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access_time January 6, 2014 at 3:48 PM in Culture by Charlie Grammer

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes gets a rare rating description

MGS V gets rare description.

MGS V gets rare description.

The ESRB has made it clear that the upcoming game Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be an M rated title. This should come as no surprise, as the series typically receives this rating, but what is a surprise is one of the rating descriptions. Note: For those who want to avoid spoilers completely, stop reading here.

This description is “Sexual Violence”.  They go into detail about why the game received the M rating, “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.”

This rating has, as our friends at Kotaku pointed out, placed it in a slot shared by only one other game, titled Animamundi.

Does this aforementioned audio file possibly have to do with the sniper Quiet’s backstory? Will the description affect the game’s sales at all?


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