GameFocus: "The jaw-dropping combat, sensational music, high speed anime stylings, and boss fights are more than enough to look beyond the game’s flawed stealth mechanics, story, and length. Kojima and Platinum have crafted an exceptional first installment in what could be the next big franchise for the genre. Raiden is no longer the unneeded show stealer he was twelve years ago; he now has his own game and he deserves it. It has the potential series signature Blade Mode, a character set in one of the most beloved gaming lores, and the perfect developer to see the franchise through. Improvements need to be made, but Metal Gear Rising has already established itself to be an action game well worth it."