Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Violence against Nazis at center of over-the-top shooter.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This purely fictional game isn't for kids, of course, but is quite over the top in its theme about Nazis seeking supernatural power.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The lead character, B.J., isn't much of a role model, even though he is a "good guy" fighting evil. Perhaps if he weren't so violent -- such as slicing and dicing enemies using an ax -- he would be more of a positive influence.

Ease of Play

The game is fairly easy to pick up for fans of this genre.


The focus of this game is combat, and users will see a number of powerful weapons and play from a realistic first-person view. At times the violence can be gratuitous, including the ability to use an ax to hack off the limbs of enemies (which consist of Nazis, creatures, and mutated humans). Blood splashes on the ground, and gamers hear enemies shriek in pain.


The game does contain some foul language, including "sh-t" and "damn." It's not excessive but can be heard during non-interactive cut scenes as well as during gameplay.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRhiana J. December 24, 2017


This game is not for children of any age and not for squeamish adults.
Expect extreme violence and gore. Extreme nudity and adult situations. Swearing, drinkin... Continue reading
Adult Written byTom_Gamer_Tom June 8, 2010

A violent shooter.

Wolfenstein is violent, Even from the front cover. Lots of blood,decapitation and our old favourite. Dismemberment! Its one of the goriest you can buy in the FP... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous December 24, 2016

Great game

I've been playing this since i was 5 years old (Im 11 now) and it's a great game. There's apparently some swearing I can't hear while playin... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byBatmanGuy1 April 21, 2013

A really good first-person shooter!

Really fun shooter! Had a blast with it! The graphics look good, the gameplay is fun, and the story is interesting enough to get you watching the cut scenes. Ho... Continue reading

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?

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