Is it just me or is Raiden the typical blonde everyone thinks about when we hear a silly joke. Have you ever experienced the cut scenes of MGS2 where everything goes over his small little brain. It’s even worse when this game points it out. He is dumb that’s it, sure his brain grows like the Grinch’s heart by the end of MGS2. But if you’re a member of Foxhound you really shouldn’t be that dumb. I mean seriously Raiden feels like a little kid that is following his parents orders just to find out his grandpa and grandma say different. Good Grief!
4. No muscle
This is another example of what a hero shouldn’t look like. He looks weak, he has been training for all this time in Virtual Reality. Shouldn’t he have some kind of muscles? Nope, apparently he is as skinny as your annoying little brother that you throw around the house. The kid looks like he is at least 140 lbs. maybe less. There is no way any dead cell member allowed him to survive the event of big shell. If you have seen the movie Captain America you know what I am talking about. Before the character gets all buff, yep that’s Raiden. The only muscle that he actually has is in his jaw, which technically is part of his cyborg counter part in MGS4. And, who in their right mind uses their teeth to wield a ninja sword. Well then this is the Metal Gear Series we are talking about!
3. Pretty Boy
Let’s face it in Sons of liberty we all felt that at some point he was going to complain that he got blood on his clothes. His pretty boy antics carry over to the guns of the patriots as we see him whine and complain about the memories from serving Solidus Snake. Ya we get it your childhood was a mess, don’t take it out on Rose. He literally runs away from the girl he couldn’t stop talking about in MGS2. I feel bad because Raiden is a loner, however the kid is doing it to himself. It just seems like he is an attention whore.
What is up with Raiden’s hair? I guess before he went to big shell he had his hair straightened. Mind you his hair makes a comeback in MGS3 via a wig, which is not ok. Also apparently his hair is different in the New Metal Gear Rising game due out this year. I didn’t know he had turned into a Super Sayian from the Dragonball Z series after MGS4. I suppose we all know what his favorite show is now.
1. Not letting us play snake MGS2
My final complaint is a big one. I was so excited to play MGS2, I read every article that covered it leading up to its initial release. Watch and dissected every trailer, only to find that 10 percent of the game allowed me to play as the badass who is Solid Snake. It was the biggest let down on the PS2 besides the Dark Cloud series. Seeing David Hayter from another perspective just didn’t feel right. Knowing I had to put up with this brat for 90 percent of the game. I had only wished Raiden would’ve shown his Super Sayain Lvl. 2 skills in MGS2 by destroying a Metal Gear Ray like he does in the new Rising trailer.
So let us hope that Raiden can redeem himself in Metal Gear Rising and not give us a let down as he did in MGS2. After all MGS4 did revamp his character into something cool. However we all should know Grey Fox is the original badass in this series. Which leads me to believe… why did Hideo Kojima feel like he needed to add another Cyborg Ninja into the Metal Gear mix? Wasn’t Grey Fox enough for the series, and why exactly doesn’t he revisit the best character aside from Snake? With perhaps previous titles like the one that include Big Boss or some kind of prequel before the Shadow Moses incident. We can only hope that one day the original Ninja from Foxhound will retake his throne.