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Parents' Guide to

Battlefield 1943

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Downloadable shooter just as violent as its boxed brethren.

Game PlayStation 3 , Xbox 360 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 10+

Parents ok with Fortnite will be ok with this. Works on Xbox One too!

This is a very good team based first person shooter for ages 10+. Player is on a squad, USA or Japan fighting for islands in a capture the flag style. Players receive rankings and during setup one can choose a family friendly mode without griefing and trash talking. As players advance they receive rankings and competitors can be flagged for inappropriate behavior. No blood or body parts flying through the air. Combine this with a short history lesson about the battle for the Pacific in WWII and the sacrifices our warriors made on Iwo, Wake, etc. Semper Fi.
age 7+


what was common sense thinking? I used to play this as a kid. I played this game again recently and i decided to look it up on common sense for some reason. I was SUPRISED to see a 14+ rating. this game. This game should be 13+ at most because it has the amount of violence as games like star war battlefrount ll(which isnt very violent). its violence is very comical like the simpsons. its almost like watching a pg rated movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (25 ):

Battlefield 1943 is a return to the franchise’s roots. It offers players a game similar in many ways to what they experienced in earlier Battlefield games, only with more polished graphics and a few modern tweaks, such as a ranking system and squad performance tracking. It’s not particularly deep by modern standards, but the open world, do-anything-you-like style of play is as compelling as it ever was. What’s more, it’s far more polished and complex than the sort of games typically released through Sony and Microsoft’s download services, making its $15 price tag feel like a bargain. Just beware that, despite its cheapness and method of delivery, this is not a game for kids. The violence is just as graphic and intense as that of any other game in the Battlefield franchise which are best played by teens and older.

Online interaction: Players play in teams and can speak freely to one another using voice communication, which opens the door to potentially inappropriate language and discussion topics as well as verbal abuse.

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