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Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

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Gory WWII shooter doesn't stand out in genre.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

The games offers a bit of World War II history, although with more gore.

Positive messages

You are a squad leader whol leads your troops through the war-torn battlegrounds to defeat German forces during World War II, although this game's version of history is particularly bloody.

Violence

Players use assault rifles, grenades, tanks and other weapons to kill foes. The action is often bloody. When the Action Cam enters play, you can see especially gory sequences, like limbs torn off enemies, decapitated bodies, or up-close headshots.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Words like f--k and s--t are used regularly during the campaign. You may encounter similar language when playing with human opponents online.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a gritty, gruesome look at World War II. The action is bloody and graphic. An Action Cam allows players to see headshots up close, limbs being blown off bodies, and decapitated bodies floating in water. Players will use a variety of guns, grenades, bazookas and other weapons to kill their opponents. The language is very mature, with lots of swearing. The game is playable online, a feature Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for children under age 12.

What's it about?

With the release of WWII-shooter BROTHERS IN ARMS: HELL'S HIGHWAY, you have to wonder whether war fatigue is starting to set in. The story focuses on Operation Market Garden, a series of battles spanning Germany and Holland after D-Day. As squad leader Sam Baker, you'll lead your troops through the war-torn battlegrounds to defeat German forces. You can also engage in 10 vs. 10 online battles in the multiplayer mode.

Hell's Highway places strong emphasis on cover and suppression. Red dots appear above enemy units. As squad mates fire on them, the dot starts turning grey to signify enemy forces have been suppressed. You can then approach them from a different vantage point and take them out. Squads vary from assault teams with light machine guns to bazooka squads with heavy artillery. Some missions may require you to command tanks to wipe out enemies. This battle system adds a nice layer of strategy. You must survey the landscape, then decide the best approach to defeating enemies. But computer opponents aren't as aggressive with these tactics. They tend to stay entrenched in their positions most of the time, forcing you to flush them out. Rarely do they ever attempt to outflank you.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Hell's Highway portrays a grittier, more graphically violent image of World War II than has been seen in news clips or other games. An Action Cam feature depicts gory views of warfare, like bloody headshots up close or images of limbs being blown off bodies. During one scene where American forces cross a waterway, you'll see arms floating in the water or decapitated bodies.

Ultimately, there's nothing extraordinary that sets Brothers in Arms apart from the stacks of World War II games available. While it boasts of a solid adventure with interesting cover and squad mechanics, there are few exhilarating moments along the campaign that separate itself from the rest of the pack. Combine that with the sometimes repetitive grind of "take cover, shoot, repeat" and you've got merely a competent shooter that blends in with every other title in the genre.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the combat during WWII in this game compared to what really happened. How accurate was the game in depicting this? Also, with the overwhelming number of games based on WWII, are there wars or periods of history you think developers should focus more on?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:September 25, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, Mild Sexual Themes

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Adult Written byDur May 29, 2009

Brothers in arms hells highway what ages?

Well i just bought my son B:HH(Brothers in arms hells highway ) and he seems to really enjoy it but after two day I saw how much gore there was and mature speaking. Now I took the game away a bit and did some research and found out about the mature setting on the game where you can turn off the mature gore and speaking. After that I have approved that my 12 year old son can play B:HH(Brothers in arms hells highway )
Parent of a 1 and 4 year old Written bykcgunesq December 16, 2011

Great, Historical, Tactical Shooter

At least on the Xbox version, menu settings allow the user to turn off objectionable language and the bloodiest parts. I've routinely played this with my preschoolers in the room, and my age rating is based upon having the foul language turned off. What I love: Historical basis and accuracy; Tactics are important. Spray and pray will get you killed, fast; Good story. Overall game play. What I hate: The "expert" or "hard" level is almost unplayable due to difficulty in sighting the weapons. Overall, an excellent historical tactical shooter. I can't wait for a sequel.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 13 year old Written by2333 December 29, 2010

awesome

love it
What other families should know
Too much swearing
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