Parents' Guide to

Dead Island 2

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Escaping "Hell-A" is a bloody and brutal guilty pleasure.

Dead Island box art featuring Jacob lounging in a pool surrounded by zombies.

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Amazing game for mature children.

Personally, I enjoy the dead island franchise. I think that it is an amazing series but, the game has an extreme amount of gore and violence. Depending on how mature you think your child is I would recommend 13+ but for more immature children 15+. The game is an amazing game and I think more people should try out the game for themselves. The flesh system is amazing, we haven't seen anything like it in gaming yet, well maybe if you think about the doom games but nothing tops this. The flesh system includes realistic melting, slice marks, stomping, putting holes through zombies, decapitation, and body trauma, and if beaten a zombie enough(or shooting, slicing, and melting) you can see the insides of the zombies. I think for this day and age it's an amazing feature. Also in certain areas, you can see blood splatter, zombies with their insides outside, and also dead bodies. It can be a pretty boring game at times, I enjoy fast-paced action such as dying light. Also to parents, don't be worried.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
age 13+

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

It's been more than 10 years since gamers found themselves trapped in a tropical paradise with the undead in the original Dead Island. While there have been expansions, spin-offs, definitive editions, and more, it has taken more than a decade for a proper sequel to bring the franchise back from the dead. It's fitting that the new game, Dead Island 2, brings the undead menace to Hollywood, where bigger, flashier, and over-the top is the norm. Dead Island 2 brings the undead to life in all their gory glory, and then lets players dispatch them with even more brutality than ever. Using makeshift weapons, players can target specific parts of the zombies for different effects. Getting pummeled by a heavy-handed brute? Disarm it, literally, by slicing its arms off at the shoulders. Getting chased by a speedy runner? Take out its legs. Players can even use an Alexa connected device and shout at zombies to get their attention and lead them into well-placed traps.

Players choose from a cast of Survivors, each with their own unique abilities and stats to start. They then earn or discover cards through gameplay that can be equipped to a custom Skill Deck on the fly, giving players a lot of flexibility to play however they want. While the game is considered open-world and players do have a lot of freedom to explore, just how open the world is could be debated. It's more of a giant labyrinth of streets, driveways, and buildings with locked doors, disabled cars, and other conveniently placed environmental blockades. This serves to funnel players from Point A to Point B and makes for more claustrophobic encounters against groups of zombie foes. Add a few extra players into the mix via online play, and things can quickly become a chaotic frenzy of blood and body parts. Whether you go solo or with others, though, there's rarely a dull moment. Imagine for a second what it would be like to live inside of the guilty pleasure of a cheesy (zom)B movie, but one that managed to get a substantial special effects budget -- that's Dead Island 2 in a nutshell.

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