Parents' Guide to

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019)

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gritty, bloody military shooter tackles tough war questions.

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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 86 parent reviews

age 13+

Very Misunderstood in the Gaming World

I am a professional game developer for PlayStation and specialise in action shooters like Call of Duty. COD is a great game for teens and young teens alike, and is so popular between the ages of 12-17. Many parents may be skeptical about letting their child play this game, but lots of the features that make COD seem bad can be turned off in settings. If you don’t want your kid to be exposed to the small spurts of blood, you can turn it off. If you don’t want them to hear any mild swearing, you can turn it off. Bear in mind that a teenager will probably not be affected by this anyway, if they have seen any movies with blood and go to a secondary school where you would hear much worse than the words used in the game such as: “s***, b**** and a**.” There is also a great deal of information about the World Wars 1 and 2 in the franchise, so your child will learn some extra knowledge on the events that happened, the places, and the machinery they used which may be useful for their classes at school. The game is great to bring friends together and they will have much fun playing with and against each other. To summarise, Call of Duty is very misunderstood in the gaming world, and does not deserve the age rating of 18, which puts many parents off when looking into buying it for their child. It is no different to games in the Battlefield franchise and deserves the substantial popularity it’s gained over the years.
age 14+

Really great game and not that violent

This is a great game as i play it myself. The violence is probably the main cocern for people so i will cover that first. There is obviosly going to be violence because it is call of duty. The thing is, the fighting is always fast paced so most of the time you wont know whats going on. When you shoot an enemy there is a small bit of blood that comes out of them. The violence happens at long range so you wont be able to see it up close. There are also finisher moves but they are either just stabbing someone or shooting them. When you are shot your character grunts and your screen goes a bit red so you know you have been shot. ALL VIOLENCE CAN BE TURNED OFF. This means that your child wont see any blood or gore. There is in-frequent swearing using words such as the f and s words. Overall, with the blood and gore turned off, it would be sutible for all people age 14 and over.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (86 ):
Kids say (156 ):

This one isn't for the faint of heart. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's campaign is among the darkest and grittiest the franchise has yet produced, thrusting players into a first-person perspective to experience such things as horrific waterboarding torture and the terror of being a little girl chased by a murderous Russian soldier intent on exterminating every man, woman, and child in her village. And by making us carefully select targets prior to pulling the trigger, developer Infinity Ward has taken its simulation of the modern military experience one step further, forcing players to do the moral -- and life-threatening -- thing by hesitating until we are certain that targets are enemies. It makes for a harrowing, yet also strangely compelling, experience – assuming you have the stomach for it. It's worth noting, though, that the game's message and sense of authenticity is undercut, to a degree, by its glorification of violence. While some scenes are so horrific that most players will be glad when they end, others are undeniably thrilling. This is the seemingly unavoidable conflict based in military first-person shooters.

Of course, any sense of authenticity is pretty much thrown out the window once you move into multiplayer, which is where the vast bulk of players will spend most of their time. The new four-player Special Ops cooperative game type, while story-based in theory, is essentially a run-and-gun mode that serves up fast-paced action with a focus on teamwork and little in the way of any serious moral quandaries. It's undeniably fun, but not nearly as emotional as the campaign. And competitive multiplayer, which is just as entertaining, essentially abandons any pretense of battlefield realism. From its wildly fast-paced combat to its chaotic and large scale new Ground War mode to its reliance on fun-first mechanics -- including kill streaks that unlock special abilities (including the controversial white phosphorous chemical attack) -- it's designed for competition and esports rather than simulating a war experience. It's as finely tuned as any competitive shooter and will be wildly popular among avid genre fans -- and probably furiously challenging for the rookies and casual players who go up against them. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare succeeds very well in being the game it wants to be. Now it's up to individual players to decide whether it's what they want.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: October 25, 2019
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • Topics: Adventures
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: January 13, 2022

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