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Metal Gear Solid V has Sexual Violence, according to ESRB

by William Schwartz


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has recieved a Mature rating from the ESRB, but not just for the normal violence you find in most video games today. No, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes features “Sexual Violence” as well as the familiar “Blood and Gore”, “Strong Language”, and “Intense Violence”, according to the recently published ESRB rating.

The full description can be found below.

Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Violence, Strong Language

Rating Summary: This is an action game in which players assume the role of an elite soldier through military missions in Cuba. Players infiltrate various bases and use pistols, machine guns, and rocket launchers to kill enemy soldiers. Firefights are highlighted by realistic gunfire, slow-motion effects, and large blood-splatter effects. Players can also employ stealth attacks (e.g., choking, knife stabbing from behind) and have the ability kill non-adversary characters/prisoners. One cutscene includes a depiction of blood and gore (e.g., a character’s intestines exposed during a dramatic procedure to remove an object). The game includes an audio file in which a female character is sexually assaulted by male characters; while there is no visual depiction, sounds of ripped clothing and struggle can be heard. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.

Apparently this is a pretty rare rating for any game. The “Sexual Violence” tag has only been placed on one other game in nearly a decade. Back in 2006, a game called Animamundi featured sexual violence, according to Kotaku.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is a prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and is due out in 2014.

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