What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dead Rising 2 is an extremely violent video game. The main player can see hundreds of zombies onscreen at the same time and plow through them with a plethora of weapons -- most of which leave the "undead" enemies in pieces or pools of blood. Gamers can use chainsaws, baseball bats with nails, slot machines and other items to destroy as many zombies as possible. Along with the violence and gore is some sexual imagery, foul language, and use of alcohol and drugs. Parents should also be aware that the multiplayer mode supports open voice chat, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under the age of 12.
What's it about?
A follow-up to 2006's Dead Rising, which was about a photojournalist holed up in a Colorado shopping mall surrounded by the flesh-eating undead, DEAD RISING 2 takes place in the Las Vegas-esque Fortune City and stars Chuck Greene, an ex-motocross star who must fend for his (and his daughter's) life. The bulk of this third-person action game still takes place in a mall -- though this one includes casinos – where you'll have a set amount of time to escort survivors back to the safe house, kill zombies, and get out of the situation alive. Players can also find items littered around the world and bring them to a work bench to combine them to create super-weapons that generate large amounts of points with each kill.
Is it any good?
It's fun for the most part, but this "Mature"-rated game is most definitely not for young eyes. Not only can you kill zombies with guns, swords and chainsaws but also with unconventional weapons, such as a giant foam finger, construction helmet, wheelchair, or stuffed animal. The ability to fuse items together, such as a vacuum cleaner with saw blades that sucks zombies in and chops them to pieces, only increases the carnage. Unlike the original, this game also supports two-player co-op for those who want to play online with a friend.
Dead Rising 2 suffers several flaws, ranging from frequent (and long) load screens and noticeable lag when there are numerous enemies onscreen at the same time. Still, as an over-the-top "guilty pleasure" game, this zombie adventure can be fun for those 17 years of age and older. Note: All versions of the game are the same.
Online interaction: Dead Rising 2 supports online play, including a co-op option for two players to work together over the Internet. Gamers can also chat using a headset microphone. Common Sense Media does not recommend moderation-free online communication for pre-teens. We suggest using the parental controls built into the game console to disable online communication features.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the appeal of excessively violent games. Is Dead Rising 2 fun because it's so over-the-top and violent, perhaps offering the same visceral thrill as a Quentin Tarantino film?
Families can also discuss whether they think it is acceptable for older gamers to find entertainment in this sort of carnage. Is it a harmless way for adults to unwind after a tough day? Or can games like this desensitize us to real-life violence and gore?