Dead Space: Extraction

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Gory, mature sci-fi shooter for the Wii delivers thrills.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

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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 & Representations

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.


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.


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 18+-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo January 21, 2011

Good, but graphic shooter game.

The quality of this game is wonderful, but I only recommend it for older teens and up. Swearing is heard and violence is very graphic. But a wonderful shooter.... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 13-year-old Written byGrimmXXXX January 11, 2010
dead space rocks left 4 dead rocks
Teen, 15 years old Written bySaad1Khan November 13, 2014
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 December 10, 2011

Dead Space Extraction.Yet another awesome Wii game.

What an awesome game.I play this 5-7 hours everyday and love it.Everyone should get this.Probably loads more fun than Madworld,which I can't live without.p... Continue reading

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?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $49.99
  • 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
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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