A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the cut scenes alludes to non-player characters having an affair.
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Some use of "hell" and "damn" and the like during gameplay and in cut scenes.
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Products & Purchases
History Channel DVD included.
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.
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.
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