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Battlefield: Bad Company 2

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 Game Poster Image
Shooter series gets more graphic, bumped from T to M rating.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 44 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 64 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.


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.”

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bygdevhh June 1, 2015

REVIEW (truth)

If your kid can play halo let them play this. when I got this game I expected a gory game. I DID NOT GET THAT. The only reason this game has a blood rating is b... Continue reading
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 website... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPrincessOfExplosions March 12, 2015

One of the least violent military shooters

This game is rated 17+, but it's not as graphic as other 17+ games, such as call of duty. For example, there is a moderate amount of blood shed when an ene... Continue reading
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'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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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