Battlefield 1943



Downloadable shooter just as violent as its boxed brethren.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The politics of the Second World War aren’t discussed at all and there is no narrative, so it’s difficult for players to understand why they’re fighting. It’s not unreasonable to suggest that the game simply sensationalizes war violence.

Positive role models

Players take on the roles of both the Americans and the Japanese in the Second World War. The soldiers are nameless and have no real personality, which makes them hard to like or dislike. They simply kill their enemies or get killed by them.

Ease of play

Basic first-person shooter controls will be familiar to fans of the genre and should be easy to learn for newcomers.


Players shoot each other with rifles, machine guns, pistols, cannons, and bazookas. They can also drive over one another with tanks and jeeps, man emplaced anti-aircraft weapons, and use airplanes to strafe ground troops. There is no blood, but characters scream in pain before dying. The violence is near constant.



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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this game is an inexpensive download available through Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network, it is still a full-fledged first-person shooter set in a realistic 3-D world. Players spend their time attacking one another with a wide variety of weapons and vehicles. There is no blood, but soldiers scream and crumple to the ground when killed. Also note that this game supports open voice communication, which means players could be exposed to verbal abuse and inappropriate language and subject matter not intended by the game’s designers.

What's it about?

Available only through Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, BATTLEFIELD 1943 is an inexpensive first-person shooter with 3-D graphics that looks every bit as realistic as those found in the franchise’s boxed games. Players select from three soldier classes -- rifleman, infantryman, and scout -- then set about navigating a trio of maps based on actual World War 2 battle locations, such as the island of Iwo Jima. At ready disposal are a wide variety of vehicles, including jeeps, tanks, boats, and planes. Players can also call in air raids and man emplaced machine guns and anti-aircraft turrets. The sole object of the game is to capture strategic control points and hold them, draining the enemy team’s life meter. Players gradually increase in military rank as they play, but ranks are for prestige only; there aren’t any unlockable items or character customization options that come with additional bars and stars.

Is it any good?


Battlefield 1943 is a return to the franchise’s roots. It offers players a game similar in many ways to what they experienced in earlier Battlefield games, only with more polished graphics and a few modern tweaks, such as a ranking system and squad performance tracking. It’s not particularly deep by modern standards, but the open world, do-anything-you-like style of play is as compelling as it ever was. What’s more, it’s far more polished and complex than the sort of games typically released through Sony and Microsoft’s download services, making its $15 price tag feel like a bargain. Just beware that, despite its cheapness and method of delivery, this is not a game for kids. The violence is just as graphic and intense as that of any other game in the Battlefield franchise which are best played by teens and older.

Online interaction: Players play in teams and can speak freely to one another using voice communication, which opens the door to potentially inappropriate language and discussion topics as well as verbal abuse.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how some military-themed games sensationalize war more than others. Did you feel as though the game’s makers attempted to accurately depict the Second World War? Do you think the game respects the soldiers who fought and died during the conflict? Do you think you have a better understanding of the politics behind the fighting, or the strategies employed in battle?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:July 8, 2009
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for Violence

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Parent Written byBattleVet75 June 17, 2012

Great game

If your child wants a shooter you should get him this first because even the teen rated call of duties have blood.
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Too much violence
Parent of a 11 year old Written bygoodmom123 March 3, 2011

Perfect for tweens and up.

This is a very good game for tweens and up. Especially if you don't like Call of Duty because this game is not violent compared to Call of Duty. This game is great because it is fun for the kids and it teaches them about trench warfare and various things about world ar 2 and you are never killing innocent people. When people "die" they just falll down no blood.
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Parent Written bybubbmaster April 13, 2011

This game is fun!

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