Battlefield 4

Common Sense Media says

Extremely violent and mature military shooter sequel.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy and safety concerns. All versions of the game can be played online, and, with no one monitoring or filtering the dialogue among human players, it's possible (nay, likely) to hear strong profanity or other inappropriate words and phrases.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • effort
  • goal-setting

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • time management
  • effort
  • goal-setting

Collaboration

  • teamwork
  • meeting challenges together

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not 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 (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 13 year old Written byBiker 123 November 5, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Good for those who understand right and wrong

This is a good game, however I can see why it is an 18 because the main story line has quite a bit of gore in it. BUT the multiplayer is fine, but I would only recommend the game to teens who understand the dangers of guns as the game dose glorify guns a bit. Over all a good game
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 15 year old Written byJoanna1967 November 7, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Violent, but there are many worse games around.

I have just bought this game for my son and he loves it! I have looked at it myself and read many reviews. I would not recommend this game to any young children. When my son plays "online" it doesn't seem as bad as when he plays what he likes to call the campaign. If your child is mature enough and isn't too young this game has some good morals and my son seems to have lots of fun with his friends!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written bybobthedude November 4, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

not much changed

campaign is a bit gritty but online is pretty much the same as bf3 except from: New graphics and maps with a lot more interactions
What other families should know
Too much violence

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