Revenge blows up TF thanks to memes

A screenshot of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance of the stylish swordsman Samuel

“I should repeat Revenge”Definitely Jetstream Sam.
Screenshot: PlatinumGames / Konami Digital Entertainment / Kotaku

Some people are talking Metal Gear Rising: Revenge again, and not only that: they play it too. A 2013 hack-and-slash action game, published by PlatinumGames, appears to be almost 10 years old Revenge truly lives up to its name, a portmanteau of revenge and revenge. Because if you look at the latest stats Posted by a cross-platform data analysis group PlayTrackerwhich indicated that the number of players had risen 1,000% from last April at the same time thanks to one particular meme, you’d believe the silver haired hot boy Raiden is back with… revenge.

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeoften shortened to Revengeis a strange collaboration between fans of PlatinumGames and action games Metal Gear Solid producer of the Kojima Productions series. Canonically positioned after the PS3 premiere in 2008 Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Revenge watched MGS 2 Raiden protagonist like him he stopped the special plan of the United States Senator to bring the world into pure chaos by taking advantage of the global war economy. Let this crazy but important assumption be made for a while. This is the entire storyline of the game – and it totally rules! But what really made the game shine was a smooth, crunchy, hyper-aggressive fight filled with acrobatic kicks and bloody katana swings. Raiden is a cyber ninja after all, and PlatinumGames is the creator Bayonetta and Nier: automatonsreally knows how to design a combat mechanic that is strong. However, great gameplay alone doesn’t explain the sudden respawn, so what’s going on? Well, they’re memes, “DNA of the soul,” as the magnetic boss Monsoon put it during his frustrating, philosophical battle.

PlayTracker, a smaller independent outfit that analyzes and reports on player trends across platforms, tweeted on May 23 that Revenge is “seeing numbers he has not seen” since its premiere. In fact, according to the group, the game’s popularity “exploded” in January 2022, gaining an average of 2,000 players a month, from 300-800 in 2021. A PlayerTracker spokesman explained the figures my box via DM on Twitter, saying the post included two numbers: Steam concurrent players and cross-platform achievement activity.

“For concurrent players, we get the number via Steam’s public API many times a day and track it over time,” said a PlayerTracker spokesman. “Everyone can access the current number of concurrent players. You can also independently verify our data on how this number has changed over time on similar sites like SteamCharts and SteamDB. In the case of achievements on multiple platforms, these are the achievements of our 11.5 thousand. registered users on Steam, PlayStation and Xbox. To explain, it is a total of 11.5 thousand. registered users. Some have multiple platforms, others only one or two. The social part of our website allows users to combine their libraries and profiles in one place. “

As a PlayTracker spokesman said, this uptrend is also reflected on Steam. The current SteamCharts Trend Analyzer reports that Revenge saw a 61% increase in the number of players around January. The game maintained this steady pace of growth even after a slight decline in March. I mean, about 2,000 people were playing at the time of this writing Revenge in the last 24 hours.

And memes seem to be causing the game to revive. Although Hideo Kojima did not write or direct Revenge, it still has the whole elevated melodrama of the series, and then a few, and is packed with scenery-chewing characters and wonderfully quoted (or memorable) dialogue. Currently a a few of peak posts wr /MetalGearSolidthis subreddit dedicated to all things Metal hardware, from this month there are some funny ass Revenge Memes. There’s also the last boss of the game, fictional US Senator Steven Armstrong, who has so many memorable moments – from “Nanomachines, son!” as an explanation of why it is so powerful to literally say he wants to “make America great again” – which easily makes him the source of the most memorable encounters in the game.

A screenshot from Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance showing the nihilistic magnetic antagonist Monsoon commenting on the nature of memes.

But maybe the game’s most outstanding meme and one that’s likely to be catapulted Revenge back to public awareness, or “Sam Jetstream Thinking” one. It’s stupid, with a lot of GIFs embellished with an absurd statement – something like “I should sabotage the nuclear reactor… And the stylish swordsman Samuel “Jetstream Sam” Rodrigues stroking his chin as if he were actually considering the idea. Memes, man.

Some PlayTracker mentions attribute the game’s recent popularity to YouTuber Jacob Geller on May 2 video essay study Revenge‘sustained (and growing) popularity. It offers some interesting arguments on why the game continues to attract new players, including its “incredibly aggressive” combat system where dodging is an optional skill and parrying is tied to an attack button. Inspired by the Geller movie, I recently came back to Revenge via Xbox Backward Compatibility. I’ve been working on this on a larger blog, but with only one mission in the game, I immediately remembered why Revenge was so exciting in 2013. The action begins around 10 minutes and you fight one of the mechanized behemoths that gave the series its name, the giant Metal Gear. roughly seven-hour campaign. The fact that it included extra DLC that allowed you to play as two more characters and carried all your gear between games was a bonus.

It’s fun to see Metal Gear Rising: Revenge come back like this. PlayTracker agreed, saying its popularity is unlikely to die any time soon.

“Because memes are only gaining in popularity, and a few popular streamers[like[jak[like VTuber Kyokeru and YouTuber karlswood]will be playing this game live, it’s safe to say it will keep the pace a little longer. “

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