Battlefield 2

Common Sense Media says

Online play promotes this game to 4-star general.





What parents need to know

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

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:November 29, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (Windows)

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Adult Written bysaumaun April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

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 thing is that you will never see any gore or flying body parts in this game. Language online results in bans in %95 of the servers, so there wont be a problem there. There is no reference to drugs or sexual activity, so you are also clear there. It is a first person shooter without the things you don't want your kids to see. I play it myself and have come to enjoy it a lot. I give my kids a lot of freedom and let them decide themselves if they think they are mature enough for things. But if I see that they are doing things they are not supposed to, they begin to lose privileges. I think kids as early as 10 can play this if you believe your child can handle it. I would monitor them while they play, but it is always good to catch them early and teach them what they did wrong and how to avoid that situation in the future.
Teen, 13 years old Written byTemplar_Frost December 26, 2011

Its fine for everybody

Sure it has alot of guns and explosions, (airstrikes are pretty cool) but has NO blood, decapitation, sex, drugs, or swearing either, only the occasional d*mn. Oh, and im talking about the pc-only version, Battlefield 2, theres also the console version, Battlefield 2 Modern Combat.
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Teen, 15 years old Written bypoopasnoopa March 27, 2011

A good game for people struggling with teamwork.

This game is actually very good. It is still violent though, like many first person shooters. The detailed AI responds to your messages very quickly, immersing yourself into the real battlefield. Their isn't much swearing, and teamwork is involved.
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