I have a ton of sympathy for the people for who this is too much and aren’t going to pick up the game because of it. It might have been better if the game let you voluntarily skip the worst of it? It sucks to not be able to enjoy a game that you otherwise would have because of this stuff.
But, personally, I’m glad it goes so hard in the paint initially. I’m glad that it shows how close regular white America was (and, to some extent, still is) to Nazi ideology. My only real fear for this is that when your dad inevitably shows back up later in the game and they’ve turned him into a Nazi officer or member of the KKK. I think that would lessen the impact somewhat.
I do want to take mild umbrage with some people describing the father as being ‘cartoonishly evil’ though (not here specifically, but it’s a thing I’ve heard a couple of times). Only because it implies, to me atleast, that it’s an unrealistic sort of evil. I live in rural America. I’ve met this man. He is alive and well in the year 2017. I went to highschool with someone who, maybe 5 or 6 years after we graduated, did something so unspeakably evil to his dog that the in game depiction of animal abuse pales in comparison (I promise you this is not an exaggeration for effect).
Wolfenstein 2’s depictions of evil are incredibly intense. They’re gut wrenching, awful and probably more visible than most are used to seeing in their day to day. They will inevitably be too much for some people. They aren’t completely unrealistic though.