A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that there are few "Mature"-rated video games for the Nintendo Wii, and this is one of them. As one of four marines in deep space, players fight against nasty aliens from a first-person perspective -- by shooting at them with an assortment of sci-fi weapons. As a result, these creatures blow apart and splatter blood, plus players can target body parts and dismember or decapitate them. The game also has some strong profanity including the F- and S- words. This game has a high gore and scariness factor. It has a drop-in, drop-out mechanic so that two people can play together on the same console.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
Serving as a prequel to last year's extraordinary Dead Space for the Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and PC, this new Nintendo Wii exclusive reveals what happened leading up to Isaac Clarke’s deadly mission aboard the USG Ishimura mining ship in deep space. DEAD SPACE: EXTRACTION is an atmospheric, horror-filled tale that follows four space colonists who vow to fight a mysterious virus spreading throughout the USG Ishimura and the planet Aegis VII. The game introduces new characters, weapons, and enemies (including tough boss battles) -- and perhaps more importantly introduces join-in-or-drop-out cooperative play to the series, therefore a friend beside you can at any time pick up a controller to help blast away "Necromorph" aliens limb by limb, or quit the game if need be, without disturbing the intense action.
Is it any good?
Yes, this "Mature"-rated shooter offers action-heavy, cinematic gameplay that cleverly takes advantage of the Nintendo Wii's motion control -- but players might not be thrilled to learn the game is an "on rails shooter." In other words, to better handle the limited horsepower of the console, you won't be directly controlling your character. Instead, you only have control of your character's weapon rather than their feet -- but that doesn't mean you won't find the game fun or challenging. All in all, with its new story, characters, weapons, enemies, and co-op option, Dead Space: Extraction is a thrilling pick for adult Wii gamers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether these kinds of adult-only games should be available on the Nintendo Wii. That is, should there be this kind of mature content on a system dominated by kids games or is it better left on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? Perhaps families feel there should be a variety of game types on the Nintendo Wii -- just as your impartial DVD player can show a Disney film or Tarantino flick.
What is the impact on the player of playing violent video games? Why must you be old enough to handle the content?
Our editors recommend
Top advice and articles
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.