Parents' Guide to

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent but exciting shooter takes bold new step for series.

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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 72 parent reviews

age 11+

One key fact that might help make a decision

I would leave you a review telling you how great this game is even 8 years after the release... but it would be biased. So instead I would like to mention to parents there is a content filter setting that blocks all Swearing from characters and Blood. If you have game chat turned on you could still be exposed to Cursing but that's another story. At the end of the day, this is still a game with guns, but I mean its not terrible for your kids.
age 18+

Great game recommend for mature audience

Great game some extremely gory scenes where your able to see a first person view of the characters arms being ripped off by a robot a scene where a female is exposed to chemicals resulting in her face becoming very disturbing very dark world lots of swearing high level violence basically this game is very disturbing in a lot of ways depends on who the child is and what they can handle recommend minimum age 15+ or 18+ above

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (72 ):
Kids say (192 ):

By adding cyberpunk seasonings to this series' patented mix of smooth controls, frantic firefights, cinematic action, and addictive multiplayer, this first-person shooter takes a bold new step. Though you're still shooting terrorists during missions that feel like scenes from a big-budget action movie, you also use an arsenal of futuristic weapons against autonomous robots. You also have a variety of cyberweapons that allow you to hack drones or auto-turrets, scan the environment to tag enemies, dispatch a swarm of tiny killer robots, and run along walls like a certain Persian prince used to do. And these new abilities come into play whether you're playing the story-driven campaign, its zombie version that you unlock after you've beaten the story, another co-op mode where you and three pals fight zombies, or any of the game's numerous competitive multiplayer modes. But while this makes Call of Duty: Black Ops III the most radically different Call of Duty game ever, it also makes it the least Call of Duty-esque as well. This feels more like a cross between a great Terminator game and a cool Ghost in the Shell game when you're using your cybertech to kill robots and a great Walking Dead game when you're facing zombies.

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