Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lets talk about Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

     The most common thing I hear kids say to their parents when discussing a questionable game such as Gears of War or Dead Space is "But Mom, it's just like Call of Duty!"

     But the question I want to ask: Do parents really know what Call of Duty: Black Ops II is?

     A First Person Shooter (FPS) taking place in a fictional future and several missions in the 70s. The game often portrays excessively disturbing situations, for example a main character is forced to unwittingly kill his best friend.

     I cannot express enough, Not For Children. This game is filled with Foul Language, Blood, Gore, and Disturbing Scenes. The single player campaign has characters being tortured and murdered slowly in multiple levels. It also displays plenty of blood splatters and in one level lots of beheading and dismemberment in slow motion. In another level two characters lose their kneecaps to a shotgun at close range and then one is murdered. And every level is rife with F-Bombs and other curses.

     The popular Zombie mode is quite similar. Shooting zombies in the head will cause them to explode or come off completely in a shower of blood. There are similar effects when shooting legs or arms of the zombies as well. And the playable characters emit plenty of foul language as well.

     Finally the multiplayer. Probably the most well-known part of Black Ops II. And of all three options multiplayer is probably the tamest, violence wise. Characters spray blood and leave bloody marks when shot but there is no gore. In-game language is non-existent but the online voice chat, the ability to talk to teammates and enemies in real-time, is where the danger is. Other gamers, often young boys, spout the worst language and foul mouthed terms you could possibly imagine. And while the player can turn off voice chat, the default setting for the Xbox and PlayStation has it on at all times.

     Overall, I wouldn't recommend this title for anyone under the age of 17. Excessive blood, tons of gore, thoroughly disturbing images, over the top language, and ridiculous levels of violence paint this game as a well-earned Mature Title.

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