By Chad Sapieha,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Extremely violent military shooter starring real Navy SEAL.
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What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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 & Scariness
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.
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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.”
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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.
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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Release date: December 1, 2009
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Intense Violence, Strong Language
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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