Here is my next video review. In this video, I give you a quick overview of Wolfenstein: The New Order, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
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Hello, my name is Eric Rogers from parentinggamers.com and this is Parenting Gamers Review of Wolfenstein: The New Order. In this video, I am going to give you a quick overview of the game, go over the rating and content, and let you know if I think it is good for your gamer.
So the first question is, what is Wolfenstein: The New Order?
Wolfenstein: The New Order is a first-person shooter. This means the player experiences the game from the first-person perspective, as if she was actually in the game. You can get an idea of what I mean from this clip here.
The story line of Wolfenstein is that the player plays as B.J. Blazkowicz, a U.S. solder fighting the Nazis in World War 2. It then follows an alternate time line where B.J. fights the Nazis in 1960 after they won the war.
Looking at this clip, you may start to make the comparison to Call of Duty. While it is similar, Wolfenstein uses the alternate time line as a license to add some fantastical elements, like dueling welding machine guns or laser weapons.
So what about the content?
A quick warning. I am about to show you some clips explaining the rating Wolfenstein: The New Order received. These clips are graphic and contain strong language and sexual content.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is rated M, which is the equivalent of an R rating in the movies. The rating includes these 5 descriptors:
“Blood and Gore” and “Intense Violence”
“Strong Sexual Content”
and “Use of Drugs”
The last thing I want to mention with the content is that Wolfenstein is single player only so you do not have to worry about a multiplayer component.
So, what’s the verdict? Is Wolfenstein: The New Order a game you should allow your gamer to play?
When I first started playing Wolfenstein, I expected to be able to give it a similar recommendation as I did for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. I expected to be able to say that you should treat it like you would any rated R war movie. If you are ok with your gamer watching something like Saving Private Ryan, this game would be ok for you. However, the sexual content in the game makes me take a step back.
In my review of Grand Theft Auto 5, I talked about how allowing your gamer to play that game is the same as bring pornography into your home. While the content in Wolfenstein in tame by comparison, I feel the analogy holds.
I have to admit, I am frustrated. Here is what the ESRB says about the sexual content in this game:
“During the course of the game, characters sometimes engage in sexual activity (e.g., a man thrusting against a woman on a table; a woman gyrating on top of a man in bed—camera angles largely obscure the sex act and no nudity is depicted.).”
The last part of that (that the “camera angles largely obscure the sex act and no nudity is depicted”) made me think this game would be ok. However, when I got to the scene I showed you, it was a lot more graphic than I expected. More over, there is no way to avoid it or skip it.
It is with this in mind that I cannot recommend Wolfenstein: The New Order.
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