Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Game review by David Wolinsky, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent, mature, powerful game on grim realities of war.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 22 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 48 reviews

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age 18+

Metal Gear Solid V the Phantom Pain content Review.

Before I deep dive into the content review, I just wanted to say that this game features some of the best gameplay I have ever seen. As for the content, definitely not for kids. The Violence in this game is very intense and graphic. Additionally, you can't turn off blood in the game contrary to other reviews on this site. If you don't believe me, please go watch the red band trailer on youtube without your kids anywhere in the room. It made my stomach churn from how violent it was. Easily one of the darkest video game stories I have seen so far. As for Profanity, I haven't heard any f-bombs yet in the game but I have heard from other players that there are a few in the game. I would strongly recommend that you make your child wait until he/she is 18 years old for MGS V. As for other MGS installments, I would say that your child needs to be 16. Once your child is mature enough I would strongly recommend picking up the game franchise for him/her. The series itself is a treat.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 17+

Not for young kids

This game is fairly violent with blood splatter and sometimes heads exploding if you get a headshot. Certain characters will be covered in blood at some points. The player can sometimes choose to slit the throats of enemies or knock them unconscious. However, the game is not violent enough that it should bother anyone who’s familiar with violent games or movies. It also has occasional swearing. Definitely not for young children and I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like violence in video games.

This title has:

Too much violence

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