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Battlefield: Bad Company

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
Battlefield: Bad Company Game Poster Image
Military shooter with strong visuals, multiplayer.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 72 reviews

A lot or a little?

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.


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.


Majority of foul language likely encountered if playing online.

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
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 grea... Continue reading
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... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bykittylover96 July 8, 2010

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 a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 16, 2009


This game is great. There is no bad violence, blood and no swearing. I would recommend this game for all ages.. Awesome Game!!! ;)

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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