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

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Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:April 12, 2004
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:T for (Windows)

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Teen, 14 years old Written byNicky12345 April 25, 2014


This game taught me a lot about the vietnam war
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byawnonimoose October 27, 2013

Well made, good introduction game

Battlefield: Vietnam is a fun game. It is a worthy member of the Battlefield series, but is dwarfed somewhat by its predecessor, Battlefield 1942. This game allows players to use all the common weapons of the Vietnam war and all the common vehicles in a myriad of battlefields, giving the game a large entertainment value. While there is blood, it is extremely difficult to see, and is really a small grouping of red pixels that flash for a half second or so, even in close quarters combat. The violence is always directed at humans, who have a touch of personality (e.g. exclamations in battle, a customizable skin that remains authentic to the war, cries of pain) but all of those features are subtle. The violence is minimal, with the occasional utterance of d**n and other lesser swear words. This game is old, and the graphics are outdated, and the violence is minimal compared to what many games are like now. For kids who are able to appreciate games despite their age, this is a good choice. But don't devote too much money on it. Get it cheap, for $15 dollars or less. One thing to note: while the game displays educational slides before each battle, and the weapons and setting is authentic and correct, this is not a game that should be used to teach kids about what infantry combat is like. Players can take a large number of hits before dying (unlike in real life where damage and lethality can hugely vary from one hit kills to hits that someone can shrug off with adrenaline) and any player can hop into any vehicle (without training!) and under any circumstance automatically has a parachute! And somehow knows how to operate any weapon they come across! There are perhaps a hundred or more (literally) things that are unrealistic about this game, but, that's better than most games. If you want extreme accuracy, go pick up Arma 2 or Total War: Rome 2. In conclusion, this is a good game in general, and is an excellent introduction into todays modern (and typically violent) video game world.
Teen, 15 years old Written bySavs July 13, 2013

Rated 16 by pegi

Pegi 16+ that's it Strategic to an extent. It might even cause your child to have an interest in the Vietnam War But anyway it's a good shooter for 16 year olds.


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