That's when things got really fun. Metal Gear Rising's most unique mechanic is one that swordplay buffs have been dreaming about: the ability to graphically dismember opponents with surgical precision in the heat of battle.
Slicing across an enemy's arm causes that appendage to separate from its owner in a spray of ruby blood. Slicing vertically from pate to groin separates enemies neatly in half. Raiden can perform multiple cuts in lightning-quick chains, separating enemies gratuitously into thirds, quarters and ever-smaller pieces. And it's not just for show—there's a purpose to dissecting your foes.