Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Rated Mature for Intense Violence, Sexual Violence, and More

January 6, 2014Written by Jason Dunning


Being a Metal Gear Solid game, it isn’t surprising to learn that Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was rated M for Mature by the ESRB over the weekend. Also somewhat expected are the descriptors of blood and gore, intense violence, sexual violence, and strong language.

There isn’t much in the way of spoilers for the rating summary, but as always, avoid it if you’re trying to play the game without knowing anything:

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.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes releases on March 18th, 2014 in North America and March 20th, 2014 in Europe.