Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Common Sense Media says

Shooter not as graphic as console games, has poor controls.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

As this is a first-person shooter, it is difficult to control with a touch screen. Sophisticated shooter games require tactful manipulation of weapon selection, aiming and targeting, firing weapons, and moving through the environment. Most games like this rely on controllers with several buttons, each of which handle one of these specific controls. This mobile game attempts to simplify that sophisticated control scheme, but it is still a difficult process. Players will no doubt find their hands getting in the way of the screen while using the touch-screen controls, which potentially makes them vulnerable to surprise enemy attacks.

Violence

As far as mobile apps go, the graphics here are quite realistic. Just like the more feature-filled console games with the same name, the action in this app is mostly presented from a first-person shooter perspective. The setting, of course, is that players are in the middle of a war and must shoot enemies to stay alive. However, because of the system limitations, there are never an overwhelming amount of enemies, and there are no depictions of blood. When players are hit, the screen flashes red, but when enemies are taken down they simply collapse to the ground. In addition, most of the shooting takes place from a distance, and flourishes like slow-motion effects or close-ups are rare. Finally, there is no effect for shooting your own teammates. The one and only goal is to take down the enemy force.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

There are occasional uses of swear words including "hell," "damn," and "s--t."

Consumerism

The main menu screen has a button that links users to other games that can be bought from the same publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is a war simulation first-person shooter. Players take the part of the good guys, the soldiers, in the war and are tasked with taking down the enemy force. In addition, there is no blood when enemies are shot, and the violence is not highlighted with slow-motion or zoom-in effects. Nevertheless, killing humans is the central force of this game, and because of the first-person perspective and the realistic graphics, the violence is not to be taken lightly. Parents should also be aware that the game's extensive dialogue includes the words "hell," "damn," and "s--t."

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This mobile version of BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2 has impressive graphics and manages to capture the same kind of feeling and intensity of its console game counterparts. However, because it is such a close representation of the other versions of the same title, it struggles to mimic the same kind of intuitive control scheme. This app has to rely exclusively on touch-screen controls, which is difficult to do for any first-person shooter. That is why this genre is rare in the app market. It's nearly impossible to manage all the controls (weapon selection, aiming, moving, shooting, etc.) without players obscuring the screen with their hands. Likewise, it can sometimes be time consuming to trigger the desired control, resulting in vulnerabilities for the player. In short, this app looks nice but has not perfected how to control an FPS on a touch-screen device.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:June 2, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:268.00 MB
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDrayoc March 13, 2012
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12
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minimal blood and language

There are small unrealistic impressions of blood but they are hardly noticable. There is no language worse then d**n and h**l. It should be ok for smaller kids. It is chalenging and fun with decently good graphics. I recommend
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byDarkflame362 March 5, 2013
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13
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ESRB Rating

This game is actually rated M by the ESRB, so that means that it's not for kids at all, but I don't think that rating should be what it is, and it's perfectly fine for a 13 or mature 12 year old.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 8 years old February 13, 2013
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8
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LEARNING

so what do you thingk

i thing it should be atleast for a mature audiance so 9 and up if there mature and dont get to adicted to it
What other families should know
Too much violence

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