Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has been given an M (Mature) rating by ESRB. Yes, the game that is all about using swords to slice up people and mechs and cut down everything that is in your path- literally- has gotten a Mature rating. Who would have thought?
The ESRB has cited blood, gore, intense violence, and strong language as reasons for the game getting its M rating.
Metal Gear Rising follows all previous Platinum Games titles (MadWorld, Anarchy Reigns, Bayonetta, Vanquish) and Metal Gear Solid 4 as an M-rated game.
Here’s ESRB’s full summary-
This is an action game in which players assume the role of Raiden, a cybernetic soldier on a mission to stop a futuristic terrorist organization. Players use swords, guns, and rocket launchers to kill enemy cyborgs and giant robots in frenetic melee-style combat. Players can also employ stealth tactics (e.g., impaling/stabbing enemies close-up) to eliminate targets. Combat is fast-paced and frenetic, with realistic gunfire, explosions, and cries of pain.
Exaggerated blood splashes occur frequently when enemies are injured, and slow-motion effects highlight various finishing moves (e.g., dismembering enemies). Some cut scenes also depict intense acts of violence: a character impaled in slow motion; a close-up angles of dismemberment; a character’s heart ripped out. The words “f**k” and “sh*t” can be heard in dialogue.
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance releases on February 19th for the Xbox 360 and the PS3. Stay tuned for more info.