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Parents' Guide to

Call of Duty: Warzone

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Free battle royale mode with fast-paced military combat.

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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 78 parent reviews

age 11+


When I first saw this game I instantly said no since it was rated 18+. But after I did some more research I found out you turn off profanity, blood, and gore. My child showed me them turning this filter on in game settings. Overall I think this is just a realistic version of Fortnite. So, if your child is at least 11 I recommend this video game!
age 11+

Just because its Call Of Duty Does not mean its not for kids.

Parents always say call of duty is a bad not kid friendly game just because its Call Of Duty but the reality is its just as bad as every other shooter game like PUBG, Apex Legends, or even Halo and when the rating said it has "intense violence" that has only because it was branded as a Call Of Duty game its literally a battle royale same as fortnite.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (78 ):
Kids say (138 ):

Players looking for a polished and distinctive alternative to current battle royale heavyweights like Fortnite and Player Unknown's Battlegrounds may find it in this gritty standalone expansion. Call of Duty: Warzone has the advantage of being based on a popular game with which many are already familiar -- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) -- and which has some of the tightest and most refined first-person shooter mechanics around. In many ways, Warzone plays very similarly to the game it expands upon, allowing players to do things like mount weapons for increased stability and create easily accessible gear loadouts. Many players will find it both familiar and empowering. But it also welcomes new players -- not just because it's standalone and free, but also through features such as the ability to purchase killstreak bonuses such as drones and heavy weapon strikes normally earned through skilled play. This keeps Call of Duty rookies from getting unfairly clobbered by more experienced players.

Warzone also has some fun quirks that help keep players in the action, most notably contracts that provide secondary objectives that to keep players on the move and help discourage camping, and the Gulag into which defeated players are dropped. If you're itching for just one more chance to join the battle, you'll get a chance -- assuming you can defeat another player in the same boat as you while others watch. It's a clever way to keep more people involved in a battle royale event for a longer period of time. That said, newbies should be ready to face a steep challenge. Call of Duty has generated legions of extremely skilled players who have mastered strategies such as long-distance sniping and luring enemies into bottlenecks. Plus, playing with voice communication is bound to result in some unpleasant encounters with the franchise's famously intolerant and profane community. But there's no denying Call of Duty: Warzone is a strong contender in the battle royale arena. From its beautifully rendered and detailed map to its proven combat mechanics and practical innovations, it's definitely worth a look for genre fans.

Game Details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 , Windows , Xbox One
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Activision
  • Release date: March 11, 2020
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Intense Violence, Suggestive Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs, Blood and Gore
  • Last updated: March 12, 2020

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