Call of Duty 3

Game review by
Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Bloody but powerful first-person WWII shooter.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 49 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 136 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The "noble war" setting provides many opportunities for sacrifice, heroism, teamwork, and bravery. Still, it's a bloody battlefield where violence is the norm.

Violence

Not as bad as some other first-person shooters, but small amounts of blood spill and bodies litter the battlefield.

Sex
Language

Restrained use of battlefield language.

Consumerism

Part of the Call of Duty series of video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third entry in this popular WWII first-person shooter is beautifully presented and rich with historical detail -- but still very violent. While this Call of Duty game is rated "T" instead of "M" (unlike the first two in the series) kids will still see a small amount of blood spills with every kill, bodies litter the battlefield, and close combat often means face-to-face struggles. Open approaches to enemy positions create intense battles, with threats that appear out of nowhere and less than perfect cover -- exposing players to sudden, bloody deaths.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGrandTheftAutoV March 9, 2014

A well-made shooter, but kind of violent.

The first two are rated t, not m. Just check amazon and the esrb.
This is good for 14 and up if they can handle violence and swearing.
Adult Written byA Person With C... March 3, 2010

Perhaps to Violent for Kids

This game is GREAT for kids just starting to play Call Of Duty. Great quality and even online multiplayer. The only concern is the language and blood. Try to ke... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymetalhead12 February 11, 2014

Common Sense Media is wrong

Oh CSM.... come on. First off, I played this game at the age of ten. Second of all, the first two COD games were rated T, not M. Third off, the violence is not... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySammy2006 June 17, 2019

It’s got bad graphics

Come on common sense media 17+ this game has minimal cursing teaches good messages about war and isn’t that violent the one part where your classic jerk Sargent... Continue reading

What's it about?

In CALL OF DUTY 3, players control an infantryman marching through France after the D-Day invasion at Normandy. Working with Allied forces (players buddy up with the French Resistance, Polish troops, Scottish soldiers, and others), players participate in some of the fiercest fighting of the European ground war. In rural towns like Saint Lo, Mortain, and Chambois, players storm German positions on strategic hills, go house-to-house to clear enemies from French villages, and secure critical infrastructure (such as bridges and ports). Cut scenes elaborate on the war strategy -- giving some much-needed context -- but the game forgoes traditional narrative; instead it uses occasional bits of gallows humor or an intra-squad flare-up to set the scene.

Is it any good?

Whether fighting face-to-face in the trenches, commandeering a jeep, or serving as a sniper spotter on the back of a tank, Call of Duty 3 keeps the action engaging. Battles are challenging, but can always be accomplished with a little ingenuity and nerve. The only failing here is the unrealistic torrent of enemies that appear at certain points of the game, undermining best-laid plans with a lame advantage for the computer.

All is forgiven with graphics and detail that define next-generation gaming. Looking through a rifle sight, players' first-person perspective takes a moment to adjust focus from a nearby object to an object in the distance. Environments are genuinely disorienting, giving players a number of options to approach enemy positions -- some more vulnerable than others. The mixture of intensity and detail makes Call of Duty 3 a sometimes-harrowing game experience. While not as violent as some other shooters, Call of Duty 3 gets the blood pumping like few games can.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of WWII games. Is there something about this particular conflict that lends itself to video game treatment? What is different about wars like Vietnam or the current war in Iraq that make them more or less suited to game recreation? Does the historical content of this game make it educational -- or is that aspect just an attempt to legitimize another shoot-'em-up?

Game details

For kids who love action

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