Battlefield Vietnam

Common Sense Media says

Better than many shooters, but still very violent.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Warfare, complex social issues are only briefly discussed.


Significant violence, blood. A player may be killed at any second.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this first-person shooter features a significant amount of glorified and dramatized violence. Although putting the violence in a historical context makes it less gratuitous, the game cannot help but glorify warfare -- and in some ways make it a spectacle. If you get shot, you may hear yourself choke on your own blood as you collapse to the ground. You can watch your victim's death throes when you look through a sniper's scope, and particularly close explosions can send a body (though not body parts) flying high into the air.

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What's it about?

Following in the footsteps of its prequel, Battlefield 1942, BATTLEFIELD VIETNAM puts you in the midst of all-out warfare. Don the uniform of either U.S., South Vietnamese or North Vietnamese forces, choose from four \"classes\" of troops, each with different weapon and equipment combinations, and fight through some of the major and minor battles of the Vietnam War.

Vehicles are designed with multiplayer action in mind, while most have spots for additional players to be gunners, or at least catch a ride into the battle. Despite the number of vehicles and options, the controls are relatively easy to master. Flying a helicopter or jet takes some practice, but doesn't require you to be a flight simulator pro. The rest of the game follows along basic first person shooting type controls with the use of the keyboard and mouse.

Is it any good?


The game offers more variety than most first-person shooter games and boasts a very interactive game environment. A near top-of-the line computer is required to run the game with the graphic levels it deserves. The game's artificial intelligence players are anything but intelligent; they have particular difficulty flying or driving vehicles. The long load times are put to good use by illustrating various points of interest about the war.

The game is quite violent, and hints at the true terror of the Vietnam War. If you get shot, you may hear yourself choke on your own blood as you collapse to the ground. And in the jungle, it's extremely difficult to tell friend from foe. Although this is too "real" for younger players, older players may begin to comprehend the impact of the war on individual lives.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Vietnam War. The game provides an excellent jumping-off point for parents and teens to discuss the war and era. Personal accounts could add a great deal of depth to the game, and discussions could branch into topics not touched upon in the game.

Game details

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:April 12, 2004
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (Windows)

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Gret stuff

THis game is as fun as is educational. It has information before each map and has authentic patches. Although never on the same map It is obviouse that the ARVN (South Vietnam) and the u.s. are allies and the Nva and Nlf (vietcong) are the same side. There is major teamwork and stuff and there are allies. There are advanced and non advanced commandes. There is swearing in Vietnamese and Texan and shows you that the guys dont want to be there.
Teen, 13 years old Written bydude14218 May 24, 2009

Great Game

You know games like medal of honor where there's vehicles but you can't ride on them. In this game you can ride on any vehicle. The most fun vehicle to ride on is the jeep. The Graphics are excellent. It is intense because you can run into people (example a jeep) and their bodies will be on the windshield until you take a sharp turn to get them off. No gore, blood is just mist like most war games. Dead bodies are on the ground for seconds are then they go away. The cool part about this game is that you can change teams. Get this game, you won't regret it.
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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