Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (Video Game 2009) Poster

(2009 Video Game)

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Sex & Nudity

Violence & Gore

  • So, we have bloodstains for headshots, though it doesn't look like blood, blood pools for some kills, (not multiplayer) and enemies can crawl away leaving a blood trail, not graphic, would be rated PEGI 16 if not for "No Russian."
  • The game was originally rated 15 in the United Kingdom, but was changed to an 18 due to the level "No Russian".
  • While the level "No Russian" is very violent, you can skip the level at no penalty.
  • This game is a military first-person-shooter where players will use a wide variety of firearms to kill virtual enemies. Most of this violence isn't particularly graphic, only a bit of blood is shown. However, there's no explicit gore of any kind.
  • Whenever an enemy is shot, a fair lot of blood will splatter. Occasionally, a pool of blood will form around the dead body. Every once in a while, the player will encounter injured enemies trying to crawl away, leaving a considerable trail of blood on the ground.
  • Enemies can also be stabbed with a knife. However, this attack is very quick and only a little bit of blood appears.
  • As the player sustains damage, blood splatter appears on the screen. The quantity of blood will depend on how badly the player is injured.
  • There is a scene in one level where the player pulls an enemy underwater and slices his throat. This scene is brief, and the actual act is not explicitly detailed. However, a fairly large amount of blood appears in the water.


  • Some of the profanity in this game will spike at times, but most of it is fairly mild for an M-rated game. The overall language differs between the English and Russian dialog.
  • In English, mild-moderate language such as "shit," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "ass," "damn" and "hell" are common.
  • Stronger language includes one fully-audible use of "fuck," and two or three partially-obscured uses.
  • In Russian, stronger phrases such as "motherfucker" are sometimes used. However, it is not translated and most players will not understand it.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • In Multiplayer you can have a marijuana leaf as your "Callsign". You also can get the "joint ops" option, which has marijuana leaves.
  • In the mission "Cliffhanger", Captain Mactavish is briefly shown smoking a cigar.
  • In the mission "Loose Ends", General Shepherd is briefly shown smoking a cigar.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • This game is the darkest and most violent of the Modern Warfare series.
  • Another possible MPAA rating: rated R for bloody and disturbing war violence throughout
  • There is nothing very frightening, but some of the action scenes are pretty intense and rather bloody.
  • This game glorifies military violence by portraying it as entertainment value. There are also points where it focuses on themes such as Betrayal and Vengeance. Some of the character deaths may be upsetting to many players. However, it explores themes of Courage, Truth, and Soldierly camaraderie.
  • There is a level in the Campaign called "No Russian", that has you under cover as a Russian, and you go into an airport and open fire on civilians. You never have to fire at them, but your partners will. You see people trying to drag away wounded ones before they are shot as well. This level can be skipped over though, and part of its purpose is to evoke the evil of terrorism. This level is cut in the Russian version.
  • Overall: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is rated M for good reason, and is quite violent. However, despite the main purpose of the game being entertainment, it does include a few emotional elements as well to convey a message that war and terrorism are serious subjects.
  • Special note: Although Call of Duty games generally penalize the player for shooting civilians, the "No Russian" level drops this penalty and places the player in the position of a gunman in an extremely civilian-dense massacre. The reason for this is to encourage the player to make the correct moral decision, but this game is an FPS, so many players will probably shoot.
  • If Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2009) was a movie, it would be: Rated R for strong war violence, including a massacre scene


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • There's a highly controversial mission called "No Russian", where the player controls an undercover CIA agent infiltrating a terrorist group that conducts a massacre against civilians in a Russian airport. It should be mentioned that at no point is the player forced to kill anyone and the mission can be cleared without firing a single shot. There are no rewards of any kind tied to this mission, and it can be skipped with no penalty.
  • The characters Ghost and Roach are killed in the mission "Loose Ends" by General Shepherd. Both are shot with a pistol, and they're tossed into a pit. Gasoline is then poured on them and their bodies are burned, all in first-person-perspective. However, this scene is much more emotional than violent or graphic.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Near the end of the game, one level end depicts the player character and his comrade being betrayed by their superior. They are both shot and then set on fire. This sequence can be shocking and upsetting to those unaware of it.
  • In the mission, "Loose Ends," towards the end of the mission, General Shepherd betrays "Roach" and "Ghost" and kills them. As their lifeless bodies are thrown into a landfill, his soldiers pour gasoline onto their bodies, and Shepherd throws his cigar into the landfill, setting them ablaze. This scene is arguably regarded as one of the most saddest, emotional, and upsetting moments in the game as well as in the entire Call of Duty series.
  • In the final mission, Endgame, Shepherd overpowers and stabs Soap in the chest. Shortly later, Soap forces the knife out of his chest, and throws it at Shepherd and it flies directly in his eye, killing him. This scene is very intense and rather graphic.

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