A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sometimes you have to risk your life to save other people. But in this game, that sometimes means killing people, or breaking rules that have kept the peace between nations. It's important to follow the rules, even in war.
Positive Role Models
The main characters of this game's story are willing to risk it all to save the world from someone who is driven by revenge and a flawed ideology. But if you break the rules of engagement -- if you kill innocent citizens, or destroy buildings you're not supposed to -- you will be punished. The game also opens with a message about treating other players with dignity and respect, and you must acknowledge this message before playing.
In the game's online modes, the playable characters include a variety of genders, races, and ethnicity, as well as a person with vitiligo. In the story mode, your teammates include characters who have long conversations in Spanish.
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Ease of Play
The game's controls will be familiar to people who played the previous game and similar games. The game has five difficulty options: "Recruit" (easy), "Regular," "Hardened" (hard), "Veteran (really hard), and "Realism" (realistic).
Violence & Scariness
Players use a variety of guns, as well as knives, explosives, and other weapons, to kill a lot of people, resulting in large amounts of blood and gore. There's also a scene in which a captured soldier is threatened during an interrogation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In the campaign, signs for sex shops can be seen during a mission set in a city's red light district.
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Dialog in the campaign includes such curse words as "s--t" and "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest chapter in the popular Call of Duty franchise, which has spawned numerous video games.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In the campaign, a couple missions take place in locations where there are tons of drugs, while another has a lot of beer bottles lying around. In the game's multiplayer modes, players can display badges or banners that have marijuana-related imagery, such as pot leaves, joints, and people smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a first-person shooter for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS5, PS4, and Windows PCs. This is the latest chapter in the long-running and popular Call of Duty franchise. Using guns, knives, explosives, and other weapons, players kill other people, resulting in large amounts of blood. In the game's single-player campaign, a soldier being interrogated is threatened with death, while in another mission in a city's red light district there are signs for sex shops. The campaign also involves a drug cartel, and there are times when large amounts of drugs can be seen. The dialog in the campaign also includes such curse words as "f--k" and "s--t." In the online multiplayer and co-op modes, the playable characters include a variety of genders, ethnicities, and nationalities, as well as a woman with vitiligo, while the badges and banner player display include references to marijuana that include pot leaves, people smoking, and joints.
Is It Any Good?
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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