Parents' Guide to

Battlefield 4

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Extremely violent and mature military shooter sequel.

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age 13+

Based on 49 parent reviews

age 15+

An exceptionally fun and teamwork oriented strategy game

I started playing battlefield games after I left the marine corps in 2013 at the age of 29. I started playing the "bad company" games with the chaplain associated with my battalion while I was working in construction. I have played every battlefield game since then, and I've met some of my best friends because of it. I can honestly that this website does the positive qualities of this game no service at all. Calling it "a simulation" and "realistic" really makes me think that this website was created solely for the purpose of dragging mature rated video games through the mud. I have experienced real, intense combat, and calling this game a simulation is a total joke. I didn't start playing these video games because it puts me back into a war zone, I started because I wanted a fun way to get to know people better. In terms of the campaign (the story), it one of the less extreme in the battlefield series, and it was a step down in violence from battlefield 3. All of the cursing happens in in the campaign, and the multiplayer (the part of the game that you will play more of) is too fast and unpredictable to notice any gore, and there is no language in the multiplayer. My sons are both ten years old, and I wouldn't let them play any of my battlefield games yet, because as a parent I don't have faith in their ability to separate this game from their lives and from school. If your kid doesn't have issues with language or violent actions despite having some exposure to those themes, then 15 is the perfect age for them to start playing. I don't think this game was intended for children, but if you trust them with some of the milder R rated films, this game is in that same ballpark. there are so many things to be learned from battlefield four's multiplayer, and so many different ways to play it. you can tune the way you play it to such an extent that no one is alienated due to difficulty. There are so many rewarding objectives and assignments that your kid will never get bored of it, and your money cant be wasted. However, it isn't addictive like battle royale games are, so its less likely to make your kid spend too much time playing.
age 13+

Perfect for a kid that knows right from wrong and loves video games!

One day, my second son (13) asked me if he could play an M game. My answer was NO off the bat. I had always heard from other parents that M games were very bad and should not let your children play them. After I did some research on the game and watched a couple videos I was pretty confident that my son could play it. I told him the next day that he could get the game but had to let me watch him play it for a few. After I watched him I could tell it was no worse than your average PG-13 action movie. There is one swear word but if your child knows not to say them it is fine. It also teaches them about the sacrifice and pain the military goes through to protect us. This game has very good messages. I would recommend this game to any 13-year old that knows right from wrong and that know not to repeat any language.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (49 ):
Kids say (80 ):

Yes, for sure. Electronic Arts/DICE has created an explosive sequel worthy of your time, money, and effort -- but take heed of the ESRB's "Mature" rating for strong and realistic violence (and strong profanity). Battlefield 4 feels great (in both close-quarter, squad-based combat and wide-open warfare), looks amazing (with huge and well-designed set pieces), and offers a ton of gameplay to sink your teeth into. This is especially true for the multiplayer modes playable with others online, including the new Obliteration mode, wherein two rival teams fight to retrieve a bomb and use it to blow up three enemy targets. Also back is the Conquest mode, which also delivers a ton of challenge, thanks to its many weapons and vehicles: helicopters, jets, ships, tanks, and jeeps. The only disappointment is the absence of the six-mission co-op mode from last year's Battlefield 3. Gamers who like this series will love this sequel, while newcomers to the franchise will ask themselves why they waited so long to jump in.

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