Dead Rising 3

Common Sense Media says

Extremely violent and gory zombie game for mature players.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game focuses heavily on combat -- and the violence is very graphic -- so even though you're attacking the undead and finding survivors, this isn't a very good message at all. 

 

Positive role models

You play as a mechanic named Nick Ramos. Nick seems like a good guy who is unhappy to be in this situation, but, because he kills so many thousands of zombies (and, sometimes, nonzombies), he is not a good role model.

Ease of play

There are some control issues with this game, including the requirement to stand exactly on top of an object to pick it up, which can be annoying. There is a tutorial, but the controls and camera are sometimes finicky.

Violence

Dead Rising 3 has a lot of bloody violence and gore. You can take a number of weapons to zombies -- including chainsaws, flamethrowers, rifles, bombs, and weaponized vehicles -- and you'll see plenty of body parts and blood throughout this game. Enemies can become dismembered and decapitated. 

Sex

Although there isn't any nudity, Dead Rising 3 often has women dressed in provocative outfits that show ample cleavage and curves. You can enter a XXX sex shop and use sexual-pleasure objects to kill enemies (seriously). One boss fight includes a weapon that resembles a vibrator. Another scene has a woman caress her own breasts.

Language

The game has a lot of profanity strewn throughout the dialogue sequences, including strong adult words such as "f--k," "s--t," and "a--hole."

 

Consumerism

The game does offer some DLC (downloadable content) via in-game purchase, plus there are special versions of the game where you can pay more to get access to special items.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nick, the main character, can consume alcoholic beverages -- beer, wine, and liquor -- as an energy boost. But if he consumes too much, he might stagger and then vomit. 

Privacy & safety

Creates serious privacy and safety issues. The game can be played online and with full voice support -- which is unmonitored and unfiltered and therefore not ideal for younger gamers. Why? One might hear strong profanity from other players and other inappropriate discussions that might be racially or sexually offensive.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dead Rising 3 is a very graphic action game with horror elements (zombies jumping out at you), lots of gore (including disembowelment and decapitation), and plenty of blood. There are sexual references and innuendoes, alcohol consumption, and strong profanity. It is an M-rated game that earns its designation.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • electricity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • cooperation

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

What Kids Can Learn

Dead Rising 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • engineering
  • electricity
  • physics

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • producing new content

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • identifying strengths and weaknesses
  • work to achieve goals

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • cooperation

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Dead Rising 3 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Developed exclusively by Capcom Vancouver for Xbox One, DEAD RISING 3 is similar to its best-selling predecessors: you’re tasked with staying alive during a deadly zombie outbreak by using anything and everything you find in the environment as a weapon. This includes familiar standbys such as guns, katanas, and chainsaws -- but also golf clubs, cinder blocks, and exploding teddy bears. You'll find blueprints that allow you to craft all-new weapons, such as the combination of a vacuum cleaner and saw blades to suck in zombies and then chop them to pieces. Yes, you read that correctly.
 
Set a decade after the events in 2010's Dead Rising 2, you play a young mechanic named Nick Ramos who must flee the fictitious Los Perdidos in Southern California before a military strike wipes out the entire city. Although you start the main Story mode alone –- hopping across car roofs, climbing fences, and navigating dark corridors with a flashlight –- you'll eventually team up with other survivors to fight your way out of the city to escape being vaporized by the deadly strike.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
Like a good B-movie, this third-person adventure never takes itself too seriously. Despite some technical issues, it's quite fun -- but for mature players only. For one, vehicles have been added to this sequel, allowing you to get around and use them to mow down a few hundred zombies in your path. You also can make weaponized vehicles by combining them with deadly objects. Flamethrowers on the front of a truck? Why not? A motorcycle with a steamroller? Sure. Blades taped to a forklift? Go for it. Also, more so than in past Dead Rising games you have the freedom to go anywhere in this huge world. This is where vehicles come in handy, as you make your way across bridges, tunnels, and sprawling freeways to other parts of the city. You can follow your on-screen marker that shows where your next goal is or build up experience points by fighting, exploring new areas, and finding blueprints, safe houses, weapons, food, wearable items, and other collectible goodies.
 
Although it's fun and has various solo and multiplayer game modes, it would be remiss not to mention the assorted glitches, ranging from inconsistent frame rates and a less-than-stellar camera to some sloppy controls, be it some lag when you jump or having to stand exactly on top of an object to pick it up. It doesn't detract from the fun too much, but there still should be a downloadable update (a patch) to fix some of these issues. Gory and silly at the same time, Dead Rising 3 is a ridiculously fun sandbox game that's not for the faint of heart.

Families can talk about...

  • Is this game strong enough for a launch title? Does it showcase Xbox One's technical abilities?

  • Since this is an M-rated game, parents can suggest these less-violent zombie-related apps for phones and tablets.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox One
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Microsoft Studios
Release date:November 22, 2013
Genre:Survival Horror
Topics:Cars and trucks, Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol (Xbox One)

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Parent Written byStrictdad838 December 8, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

Fine for kids 11 and up.

Hello, I am a parent of a 13 year old and a 11 year old boy. Recently, my son asked me if he could get this game on black friday, because ALL his friends had it, and nobody had the game he had (cod ghosts). I, as a strict parent, knew better than to just buy him the game, so i looked up the title and watched the trailer. My first reaction was - For sure no, you will never get this game- as there was blood and gore galore in the trailer, and the game seemed dark and morbid, as I am very strongly against the mindless violence in todays culture. However, after i told him no, he asked if he could borrow it from a friend to show me that the game wasnt that bad. As it actually sounded like a fair comprimise, i agreed and he turned it on and i watched him for a hour each day for a week. And i have to say, it wasnt nearly as bad as i thought. Though the game is centered around killing zombies, the charecters are kind hearted people, and the missions are always centered around doing the right thing- For example, in the end of the game, one charecter gives up his own life to save his family from the zombies. As far as blood goes, it is very unrealistic and not as frequent as i had expected. In fact, as strange as it sounds, you rarely even kill zombies, you just avoid them and run the other direction. As far as the game being "dark and morbid", It actually has good morals and the game is actually very bright and witty, such as the ability to swutch outfits to silly (Not in a innapropriate way, but in a good hearted, random humor type of way.)clothes like a dolphin costume or a obama mask. As far as language goes, I am very strongly against foul language in our household, but the game very rarely used any. I never heard the F word, and I think after 7 hours of watching i heard the s word a few times times- that was basically it. Now, I never let my kids play games with the sexual content warning, but this game was ok ONLY because of the fact that there is only this type of content in one mission where a charecter uses a sex toy as weapon, but the game gave a option to skip this mission. All in all, this game is not nearly a s bad as the trailers make it seem, and is way better than games like cod and battlefield because not once do you even considder harming another human, only mythical creatures. This game is basically just a video game version of the walking dead, and my son seems to enjoy playing it with his friends. However it is your decision as a parent, but i believe this game shouldbe allowed for any mature kid over 11. Thank you for your time :)
Ps. I am a strict dad of two well behaved children.

What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byMIDPICK December 7, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

REALLY FUN GAME

Let me put this straight and say this game is pretty violent. BUT it is SOOO unrealistic with the amount of blood. Yes it has a decent amount of blood and gore but it isn't realistic at all. If you are new to the dead rising series know that it is focused on being funny most of the time. I mean you can wear a shark costume. Now the sexual content is inappropriate for anyone under 13 but here is all of it. A side boss (note the word side this is entirely optional) has a flame thrower shaped like a p**is and stays in a store called XXX. Honestly it isn't that bad and just looks stupid but either way you can skip it. Language isn't awful but it does have it. F*** is used a few times but mostly sh** is used a lot. Also @ss and d*mn and other minor swares. BUT I can tell you this WILL NOT make a kid violent or anything of the sort. Cutscenes can get violent every now and then. Beware though REALLY GORY. If someone doesn't like blood they will not like this. Honestly anyone over the age 13 that is mature should be able to handle this.

Parent of a 13 year old Written byJo Harley December 10, 2013
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Super Fun and Creative

Over the top gore is extremely unrealistic, There is some sexual content but it is all comedic. Salty Language.

What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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