Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Game review by Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Violent modern military shooter best left to mature players.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 13+

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is a groundbreaking and refined video game that offers a multilayered story and multiplayer that is a blast to play - best for mature teens!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (2022) is the sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare following an armed task force with an objective to cease missiles and wipe a terrorist organization off the map after a leader of a foreign terror regime is bombed during a trade. In response, the organization, Al Quatala, seeks revenge by purchasing American labeled missiles from Russia and using the drug cartel as transportation. Throughout the games story expect strong language and violence, and in multiplayer expect blood in relation to the violence. VIOLENCE: SEVERE The violence in this game isn’t nearly as graphic or shocking as Modern Warfare (2019), “Modern Warfare (2009), but is quite bloody although with very little to no visible gore throughout the games duration. In the story’s campaign, expect constant shooting and gun violence including large splatters of blood along environments and huge splashes of blood from bodies along with realistic looking bullet holes appearing in enemies. Dismemberment in combat is not visible, however the violence is realistic in impact. The player can approach enemies in stealth and perform take downs in which the enemy’s throat can be slit with squirts of blood, stabbed in the throat, neck, chest and necks, have their necks snapped and bodies slammed to the ground. Cutscenes and scripted moments include innocent civilians and police lined up against walls and shot in the head and kicked and stomped in the face. Women and children are depicted suffering, mostly in audio during a few missions especially “Close Air” and “Alone”. During these scenes disturbing audio of kids screaming and crying over gunfire and calling for “mommy” during raids from militia and the cartel. At one point, a mother and child are shown running from a building under fire shown from overhead. In this mission, enemies can be exploded and shot by a high-powered plane, their bodies are shown flying through the air followed by massive blood stains and huge destruction of buildings. This campaign has lots of destruction. In a more intense mission, you are interrogated by the cartel and have a gun pointed at your face. A man is caught sniffing cocaine by a cartel leader and has his face stomped into the ground. A hostage is shot in the side of the head. A man is sniped in the face and the back of his head is shown exploding for under a second (the only instance of “gore” in the game) before turning into a bloody mess. During multiplayer, the gameplay is much too fast pace for most of the violence to come across as “disturbing” or “graphic” however when enemies are shot this is followed by large blood splatters against walls and spurts from enemies. The player can also perform takedowns in which enemies are beaten to the ground and slashed. One of the lesser violent CoD campaigns of the later years (2015 onward) and contains very little instances of disturbing content although it is still present and severe, just not as much as some other games. LANGUAGE: SEVERE Strong language includes 70+ uses of “f*ck”, frequent uses of “sh*t”, uses of “a**hole”, “p*ssy”, “b*tch”, “son of a b*tch”, “cabrón”, “puta” and other language. This campaign has stronger language on par with “Black Ops” and “Black Ops 2” which have severe language as well. DRUG CONTENT: MODERATE Unlike previous CoD games drug use is very relevant in the game. Drug cartels are depicted in drug-making facilities with large white packets of cocaine which explode into white dust when shot. Drugs are mentioned in dialogue and “shipments”, “packages” and other methods of dealing are as well. At one point in the story, a man is shown snorting cocaine off of a desk and is beaten to the ground because of it. There is use of alcohol and smoking infrequently as well.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
2 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Blood and bad language

My son who is 11 loves this game. It is 18+ but my opinion there is violence but it is a battle game so that is to be expected there are settings to turn off blood and bad language which I recommend. Overall of you are 11+ the game is ok to play but I wouldn’t recommend it to under 11 or 10. Anyway I hope this helps.
1 person found this helpful.

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