World in Conflict



Innovative strategy game is gory but rewarding.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A key character chooses to sacrifice his life for the greater good. A character's stepfather is discussed as being abusive toward his mother. Characters discuss the war and the effect it's having on their family, friends, and relationships. A character (mistakenly) attacks and kills surrendering civilians due to his impatience to get on with the battle -- after he realizes it, he's remorseful.


Graphic violence including massive explosions using nuclear weapons, the ability to run over troops with tanks, cut scenes of soldiers shot by snipers, napalm strikes. Cities are shown being destroyed by bombing and artillery.


One of the cut scenes alludes to non-player characters having an affair.


Some use of "hell" and "damn" and the like during gameplay and in cut scenes.


History Channel DVD included.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game is filled with large-scale battles complete with artillery strikes, napalm, and even nuclear bombs. Soldiers can be run over by tanks, blown up with artillery, or shot by snipers. On the positive side, the game has a very interesting, and well-told storyline about how the Cold War could have ended, and an included History Channel DVD explains how the real Cold War actually ended in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall. The game has an online component, which Common Sense Media doesn't recommend for anyone under age 12.

What's it about?

WORLD IN CONFLICT lets players imagine the \"what ifs\" of the Cold War and then lets them play it out in all of its grittiness. It's 1989, and the Soviets have made a surprise attack on the United States. Seattle is overrun, and it's up to a few rag-tag divisions to try to turn the tide. World War III is in full gear, and it's the player's job to win back the United States.

In one of the biggest breaks from the standard RTS genre, World in Conflict has no resource-gathering. Instead each player is given a pool of reinforcement points, which they can choose to spend on military units: troops, tanks, helicopters, etc. As the player's units are destroyed during the battle, the point values for those units are slowly added back to the player's overall pool of reinforcement points. Players also acquire tactical points when they accomplish certain objectives that can be spent to call in artillery strikes, napalm runs, and even nuclear weapons.

Is it any good?


The game's story is told through outstanding cut scenes and in-game narration. World in Conflict spends a lot of time developing character personalities -- the player can identify with the turmoil some of characters are going through. Players get to focus almost entirely on battlefield strategy, rather than micro-managing the collection of gold, wood, oil, etc. As good as the single-player campaign is, the game really shines with its multiplayer options.

Like Battlefield 2 and other recent online war games, the leader board has a whole host of medals, ribbons, and awards for players to win. Teams that work together in multiplayer mode have a huge advantage, since each player only specializes in one area: air, support, infantry, etc.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game uses a storyline that presents an "alternate history" -- imagining that something in the past happened differently than it did. Have you read any books or played games that used this method of storytelling? Does it encourage you to discover what really happened?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, Windows
Available online?Available online
Release date:September 18, 2007
Genre:Real Time Strategy (RTS)
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Language, Violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byajsjps April 9, 2008

Best RTS ever

This is the best RTS to date. i love the idea of not collecting resouces. lots of sratagy involved in the game. The mutiplayer is really good since you can make/join a clan
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

A must play game

for people who love real time strategy best graphics DO PLAY EVEN THE DOWNLOAD VERSION IS AWESOME go to massgate for it
Teen, 13 years old Written byPhoenicianBeauty98 February 18, 2012

A Twist to the Cold War...

We know about the Cold War. The Cold War started in 1945 when everyone knows who were cruel--Soviets--killed Japanese people and ended in 1989. Japan won independence in 1999, so this is kind of realistic due to the fact to Japan, the Cold War to them ended in Asia LATER.
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