Ground Zeroes rated by the ESRB, details provided

The Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has rated Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, providing it with a mature rating. They also detailed some of the contents (beware of spoilers).

This is the full description provided by the ESRB:

Content Descriptors: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Violence, Strong Language

Rating Summary: 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.”

Some of the stuff described we’ve already seen in the trailer, but especially the last piece of information seems to be new. In any case, Ground Zeroes won’t be a lighthearted game, as we already knew, and this rating seems to back that up.

Source: ESRB, via Examiner

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  • William of Orange

    Rape? Well, that’s something.
    But I’m satisfied by the fact that there are multiple bases to explore in mgs v:gz instead of revisiting camp omega over and over again.

    • Nyxus

      I was surprised to read that. I thought it was just Camp Omega. I wouldn’t get my hopes up too much, maybe they just made a mistake.

      • William of Orange

        Why would they make mistakes in a rating summary? Sure,they leave some things out of the picture like using a tranquilizer gun and other forms of non lethal combat. Maybe those bases are side ops, I guess.

        • Nyxus

          I don’t know, it’s just that Kojima Productions has been saying that Ground Zeroes will be just Camp Omega.

          • William of Orange

            And motherbase,of course. Btw, paz wasn’t lying about her fate when she told snake about what might happen to her if she fails to fulfil her mission.

          • Nyxus

            I wonder if this is about Paz or maybe Quiet? I don’t think she is in GZ though, only The Phantom Pain, but maybe just in this audio clip.

          • William of Orange

            I talked about this before, but quiet might be too young for having any form of relevance in GZ.

          • Nyxus

            Yeah that’s true, forgot about that.

          • William of Orange

            Yeah, I mean look at her! She’s probably in her mid-twenties.

          • Janeo

            It could be an interesting origin for her but I think it would have to be Paz

          • César H. Sandoval

            It could also be Amanda, Skullface seems to tease Chico about her and Paz in the GZ opening video.

          • William of Orange

            Sounds plausible.

      • Batzi

        I am sure we will be able to walk around at Mother Base. That’s one thing Kojima is keeping secret. If Mother Base is attacked, Big Boss would be fighting there too which is something we already saw in the GDC trailer.

        • William of Orange

          Yep, probably a turret section first (snake starts to shoot at enemy soldiers from the helicopter with his herstall fnc rifle) and you have to save kaz before MB collapses.

    • Cartmangus

      Considering the fact that even indie titles such as Hotline Miami 2 was getting flak for having a rape scene.. that’s not even an actual fucking rape scene but a movie scene in the game, that’s quite ballsy of Kojima. Good on him.

      • William of Orange

        I never said that there’s an actual rape scene. I’m just concluding that someone’s getting raped.(i presume Paz)

        • Cartmangus

          “game includes an audio file in which a female character is sexually assaulted by male characters” sounds like rape to me, albeit audio only

          • William of Orange

            Eh, sorry. I mis analyzed your comment. Yeah, there’s rape in it. But meryl was raped in mgs1, so its not like this is something new in the mgs series. Hell, come to think of it. Eva was sexually abused by volgin too.

  • Jeff O’Connor

    Yeesh. Sounds like Kojima is hellbent on covering some serious ground. Zeroes.

    …showing self out now.

  • César H. Sandoval

    Yeah, two months left, and GZ will really cover some serious stuff.

    • Cartmangus

      Jesus that’s right, only two more months, time is moving so fast

  • Janeo

    Well he was serious about getting serious. It’s probably just a small audio log thing anyway, I’m actually kind of dissapointed to know that swearing will return I don’t think it fits metal gear. They only swore once in mgs 4 but rising had lots of it and noes mgs 5 will have it to. It’s not a big deal just that I don’t see metal gear like this hopefully there is not much of it.

    • Nyxus

      Well as long as they use it in the right situations it can add to believability. Yeah, in Rising it was a bit out of place, but that wasn’t written by Kojima and was very over the top anyway.

      • Janeo

        Yeah I think Kojima wont just use it for the sake of using like a lot of other games and I doubt we will hear kaz swearing over the radio or anything.

    • Cartmangus

      I do agree that it is awkward hearing cuss words in Metal Gear games, doesn’t feel like they belong, but it is all in how they’re used, doesn’t have to be bad

      • Janeo

        Yeah I would prefer it to have none but if it has to some then hopefully it is all used well I felt that rising went a little overboard especially in the Armstrong fight

        • BigBossWantsYou

          That’s because Rising was a cheesy yet awesome canon spin-off with badass moments and equally hilarious ones.

          • Janeo

            It may have been cheesy but that worked out well I actually really liked the story and I’m really glad Raiden has got his own series he deserves it

    • William of Orange

      Ocelot and volgin sweared a few times in mgs 3. But Ocelot is classy as hell, I hope he hasn’t changed his manners over the years and still communicates (for the majority) with his bad ass hand gestures when he talks!
      I mean, you thought Quiet was an artist in non-verbal communication? Think again!

      • Janeo

        Ocelot doesn’t need to swear the only thing he needs to say is your pretty good

        • William of Orange

          Are you kidding me? Lines like:” this bitch is wearing perfume” were awsome. Josh Keaton knows how to portray a classy show off. But Ocelot in mgs3 is a show off in general.
          Revolver juggling, “fanning” (revolver technique),his adaptation of cqc,preferring to hunt alone,etc. But there’s this scene when you defeated 10 gru soldiers and Ocelot takes Eva as his hostage. Long story short, he fails and snake gives him a opportunity to flee.
          And this particular moment sums Ocelot’s character. He tries to walk away like a bad ass and suddenly starts to jog for a bit (well, they’re still aiming at him, so it’s quite obvious for someone to start to jog and thus surrender). But he’s a clever bastard, I’ll give him that.

  • Joseph

    Wow I didn’t take this new dark tone of MGSV seriously. Can’t believe only two months left

    The sexual assault is most likely during Quiet’s torture

  • Ricardo Oe

    Yeahhh …
    Man ; all this is great…
    Said: Old Ramburger

  • Juhis815

    Why this has been become mainstream that some online magazine has to give information what content the game has? I don’t know why, but I point my finger towards GTA V for popularizing this stupid fad.

    • Nyxus

      It’s not a magazine, it’s a rating board, they play the game in advance so that’s why they know more stuff than Konami has made public. I don’t see how this is a fad to be honest.

      • Juhis815

        No, what I meant to say here is that mainstream sites like Gamespot started this stupid fad that they gave information away from the GTA V what content the game has from ESRB.

        • Nyxus

          I’m sorry, but I don’t understand what you are saying. This simply new information on Ground Zeroes, and I report that, wether it’s coming from a press release, a Kojima tweet or an ESRB rating like this.

          • Juhis815

            This will be the last time that I will write the comment, but the thing is, that GTA games usually are rated Mature, but what I had to say is that mainstream had to point out drug use and nudity in GTA V, which I found to be overwhelming.

  • PrinceHeir

    oh boy here we go again!

    prepare to have a shit storm in the news this year

    Bravely Default already got called out, and now MGSV, Lightning Returns(due to excessive boobs).

    i wonder who’s next?

    in any case, maybe Kojima will show to us on how to handle these sensitive topics maturely. then again i already see shit sites like Kotaku and the like that will bash these game even before it comes out.

    and MGS having swearing is not that big of a deal, though JPN version there’s not a lot of swear aside “bastard” or “damn”

    • Janeo

      I don’t think there will be any actual nudity that definently doesn’t fit mgs.

    • William of Orange

      While we’re on the subject, are you familiar with the Conception series?
      They’re planning to release Conception II:children of the seven stars in the west.
      You might be familiar with the game, but if you’re not. Here’s an interesting link.
      http://m.ign.com/articles/2013/11/19/conception-ii-coming-to-ps-vita-3ds-in-the-west

      • PrinceHeir

        yeah i’ve seen that. the one where you raise children to fight with you in battle?

        not sure how they will censor this though. is it because you raise children in battle?

        western media are so hysterical when it comes to sexuality for some reason.

        • William of Orange

          Something like that, I don’t know more about it. you know what, you’re actually right about western people getting all hysterical about games featuring sexual oriented gameplay. I mean, the reason why this game caught my eye was that this game had this weird combat system.

  • flying_fox

    According to Gamespot, GZ is the second game ever to get the ESRB rating “Sexual Violence”.

    The first one was an obscure Japanese visual novel. So it’s safe to say that GZ is the first large-scale game to receive that rating.

    Kojima is definitely crossing a line here!

    • swiggin-swag

      I wonder what the Japanese think about this