Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway

Game review by
Brett Molina, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Gory WWII shooter doesn't stand out in genre.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 20 reviews

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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.


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.


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySam M. November 19, 2017

Not much different from predecessor.

Gameplay is the same, yet there is more locale variety. *Note that gore can be deactivated*
The game is considerabley gorier and more gratuitous. Specifically h... Continue reading
Adult Written byCOOL-REVIEW March 20, 2012


This game is a good game with lots of action in it.
Their is no nudity, no drugs and other stuffs like that.
You are in WWII with lots of explosion and fires ..... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGamerguy235 February 16, 2021

Surprisingly kid friendly

This game is a great way to explore worlds and since it’s so crazy no kid will think it’s real this game has hardly any blood and not much swearing parents I th... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old December 15, 2020

The real deal

This game is BLOODY, just like it actually was in world war 2. The swear words consist of Sh*t, godd*mn, F*ck, hell, damn, b*stard. Thankfully this can all be t... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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