Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Fast pace, intense violence/gore take series on new course.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Educational Value

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a fast-paced action game loaded with violence. From start to finish, the game has you fighting against a private military company known as Desperado Enterprises. While it could be argued the protagonist Raiden is a "good guy" for trying to shut down this evil corporation, the game overall not does give a positive message.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Raiden is a "cyborg ninja" who uses a katana sword to hack and slash enemies, as well as other weapons, including daggers, guns, and a rocket launcher. In previous games, we learn Raiden was a child soldier; this painful past contributes to the "dark hero" he sometimes transforms into. We also learn as an adult Raiden gets into combat -- something he was good at -- to raise money for his family.

Ease of Play

While some dexterity is required to control Raiden, the game does a good job training the player with a tutorial level at the start of the campaign.


In this very violent video game, the main character Raiden is adept at using his katana sword to slice and dice enemies -- which is often dramatized in slow-motion and with close-up camera zooms -- plus he uses other weapons, too. The bloodied enemies scream in pain and can be dismembered in a "finishing" move. Cut-scene sequences show someone's heart ripped out and someone else being impaled.


The game has some strong profanity, including the words "f--k" and "s--t." Cut-scene sequences also have profanity, with captions, too, such as a woman saying "But I butchered those f--kers."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBothnianReviews February 4, 2019

This game was annoying yet kind of fun.

I'm glad that apparently when it comes to this title, the reviewers have took the time to actually play the game (well it is a very short game) to see that... Continue reading
Adult Written byPakistanPEGI December 19, 2014

16 and up

One of the best games in world should be played by older teens and adults.
Intense Violence
Bad Language(f--k,sh-t,f--ker)
Teen, 14 years old Written byEthan S January 29, 2019

Best Game

Now, I was around 8 or 9 when I played this. My dad let me play this game because he thought I was mature enough. This game is no where NEAR the age range of wh... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFelix.Marlin January 19, 2019

My favorite action game

This game is so fun and engaging even if it's relatively void of a meaningful story. That being said Raiden is still a good guy at heart, going out of his... Continue reading

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.

Game details

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For kids who love fast action and adventure

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