- A new character
- Still plays well enough
- Only an hour of content…
- …and for the asking price, that’s really disappointing
- Sam backstory is uninteresting
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance itself wasn’t a terrible game but it fell short by being fairly straightforward and only a few hours in length. With Raiden’s journey over and done with, what would the developers have in store via downloadable content? After a few VR mission packs and some alternate costumes, we’re promised a look back at the character Sam’s beginnings, before he became the mercenary that Raiden faces off against in the main game. Unfortunately, Jetstream suffers the same problem the main game does – it’s far too short.
For 800 Microsoft Points, you’d expect a few additional hours of content and plenty of new content. Jetstream however, doesn’t even clock in at a single hour and re-treads ground found in the main game. The only real draw from the DLC is playing as Sam, who has his own style of fighting compared to that of Raiden’s.
Also disappointing, is the story the DLC tells. Set right before Raiden’s tale begins, you play as Sam as he battles to take down the same corporation Raiden faces off against in the main game. From there it explains why Sam joins the organisation and works on defending it instead. In all, there are few meaningful cutscenes, revisited locations and dull boss fights so quite how the DLC managed to weigh in at a few megabytes short of a gigabyte, is unusual.
As mentioned above, the biggest pro is playing as a new character. Although the fundementals are the same (slash enemies up, steal their organs, flashy combos, etc.), Sam controls a little differently to Raiden. Slower in general, Sam focuses more on heavier, more damaging attacks using standard attacks and a chargeable multi-slash move. Although Sam is perfectly playable he never flows quite as well as Raiden does and has nowhere near as many moves.
Jetstream isn’t a bad DLC but it recycles far too much content and the prequel story is disappointing and short. Clocking in at just under an hour of game time and costing what it does, Jetstream is very hard to recommend. If you loved the main game, you might get a kick out of this but otherwise, spend the 800 points on an Arcade game that will get you much more for your money.