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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

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Game Reviewed: Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
Publisher: Konami
Developer: Platinum Games
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3, Xbox360
Category: Action, Hack and Slash
ESRB Rating: M
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Game Description:

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a spinoff game from the Metal Gear Solid franchise. In the game you play as Raiden, a cyborg ninja, who works as a mercenary for a Private Military Company called Maverick Security. Playing as Raiden, you will progress through each level hacking and slashing your way through other cyborg enemies such as soldiers, tanks, and wolves. The story is pretty simple; Raiden is trying to stop a corrupt Senator from starting a war, while also rescuing some orphaned children whose brains are going to be harvested to create new cybernetic soldiers. Rescuing these children is important to Raiden because he himself was once a child soldier and he does not want any other child to have to endure what he went through.

The main game itself is not very long. Depending on the difficultly you play it on and how thorough you are about finding all of the hidden items, the game will probably take most people anywhere from 4-6 hours to complete. There are also some additional VR (Virtual Reality) Training Missions that can be unlocked for time trials and other challenges.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence:


Raiden can acquire a variety of weapons to use throughout the game such as grenades and rocket launchers, but his main weapon of choice is going to be his ninja sword. You will use the sword to slice and dice your way through enemies and as a result a lot of blood splatters.

You can also dismember your enemies with your sword in slow motion cutting them up into literally hundreds of pieces. All of the enemies you fight are cybernetic in one form or another, so even though your enemies look human and bleed red, there are no fleshy inner guts that splatter all over the place.

While there may be no fleshy guts that splatter, Raiden can reach into his enemies and pull out their cybernetic spine and crush it. This allows Raiden to replenish his health.

There is one scene where Raiden pulls out a cybernetic heart and crushes it.

About half way through the game, Jack the Ripper mode is unlocked which allows Raiden to go into a psychotic rage as he kills his enemies making him a bit more powerful.

Language:

Bad Language is frequently used through the entire game from minor words such as hell and damn; to more major words such as Son of a B***h, a**holes, and various forms of f**k. The name of God is also used in vain in various forms.

Sexual Content:

There is one female enemy who wears very tight fitting clothes.

There is a character named Courtney whose outfit shows off her cleavage.

There is a scene where a security guard is looking at an anime magazine and the girls are in very skimpy outfits.

Spiritual Content:

One enemy says that religion is a joke.

Reviewer’s Thoughts:

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is a lot of fun, but it is rated M for good reason. If you feel the people in your household are mature enough to handle the violence and language in the game then there is a fun, albeit short game to be had here. The game is incredibly short though for a big budget title and I would only recommend hard core Metal Gear fans purchase this game until the price drops from its current $60 price tag.




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