Excellent Prologue with a terrible price, and inaccurate Common Sense Media review.
This game, in my opinion, is bloody amazing. The PC optimisation may be terrible compared to The Phantom Pain but it's really good, regardless of its unnecessarily expensive price tag. However, here's a few things to point out to the parents reading this review.
The review explains that "there is a vicious sexual assault", but may I assure that although is implied, is not that bad. It's merely 10 seconds long at the end of "Chico's Tape 3", so just skip that at about 1:10 into the cassette tape, and by no means makes this game deserving of a 5-star rating on Sexual Content. No nudity is shown, the rape scene is not visible, and is only implied. In my honest opinion, it deserves more of a 2-star rating. If the rape "scene" was a little longer and visible, then the 5-star rating is deserved.
The Metal Gear Solid franchise has always had something in common across the whole franchise. Realism, and violence, and both Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain preview A LOT of it. However, do mind that the game can be played from a pacifist point of view. This has been available since Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and had an appearance in the GameCube remaster of Metal Gear Solid, "The Twin Snakes". Of course, it is a tradition at this point and returned in full glory, so if you don't want blood splatters and pools, play with the tranquilizer pistol and Close Quarters Combat.
*SPOILERS* VIOLENCE PART 2 *SPOILERS*
Now that the core gameplay has been covered over violence, we are to move the cut scenes and implied blood seen in the game. First off, when rescuing Chico from the prison, you'll see various prisoners locked up in cages pleading for help, mercy, begging for their lives. It is clear that they were tortured, and you can also see in the E3 reveals of Metal Gear Solid V, that one person had his leg, arm, and piece of his hip shot/amputated. Everyone in the prison had nuts jammed far into their feet and causes their feet do essentially be impossible to move. When Chico is laid down on the ground, he tries to move but cannot due to this issue, and you can see him reach to pull it out.
Later, when you are rescuing Paz, you can she was tortured by the blood seen on the walls and blood splatters on her prisoner uniform. When you extract her, she continues to talk to you and mentions that pain is only an illusion, and laughs. It also implies she was psychologically tortured.
Finally, when returning to Mother Base, the medical team in the helicopter attempt to remove a bomb that was lodged into Paz's stomach. The scene is extremely graphic, and you can see her intestines, blood spurting out, and her screaming in agony while the scene carries's out. Finally, she says there is another bomb in her body and proceeds to jump out of the helicopter, exploding just outside the chopper. During this scene, you can also see many men die, your mother base falling to pieces (death of hundreds implied, considering the reference to controlling an army of 300 before the attack from a cassette tape in The Phantom Pain). The most notable and bloody death being "Number 25", strafing along gunfire, getting shot in the neck, leaving a massive blood splatter on his uniform and balaclava. The whole scene is very shocking and gory.
The review states that "f**k, b***h, and s**t is infrequently used", and this is true. There is barely any swearing at all, and that shouldn't be very much of an issue to players. The 5-star rating is extremely unnecessary and must be lowered to something like 3-stars, or 2-stars.
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL:
Like "Vulgar Language" above, the review got this perfectly as well.
So, in my opinion, the verdict of this game consists of:
POSITIVE MESSAGES: *----
(The game does have a lot of death, and your playing as a legendary mercenary, however playing as a pacifist is rewarded with extra points and higher mission completion rank.)
POSITIVE ROLE-MODELS: *----
(The review states that you are playing as a villain in the franchise but this is half-half true, not true. The Big Boss you are playing as in this game is the villain of the series, however, Big Boss seen in MGS3 and Peace Walker is the real Big Boss who is Solid Snake's father and a legend. Do note that this Big Boss works for Diamond Dogs in The Phantom Pain, and Diamond Dogs encourages pacifism is various missions, oppose to assassinations and murderer)
EASE OF PLAY: ****-
(The game is extremely easy to adapt to and very fun. The controls and advanced mechanics are thoroughly discussed from the menu screen by small pages that you can cycle through. However, some unlockables and missions that are seen in the game like Deja Vu and Jamais Vu are never in the game reference how to unlock, making it difficult to understand to some people why they're collecting badges.)
(No doubt about it, this and The Phantom Pain are the darkest, and goriest games in the entire franchise. If you are sensitive to seeing blood, gore, and violence seen in games and media, I recommend you don't step foot near this game at all.)
SEXUAL CONTENT: **---
(Rape is implied, but is only briefly heard for 10 seconds, can be ignored, and no nudity or visual traces are seen at all within the game.)
(The price is very high for this game, however, when on sale, or combined with the Metal Gear Solid V: Definitive Experience, the price is far more decent, and not very much of a worry. Despite that, the game comes bundled with various other missions to play. The core game and story can be finished in a mind-blowing 3 minutes and 42 seconds, but the extra missions make up for the price.)
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL: *----
(The brief appearance of Snake smoking a cigar isn't that bad. He is not encouraging it, or abusing it.)
Overall, I believe this game is meant for a demographic of 16+.
This title contains:
Ease of Play
Violence & scariness