When you think of Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console, many will ask about Halo. Halo is a fast-paced first-person shooter genre. Traditionally, Halo 5 has included elements of blood and gore. However, this is the first Halo game that received a rating less than M (17 years and older), besides Halo Wars.

Teen Rating

I have been a Halo fan since the original Halo game. However, I enjoy playing multiplayer, which I compare to a digital version of paintball. Meaning, there are two teams and you control the map. The story mode does not interest me near as much.
Yet, I was shocked when I learned that Halo 5 was to be given a Teen rating. After playing Halo 5 and beating the story mode, as well as play a handful of online multiplayer called, matchmaking, I am not as shocked by the teen rating as I was initially. Please see my Halo review here, which reviews the Halo 1-3.
Halo 5 does not include the Flood, which is where a lot of the gore took place in previous titles.  I have no memory of seeing blood. If there is any, it is alien style blood–meaning the blood is from the creatures you shoot to protect the universe in the story mode. But again, I do not remember seeing any when I played through the story.
With any First Person Shooter game, there are guns. You shoot something. This by default will give you a Teen rating.
Compared to the other Halo games, Halo 5 decided to tuned down the violence. I did not see any nudity, however, Cortana (who is the Main Character’s digital assistant) is still dressed very immodestly.

Language

Language would only happen in the story mode. Yes, there was a few swear words dropped. Nothing like watching a war movie though, but language did appear in the game.
(A lot of users do swear when playing online)

Thoughts

As said in a previous post, I enjoy playing Halo for the matchmaking, online experience. I enjoy trying to rank up.  When you play online, it is like a training facility. There is a Red team and a Blue team. You strive to win the match by shooting one another. If you “kill” an enemy (a person on the other team), you get a point and that enemy will respawn (classic slayer game variant) until one team reaches 50.

Halo 5 did tune down the violence but did it in such a way as not to majorly affect the Halo feel. While there may not be as much violence in the sense of gore and blood on the maps, you still end up shooting one another. You still end up hitting someone with your gun. You still throw grenades at each other. It still plays like Halo.
If you were hesitant about the other Halo games, you may be okay with this one, but do not expect a major change from the classic Halo games to Halo 5.

Discussion with your Child

  • What draws you to desire to play this game?
  • What is your reasoning for wanting to play this game?
  • If you had a son or daughter, would you let them play this game?
  • Is there anything else you would like to add that you think would be beneficial as mom and dad think through this?
 
-Justin Davito

Justin is a husband, father, and a writer. He is passionate about equipping parents, glorifying Jesus, and helping the local church. Justin currently resides in Michigan with his wife and two daughters.

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