I'm surprised that no one has spoken up about the demo that was released, so I figured to start a thread about it here.
I played through it for the first time. Black_Knight was telling me earlier that it felt like a PSOne game to him, but when I played it, it looked decent enough to the point of where it was playable.
And that's the important part of the demo; the gameplay. I like to indulge myself in some hack-n-slash when I can and this is pretty cool, I have to admit. You can use your basic button combos to get the job done, but when you down the left trigger on the 360 controller (not sure what it is on the PS3), you'll go into what's called Blade Mode, where time slows down completely and you are able to freely slice and dice up your foes in anyway you see fit. So far, I've managed to get up to a 68-hit combo against the cyborg dog that you fight as the boss of the demo (wondering if there's an achievement/trophy for that?). What sucks, however, is the defense options you have. You can run around your opponents and apparently parry, but the demo doesn't explain it enough on how to parry or what kind of defensive manuevers you are given. Not even the freaking tutorial tells you at all; in fact, you are only given the game's basic instructions on the Blade Mode.
Also, after you are finished with each battle conflict, you'll be scored and ranked on how well you performed. The better you do at killing and surviving with a higher rate of energy, the better. Speaking of energy, in order to gain back energy, you'll need to finish off your opponents by pressing the B button when prompted. That happens once you hurt them enough to the point of where they can no longer fight back, so if you are low on energy, go for it!
There are elements of stealth, as you would expect from a Metal Gear game. In the demo, there's an ability called Augment mode (Konami's Detective Mode, if you will), where you can scan your surroundings and see who is or is not the bad guys and use the surroundings to your advantage. I tried to sneak by without being spotted, but that didn't happen, so I was forced to fight a couple of soldiers and two robots at one point. I wonder if there's an achievement/trophy for that too? Finally, I saw a Japanese symbol at the end of the boss fight, as Raiden was destroying the robot, but again, the demo doesn't tell you what to do and makes you try to figure it out as well.
Bottom line; it's a playable demo and it shows what the game will be like in the future, but I'm not entirely sure if it will grab Metal Gear fans or even hack-n-slash fans to the point of where a $60 purchase is justified.
For those who have played it, any thoughts?