A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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."
Is it any good?
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.
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