Battlefield 2

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Online play promotes this game to 4-star general.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 27 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Bloodless, but tank attack, machine-gun fire, helicopter assault, landmine explosion, and knife slashes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while countless players die repeated (bloodless) deaths in this war game, BATTLEFIELD 2 also features highly developed cooperative play via online multiplayer support. Parents are likely to see their kids communicate and strategize with other players to hatch elaborate assaults on enemy positions. Straightforward attacks rarely work -- only coordinated, creative team play will result in victory. Of course, online play may encourage taunting, bullying, and hard feelings among opponents and teammates alike.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysaumaun April 9, 2008

Great game when you think your child is mature enough

Battlefield 2 is probably the most realistic game out there. Realistic in the sense of the weapons and vehicles and ranking system, not violence. The great thin... Continue reading
Adult Written byMartha James April 26, 2014

Great Game! No Blood and Little Violence!

Great game! Ages 9+ are fine! They understand! No Blood! And Very Little Violence!
Teen, 14 years old Written byGamersnews32 May 8, 2019

Before the series went into a bloodbath.

This is the last Battlefield game to not have blood. You can blow up, shoot and ram enemies over. This is a war game, so constant violence is contained, but no... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGuardianMan March 30, 2020

Fun Game for Teens

This game can be a very fun title. I have suggested that it be rated 13 and up, as it does contain gun violence, but personally I believe that as long as a chil... Continue reading

What's it about?

Part of the same series that includes Battlefield 1942 and Battlefield Vietnam, BATTLEFIELD 2 centers on conflicts in modern-day hot zones, offering RPGs, submachine guns and high-powered sniper rifles as the tools of war.

Players control different classes of soldiers (assault, special ops, and sniper, for example) who use unique combinations of gear to accomplish mission objectives. In a single-player game, that means players protect a building from snipers or defend an oil platform from paratroopers. In an online game, that means an exciting, chaotic game of capture the flag. To make even a modest showing, players will have to find ways to cooperate with their teammates.

Is it any good?

At first glance, Battlefield 2 has many of the features of a middling war-themed first-person shooter: marginal storytelling, passable graphics, and often-tedious missions. Playing the single-player missions might lead you to question why this was one of the summer's hottest PC releases. But online, Battlefield 2 explodes to the front of the pack.

It's in these multiplayer blowouts that the brilliance of Battlefield 2 becomes more obvious. Combat zones feature a high level of interactivity -- players commandeer tanks, boats, helicopters, and pickup trucks. Map design is ingenious, boasting an impressive array of hiding places, fortifications, and obstacles. Players who spend any time playing online will quickly discover that cooperation and creativity are the keys to success. And while Battlefield 2 is saturated in the violence of modern warfare, the lack of blood does something to offset the carnage, and any game that emphasizes ingenuity over gratuitous gore certainly has value for kids of the right age group.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Battlefield 2's online play is similar to the schoolyard game "Capture the Flag." How can such a simple concept blossom into one of the most popular multiplayer video games around? Does the addition of violence undermine the innocent appeal of a big, cooperative game? What do both games have in common that make them so much fun?

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