Battlefield: Bad Company

Common Sense Media says

Military shooter with strong visuals, multiplayer.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Group starts out fighting war against Russia, but decides to desert the Army in search of gold.

Violence

Players take down enemies with assault rifles, shotguns, grenade launchers, RPGs, mortar strikes, and a host of other weapons. Deaths are not graphic, nor do they contain blood, but they are constant.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Majority of foul language likely encountered if playing online.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the latest in the series of Battlefield military shooters. Since you're in the midst of a futuristic war, players will encounter plenty of violence. You kill enemies using guns, grenades, rocket launchers, tanks, air strikes, and a host of other weapons. The game doesn't show graphic images, nor is blood visible. Expect to hear quite a bit of cursing, which could grow worse if you play online.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Unlike most military shooters where you are cast into the role of an elite soldier, in BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY you're part of a squad of army rejects battling in a futuristic campaign against Russia. As your character, Preston Marlowe, and his crew of misfits uncover stashes of gold hidden throughout the region, you decide to turn AWOL to try and get rich.

New to the Battlefield franchise is the ability to decimate buildings and other elements of the environment. Instead of chasing an enemy hiding in a building, you can blow a hole in the side and negate his cover. Visually, the destruction looks very impressive. Chunks of walls fly after receiving a shot from a grenade launcher. Trees tumble as you mow through landscapes in tanks. The arsenal in Bad Company allows for great flexibility in how you kill foes and demolish landscapes. Besides a broad range of guns, players can use tanks, helicopters, air strikes, rocket launchers, and grenades, to name a few.

Is it any good?

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The game's single-player campaign is solid but not as compelling as other top-notch military titles. Part of the problem is the artificial intelligence. Your teammates offer little help, forcing you to do almost all the work. Enemies, meanwhile, are wildly inconsistent. Sometimes, they deploy effective tactics like flanking. Other times, they prefer to hide and let you hunt them down. The penalty for dying is also rather low, thanks to an injector soldiers carry that offers unlimited health boosts. Fortunately, the game redeems itself with an strong multiplayer mode that allows for up to 24 players.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about military games. How close do you think these games mirror real-life warfare? Does the lack of blood or graphic imagery make the violence easier to watch?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 24, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Teen (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Teen, 13 years old Written bykittylover96 July 8, 2010
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13
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Language is a big issue

This game is really great and funny. The violence isn't too badd (no blood or gore) but the language is constant. No F bombs but a ton of S words a words and D words. Great game
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byHalo reach fan February 5, 2012
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17
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The violent game that is not so violent

Good but violent!! it doesn't have blood but it does have a strong warfare theme. some swearing but otherwise fine!
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymayospeed February 2, 2011
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What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models

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