All member reviews for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Common Sense Media says

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

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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
Teen, 14 years old Written byBionic Reviewer February 1, 2014

Quick hack n slash action game

While Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a very good action game, it does contain content inappropriate for some children (although not the high levels of blood gore CSM seems to think there is, we'll get to that later). Story: In 2018, all seems well for our hero Raiden, a cyborg field agent for the "good" private military company known as Maverick Inc. He has successfully stopped a war in an African nation (although it admittedly is peace through superior firepower, a "one sword drawn keeps another in its sheathe" philosophy). However, rival (and evil) PMC Desperado has dispatched agents Sundowner and "Jetstream" Sam, a pair of cyborg warriors, to assassinate the African prime minister. Although Raiden destroys the massive war machine sent to aid them, he is ultimately beaten by Jetstream Sam. Three months later, he has a new cybernetic body and is on the warpath against Desperado, but he soon learns their plans go far beyond what anyone could ever have suspected. Violence: Plenty. As Raiden, you have access to a variety of High-Frequency swords, blades that crackle with colored electricity and are capable of slicing through anything. Going into Blade Mode allows you to slice apart your foes in any way you see fit, but armored opponents will require that you break their defenses first. Dismembered parts will be cauterized lightsaber-style, however, and while some opponents bleed, it is a small amount that temporarily stains the environment. You also have access to a variety of other melee weapons that are unlocked after certain bosses are defeated, such as a staff made of the arms of broken droids or a pair of oversized machetes that are connected like pincers. Rocket launchers and grenades can be found throughout the game, as well. You also have access to Ripper Mode, which can slice apart foes without entering blade mode (as this is the "dark side" of Raiden, attack animations will be red instead of blue while this is engaged, and for the mission where you are locked into it for the duration of a boss fight, dialogue will make it clear Raiden has gone somewhat insane). Finally, boss finishing moves can be violent (freezing one and slicing her into pieces, throwing a flying robot into a helicopter to slice a villain into countless pieces as he falls, etc). The final boss deserves special mention, as you impale him on your sword, pull the blade out, slice away at his heart, and then rip it out. Note that the heart does not appear even remotely human, but there is blood. Sex: No reference to actual sexy stuff, but Mistral, a boss in one of the earlier missions, is a rather "overdone" female boss. She seductively removes her jacket before the start of the fight, and although she is a cyborg, her chest moves with every step she takes. Her unique ability is having robotic arms attach to her back, which touch her in private locations in her idle stance. She also groans in a rather suggestive way while the arms are being attached to her. Additionally, Courtney (a Maverick employee who you can talk to throughout the game) wears a very low-cut shirt. Language: Heavy use of this in cutscenes and boss battles. Mistral, Sundowner, and Metal Gear Excelsius all have at least one line with f--k in it. The final boss is extremely course in language, making use of phrases like "You little f--k!" and "Die, you piece of s--t!" One of his speeches during a cutscene involves at leats six usages of the word f--k. Educational potential: You can have conversations with your colleagues over the Codec, and most contain accurate facts relevant to your mission (i.e: a mission set in Mexico spurs discussion of traditional Mexican cuisine, or the unique architecture of the city you are in at the time). Beyond this, not much there education-wise. Then again, if you are looking for education, the Metal Gear franchise might not be your best bet. Scariness: A main plot-point involves an evil corporation extracting brains from children and using virtual reality training to make them into cyborg soldiers. These brains can be seen in metal casing with eyes attached. A villain picks one up during a conversation, and it can be seen squirming n terror. During on segment, you are forced to destroy a group of cyborgs while listening to their thoughts (i.e: "What will my family say when they see me like this?" "What was I thinking, signing up for this job?" "Please, God, don't let me die like this."). Hearing this while slicing them into pieces can be as stressful for you as it is for the main character (he appears physically injured and cannot fight beyond clumsy swipes that knock opponents back.) The final bosses physical appearance could be disturbing to some. Other concerns: The last boss battle (a muscular, seemingly invincible American politician versus a smaller cyborg armed with traditional weapons) is very symbolic of America vs. Japan. The entire final battle equips you with a red sword, as well, with red being an iconic color of Communism. Parents with a problem with this should be advised. Additionally, you must break into Denver during one mission, which has been taken over by a corrupt police force. Even though they are evil, you are still cutting down policemen, raiding a corporate building, and generally breaking the law. Role Models/Messages: Raiden wants nothing more than to save children from becoming child soldiers like he was. However, this point is muddled, as he cuts down thousands of soldiers over the course of the game. There is, however, a strong message of standing up for what you believe is right, whatever the odds. In conclusion, this is a very fun game with a massive "cool factor", but it is still not advisable for younger children to play this.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byGscoot May 20, 2013

Secret content

I agree with everything Marc Saltzman said in his review; however, he forgot to mention that there are secret posters of pin-up girls in bikinis throughout the game and you can slice clothes off of hostages you rescue. Love the game, but its just not meant for kids.
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 point where the player can enter a slow motion state, and slice apart enemies and environment in an infinite amount of ways with precise slices. Which is true, all enemies can be separated into any way you slice them, but somehow this doesn't feel as violent as expected. This could be partially because all enemies are cyborgs, so their bones are made of steel and their insides are obscured by an orange glow, but also because it just looks kind of ridiculous at times, unlike games with scripted death animations, enemies just kind of get separated, like a tech demo. although some of the cut-scenes get pretty brutal,(the end of the first level for example.). The game itself is pretty long, but disappointingly small, only sporting eight levels, and two more available DLC, But makes up for playtime with clever boss battles, and fun game play. What surprised me most about this game is its story. Although it would initially seem like a stereotypical sci-fi plot actually gets pretty deep with two actually topical themes in the plot. One; the question on whether violence is an acceptable means to an end. And two; the Hero's battle to overcome his inner demons, a battle which neither he nor the player can say has been won by the end. (Although it has been implied their is hope.) These themes have always been present in the metal gear franchise, but but really add a refreshing feeling to the plot, really letting the player know that this is in fact art, not just mindless violence. So, as long as your teens can handle animated violence, and are willing to listen to a plot which does provoke thought, than they should be fine.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Parent 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)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 16, 2014

Extremely cool!

Very good game but not for boys or girls aged under 15 because it contains lot of violence but less than Prototype 2 or Manhunt.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byjaybeegee April 30, 2013

Metal Gear Rising: Revenagance ; Lots of blood, lots of tiny pieces, lots of fun.

Metal Gear Rising: Reveneagance is a spin-off title from the Metal Gear series. It stars Raiden, the protagonist of MGS2 as a ninja-cyborg wielding a high frequency blade which can slice through anything. The story takes place in 2018, 4 years after MGS4, and a group of cyborgs named 'Desperado' are trying to revive the war economy. The game carries across the message that killing is not a game and that killing someone places a large weight on one's shoulders. This even made me think about what I was doing to those poor digital characters in other games! The game looks great, and runs at a fluent 60 fps. Epic boss battles are accompanied by one of the greatest heavy metal OSTs I've ever heard. In the game the player can upgrade and buy new swords, costumes, sub weapons and special moves. The player will be able to cut up their enemies into literally thousands of pieces and amputate them in anyway they see fit, thanks to the ingenious 'blade mode' which allows for precision cutting of in-game objects. The player can also rip out the fuel cells of enemies in order to replenish their own supply of health. Swearing in the game is fairly mild in comparison to others, with the worst swear being the F-word. The game is very short, with only 9 missions, 1 being a boss battle and another being very short (there's even an easily gained trophy/achievement for beating the level in under 7 minutes!). In a good run you can beat the game in 7 hours, however if you play for the first time on hard mode like I did it will take you much longer. There are also lots of items to collect, weapons to unlock and bonus missions to complete, not to mention very hard and the dreaded 'Reveneagance' difficulty. I've currently clocked 25+ hours on the game and I'm still loving it. I highly recommende Revengeance to anyone who is a fan of Metal Gear or anyone looking for a fast-paced action game. This game deserves every penny of your money.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing