Battlefield: Bad Company

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Military shooter with strong visuals, multiplayer.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 78 reviews

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

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
Language

Majority of foul language likely encountered if playing online.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypickoleslove April 21, 2015

cool but bad language.

this game has no blood of drugs or anything sexual an the rating company says there is use of alcohol but I never see anything but they use foul language like s... Continue reading
Parent of a 10-year-old Written byBonsey Ahamed75 February 11, 2019

Let me tell you the truth

First of all this is one of the best games ever made in my opinion
Teen, 14 years old Written bygavingmg April 5, 2021

Good game for younger kids

Surprisingly light hearted compared to the games of today, Warzone, COD MW, BF1 and others are far more violent with worse language, this game isn't very s... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 22, 2020

Really good game has violence

The game is very good and if your son is trying to go for apex legends and you sead no then you should get this like it has no blood and if they play fortnite a... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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