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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance earns its "Mature" rating because of frequent and intense violence, gore, and blood. As Raiden, the gamer can hack and slash enemies, which causes them to scream and die in pain. The violence is also dramatized with close-up camera shots, slow-motion effects, and sensational finishing moves. Some of the enemies are robots, however. Parents also need to know the game has strong profanity.
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What's it about?
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes place in 2018, four years after the events of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. The single-player game stars Raiden, a cyborg ninja who works for PMC Maverick Enterprises, who is hired to take down enemy operatives employed by a rival outfit, Desperado Enterprises. Raiden, who has superhuman abilities, learns Desperado is leading a military coup in the fictional country of Abkhazia, and so he vows to stop them in their tracks with the help of fellow operatives (some of whom have appeared in other games, such as Sunny). Using his sharp katana (sword) and other weapons and acrobatic skills, Raiden takes on multiple cyborgs and robots in this over-the-top, high-speed action adventure.
Is it any good?
Don't expect this game to be like all the previous Metal Gear Solid games. Instead of a slower, stealth-focused game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is all about fast-paced combat, destructible environments, and over-the-top sequences, such as hopping in the air from missile to missile. While the plot of the story is somewhat weak and predictable, this game peels back more of Raiden's past, personal life, and struggles, which helps add some depth and purpose to your adventure. The game also feels good thanks to tight and responsive controls -- so taking down enemies is exciting -- but be aware some camera angles can obscure the action somewhat. Whether you're a fan of Hideo Kojima's Metal Gear Solid franchise or in search of a new action game, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a blast for players old enough to enjoy this M-rated entertainment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Parents and kids can discuss this game's departure from past Metal Gear Solid titles. Is it a good idea to break away from what's expected and offer a different experience? Or should the developer stick with what made the franchise popular? Do you risk alienating fans, or perhaps Konami will gain new ones?
Families can also discuss the impact of violence in the media.
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading comprehension
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, time management
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, investigation
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Konami
- Release date: February 19, 2013
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: May 13, 2020
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