Metal Gear Solid 4 violent? Let's hear what the British Board of Film Classification says:
METAL GEAR SOLID 4 is a third person tactical/stealth game. The player takes on the role of an aging soldier, Snake who can be armed with knives, guns and grenades. The game has been classified '15' for strong violence.
During battles enemy soldiers die with small puffs of blood. The weaponry includes petrol bombs, however there is no detailed portrayal of injuries. During cut scenes slightly more detailed violence is portrayed, such as enemy creatures spearing friendly soldiers and one protracted fist fight.
More BBFC-on-MGS4-violence after the jump! Some *might* consider this spoilers. Most will considered it effed up.
The violence is generally undetailed. At 15 BBFC Guidelines state that 'Violence may be strong but may not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'. It is possible for the player to progress stealthily through the game, avoiding violent confrontations where possible.
The game also features one use of strong language and references to suicide and an implied child rape.
"References to suicide and implied child rape"?! Bwah?
MGS4 Spolier Alert [BBFC Thanks, Henry!]