A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
In Enemy Front, you play as an American journalist fighting Nazis during World War II. Although it's considered an honor to fight for your country and defend freedom, this game has you killing thousands of humans in the name of entertainment. So it's hard to determine whether this game has a positive or negative message.
Positive Role Models
You're a young American journalist named Robert Hawkins enlisted to fight in World War II against the German enemy. Not much is known about Robert's backstory, but he seems like a good hero out to rid the world of evil. Still, because he's a soldier who uses deadly weapons to kill, some parents won't feel he's a positive role model.
Ease of Play
Enemy Front is easy to play on the PC with mouse and keyboard. Console gamers rely on analog sticks for movement and aiming, triggers for firing, and face buttons for other moves.
Violence & Scariness
Enemy Front is a first-person shooter that takes place during WWII. Almost all the game's focus is on combat, so there's quite a lot of realistic violence and blood. As the main character, you'll use knives, pistols, sniper rifles, machine guns, and explosives to kill Nazi soldiers. The game depicts realistic blood, scenes of torture, and some slow-motion scenes for dramatic effect.
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Some strong profanity in the dialogue sequences, including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "hell," and "bastard."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Enemy Front is a first-person shooter that takes place during World War II. As a U.S. soldier, your job is to take down the Nazi regime using guns and grenades, as well as some stealthy knife work on unsuspecting enemy soldiers. Enemies scream out in pain, and blood is often seen during combat -- as well as during some disturbing civilian scenes. The game also has strong profanity ("f--k," "s--t," and more), and players can freely talk with strangers online in the multiplayer modes.
Is It Any Good?
Enemy Front is an ambitious game that provides a few hours of fun, and it's been a while since there was a solid, straightforward WWII-themed shooter (unlike the sci-fi spin in Wolfenstein: The New Order). Players even have flexibility when it comes to completing their missions, relying on methods such as frontal assaults or stealth to accomplish tasks. That can't be said for every game in this genre, which tend to be very scripted.
But Enemy Front simply doesn't stack up against many other first-person shooters today. The first issue is a technical one: The screen tends to freeze occasionally, especially when there's a lot of action going on at the same time. This is simply unacceptable for a first-person war game. Secondly, although it's admirable that the developer opted for a less linear design, the levels are generic, and the campaign and mission objectives are uninteresting. Finally, the main character isn't believable, mainly because of poor voice acting, which gets in the way of identifying with him. Overall, if found in the bargain bins, Enemy Front isn't a bad pick, but it doesn't aim higher than mediocrity.
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