Call of Duty Modern Warfare – What Parents Need to Know

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Guide - PEGI 18

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare was released on 25 October 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. The game makers will be shortly releasing a new game called Call of Duty: Warzone.

What is Call of Duty?

It’s a gritty game about an American soldier, a UK operative, and a woman leading the militia in defence of her home in a fictional Arab country that is attacked by terrorists and corrupt Russian military.

The game depicts events through these three protagonists’ eyes. Atrocities against innocent civilians, terrorist attacks and scenes of torture and execution. There is a focus on players avoiding killing civilians by holding fire until it’s revealed whether individuals are the actual enemy or innocents.

What is the age rating Call of Duty?

The Video Standards Council (VSC) rated this game PEGI 18 only suitable for those 18 and over. This rating has been given due to violence against vulnerable and defenceless characters, the motiveless killing of innocent characters, graphic violence and the use of strong language.

In-App purchases

VSC also highlights, with the In-App purchase descriptor that, “this game offers players the opportunity to purchase in-game items which some parents or carers may want to be aware of. It should be noted that the game can still be played without the need to purchase such items”.

Call of Duty parental controls

You can set up Parental Controls on your gaming system to limit access to Call of Duty Black Ops 4 based on its PEGI rating so that playing the game requires a password.

  • Turn off graphic content

You can also turn off graphic content like blood and some bad language in the General menu and specify whether to exclude Text Chat, Filter Profanity and turn off Dismemberment & Gore Effects.

  • Disable voice chat

In the Audio menu, you can also disable Voice Chat so you can’t hear other players.

These settings do not have passwords and can be turned back on. But you can control the voice-chat element of the game in the system.

On PS4 by selecting Settings > Parental Controls > Sub Account Management. Then under Chat/Message, select Block to prevent all voice chat.

On XBox One, select Settings > Privacy & Online Safety > Custom > Communicate with Voice and Text. Then you can select Friends or Private to disable it.

  • Control game access

You can control access to the game based on its PEGI rating in the parental controls of your system. Similarly, you can control In-App purchases by restricting access to any credit card associated with it.

Gaming alternatives for younger children

  • Plants Vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 (PEGI 7+)
  • Roblox – Phantom Forces (PEGI 7+)
  • Overwatch (PEGI 12+)
  • Starwars Battlefront II (PEGI 16+)
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