Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 – Mature to Everyone

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a big deal right now. In addition to its well-established multiplayer, the Black Ops series has added Battle Royale to its lineup. Blackout, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale mode, adds a refreshing take on the classic Call of Duty experience. But with Fortnite being populated by so many school kids, how can they move on in the genre when it’s attached to the Black Ops franchise? Thankfully, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 includes several settings that make it perfectly appropriate for children—assuming you’re already okay with the shooting element.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and its kid friendly options

Like Grand Theft Auto Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has several options that can tone down the blood, gore, and language. Disabling the in-game voice chat, graphic content settings, and zombie cartoon mode all help with making the game friendly to children. Here’s how to do it all from the same options menu (press options at main screen).

Disable Voice Chat

Mute All Except Party

Like Fortnite, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 allows you to disable voice chat in game. Sort of. When you enable “Mute all except Party,” your child’s voice will only be transmitted to his or her current party. Since parties can only be made up of friends and friends of friends, as long as you’re keeping a watchful eye on their friend list they should be safe. 

Disable User Generated Content

User Generated Content

The content filter has three options we’ll go over, each one important in its own way. User Generated Content includes player-created emblems and painting on weapons. While these are often harmless, people can and do create crude, violent, or sexual images. These players often get their creation rights removed, but you can eliminate any potential exposure to this problem by simply disabling User Generated Content. Your kids will only be able to use official emblems, and all they’ll see on other players are official emblems.

Zombie Cartoon Mode

Zombie Cartoon Mode

Zombies mode is going to be a little gory anyway because zombies have rotting faces, broken or missing limbs, and scary appearances. But enabling cartoon mode tones down the gore and gives zombies a sort of Borderlands look to them: cel shaded with black borders on everything. If your kids don’t play zombies mode this isn’t really a concern. But if they’re into zombies you might want to enable this.

Disable Graphic Content

Graphic Content

Graphic Content is the major option here. With graphic content enabled, explosions can remove limbs or explode characters entirely (called “gibbing” by the gaming community). Graphic Content off disables blood spray on bullet hits as well. This one setting removes all the blood and gore that earned Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 its M rating. At the top of this article I’ve embedded a short video that compares this setting on and off in multiplayer.

Options can change

Anyone can go into the settings and modify them. Treyarch hasn’t introduced parental control passwords or options, so it’s important to make sure your child isn’t going in and changing settings. As a parent and a gamer, I didn’t want to miss out on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, so it was important for me to find a way to allow my children to play within what I feel are acceptable levels of violence. With all of these settings changed, I feel confident that my kids will have a pleasant time in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. If they’ll ever stop playing Fortnite long enough to try something new, that is.

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    • Hi Mike,

      I’ve heard that the characters use bad language in multiplayer and Zombies. I have graphic content turned off and have never heard them swear or say anything that I would deem inappropriate. I’m confident that the graphic content filter this article hinges on fixes that problem almost entirely.

      Since there’s no way to totally turn off the gore in zombies mode, I just avoid it altogether. That’s why I haven’t gotten firsthand testing of the language done. But in dozens of hours of multiplayer with graphic content off, I’ve never heard characters swearing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Thank you. I appreciate the help. I game, but don’t really do shooters. My son likes them and I just wanted to make sure it was safe.

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