Parents' Guide to

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Exceptionally dark and violent war game is joyless, brief.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+


MGS V Ground Zeros, despite of it overall quality, is a brief game with some mature scenes. Violence: The player can choose between violent or non-lethal ways of dealing with enemies, but there is violence in the cutscenes. A bomb is taken off a girl stomach (blood and guts are visible), a intense gunfight with a lot of blood and explosions. There's some profanities (B..t, F..k), and a character smokes a cigar in the main menu.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
age 4+

Contains a lot of smoking and other drugs.

A drug called 'The Phantom Cigar' is constantly used to make time go fast. This maybe an issue to some kids but fine for others if they know SMOKING = BAD

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (11 ):

There's not much to recommend the curious and ultimately failed experiment that is Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. At just more than an hour long (plus bonus missions), it feels like little more than an expensive, hyped-up demo for a much, much bigger game yet to come. It provides just enough time to become acquainted with its quirky controls and surprisingly combat-oriented action -- it's pretty easy to run up a body count of a dozen or more guards, which seems directly at odds with the game's stealthy premise -- before wrapping things up.

Perhaps worse, its narrative grapples with some deep, dark issues that the writers don't seem to have the chops to properly tackle. Clumsy and disturbing attempts to establish character motives -- including what sounds like an horrific torture rape in an audio log -- don't come with the backstory or resolution necessary to validate their presence. This is a game that clearly isn't meant for kids, but it's hard to imagine that many mature players will have much fun with it, either.

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