Parents' Guide to

Call of Duty: Black Ops

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Superb but violent shooter is definitely for adults only.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 210 parent reviews

age 9+



This title has:

Easy to play/use
3 people found this helpful.
age 12+

It isn't bad at all 12+

All the reviews saying 18+ are completely crazy. I wasn't so sure about letting my 13 year old daughter play this at first, but once i read these reviews and played i found it wasn't bad at all, there isn't as much gore, and the swearing, well I'm sure most teens are used to that but you can turn it off. You can also turn off the gore in settings. If your child asks you for this game and they're 12+ you should definitely say yes!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (210):
Kids say (563):

Black Ops' single-player missions are perhaps the fastest-paced and most unpredictable of the franchise. Whether players are pulling down a helicopter with a harpoon, blowing up a massive missile mid-launch, or escaping a prison on a motorbike, monotony never has an opportunity to set in. It's not quite as emotional as the series' games set during the Second World War, but it is at least as exciting.

However, few players will spend as much time with the campaign as they will with the extraordinarily deep multiplayer functionality. In addition to all of the franchise's usual modes, challenges, and unlockables, this game also offers a wager mode that allows players to put their hard-won credits on the line in small matches in which the top three players take all the loot. Another new mode, Combat Training, allows players new to online gaming to get their feet wet fighting computer-controlled baddies with their buddies. Adult gamers will enjoy the epic interactive experience.

Online interaction: This game supports open, non-moderated voice communication, which opens the door to inappropriate language and subjects of conversation, as well as the sharing of personal information.

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