Halo 5: Guardians

Game review by Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
Halo 5: Guardians Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 13+

Violent, addictive sci-fi shooter remains very engaging.

Xbox One 2015

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 25 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 128 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Some gore

This game is great. The campaign isn’t as good as previous halos, but the multiplayer is best in series. Now I put 12+ because there are assassinations in the game were you can twist someone’s neck, stab them repeatedly, stick them with a grenade and throw them, step on their faces,etc. You can choose assassinations in the Spartan ID area. There is minimal swear words such as damn and hell, but otherwise none. There is an in game mic system which a teammate can use a mic. But there is barely anyone with a mic and it is scarce. Returning to the assassinations, there are vids on yt that show them all, if you want to check them out. There is blood in the game as it spurts when you shoot someone or an AI enemy. You can also shoot dead bodies and blood comes out. There is a micro transaction system. I also recommend playing the previous halos before this as it gives the game reference. Th are no real role models.

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
age 11+

Kid loved it

I gave this to my kid and he loves it he is always talking to his friends about this game must buy for tweens!!!

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use

Game Details

Our Editors Recommend

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of luggage and a map
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a robot
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a UFO
    Space and Aliens
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate