Metal Gear Rising gets a revengeance, thanks to memes

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is seeing a resurgence — a revengeance, if you will — of players due to the unfathomable power of memes, the DNA of the soul. The nearly decade old Metal Gear spin-off has seen its player count on Steam surge by a thousand percent (1000%). How did this happen? Maybe it was all because of Jetstream Sam’s smile.

Made by PlatinumGames, best known for their work on Nier: Automata and the Bayonetta series, the nearly decade-old spin-off title from the Metal Gear series which was released first on Xbox 360 and the PS3 (with a PC release in 2014) has recently seen a rise of 1000% percent increase in its average concurrent Steam players.

How did this happen? Maybe it was because of Jetstream Sam’s smile. Samuel Rodrigues, the cyber samurai is one of the many meme’d figures of Metal Gear Rising. People would caption an utterly ridiculous statement and a gif of Jetsream Sam showing him stroke his chin, contemplating actually considering said statement.

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Other moments and figures in Metal Gear Rising have ascended to meme infamy. Main antagonist Senator Armstrong is a conservative right-wing senator with a jacked up physique who planned to exploit the global war economy and reduce the world into pure utter chaos, all with the power of Nanomachines.

And while it’s not alone among the many games in the series with over-the-top characters, the sheer meme-tasticness of this spin-off is unrivaled. It’s also one of the last times in pop culture history that the word “meme” is cited in an irony-free context. Which retroactively makes Monsoon’s villainous speech about memes being “the DNA of the soul,” absolutely hilarious.

Memes aside, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is one of the most exciting games I’ve played. Its combat and plotlines, along with an amazing soundtrack make it a roller-coaster ride of action and suspense. The visually stunning and striking gameplay as well as the intriguing boss fights definitely make it worth returning to. But like many others, I’d recommend the game just for the memes.

Metal Gear Rising Revengeance was originally released in 2013 for seventh generation consoles like the Xbox 360. It remains purchasable from the Microsoft Store and can be played on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S via backwards compatibility.