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Battlefield: Bad Company

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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.

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?

QUALITY

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?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:June 24, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Teen

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Adult Written byjazzmaster13 January 31, 2009

A must have FPS

This a very fun FPS, with many elements to its story mode. There is plenty of violence throughout the game, which you can expect from a military shooter. I didn't see any blood in the gameplay, but language can be a problem, with the character Sweetwater frequently using s*** in battle scenes. Overall a great shooter, with language and violence throughout.
Parent Written byyesssssssss November 13, 2011

Fun, Not to violent

This game is fun, people always say that people are cussing online so my kids shouldnt play the game. If you have a problem with it dont let your child play online, easy fix. This game is supposed to be funny, and the deaths are not realistic. There is not any blood, there is alot of language, no f bombs and i dont think it says the s word. If you dont want it to cuss then turn the sound off.
Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written byAvengingRelic October 2, 2009

Better with friends in party chat.

This game has a challenging online experience that I really enjoy. It provides a variety of weapons and vehicles to use in combat. The maps are huge with great detail. I love that most of the structures and vehicles are destructable. Meaning you may think you're safe inside a building until a tank blows the walls apart. This is not your father's sandbox. The online experience has one big drawback and that is the "lag effect". When the connections are all being linked from all over the world game play can feel sluggish and frustrating. When everyone is stateside it's a much better experience. Another drawback is the lack of communication between members of the same team. The game only allows 4 people in one squad to communicate even though there may be 12 people on your team. If you need health from a support character you have to basically shoot them to get their attention. Thank goodness xbox has added the party chat feature so you can have up to 8 players communicating in the game. This vastly improves the experience.
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Too much swearing
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