Medal of Honor: Warfighter

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Gritty, realistic military shooter definitely not for kids.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Medal of Honor: Warfighter wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Positive Messages

Like most military shooters, this game sensationalizes modern warfare by making it seem as though just one soldier can take on a full platoon of enemies by himself. It does, however, attempt a faithful depiction of soldierly bonds, as well as the strain that a soldier's work can have on a family. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The game's soldiers are depicted as true American heroes; selfless warriors willing to sacrifice themselves for their country and comrades. That said, they're also extremely aggressive men who clearly enjoy combat and have no qualms taking human lives when the situation demands it.

Ease of Play

The controls are pretty standard for a first-person shooter, and the campaign offers multiple difficulty levels. Plus, players can switch to "easy" difficulty mid-mission if the going gets too tough. Success online, however, is directly dependent on a player's prowess wielding the game's virtual weaponry.

Violence

Players kill computer- and human-controlled soldiers in gritty, lifelike fashion with a wide range of realistic weapons, from pistols and rifles to grenades and knives. Small puffs of blood can be seen with bullet hits, and enemies grunt and struggle when players kill them in visceral melee attacks. One particularly dramatic sequence has the player's character going on a rampage of graphic, hand-to-hand combat kills after watching his friend's execution.

Sex
Language

Frequent instances of strong profanity, including the words "f--k" and "s--t"

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Medal of Honor: Warfighter is a gritty military shooter that depicts modern warfare with unflinching visual realism. Enemies spurt blood, grunt, and sprawl in believable ways when shot, and melee combat scenes show foes getting stabbed in the torso and having their necks snapped. One early mission has players play as a terrorist carrying out training activities against wooden targets, but the rest of the time they're in the roles of honest, noble soldiers doing their best to defend the world from terrorist plots. Parents should also note that this game facilitates open voice communication with strangers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13, 14, and 14 year old Written byLt.konopaseknavy January 4, 2014

Ok

I myself am a tier 1 operator as a navy seal currently I I personally have no problem with it it shows the reallistic side of what I do it shows kids how their... Continue reading
Adult Written byLauren1001 October 26, 2012

Not as Bad as I Thought

My son got this game several days ago on the release date. Medal of Honor was not a game that I was happy about giving my 13 year old son due to the fact that t... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bykid-teenrater23 April 29, 2013

Moh wf for kids?????

This game is not that bad for kids except for multiplayer
Teen, 14 years old Written byAgent663 November 3, 2012

Do not play! It sucks!

This game is horrible. No one should play it. It is derivative in every way in an already over saturated modern shooter market. This series should've staye... Continue reading

What's it about?

MEDAL OF HONOR: WARFIGHTER is set in a wide range of exotic locations, all real-world terrorist hotspots. Its story, some of which is based on the exploits of actual soldiers, sees an elite team of U.S. soldiers tracking down massive quantities of explosive material intended for use in terrorist attacks. It also occasionally cuts back stateside to show the traumatic impact the life of a soldier can have on his family. Players spend the bulk of their time engaged in cinematic first-person shooter action, with brief detours that involve driving, piloting a boat, and manning guns on hovering helicopters. Once the six-hour story is finished, most players will hop online and take the fight to their friends in frenetic multiplayer battles that allow players to take on the roles of soldiers from ten different countries.

Is it any good?

Medal of Honor: Warfighter desperately wants to be a serious military action experience within a crowd of more Hollywood-ish competitors. It succeeds in some ways -- its depiction of the strife that soldierly life causes within families is admirable -- but fails in others, mostly to do with how it plays.

The gunslinging action is decent, but suffers issues like poor artificial intelligence (evident in both enemies and allies) and the occasional out-of-place mission, like a stealth driving sequence in which players drive from one hiding place to another in a Dubai neighborhood.  Minor glitches -- enemies floating in mid-air, problems with damage properly registering -- only compound matters. It can still be entertaining, particularly for players who want a deep and distinctive multiplayer mode, but it doesn't quite sit in the same class as ultra-polished games like those in the Call of Duty and Battlefield franchises.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about online safety. What precautions should you observe in games with open voice communication? Should you be any less vigilant when playing games with open text communication?

  • Families can also discuss what it means to be a soldier. What are some traits that might distinguish soldiers from other people? Which of these characteristics do you think you possess? Can you be courageous, selfless, and noble without carrying a weapon and marching off to battle?

Game details

For kids who love action and adventure games

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