Battlefield 4

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Extremely violent and mature military shooter sequel.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 74 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Although elements of Battlefield 4 focus on teamwork and strategic thinking, we don't recommend it for learning because of its graphic violence.

Positive Messages

This is a first-person shooter in which you play a U.S. Marine and his Special Forces unit, determined to take on enemy forces in China and Russia. It's a positive message to defend the world from worldwide threats, but the game -- especially in the online multiplayer modes -- was designed in such a way that you don't often think about why you're killing enemies. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

You climb into the boots of  U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, a member of the elite Tombstone squad. Although you don't know much about Recker -- or even see him often, for that matter, as it's a first-person game -- he is a military man who chose to defend the free world from serious threats. This is admirable, but he and his unit use a number of weapons to destroy enemies.

Ease of Play

Those comfortable with first-person shooters on consoles or a PC will immediately learn the control mechanics for this game -- the developer doesn't toy much with the popular formula. That said, there's a tutorial mode, too.

Violence

Battlefield 4 is an extremely violent first-person shooter. Players use a number of weapons, including a knife, sniper rifle, machine gun, rocket launcher, and mines, to kill enemy soldiers near and far. The battles are realistic and frenetic; large amounts of blood can be seen, and enemies often scream in pain before dying. In some cases you can sneak up on enemies from behind and kill them with a knife, while an interrogation scene sees a soldier being electrocuted as a means of torture.

Sex
Language

The game has strong profanity, including words like "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "bastard," and "bitch." It's also likely you'll hear profanity during multiplayer matches from other people. 

Consumerism

Gamers are asked to join Battlefield 4 Premium for $50, where members receive themed digital expansion packs, two-week early access to each pack, and additional content and new updates every week.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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User Reviews

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Adult Written byNate Panning August 5, 2019

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 chapla... Continue reading
Parent Written byLogics March 18, 2014

Common sence

Look OK if you have a child 12 - 17 and don't want them to see torture then don't let them on the campaign as that has the swearing on it. On the mult... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycalebto April 5, 2015

Battlefield 4 review by calebto

This is a very fun game ! there are so many vehicles like jets, tanks , helicopters , trucks etcetera. There is a lot of blood. There is not to much language in... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bythe_raven314 January 15, 2016

Great game for early teens

My grandma bought this game for be because she knew how much I like the Battlefield Series. It was the first Mature rated game I had ever played and I was very... Continue reading

What's it about?

As with its popular predecessor, BATTLEFIELD 4 is a first-person shooter that drops the player into modern-day battles. The single-player campaign lets you assume the role of Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Recker, a member of the Tombstone squad, who is tapped to diffuse a spark ignited by China and Russia that could result in a global conflict. By fighting over land, sea, and air, you'll take on enemies, issue commands, and stop this global threat before it's too late. As with previous Battlefield games, much of the attention is on the multiplayer matches played in large groups over the Internet on massive maps. This game is powered by the proprietary Frostbite 3 engine from developer DICE and has realistic graphics and smooth animation. Note: Battlefield 4 plays out the same way on all versions (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC), and there are next-generation versions, for PS4 and Xbox One.

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 ...

  • There's a long-time battle between the Call of Duty games and the Battlefield games. Which franchise is better, overall? Best story? Graphics? Multiplayer maps and modes? It's a heated debate, so which side are you on, and why?

  • What is the impact of media violence on kids?

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