By Marc Saltzman,
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Violence against Nazis at center of over-the-top shooter.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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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.
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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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: Activision
- Release date: August 20, 2009
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
- Last updated: August 31, 2016
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