Delta Force: Black Hawk Down

Common Sense Media says

Recent military events inspire lackluster shooter.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

In a simple-minded fashion, the game's story argues for humanitarian relief for troubled countries.


Though blood is rarely shown, players shoot thousands of enemy militiamen. Players can also kill non-combatants with little or no consequence.

Not applicable

The are a few instances of light swearing (hell, damn it).


Like the movie, the game is based on the book with similar name.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a first-person shooter with some intense and violent action but no real gore. Players will shoot thousands of enemy militiamen in realistic settings, but blood is rarely depicted; the gritty war atmosphere also includes some light swearing. Parents should be aware that the game supports online multiplayer matches. Players probably will learn some history about the U.S. military involvement in Somalia (with a pro-intervention slant).

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What's it about?

DELTA FORCE: BLACK HAWK DOWN casts gamers in the role of a U.S. soldier in Operation Restore Hope, which brought U.S. special operations forces to Somalia to restore order and deliver famine aid to the civil-war-torn country. The operation is infamous for an episode in which Somali militiamen shot down two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters.

The single-player game comprises 16 missions, but only the last few deal with the downing of the U.S. helicopters. The bulk of the game consists of other tasks, such as escorting United Nations food convoys and destroying militia weapons caches or radio towers used to broadcast anti U.N./U.S. propaganda.

Is it any good?


Real-life war narratives can make for compelling and complex games but unfortunately, Black Hawk Down is a dated, routine shooter. Players probably will tire of repetitive, linear marches through town, village, or countryside, killing bad guy after bad guy. For a war game it's a pretty bloodless affair, with enemies dropping in the distance and players only rarely seeing a tiny puff of red when someone gets shot. Civilian death is not only disturbing, it is part of the biggest problem plaguing this game: Combat often fails to come alive.

Offline, the game supports up to four people in split-screen deathmatch and cooperative shooting matches. Online, the shooting action gets chaotic; the Xbox version supports a whopping 50-player online game while the PS2 version allows 32 players to take part. In the end, history comes wrapped as violent action entertainment, and the game never transcends its run-n-gun limitations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about historical war games. Do you think action-oriented, first-person shooters give players a sense of what war is really like -- or do they just glorify it? Could historical war games help players connect with history? Real people died during this operation -- does this game make a mockery of their deaths?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 2, Xbox
Available online?Not available online
Release date:July 27, 2005
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (PlayStation 2, Xbox)

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Adult Written bywjbyman April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Not bad PFS shooting fun

The controls are easy to learn and the player has a variety of choices, for single player and playing with AI soldiers. Enemey AI is somewhat weak, but numerous and well concealed enemy makes it difficult to beat. There are many, varied mussions. Thid game is a good choice for 32MB video cards, or better.
Teen, 14 years old Written bychessnut April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Good game for mature kids

I found this a very exciting game. However, it is rather violent. You shoot somebody and they fall to the ground. A puff of red will appear once in a blue moon when you shoot somebody. If you leave the area and run back to it 5 minutes later, you will find nothing. When an explosion occurs, bodies fly through the air and fall to the ground. YOu can't blow people to pieces but its kind of callous to watch fly to through the air. When you die, a sequence is shown in which you fall to the ground and lie there or be thrown threw the air in an explosion and land on the ground. Your teammates will say hell or damn occasionally but it does not get any worse. The body count is high, I killed about 2000 guys going through all the levels. The levels are fun though challenging. If you think your kid is mature, I would suggest this game.
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


This is my favorite war game.


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