Dead Space: Extraction

Common Sense Media says

Gory, mature sci-fi shooter for the Wii delivers thrills.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This fantasy sci-fi game might be likened to an interactive version of the movie Alien. The message it sends to players of blasting away alien critters piece by piece as well as human infected by these aliens isn't peaceful -- but at least your fighting aliens, and you're supposed to be defending the human race.


Positive role models

You're supposed to be a noble human soldier, out to defend our planet, but how you go about protecting Earth from aliens is violent, gory, and excessive.

Ease of play

Because the game is "on rails," you don't need to control the movement of your character. Rather, you'll concentrate on your weapons only, resulting in a smaller learning curve than other shooters.


This game is one of the few Nintendo Wii titles to show graphic violence. The sci-fi setting is in the future, where the player assumes the role of a space marine to blow away alien creatures limb by limb or even to decapitate them. The action is seen from a first-person perspective with the player using an array of futuristic weapons to do gory damage. Blood splats out of the bodies of victims. Human carcasses can be seen on the floor, with blood-stained walls and floors. Screams of torture are heard throughout.

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Strong cussing can be heard in the dialogue spoken by the space marines, including "f--k," sh-t" and "damn." These words are infrequent but can be clearly heard.


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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Electronic Arts
Release date:September 28, 2009
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (Nintendo Wii)

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Parent of a 13 year old Written bychrrr October 11, 2009

ok for 16+

love it
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 10 year old Written bysashi October 4, 2009

its alright and youmn are jealous

i think that it is acceptable wat other think about it being to inapropriate you are just jeoulous of you are kids
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Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 13, 2014
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Too much violence
Too much swearing


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