Parent reviews for Gears of War

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Common Sense says

age 18+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 45 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 110 reviews

age 16+

There's more than just blood...

While yes, you can turn off the strong language and splattering blood, there are a few scenes that some players may find disturbing. Almost instantly after you start playing, you are forced to enter a room with dead humans hanging from hooks with nails through their limbs, the flesh all ripped off, nothing but bones, muscles and organs. Some of the bodies are missing limbs, or are half gone completey! This is inevitable, and you will see this no matter what you do. And even if you turn off the Extreme Content (as the game calls it) it doesnt change the fact that most enemies will be blown apart, limbs flying, especially if you use the chainsaw bayonet. So no matter how you look at it, this game is pretty intense. Turning off Extreme Content will just eliminate F-bombs and excessive blood. There is still a fair bit of language, and TONS of violence.
age 12+

The problems of the rating system

Hi my name is Ellie, alot of parents just see the mature rating on a game and think it's not right for there child well today I'm here to tell you the truth: My husband used to work at PEGI (British rating system) and in his time there eventually ended up resenting the system here's why I'll give you a quick insight to the PEGI system: there are a few factors that make a games rating those include: violence, swearing, sex, discrimination, drug use and online features the only problem is that there's no difference in ratings so as an example this game gears of war is violent but nothing worse than a 12+ movie (James bond as an example) then this game also has swearing whereas, overwatch has just a slightly lower level of violence than gears but cut out the Swearing and that games is a 12+ rating the system is broken also they have to make it from a softies perspective so a person who has a lower mental age than there actual age is gonna think this game is to violent and this game doesn't promote drugs or alcohol or sex or any mature themes like that and even if that doesn't persuade you in this entire game you never kill any human beings or innocent creatures only aliens who are trying to kill you so to any parents out there who think the rating says so it must be true have a talk with your kids and understand why they want to play these games also nothing changes in gears 2 or 3 so they are the same to Best regards, Ellie

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 12+

not bad

definitely not for younger kids, but in these days there is much worse. blood is blocky and pixelated, and Marcus is noble and brave. good game too. some swearing, nothing you wont see in Xmen

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 11+

Gears of War

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 9+

its fine

I think that this game is age appropriate for nine year olds because I know there Is a lot of blood in the game but there is this feuture just like in the call of duty games were you can turn off the blood even with the second game so it really does not matter it would be rated teen if that was a permanent thing

This title has:

Great role models
age 18+

Violent but fun

one of the best shooters out there with no loading screens. There are settings you can turn off the mature gore and language.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 15+

i love this game and i love the graphic novel as well

I have both the game and the graphic novel and they're both really badass, the game and the graphic novel have tons of bloody and gory action
age 15+

One of my favorite games

I am a die hard gears fan i own all 3 games, all the books and am a proud owner of a pair of COG Tags but this is NOT a game for kids under 17, although I have played online with kids as young as 12, However ALL three games have a mature content option that turns the blood and language OFF turning a M rated game to a T rated game. So all in all this is not a game for kids but parents can turn off all the mature content in the options menu.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 11+

Overrated

People say that this game is super inappropriate. First off, let me say that the violence is all from the aliens, spewing alien blood. Also, the game is extremely fast paced so you don;t even really pay attention to the violence. The language is bad, but nothing any kid over 12 doesn't hear on a daily basis. And to top all this off, there is a filter to turn both these things off. When that happens, the game easily becomes T instead of M
age 13+

Violent

Gears of war is a very gory and violent game, but there is a filter to turn off the blood and gore, and most of the language. My son has this game, and I make him turn on the filter. Make sure you trust your child before letting them play this game.