A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Mature-rated first-person shooter features plenty of violence, blood, and gore. It's not out of context in this fictional Nazi universe, but there is a fair amount of blood and lots of weapons and dismemberment. Players will hear cursing, and they may hear more by playing online with others in multiplayer modes.
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What's it about?
The classic 3-D shooter that ate away countless productivity hours in the early ’90s, and then was resurrected on the iPhone earlier this year, is not only back but darker than ever before. Activision's WOLFENSTEIN shines a light on the Nazis' dark obsession with the occult, as you resurrect your role as B.J. Blazkowicz, a decorated member of the Office of Secret Actions (OSA). Using brains and brawn, you need to stop the Germans from harnessing power from a parallel dimension to create a weapon of unprecedented mass destruction. Step into battle with a diverse collection of Allied, Axis, and experimental Nazi weapons, in both the story mode and varied multiplayer options.
Is it any good?
If you can forgive the lame story, slow cut-scene movies, and some enemy A.I. (artificial intelligence) that's not too smart, Wolfenstein offers some intense (and quite bloody) fighting sequences and very fun, over-the-top boss battles against superhuman foes. The single-player story should provide many hours of intense combat, but the myriad of multiplayer modes -- Team Deathmatch, Objective, and Stopwatch -- all help add to the game's replayability. Our top pick is Stopwatch, which pits two teams against one another to see which side can complete its objectives faster; each team has a soldier, media, an engineer, and a Veil power. Wolfenstein might not be the best game of the year, but it proves to be a very good one that should certainly satiate fans of first-person shooters.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this level of violence is more acceptable because it's against nasty Nazis, mutated soldiers, and inhuman creatures. Compare this, for example, against cop killing or prostitute bashing in games such as the Grand Theft Auto series. Is it the same thing or different?
Do you think the main character is a good role model because he's fighting for good, or are his tactics so extreme that he's not someone you should admire?