This is my next review video. In it, I give you a quick overview of Call of Duty, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
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Hello, my name is Eric Rogers from parentinggamers.com and this is Parenting Gamers Review of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In this video, I am going to give you a quick overview of Call of Duty, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
So the first question is, what is Call of Duty?
Call of Duty is a military, first-person shooter, or FPS. A first-person shooter is a game where the player experiences the action in the first-person perspective, as if he was actually in the game, as you can see in this clip here.
A military FPS is one that tries to simulate realistic combat. Unlike more fantastical games, the player is not able to withstand a lot of damage and the guns are made to resemble their real-world counterparts as closely as possible. So, instead of running around shooting lasers or exploding teddy-bears, the player shoots pistols and assault rifles, such as an AK-47.
This clip here will give you an idea of what the gameplay is like.
The next question is, what about the content?
You can think of Call of Duty as the big-budget, R rated war movie of the video game industry. So the content is what you would expect in that type of movie.
A quick warning. I am about to show you a few clips to explain the rating the latest Call of Duty received. These clips are graphic and do contain some strong language.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is rated M, which is the equivalent of an R movie rating. The rating includes these 4 descriptors:
“Blood and Gore”
And “Drug Reference”. In the multiplayer, the player is able to unlock several different images to use as their emblem. I haven’t unlocked a lot of them here. One of those is a marijuana leaf, hence, the “Drug Reference” descriptor.
The multiplayer component is the one other thing I want to mention. In it, the player joins a game based on the particular game type he is interested in. These game types include team deathmatch, where each team is just trying to kill the players on the other team, or capture-the-flag, where each team is trying to capture the other teams flag while defending their own.
The thing to understand about multiplayer is, it includes a voice chat function that allows the players to talk to each other. This helps players coordinate as a team but can lead to abuse. Call of Duty is very competitive and some people take it very seriously. Your gamer could experience abuse from other players if they feel like he is not playing as well as he should or doing what he should. So keep that in mind if you want to allow your gamer to play online.
Give all this what’s the verdict on Call of Duty?
As an adult gamer, I enjoy Call of Duty. Playing multiplayer with friends can be a ton of fun. However, my recommendation for you as a parent is to avoid Call of Duty until your gamer is older, at least in high school, if not later. If you would not feel right letting them watch Saving Private Ryan, you shouldn’t let them play Call of Duty.
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