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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Rated “M” By ESRB


Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes has been rated by the ESRB and, unsurprisingly, has come away with an “M” (Mature) rating, citing the descriptors of: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Violence, Strong Language.


Here’s what the ESRB had today in their rating summary of Ground Zeroes:


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 is slated for release this March on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.