS4=]'' outfit. A mainstay of the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series is the ability to stealthily kill an unsuspecting enemy by pressing a context sensitive button when near them. In this game, Raiden can do that now.
*** Speaking of ''Brotherhood'', Ezio in Raiden's armor makes him look an awful lot like Sam...
** A common joke within the fandom is that by divine law, every woman Otacon loves dies. In a Codec convo, Sunny mentions that Otacon has become very popular with the ladies, but for some unknown reason, he's always dating a different woman.
** In his first appearance, Raiden's final enemy happened to be an ex-President of the United States. Now he's fighting [[spoiler:an actual American senator and when blocking Armstrong's attacks Raiden acts as if he is used to these types of politicians full of ideals.]]
** Late in the main game, Raiden steals a motorcycle as transport and leaves an apology inscription on the ground. The ''Jetstream Sam'' DLC reveals that it was Sam's motorcycle all along.
** The final boss. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My75o38w8Ys His first appearance was in Ren and Stimpy?!]]
** Monsoon and [[spoiler: Armstrong]] talk about the memes and how they'll be remembered because of said memes. [[EnsembleDarkhorse Boy,]] [[MemeticMutation are]] [[FountainOfMemes they]] [[EvilIsCool right.]]
* HolyShitQuotient: The game has a massive amount of these moments per scene, including:
** A [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Cyborg Ninja]] blocking a HumongousMecha's [[{{BFS}} giant sword]] before ''[[LauncherMove launching it]]'' and then slicing it apart ''[[AirJousting while still in the air]]''!
** {{Cyborg}} [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Ninja]] [[CoolVersusAwesome vs]] [[spoiler:[[BadassNormal non-]]]]Cyborg [[BlowYouAway Wind]] [[EverythingsBetterWithSamurai Samurai]]!
** A Cyborg Lightning Ninja and his {{Robot|Buddy}} {{Chainsaw|Good}} Dog!
** {{Clean Cut}}tting enemies in BulletTime into dozens of LudicrousGibs!
** Cutting apart a HumongousMecha with one of its own ''[[{{BFS}} three story tall sword arm.]]''
*** And that's after he lifts the behemoth and throws it. Followed by, Raiden ripping the arm off and parrying its attack.
** At one point Raiden catches a ride on a below-spacecraft that goes roughly 4500 miles in 30 minutes at ''Mach 23''.
** The entirety of the last 35 minutes of the game is basically a series of these, with each moment being exponentially more insane than the last.
* ItsShortSoItSucks: As noted above in FanDumb, some fans believe this. A little more valid complaint though comes from some critics who believed that the story was too short to have any of the new characters be fleshed out enough.
** Raiden's support team actually gets development if the players use the Codec and they start understanding Raiden's HiddenDepths. The villains actually received more development than most of the ones from the Cobra Unit and the Beauty and the Beast Unit since they loved interacting with Raiden.
* MemeticBadass: [[spoiler:Armstrong. See CrazyAwesome, EvilIsCool, and the Character page.]]
** MemeticBadass [[BadassAdorable Adorable]]: [[FanNickname Matrix/Ninja Cat]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKSN6WFvHF0 to some.]]
* MemeticMutation:
** REVENGEANCE!
** Raiden NEEDS [[Film/{{Idiocracy}} GATORADE!]] [[DontExplainTheJoke (It has electrolytes!)]]
*** All the jokes about Raiden drinking Gatorade are a lot funnier when you discover that cutting open a vending machine always yields an Electrolyte Pack.
** [[AppliedPhlebotinum Nanomachines, son]].
*** Senator Armstrong being a namesake of [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist Major Alex Armstrong]], it eventually evolved into "Those nanomachines have been passed down the Armstrong line for generations!"
*** And now thanks to the DLC we have "Nanomachines, [[spoiler:Sam]]!"
** You're batshit insane!
** [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic TIME TO LEAVE THEM ALL BEHIIIIIIIIND!]]
** '''''[[MetalScream RULES OF NATURE!]]'''''
*** The actual "Rules of Nature" theme is also being used to make several scenes more epic. Examples include [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQcyp_WyoYQ Daigo at EVO,]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZpeeVn21Fs Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan,]]'' and some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7TSJdFO6jE random fight.]]
* {{Mondegreen}}: "THERE ARE SEVENTY-TWO WOMEN TO BE RRRAAAPPPED! THE CHOCOLATE'S FALLING GENTLY DOWN ON THE TEEERRRAAIIN!" Fair warning that this may forever ruin Monsoon's theme for you. The latter half is the one that is more often misheard.
* {{Narm}}: See [[Narm/MetalGear here]].
* NarmCharm:
** "Go Raiden! Cut up that... ''watermelon!''"
** Raiden's mariachi outfit, a disguise that consists of [[PaperThinDisguise nothing but a sombrero and a poncho]]. It's oddly endearing to see him sneaking around in it [[TheComicallySerious while keeping a completely straight face]].
** [[spoiler:[[LargeHam Senator]] [[BigBad Armstrong]]]] delivering a CurbStompBattle intercut with a political speech, petty insults and ''awkward butt shots.'' Taken UpToEleven when he kicks Raiden only to cue inexplicable cheers and clapping to like he scored a field goal.
** Monsoon shouting, "''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorentz_force LORENTZ FORCE!]] GO!''" and "LEFT HAND RULE!" as he uses his magnetic powers.
* OneSceneWonder: Monsoon is introduced to Raiden and the player at the end of a stage [[spoiler:and killed before he leaves Raiden's presence]], but his [[BreakThemByTalking lecture]] and Raiden's reaction to it make his screen time quite memorable.
** The Otaku guard at Sunny's space program headquarters has left quite an amusing impression on the fans.
* PlayerPunch: When Sam [[spoiler:pulls the NotSoDifferent card between Raiden and the Denver policemen you've been fighting up to this point. You hear their thoughts on how they're afraid of Raiden and they fight because it's the only thing keeping them alive.]] Then you have to fight them while still hearing this.
** Followed by the remaining policeman lamenting on how he was the only one spared.
* PolishedPort: The long-awaited PC port of the game has been met with positive reception. Especially since Japanese developers are not known for putting out PC ports very often, and the times they do, [[ResidentEvil4 they often]] [[DarkSouls tend to be]] a PortingDisaster.
** To elaborate, while the port isn't amazing, it's ''very'' well optimized (though it doesn't have the option for better textures than the console version), and despite some issues [including a 1080p resolution limit and a bug that would close the game when there is no internet connection (the latter of which has been fixed with an official patch)], it is a rather solid port, and people from Platinum and Konami are getting active feedback from PC players, as well. The fact that it comes with every piece of DLC, all for half the original cost of the console version, is icing on the cake.
* RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: Sunny was seen as TheScrappy in ''[[VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4GunsOfThePatriots [=MGS4=]]]'' for her awkward fascination with eggs, her shy personality, and being a genius for her age who surprisingly outclasses Naomi and Otacon. Now in ''Rising'', she's a bit older and is more talkative and expressive with Raiden. Furthermore, as one of the few returning characters her dialogues were looked forward by fans since she brought up information about Otacon.
** If anyone still considered Raiden to be a Scrappy after ''Guns of the Patriots'', they were promptly silenced by the sheer badassery that he displays in this game.
* RootingForTheEmpire: Many players sympathize with and even agree with some of [[spoiler:Armstrong's]] anarchistic goals. Reasons for this may be due in part to his reminiscence of Big Boss's ideals and the moral nuance of striving for peace but paradoxically using violence to achieve this goal, making him give off the vibe of a well-intentioned revolutionary. And the fact that [[spoiler:Armstrong]] has several [[NotSoDifferent similarities to Raiden]] in ideology. It certainly helps that his character lampshades the absurdities of American politics.
* TheScrappy:
** EthnicScrappy: Not many people seem too fond of George, partly due to his bizarre dialogue (which is half subtitled as phonetic reading of his accent) and lingo.
** TierInducedScrappy: Type 2 -- Boris' team can [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this when playing the HarderThanHard VR Missions or Revengeance difficulty. Dying repeatedly at the same checkpoint makes their '''''[[MostAnnoyingSound "RAIDEN?! ANSWER ME! RAAAAIDEEEEEEEN?!?!?!"]]''''' game over shtick wear ''very'' thin.
*** Doktor can also be very annoying in this regard since his death quote involves lamenting over how Raiden should be "stronger than this"... when all the VR missions force you to do them with no life or fuel upgrades and on harder missions this means that 95% of all enemy attacks are {{One Hit Kill}}s.
* ScrappyMechanic: Some fans were frustrated with a few mechanics in the game, including:
** Unique weapons replacing the High Frequency Blade's heavy attack when equipped instead of having their own dedicated button.
** The inability to [[RealTimeWeaponChange swap between sub-weapons on the fly]]. Trying to do a NoDamageRun after hitting a checkpoint with the wrong weapon equipped means spending precious seconds standing still to swap the weapon out, ''potentially ruining your chances before you can even start.'' This was fixed in a later patch; you can now change weapons while running, but not in the middle of {{Combos}}.
*** Apparently this is mostly due to the memory-intensive procedural cutting engine: there simply isn't enough RAM available on either console to run it with all 3 secondary weapons being usable at the same time. This might mean that it'll be fixed in the upcoming PC release, though.
** The use of an auto save (instead of the manual save found in the ''Metal Gear Solid'' games). Getting hit right before a checkpoint during a perfect run or missing a collectible often means having to restart the entire level to get back to it.
** The camera system, as it can feel sluggish, is awkwardly positioned in Blade Mode, and in certain instances re-positions itself while you're attempting to perform a parry or see an enemy.
** Sam's VR Missions from the Jetstream Sam DownloadableContent [[AnotherSideAnotherStory campaign]] can only be accessed from terminals you find in the levels themselves, and not from a separate VR menu like Raiden's.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: Homeless and impoverished children and their exploitation are a major problem in the world today, and the game makes no effort to mask this.
** There are some people and organizations in the world that blatantly violate the laws and moral standards of society, and if they do operate within the law they will use the law as a shield to protect their immoral activities and interests. Such people can't be negotiated with and need to be dealt with [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption harshly and permanently]]. The story goes to great lengths to show Raiden as operating outside of the law in order to do the right thing; that operating within the law is not always the same as being moral, and it's important that we try to recognize the difference.
* SpiritualLicensee: This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqSUZRQ4vIA#t=746s review]] points out that ''Rising'' is as close we are going to get to a modern ''VideoGame/{{Strider}}'' game. Or it would be the closest thing, until Capcom [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jMwcJI0pEg decided to reboot]] ''Strider''.
* ThatOneAchievement:
** Stormbringer/Becoming a Lightning God, which requires you to beat [[HarderThanHard Revengeance difficulty]] ''with all S ranks.'' Considering that there are certain encounters that give you ranks which are easily missed, and trying to get the bonuses for taking no damage and not killing anyone, you can see that this will take multiple tries. Made worse by the fact that, should you miss a single grading on an otherwise perfect S-Rank run, ''obtaining it means going back and doing a full perfect run of the level again.''
*** If you S-rank the levels out of order, you also need to beat the last level again with an S-rank for the achievement to count, and it's extremely easy to screw up the second part of the [[spoiler:Armstrong]] battle since getting hit gives you no time to restart the battle as the game autosaves instantly if you've hit him enough times beforehand and forces you into a QTE that ends the battle, and if you haven't reduced his life enough for the QTE to trigger, you die instead which also makes the game autosave and disqualify you from a NoDamageRun: while it's still possible to get an S-rank if you get hit, you need to fulfill every other criteria perfectly and you can't restart the battle if you don't do well enough.
** Amateur Radio Operator, which requires you to listen to most of the Codec conversations. This means that you have to constantly call everyone whenever you reach a checkpoint, get into a fight, reach a new area, see a civilian, when fighting a boss, whenever a boss changes phases, and some other optional requirements. Thankfully, each conversation carries over whenever you start a NewGamePlus, and you can skip convos you've already seen if you want to get the trophy quicker.
** Virtually Flawless/Virtually a God, which requires you to beat every VR Mission with a 1st Place Rank. The time requirements for some missions are simply insane and annoyingly many of them rely too much on enemy randomness to be able to beat them in the required amount of time, and the last 4 are generally considered to be ThatOneSidequest, making the trophy harder than necessary.
* ThatOneBoss:
** Monsoon uses extremely fast multi-hit combos, from multiple directions, that will regularly daze Raiden and leave you open for an additional hit if they connect. He can also use smoke grenades that make you unable to lock onto him, and become invulnerable to any attacks other than a counter-attack parry or EM grenade for long periods of time.
** The FinalBoss can create flame walls that trap you into a small area of the combat arena, throw debris that require you to line up a perfect Blade Mode strike in 2-3 seconds multiple times in a row, regenerate health, and even ''knock your weapon out of your hand''.
*** Arguably even harder in the ''Jetstream Sam'' DLC where the fight opens up with helicopters crashing into the ground causing flame walls. The Boss now has charges that can chase you even while you're in midair and which he can repeat up to 7 passes on Revengeance, all of which you need to dodge perfectly to avoid getting hit, as well as a plethora of other new attacks. It is made even harder when you realize that Sam has a poor defense in comparison to Raiden and Sam relies more in midair techniques which are useless against him.
* UglyCute: When Sunny calls Bladewolf cute, Raiden responds that Bladewolf isn't the, "cuddling type." As far as weapons of war are concerned, Bladewolf is certainly a sweetheart, but Raiden is right in his assessment that Wolf wasn't designed to be a pet.
** When Raiden encounters the Raptors, which are basically robotic dinosaurs, Doktor calls them "adorable." Raiden is less than enthusiastic about agreeing with Doktor's sentiment.
** Dwarf Gekkos for some.
* UnfortunateImplications: Invoked. One level involves Raiden killing Desperado cyborg PMC troops who have been hired as {{dirty cop}}s. Despite the context, you are still being actively encouraged to brutally murder [[UnacceptableTargets police officers]].
** The game itself points this out with [[spoiler:Sam's MindRape]] of Raiden.
** Played with the mariachi costume. The description even calls Raiden, "misguided."
* SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome[=/=]SugarWiki/GeniusProgramming: Monsoon's magnetic separation. His animations are absolutely seamless, transitioning from a whole piece of his model to physics-affected segments, and even moving completely independent of him without a single hiccup.
* TheWoobie: Raiden once again.
** JerkassWoobie: Despite Raiden being more [[SociopathicHero psychopathic this time around]], [[WellIntentionedExtremist he really wanted to save the children from becoming soldiers against their well at all costs.]] For the fact that he been through the Liberian war since he was 6 years old and his past as a child soldier has haunted him invoked him to prevent the same exact situation to others.
** Bladewolf needs plenty of hugs after being fooled into thinking that he'll achieve freedom (see his DLC episode for more details) and to be forced to work for Desperado Enforcement to avoid having its memory erased. Plus he's really a kind dog (provided that you don't piss him off) who's very loyal to Raiden after their first encounter.
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