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March 26, 2014

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Content Rundown



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Reviewed By: Kyle van Rensburg (Head Writer)

Verdict: Caution Advised (For Implied Sexual Assault, Strong Language and A Very Gory Scene.)

Release Date: March 2014

Developer: Kojima Productions

Publisher: Konami

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One.

Genre: Stealth Action



Areas of Concern:

Violence:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A dramatic operation procedure depicts a man removing stitching from the stomach of a woman, peeling it open with his hands, exposing her insides, and then reaching inside her stomach for an object. Blood leaks out onto her skin, and she struggles around and screams.

The man pauses at one point to remove his blood stained hands, but then puts them back in. The intestines cling to his hands as we hear squishing and the woman screams. He eventually removes the object and she calms down. This scene lasts about 30 seconds.

--Several people are shot with guns; blood sprays out, staining the environment, cries of pain being heard. Pools of blood are depicted beneath fallen soldiers.

-Players can fire at vehicles, causing them to explode with lots of wreckage being strewn in the environment.

--They can also be stabbed with knives, with blood squirting out and cries of pain being heard.

--A person is caught in an explosion; we see the explosion knock a man back, making his face bloody and burnt. The helicopter he is stationed in spins out of control and crashes into another helicopter off-screen.

--We see that an imprisoned boy has two screws in his ankles to prevent him from escaping.

Context of Violence: Shock Value (Shock and awe is the name of the game. The violence is used to make you squirm uncomfortably. Oh, and not to mention, that operation scene is really tense.)

Sex/Nudity:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A woman is heard crying in a suggestive manner implying sexual assault on an audio tape. We hear a struggle and moans from the woman, who screams at one point.

-It is later implied that she had an unrelated object inserted in a "sensitive" area, although this wasn't done in a sexual way.

Context of Sex/Nudity: Shock Value (The themes of sexual assault are clearly done for the purpose of shocking gamers.)

Language:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

Infrequent Uses of F**k, S**t, B**ch, H**l and D**n.

Context of Language: Grittiness (The language is used like salt and pepper to add grittiness to the dialogue.)

Spiritual Content: 

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

Nothing.

Context of Spiritual Content:

Drugs/Alcohol/Smoking:

Mild Moderate Heavy Very Heavy Extreme Offensive

--A man smokes a cigar at several points during the game.

Gross Stuff/Gore:

--A man's face appears to have been severely burned some time ago; his face looks grotesquely melted.

Morality:

Abysmal Bad So-so Okay Good Very Good

Big Boss' motives are shrouded in mystery. While he may make several selfless decisions, some of his other choices may only be out of self-interest.

Morality Type: Shades of Grey (You play as a character who performs selfless acts with murky intentions.)

Thoughts & Impressions:


IGN: (8.0/10) Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes is a short but challenging game, and those willing to cast aside conventional expectations will find a lot more here than first glance might suggest. While I’m unconvinced that Kojima is quite ready to tackle more controversial narrative material, for the most part Ground Zeroes represents a new, more sophisticated era for Metal Gear. A Big Boss/Snake adventure has never looked or played better, and in it lies incredible promise for its enormous big brother.

GamersRadar: (3.5/5) Adding phenomenal, modernized improvements to the Metal Gear franchise, Ground Zeroes is effective at getting you hyped for the future of the series. Still, it feels like an expensive tease that only gives you a taste of what’s to come.

Edge: (9/10) Still, if it’s a demo, Ground Zeroes is the best demo ever; if it’s a prologue, it sets up the story so well you’ll spend the next year thirsting for revenge; and if it’s a tutorial, the systems it teaches are so intriguing that the prospect of spending an entire game with them is irresistible. Ground Zeroes is a resounding success in every respect bar its price tag, but value is relative. Fourteen hours in, we’re still learning.

Destructoid: (8/10) Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes is not for everyone. I can't stress how underwhelming the game will be if you aren't a huge fan of the series, or you can't see yourself playing in the same sandbox enough to really get your money's worth. But for everyone else that can't wait to get even a taste of Phantom Pain, it's worth the budget price of entry -- especially on a current-gen console.
My Thoughts: Well, that was short.

Conclusion:




Jokes aside, the game did attract some criticism from gaming media for the abuse one female character suffers. While the game relies heavily on shock value, I didn't find the implications of sexual assault to be exploitative. 

Now mind you, nothing about it screamed absolute necessity. One of the first things I learned when studying novel writing was the one of the ways amateur writers love to elicit emotions, is to throw in such a scene.

And why not? (Moral reasons aside, of course.) It certainly gets a reaction, which is what new writers are looking for. However, in the long run, sexual assault is a very serious and deeply traumatic experience which I personally do not wish upon anyone. By exploiting it for pure shock value, it undercuts just how heartbreakingly sad it is.

While I'm not the "I AM OFFENDED BY THAT BECAUSE I'M INSECURE ABOUT MY OPINION" type, in my honest, um, opinion, it was just thrown in for the sake of it. And not to mention, the ending will probably turn even more people off.

But okay, I'm done ranting. When it comes to the content, I urge caution. If the topic of sexual assault is an uneasy one for you, stay away. Otherwise, the discerning gamer should be able to play it and enjoy it.

Verdict: 16+

For Implied Sexual Assault, Strong Language and A Very Gory Scene.

Outro:

I'll keep this short:

Bye. 

...Nah, I'm kidding with you guys! But seriously, I'll see you next week. Bye. God bless. Take care. Yep.

What did you think of MGS' long awaited return? How about the content? Was it offensive by your standards?

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