Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Exceptional yet mature, violent shooter brings war to U.S.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Hate can be defeated if people work together, persisting against overwhelming odds. Message limited by extreme, immense amounts of violence.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hero risks his life to save other people from Nazis, helps oppressed be free, but uses extreme violence to achieve his goals. 

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn; difficulty settings range from really easy to really hard.


Players use guns, explosives, sci-fi weapons, hatchets to kill human enemies, as well as some dogs, resulting in a lot of blood, gore, dismemberment, screams of pain.


Scenes of female nudity, including a shot of a topless woman in bed. Player hears two people having sex, and then see them engaging in it while clothed.


Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "goddamn," the "N" word, as well as comments that are racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic.


Game features downloadable content (DLC), which can be purchased individually or as part of a season pass.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol to point of inebriation, hallucinating after taking LSD.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a violent and bloody first-person shooter for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. Using a variety of guns (both conventional and sci-fi), explosives, hatchets, and traps, players have to kill a lot of people, as well as some dogs. There's lots of blood, gore, and dismemberment, all accompanied by screams of pain. There are also scenes of female nudity, including one of a topless woman in bed. Two characters are also heard and shown engaging in sex, although they're clothed. The dialogue includes numerous curse words -- including "f--k," "s--t," "goddamn," "motherf----r," "bitch," and the "N" word -- while some characters make racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic comments. There are also a couple of scenes where characters are shown drinking alcohol to the point of intoxication or unconsciousness; another character is a smoker of cigarettes, and still another ingests LSD and hallucinates. The game also features downloadable content (DLC) available in individual packs or as part of a season pass.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAmox December 27, 2019

Very brutal, but good messages.

It's very brutal, but it has good messages and values.
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byBobby G. June 26, 2019

Strong narrative with stronger violence

This game is one of the most over-the-top violent games I have ever played. It contains lots of spurting blood, dismemberment, decapitations, and has an extreme... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byTF141 September 25, 2020

Not as good as The New Order, but still a really great action game

I'll start with the positives. There are some things it does better than The New Order, most notably the gore and graphics. Cranking up the violence to an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCarbonaraSpaghet August 20, 2020

Really good FPS!

Wolfenstein 2 is a great game. It has an interesting storyline, and some really hard gameplay. There are some sex scenes, so it's probably not for kids bef... Continue reading

What's it about?

Set in an alternate history version of the 1960s, in which the Nazis won World War II and now control the world, WOLFENSTEIN II: THE NEW COLOSSUS once again casts you as American soldier and Nazi killing enthusiast B.J. Blazkowicz, who sets out to undermine their authority and save the world with the help of an armed resistance and a lot of guns. Players will cross the U.S., gaining allies in the resistance, attack a horde of Nazis across many different environments, and cause havoc in fighting back against this dangerous regime.

Is it any good?

Thanks to spot-on controls and a compelling alternate-history story, this post-apocalyptic World War II first-person shooter is one of the most engaging shooters of the year. Like its predecessor, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is set in a version of our world in which the Nazis won WWII and now control the United States and the rest of the planet. As former American soldier B.J. Blazkowicz, you have to work with the resistance to stop them -- which involves shooting lots of Nazis and blowing up their stuff. Good thing you have some effective weapons, including some sci-fi ones, as well as some power armor with some helpful augmentations.

But while shooting Nazis is always fun, what makes this particular game so compelling is the sci-fi alt-history setting and story,  because it provides interesting places to do all the shooting. That and the intricate, multi-path levels, which let you sneak around, thinning out the herd before you go all guns a-blazin'. All of which is driven by an engaging, darkly comic (and also, sadly, topical) story. There are some minor issues: B.J. doesn't always grab loose ammo off the floor like he should. It can also be hard to know where you're supposed to go through these intricate levels; plus, some enemy commanders are dummkopfs -- they behave stupidly or are easily killed in action. Nintendo Switch owners will also deal with visuals that aren't nearly as sharp or visually detailed as the other versions; faces and environmental details can be a bit blurry and somewhat generic. This visual downgrade is worth it for the game performance on the Switch, though -- no corners were cut for the size of each level, and the game runs without a hint of slowing down on the less powerful system. Aside from these issues, all the other aspects of Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus work so well together that they make it one of the year's best shooters.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Does it make a difference that you're killing people in this game, as opposed to aliens or monsters? Does it matter that they're very bad people?

  • There have been a lot of stories in the news lately about Nazis, racism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and fascism. Does Wolfenstein II feel more imperative because of what's currently going on? Do you think it's good or bad for a game to be relevant to current events? 

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