A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a violent first-person shooter. Players use a variety of guns, knives, and explosives to kill other humans, resulting in death, gore, and bloodshed. In one scene, a robot uses its foot to crush a soldier's head, while one of your weapons explodes your enemies into clouds of blood. The dialogue includes "f--k," "motherf--ker," "s--t," "hell," and "bitches." while online modes are unmoderated, which means players can be exposed to inappropriate content. In multiplayer, players can unlock banners that include images of drug use (a bong, a pot leaf) and sex (a woman's partially exposed bottom, a zombie with her hands over her naked breasts). Besides additional maps for multiplayer and levels for the co-op mode, players can use real money to buy better weapons for multiplayer.
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What's it about?
Set in the future, CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE casts you as an Earth soldier engaged in a war with Martian colonists bent on destroying their fellow humans. Which is why you spend the entire game shooting other people, blowing up their ships, and ruining their plans -- plans that include the annihilation of every man, woman, and child on Earth. Meanwhile, in the cooperative mode "Zombies," players and up to three friends have to survive in an amusement park that's been infested with the undead. Which also involves lots of shooting, though players also have to work together both to survive and to complete objectives.
Is it any good?
Though not without problems, there's more than enough to this sci-fi shooter to please gun-loving gamers regardless of single or multiplayer matches. In both the campaign and multiplayer modes of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, players are tasked with fighting off an invasion by humans who grew up on Mars and now want to kill all Earthlings. While the story mode has frantic firefights in some interesting places and has you using some futuristic weapons, it's also a bit on the short side if you skip the optional missions. Multiplayer also employs future tech and new customizing options that are optimized to how you like to play, as well as two new modes.
Unfortunately, some of customizing makes you walk annoyingly slow, while neither of the new modes is as fun as the ones carried over from previously installments. Finally, "Zombies" has you and your friends fighting the undead at a carnival back in the 1980s. While this part is fun -- and funny, thanks to its all-star cast of comedians -- it really only works best if played with pals who'll work together to survive. Regardless of which mode you play, though, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare benefits from having the same fluid and intuitive controls that are a hallmark of this always epic and engaging shooter series.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it matter that this game has you shooting other humans as opposed to aliens or monsters? Do you feel the violence is justified, given what these other humans want to do?
Talk about visual references to drugs and sex. What do you think having a pot leaf or a bare butt on your banner says about the person who chose it? Is it funny, is it sexy, is it just someone begging for attention?
Talk about perspective. Do you think this game is scarier or more intense because it's played from the first-person perspective? How would it change if the perspective were third-person?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Activision
- Release date: November 7, 2016
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes
- Last updated: November 2, 2020
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