Wolfenstein: The New Order

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Bloody but unexpectedly thoughtful shooter revisits WWII.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 22 reviews

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Positive Messages

This game aims to entertain via bloody, graphic, sensational violence, but it also taps into some surprisingly meaty subjects. Characters discuss the evils of absolutism and discrimination, take time to reflect on their reasons for fighting, and even bring up some fascinating religious and metaphysical ideas. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The burly but unexpectedly soft-spoken and reflective B.J. Blaskowicz is a proficient warrior who clearly enjoys killing Nazis. That said, he's also duty-bound, courageous, loyal, and willing to sacrifice himself for those he loves. He may not be a great behavioral model, but he has some admirable characteristics.

Ease of Play

Standard first-person shooter controls should make it easy for most players to jump in without wasting time learning a new interface. Five levels of difficulty help ensure players of all experience levels are appropriately challenged.


Players spend most of their time engaged in gunfights using both traditional and sci-fi weapons including pistols, rifles, shotguns, and lasers. Wounds gush dark red blood and enemies shriek in pain when hurt. Some weapons are capable of blasting off heads and limbs and even making entire bodies disappear in showers of crimson. Quick, visceral knife stabs to the neck and chest areas are depicted in close-quarters combat, along with over-the-top blood effects. Some narrative sequences -- including one set in a concentration camp -- include scenes of torture, such as a knife carving into a man's back along his spine.


Two scenes depict the act of sex between consenting partners -- including rhythmic movements and moaning -- but stop short of nudity. Posters in the environment show women dressed in revealing garments.


Very strong language can be heard throughout, including the words "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The player's character is forcibly injected with an unnamed drug that makes screen grow blurry. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wolfenstein: The New Order is an extraordinarily violent first-person shooter intended for mature audiences. Its weapon-based combat depicts human enemies being violently torn apart by a variety of guns, leaving mutilated corpses on blood-stained ground. Strong language can be heard throughout the game and a pair of non-playable narrative sequences depict the act of sex, though without showing any nudity. The game's hero is perhaps more thoughtful than one might expect of such a game, and the story dives into some surprisingly philosophical ideas concerning discrimination and free thought, but this is unquestionably an interactive entertainment designed with adults in mind.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCool jerkerama September 17, 2019
First of all this game is really good and does not use the war as a money maker but instead makes a spectacular story out of it. While this game is not to viole... Continue reading
Parent of a 13, 13, and 18+-year-old Written byClarinco April 11, 2019


Honestly in this day and age the swearing is probably the worst thing.
Teen, 14 years old Written byIwroteareview June 2, 2014

Violence and Sexual Content

This game is gory. The main villian cuts out eyes and one man's brain. The problem with this is that it is your choice. You chose who died. This may be a c... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymasterquickwise May 30, 2021

Great story, challenging and amazing soundtrack

This game has a really great story, gameplay and soundtrack. It's quite challenging and adrenaline pumping. There are a few jumpscares but none of them are... Continue reading

What's it about?

The franchise that invented first-person shooters more than two decades ago returns with another Nazi-slaying adventure in WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER. After kicking things off with a grueling mission set near the end of the Second World War, the game jumps forward to a dystopian, alternate-history 1960 in which the Germans have long since conquered the globe, subjugating "impure" people with their advanced military might. Counting himself among the world's final fragments of resistance is series hero B.J. Blaskowicz, a tank-like Polish American soldier determined to bring down this new Nazi empire. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the heart of Berlin to the streets of occupied London, "Blazko" works tirelessly to bring down the mastermind behind the Nazis' power: The villainous Aryan scientist Deathshead.

Is it any good?

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a curious and unexpected mix of old-school shooter action and some surprisingly big philosophical ideas. Combat proudly and stubbornly embraces classic shooter ideals, with firefights generally eschewing sneakier tactics in favor of gory full-frontal assaults. There are occasional stealth sequences and infrequent nods to modern gaming in the form of weapon and ability perk systems, but make no mistake: This is a game intended for players who harbor a soft spot for mid-1990s first-person shooters.

And yet lurking within this obstinately retro game is a surprisingly progressive narrative unafraid of tackling some difficult concepts. From a scene in which a Jewish engineer digs into the differences between Nazi absolutism and religious faith to a lengthy metaphysical tirade in which a woman suggests all actions are determined and that our lives are composed of a series of segmented, disconnected consciousnesses, gamers may be surprised to find themselves still thinking about some of The New Order's concepts long after they've finished playing. It's not without its problems -- the story offers far more questions than answers, for starters -- but it certainly makes for an unusual and memorable stew of a game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the impact of violence in media. In your mind does it matter whether bloody, brutal violence is directed at humans, zombies, aliens, or fantasy creatures? Would you be any less affected seeing a goblin slain with a sword, for example, than a person killed with a gun?

  • Families can also talk about the Second World War. Do you think the sort of discrimination fostered by the Nazi party could take root in a modern culture? What might be done to prevent this?

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