Rogue Warrior

Common Sense Media says

Extremely violent military shooter starring real Navy SEAL.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game glorifies combat and attempts to instill in players a sort of visceral, animalistic satisfaction whenever they perform a kill move. It’s all the more unsettling since our protagonist is based on a well-known, real-life war hero. Plus, players are clearly intended to be impressed by his heavy and creative use of profanity.

Positive role models

The lead character is a loyal, reliable, and efficient soldier, but he clearly takes pleasure in killing, as evidenced by his cold-hearted quips, which are heard constantly throughout the game.

Ease of play

The controls are those of a straightforward first-person shooter. However, the game itself can be daunting, especially on higher difficulties.

Violence

Players use guns, grenades, and knives to dispatch enemies. Blood is seen with virtually every attack, with the most graphic moments occurring during “kill moves,” which take place frequently and have the player’s character repeatedly jabbing a knife into an enemy’s neck, torso, or groin, spraying crimson with each stab.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Our hero utters the word “f--k” (and several variations thereof) constantly, during both cut scenes and gameplay. Plenty of other obscenities are present, too, including “s--t,” “damn,” “hell,” “bitch,” and “p--sy.”

Consumerism

This game stars Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko, a real-life Navy SEAL who has made a brand out of himself, with several books written about his life and combat experience.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rogue Warrior is an extremely violent shooter that features over-the-top “kill moves” involving the repeated, bloody stabbings of enemies in vital areas. While events in the game aren’t depicted as factual, its main character is the famous, real-life war hero Dick Marcinko, and players are clearly meant to believe that what they see in the game are at least vaguely akin to what his real missions must have been like. This is potentially disturbing, as our hero obviously takes great pleasure in killing his enemies and is prone to uttering obscenity-laden insults while working through missions. Also note that the game supports open communication between players in online play.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Starring a virtual recreation of real-life war hero and famed U.S. Navy SEAL Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko, ROGUE WARRIOR is a first-person shooter that tells the story of an American operative behind enemy lines in North Korea and the U.S.S.R. We aren’t told that this was one of Mr. Marcinko’s real experiences, but players are clearly intended to believe that his missions were at least vaguely akin to what we see on screen. This protangonist is an extraordinarily foul-mouthed, vengeance-hungry soldier who clearly takes pleasure in killing his enemies -- especially when gets up close and personal with his knife.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The best part of this thoroughly average shooter is Mickey Rourke, the gravelly-voiced actor who plays our protagonist. He’s given a very limited script with which to work (it seems composed of little more than a string of imaginative obscenities), but he delivers these lines convincingly; it’s easy to believe that we’re listening to a grizzled old soldier. Had he been provided something a bit meatier he might even have managed to give our hero some dimension. Sadly, as is he comes off as little more than an old-school, kill-crazy military guy.

And that might even have been okay had the action proven just a bit more compelling. Unfortunately, the weapons we wield are boring and difficult to aim, level design is bland and repetitive, and our enemies are slow-moving and at times extremely dense. There are plenty of terrific shooters lining store shelves right now. This one just doesn’t measure up.

Online interaction: This game features open voice chat without any form of moderation. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online communication for players under 12 years of age.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Richard “Demo Dick” Marcinko. As the famed founder of real-life Navy SEAL Team Six, he is a real-life war hero, and someone many soldiers admire and respect. Do you think he is realistically portrayed in the game? What sort of an example does he set for players?

  • Families can also discuss the game’s intense kill moves. Why do some players enjoy seeing such visceral violence? What sort of psychological effect do you think it might have on players who are below the game’s age rating?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Bethesda Softworks
Release date:December 1, 2009
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 24, 2012
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Ok for 13,not really what you think.

Got this last month for my 360,finished the game already,Yeah the missions are very fun and whatnot,but think about the violence.Yes,well,there's tons.Language?You got it.Let me tell you,it would really suck to get knifed in the stomach and crotch.Have you ever got punched in the crotch or hit in the shin before?Let me tell you,getting a knife right there in your sensitive spot will make you go crazy.Im not kidding.Some parts actually made me cringe a little.But if your teen is not weak hearted and can handle this kind of stuff,let them play this with supervision.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written bycsi guy November 27, 2011
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

TERRIBLE

TERRIBLE GAME!!!! WAAAAAAAAAAY TOO VIOLENT, AND WAY TOO MUCH LANGUAGE. DON"T GET THIS GAME, FOR YOU, OR YOUR KIDS ESPECIALLY!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 17 year old Written byerny4321 May 16, 2011
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

The game you dont want

This is the worst game I have ever played in my life...
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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