Parents' Guide to

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Violent modern military shooter best left to mature players.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II cover

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 29 parent reviews

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.
age 12+

Just make them turn on the setting on to get rid of the bad language and violence.

It is like anyway shooter game my son has bought. If you let your child play warzone, you should let them play this game. All the bad language and violence and be all turned off in the settings. It even gives you the option at the start of the game to turn off. There is no sexual activity in this game either.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (29 ):
Kids say (40 ):

Though it has some problems, this first-person shooter is as exciting as, well, previous entries in this series. Like them, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is really three games in one. In the action movie-esque story-driven campaign, players try to stop a terrorist who's not afraid to use American-made weapons, or the assistance of a drug cartel, to get revenge on the U.S. That's why you get into a series of frantic fire fights in some unusual conditions. With multiplayer, the compelling competition is as solid as ever, with many familiar modes being joined by a couple new ones, and a new perspective. And lastly there's, "Spec Ops," elaborate co-op missions in which two players work together to save the day.

As exciting as all three modes may be, though, they're not without their issues. For instance, while multiplayer is as fun as it always, the new modes don't always maintain their individuality. Whether it's "Knock Out," in which teams try to hold onto a bags of money, or "Prisoner Rescue," in which teams fight to rescue or hold onto a hostage, both can be won by eliminating the enemy team, which effectively turns them into "Team Deathmatch." As for "Spec Ops," while its missions are varied enough that you'll want to play them multiple times, there's only three of them, which seems like two too few. Thankfully, things are better in the campaign, which starts slow but gets better when you have to be sneaky while swimming, when you take out a caravan of trucks from a low-flying helicopter, and when you find yourself in occupied territory without weapons. In the end, whether you play one, two, or all three, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is as engaging and energetic as the best games in this long-running series.

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