Dead Head Fred

Common Sense Media says

A gruesome but comical mature murder mystery.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Quite graphic, as players rip heads off enemies; blood spurts out and the bodies fall to the ground.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Many instances of swearing, including frequent uses of "f--k."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

You can consume alcohol in the game, which impairs your vision and actions.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game earns its M-rating by requiring your character to rip heads off of mutated bodies and place them on your own headless dead body -- you can also set the other mutated bodies on fire. The game is quite graphic, showing bloody body parts throughout a mad scientist's facilities. This is a mystery about why your character died, and you must find and put on nine dead heads. It's a bizarre premise, with gruesome details including blood spurting out of bodies, but it's meant to be comical for mature players.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

DEAD HEAD FRED is a unique adventure because you step into the shoes of private eye Fred Neuman, who awakens at the beginning of the game to find out he has been murdered. Neuman has been brought back to life by a mad scientist, but his head is missing -- in its place is a jar full of fluid and his floating brain. And so Neuman goes on a mission to solve his own murder and get his head (and memory) back from those responsible for his death -- namely, a deranged mob boss and his mutant henchmen. To solve the mystery of his death, Neuman must use special powers associated with different \"heads\" he can put on, which are removed from enemies (it sounds gruesome, sure, but it's quite comical).

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dead Head Fred is played from a third-person perspective and offers impressive camera controls and visual effects -- especially for a handheld game. The only problem, however, is frequent loading screens that can take away from the fun. These load times gets better once Neuman ventures outside for the first time. Overall, this mature game is bizarre, funny, and fresh.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how this game is over-the-top in its violence and gore, coupled with a silly premise. Since this game is meant to be a comedy, would it have been as funny with less extreme violence, blood, and foul language? Did those aspects of the game contribute to the gameplay or the humor?

Game details

Platforms:PSP
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:D3Publisher of America
Release date:August 28, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:M for blood and gore, intense violence, mature humor, strong language (PSP)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byRobertasACDC October 1, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

crap

This game is shiiiiit! It is disgusting, weird, and I have never played it but seen it. It is awkward and almost nobody has ever heard about this game
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 18, 2012
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

Silly,and pretty dark humored.

Well I do have this for my PSP and play it sometimes b otherwise consider it stupid and not to be taken seriously very cheesy and cartoonish and wtf probably most bizarre game in the thousands of games I've played.
Parent of a 8 year old Written byGarmendia September 9, 2009
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
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