Parents' Guide to

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature, violent shooter offers hours of exciting action.

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

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 15+

Just as mature as the other games in this series but not as mature as Common Sense says

Parents need to know that there are three different modes in this game: Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. There isn't very much blood or gore except in the Zombies mode. Most people will play Call of Duty for the Multiplayer, which is a mode where you play against other players. This game has lots of explosive action and shooting. It is very intense, but not very bloody. The zombies mode is pretty scary and gory, but lots of fun. Working together with teammates is really necessary in order to win. Shooting zombies will always spray blood and when you shoot a zombie's head or limb it will get blasted off. The Campaign has occasional uses of F--k and Sh-t but it is not very often. There are some disturbing parts in the campaign, but not as much as the previous game. Sometimes you will stab people or choke them out, so this mode is more mature then the Multiplayer mode. Most teens can handle it. I would recommend the Multiplayer mode for age 13, Campaign for age 15, and zombies for age 16. Parents should also know that content such as the blood and cursing can be turned off in the settings. However there will still be lots of shooting and explosions. Thanks for reading.
age 11+

For 11+ children

I believe this game is playable for mature 10 year olds minimum but 11 would be preferred depending on your child this is definitely not the worst out of all the cod games. This game is very fun and will definitely last your child a few months. My only problem would be that it’s slightly scary due to the role of zombies in this game and blood but it’s definitely not as bad as modern warfare or any other call of duty’s. I hope this has helped u decide to get it or not

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36 ):
Kids say (110 ):

By setting the action in a previously unexplored decade, this first-person shooter series is doing something new for the first time in long time, and is all the better for it. In Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's story-driven campaign, the search for terrorists connected to the Iranian Hostage Crisis leads you to a series of covert missions across the globe. But the 1980s time frame doesn't just change what kind of guns you use to shoot Russians and other bad guys. The setting carries over to the game's ever-popular online multiplayer modes and the co-op "Zombies" feature, the latter of which has you and your friends fighting to survive when you're attacked by hordes of Nazi zombies that have managed to survive for decades after the war ended. Even this game's version of "Dead Ops Arcade," a top-down, twin-stick shoot version of "Zombies," has an '80s feel (though, admittedly, these kind of arcade games always do).

But there's more than just setting this series in a past that isn't World War II that makes this feel fresh. While the campaign still has the kind of harrowing firefights and explosive action this series is known for, being set during the Cold War requires that you sometimes use stealth to do your job, and not go in guns first like you usually do in shooters (though you often leave under heavy fire). Campaign missions also give you choices when it comes to what you say to people at pivotal moments, as well as some life and death decisions that affect the story. Meanwhile, multiplayer remains as solid as ever, with "Team Deathmatch" being the same kind of fun and frantic firefight it's been for years, and "Domination" still requiring you to be as quick on your feet as you are on the trigger. The only bummer is "Fireteam," a new mode in which eight to ten teams of four players each search massive areas for uranium, but it has the downside of players frequently geting killed by guys on the ground who shoot you as you parachute into the level. Even "Zombies" benefits from having you use guns from the '80s, because the mix of firearms feels pulled directly from the action movies of the time period. The surprising and very enjoyable game mode is "Dead Ops Arcade," where unlimited ammo and crazy power-ups equal a good time for all with a retro vibe to the gameplay. While there are some minor issues -- like how your character doesn't automatically reload their weapon, which can leave you vulnerable in the middle of a firefight, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War still manages to be totally tubular to the max, for sure.

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