Dead Island

Game review by Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Ambitious zombie game loaded with violence, mature themes.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 34 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Language is the main thing

Language is moderate but these kids get witnessed to more at school or at home. If you let your kid play one M game he has already saw and heard it all. After all, it's just mean word's. This game is an old title for 2020 and when I volunteered to help out at my son's school, I heard so much language ( including F, C, B, D, N and S). I heard more than GTA 5 added with Farcry combined. This game is good also in learning about nature and tribes. There's no nudity except for skimpy outfits no worse than at the beach. You can drink but only causes negative effects. It's also zombies so you don't feel bad because it's a game and their already dead. It's good for 12 year olds and up. Also there is good role models for bravery.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much swearing
age 12+

Honorable intentions, fun entertainment

There is strong language throughout including some F-bombs during the cutscenes. Violence is always a part of gameplay, and in some cases the player will be forced to attack or kill other humans during the story, it's not all zombies. There is no restriction on the use of guns but they adopt a secondary role in the gameplay. Also to note is the use of weapons such as brass knuckles and "butterfly" knives, which are considered illegal in most countries. All These elements are coupled with copious amounts of blood, but very little gore. With that being said, the playable characters are ethnically diverse and their purpose is one of good intentions. The player is tasked with keeping people safe and alive by any means necessary. During the story, players will assist a lifeguard station, a church, stranded villagers in the jungle, and even some "born-again" prisoners by bringing them food, water, and other means for survival. The zombie apocalypse merely serves as a backdrop for bringing these unique characters together to form a tight unit and push themselves to become better than who they were before the outbreak. By the time the player is ready to start a new game, they are thinking more about who they have helped rather than who they have killed. I think this is a powerful message and a much more important theme than most video games tend to embody. Even with the violence, there is much to be learned from what this game has to offer and I would recommend safe for any children with a mind for thinking outside the box.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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