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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Mac Review

Are you looking for a fast-paced action game that also happens to include stealth elements? If so, you’re in the right place then. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance for Mac is the ninth installment of the Metal Gear series and is set four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots. But hey, don’t be discouraged if you have never played an MG game before. This is a spin-off, a completely new story.

TransGaming was in charge of bringing the game to the MacOS and they did so using their Cider wrapping technology. MGR: Revengeance takes the series to a whole new level while paying tribute to old-school action games, making you work hard and fight your way through the game. But the question you're probably asking yourself is: How well does it run on Mac? Lets find out...

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Enter Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

In this spin-off, you take the role of Raiden, a known cyborg from the series. After some events, he goes down a trail of vengeance against the private military company, Desperado Enforcement and its allied corporation, World Marshall Inc. The game is divided into eight main missions and two additional DLC missions once you beat the main story.

MGR is a linear beat’em up game packed with great battle dynamics and spectacular boss fights. The majority of the game consists on fighting cyborgs, machines and bosses, over and over. And the whole thing becomes increasingly difficult as you keep going through the story.

In MGR, you have a health and fuel cell bar, the latter being used to perform special attacks such as the blade or ripper mode. You will need electrolytes to replenish your fuel cell bar which is spent when performing special attacks. But they are easily recovered by extracting cores, found in the spinal cords of dead cyborg soldiers and circuits of unmanned gears. By the way, cores also replenish your health along with electrolytes.

As mentioned earlier, your character also has some stealth moves, such as ninja kills to silently dispatch enemies. This can be easily achieved via the augmented reality mode. On that mode, you can see through buildings as well as your mission objective, chests, weapons, and enemies, making it easier to perform ninja kills.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Mac

Inside the game, you have a menu for choosing recovery consumables, sub-weapons (including the classic box of Metal Gear series games), and unique weapons, which you gain after defeating certain bosses. This is a very useful menu since some sub-weapons, such as EMP grenades that can stun enemy cyborgs and gears, are perfect when you are surrounded by lots of enemies. Moreover, changing unique weapons is also important, as some of them have an advantage over certain bosses. Try to use the weapon called “l’etranger” on a certain boss that shall not be named and you’ll see what I mean. As for as consumables go, they are automatically used if your health or electrolytes dip too low, but you can still use them manually by accessing the weapons menu.

MGR: Revengeance has a currency known as battle points (BP), which is gained by killing enemies and finding secrets. Obviously, the bigger and more awesome combos you make, the more BPs you gain. You can spend your BPs to purchase upgrades to max out your health and electrolytes or to buy new equipment or upgrade the ones you already have. DO NOT FORGET TO UPGRADE YOUR EQUIPMENT, or else your game time may turn out to be frustrating—I’m talking from experience. Also, I used a keyboard for this game, and I reckon a controller would have been way better.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Mac

Also, just like in other Metal Gear games, you have a radio menu in which you can talk with NPCs to get a better glance at the whole story of the game. Here you can also call to save your game and to access VR missions, which are unlocked by interacting with VR terminals spread throughout the gameplay. When you complete a task, you can gain more BPs.

Metal Gear Revengeance Mac Performance

Even though MGR: Revengeance is not a full native port, it runs smoothly. Considering that my graphics card (Intel HD Graphics 4000 1024 MB) is very outdated, the game performed surprisingly well and was not buggy at all. Plus, most action games are demanding, including native examples such as Mafia 3 or Hitman.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Mac

In fact, of all the wrappers I have had the chance to test, this is the only one that worked beautifully. I was even able to play at high graphics settings without experiencing the game lagging.

Minimum System Requirements:

  • OS:  OS X 10.9.2 (64-bit) or higher
  • CPU: 2.4 GHz Intel Core i3
  • Video Card: AMD HD4870, NVIDIA 650M, Intel Iris Graphics or better with 512 MB of Video Memory
  • RAM:  4 GB
  • Hard Drive:  4 GB available space

Machine used for this review:

  • Model: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
  • OS: OS X 10.10.3
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5
  • Video Card: Intel HD Graphics 4000 (1024 MB)
  • RAM: 8 GB

Final Word

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is without a doubt a good game and this port is surprisingly solid too. TransGaming definitely did a nice job. Gameplay is addictive thanks to its awesome battle mechanics and the graphics are good-looking.

The campaign is rather short and it does have too many cinematics, but overall, if you''re into fast-paced, action games, this is a game you should try.

Note from Ric: This Review comes from Camilo Lopez.


  1. Smoke Tetsu

    One thing I liked about this game is it seems to be the first cider game to support multichannel surround sound if one has the proper audio equipment setup and can enable up to 8 channels in Audio MIDI setup.

    • Ian Pickert

      Your obsession with multichannel knows no bounds friend...

      • Smoke Tetsu

        Do I know you? Either way there are so many people out there chances are at least one person is curious about that and hasn't tried this game.

        • Ian Pickert

          Sorry, my name is ipickert55 on the IMG Forums, I've seen a lot of posts from you about multichannel, just teasing you :p

          • Mac Gamer Ric

            The infamous ipickert that can be seen virtually everywhere! Reddit, IMG, etc etc.... 😉

    • Camilo Alonso López Cristoffan

      I don't know about that but I can tell you that the sound of the game, including soundtracks, it's awesome Specially if you use headphones!

      • Smoke Tetsu

        Well if you prefer headphones that's fine for you. If headphones are what you like best then by all means stick to using them.

        But I was talking about a specific kind of support for a specific setup. Specifically the supporting a setup where multiple channels beyond 2 enabled in the sound card is possible. Such via HDMI cables as 5.1 or 7.1 analog channels to an A/V receiver... or an external sound card.

        When a game supports it this means it brings more 3D sounds into the room rather than be confined to the front wall as per usual.

        I'm talking large setups here. Rather than the perhaps typical Macbook (Pro/Air) with headphones setup.

        • Mac Gamer Ric

          Hey man, it would be interesting to hear about your specific surround sound setup on a Mac. I'm sure more than a few around here would be interested but have no idea where to get started! (I'm counting myself there lol)


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