METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain

Konami Digital Entertainment
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PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language
  • Online Interactions Not Rated by the ESRB (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3)
Rating Summary
This is an action game in which players assume the role of an elite soldier engaged in military missions to stop an evil villain. As players infiltrate enemy bases and strongholds, they use pistols, machine guns, and rocket launchers to kill enemy soldiers. Players can also employ stealth attacks and takedowns (e.g., choking, knife stabbing from behind) to incapacitate enemies. Firefights are highlighted by realistic gunfire, slow-motion effects, and large blood-splatter effects. Players have the ability to kill non-adversary characters, though this may negatively affect players' progress; child soldiers appear in some sequences, though fatal shots to these enemies result in mission failure. Cutscenes include intense acts of violence and/or instances of gore: patients gunned down in a hospital; a character's exposed intestines; torture/interrogation scenes (e.g., a man's leg bent backwards; a character stabbed in the teeth with a knife; a character electrocuted with rods). There is one scene depicting a woman being strangled and drowned by a soldier. The sound of pants being unbuckled and pulled down can be heard after the strangulation. During the course of the game some female characters wear revealing outfits that expose large amounts of cleavage; camera angles sometimes focus and linger on a character's buttocks and cleavage. One sequence depicts a female character showering (with a bikini top and bottom) inside a cage as male characters watch. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard in the dialogue.