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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fast pace, intense violence/gore take series on new course.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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 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... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
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.
Teen, 15 years old Written byJarvis The Wise May 20, 2016

Hack and slash adventure full of unrealistic violence and political commentary.

Metal Gear Rising is one of those games which feels like it should be insanely violent, but is actually kind of bland. The Combat in this Game Had a selling poi... 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.

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