Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Common Sense Media says

Shooter series gets more graphic, bumped from T to M rating.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This game is about war. It glamorizes combat and idealizes the bonds that form between squad mates. It feels less like a hyper realistic simulation of combat and more like a war adventure with obvious liberties taken to enhance its entertainment value, such as exceptionally destructible environments. However, the mature language and constant violence are definitely targeted at older audiences.

Positive role models

Our motley crew of soldiers is composed of people who are basically good and moral. They just want to finish the task at hand -- securing a new weapon of mass destruction -- and head back home. However, the only way for them to complete their mission is through the use of extreme violence. Their actions are always directed at enemy combatants -- no civilians are harmed -- but the killing is constant.

Ease of play

Basic first-person shooter mechanics should be familiar to most players. There are three levels of difficulty, but even the easiest is challenging. The game was clearly designed for genre veterans.


Players employ a variety of pistols, shotguns, machine guns, rifles, sniper rifles, grenade launchers, and rocket propelled grenade launchers to kill their enemies. Blood can be seen spraying from defeated foes, and large explosions take place frequently. Players also have the option of using a knife to kill enemies silently. Sound effects include various grunts and cries of pain.

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Our troopers use the sort of language you’d expect of men in their profession. Players will hear many instances of words such as “f--k,” “s--t,” “hell,” and “god damn.”

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some reference to alcohol when soldiers say things like: "It's Miller time!" and "We owe you many beers." Also, the chopper pilot is partial to cigarettes, and when one of the soldiers hands him a pack after rescuing him, it's meant to be a touching moment.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is an M-rated game, unlike the first game in the series which was rated "T" by the ESRB. The first game in the Bad Company series featured plenty of gunplay, but had no blood and only minor profanity. In contrast, this sequel shows blood with almost every bullet impact, and the soldiers’ mouths are decidedly dirtier. Like it's predecessor, it feels more like a rollicking war adventure than a hyper realistic portrayal of combat, but this sequel has slightly darker themes -- such as a hunt for a powerful weapon of mass destruction rather than a search for abandoned gold -- and is more graphic. Also note that it has open online play. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for pre-teens.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Unlike its predecessor, BATTLEFIELD: BAD COMPANY 2, a first-person shooter with a modern setting, is a bit darker in theme. Players once again take on the role of Preston Marlowe, who fights side-by-side with soldiers who, though skilled, aren’t exactly the typically gung-ho grunts normally presented in games. Last time out, they were hoping to find some abandoned gold and retire from the army. Their latest mission is more serious: They’re in search of a powerful weapon with origins that date back to the Second World War. Expect the same sort of non-stop firefights seen in the original, along with environments that are even more destructible. However, be prepared for some adult-only additions, such as spraying blood and plenty of four-letter cuss words.

Is it any good?


Battlefield: Bad Company 2’s most striking feature is that there is no place where you can hide for long. It has some of the most destructible environments ever seen in a game. Buildings, cement walls, and wood piles may provide cover for a while, but if struck at the right place with the right weapon, they’ll disappear. This is good news for strategic players, who can use environmental weaknesses to their advantage, flushing out enemies or destroying the buildings they’re in. However, since the enemy can also destroy your cover, it’s bad news for players to like to hole up and patiently wait for just the right moment to pop out and attack. Consequently, your enjoyment of the game will likely hinge upon the sort of player you happen to be.

The rest of the game is slick and polished, as one might expect from the experienced developers at DICE studio. The story is compelling, the acting is believable, the play mechanics are intuitive, and the online play, which includes an innovative mode that supports a quartet of four-player squads, is terrifically tactical.

Online interaction: This game allows for open voice communication, which creates a strong possibility of the player being exposed to excessive profanity and inappropriate discussions. Common Sense Media does not recommend non-moderated online play for pre-teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences between ESRB ratings. Is there a fine line between a shooter rated Teen and one that’s rated Mature, or are there clear differences? How do you think the ESRB makes these determinations? What are some of the factors? Do you agree with them?

  • Families can also discuss soldiers in general. Like those depicted in this game, soldiers tend to be average people who are called upon to be extremely violent in their jobs. They may be fighting for good, but the things they do often aren’t very nice. Do you think it will be difficult for them to adjust when they leave the war zone and come back home?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:March 2, 2010
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood, Strong Language, Violence (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Written byAnonymous June 6, 2010

CoD killer? Well, yes and no...

With the release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 this game was brushed aside, it shouldn't have been. Quick review: exceptional graphics, realistic gameplay, best vehicles in an FPS, great team-game, excessive language, campaign sucks except for random funny comments, and original characters. The multiplayer easily kills MW2's. Why? Vehicles, realism (yes, you ACTUALLY HAVE TO TRY), and I don't ever find myself asking "WTF just happened?" Sadly, guns and attachments are limited, and it isn't quite as social. Enough said...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great role models
Adult Written byDianne Collington March 6, 2010

Should not be played if under the age of 13

I wanted to write a descent review that parents can use. I see immature kids write reviews and say this game is "on" for age 2. People come to websites like these to make good decisions on what is right or wrong for their kids. The immaturity does not help them. My 13 year old son, turning 14 in early september asked me if he could buy the new Battlefield Bad Company 2 game. I told him we would look into it, but did not say a definite yes because of its M rating. I talked to other parents who had allowed their child to buy the game or had bought it for them. They said it was okay for a 13 year old to play. I let my son buy the game, but I watched to see what it looked like. There was some cursing, and some blood, but no limb loss or disgusting things like that. I think it is overall okay for a 13 year old to play, but I would not let my son play it if he were under this age.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byCoolkat11 March 23, 2011
Great game, besides the cursing. my opinion is that kids 13 and up should be able to play.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written byjake W. August 7, 2010


very good but online is inappropriate ive had it for about 2 weeks and ive met 4 inappropriate people
What other families should know
Too much violence


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