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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know Battlefield 4 is a "Mature"-rated military simulation filled with extreme, realistic violence. Played from a first-person perspective, the single-player campaign and multiplayer modes are designed to make you feel you're right there in the middle of the action. You'll use machine guns, pistols, grenades, sniper rifles, and knives to kill enemy soldiers. There is blood (but not gore) and potentially disturbing scenes of torture.
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Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Social Studies: global awareness
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, strategy
Self-Direction: effort, goal-setting, time management
Collaboration: meeting challenges together, teamwork
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $59.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Electronic Arts
- Release date: October 29, 2013
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language
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