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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance



Fast pace, intense violence/gore take series on new course.

What parents need to know

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

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.

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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."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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

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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 19, 2013
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

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Adult Written byCheesewhiz February 27, 2013

Definitely not for kids

Fun game overall, with good combat and and a mildly interesting story but as the title of this review said, definitely not for kids under 17. Stylized violence and extreme gore include hearts being ripped out and people being chopped into little bits. while the action isn't especially bloody the designers put great detail to the organs being sliced into, and showing plenty of organs meant to stay inside the body, not outside.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byDismayed_non_sense March 4, 2013

The Game

I love the game, but it is defintely not for kids at all, whatsoever.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bychristian2011 March 2, 2013

Awesome MG game with unique, stylized action and incredible graphics. However, the extreme violence and profanity use makes it a game for mature players.

Metal Gear Rising : Revengeance is about the war between the Patriots - which Raiden gets an awesome new cyborg look including a high frequency blade, which can almost literally cut through any substance. The enemies are the Desperado, which are power-hungry cyborgs who kill and destroy for pleasure in an effort to create a new "utopia", since they believe the economy will create a new revolution. The violence is incredibly stylized and contains very graphic blood and gore - where you can cut enemies (any part of their body) in slow motion and see their insides while you continue hacking and slashing. Profanity is also a big concern - plenty of uses of the word f**k, sh*t, son of a b**ch, d**n and h*ll. There are some sexual themes an dialogue, mostly where Raiden meets Mistral - one of the Desperado captains (although no nudity is shown). People 17 and older should be fine playing this game. The story gameplay is surprisingly short and the villain's intentions are highly predictable, but the enemy and boss designs are incredibly detailed, and the controls (killing maneuvers) are very exciting to perform.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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