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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dead Rising 2 is a violent adventure game. This game was recently remastered and re-released on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, with all of the previously released downloadable content ("DLC") included. The main player can plow through hundreds of zombies with a variety of weapons, like chainsaws, baseball bats, slot machines and other items, most of which leave the undead in pieces or pools of blood. Along with the violence and gore, the game has some sexual imagery, foul language, and the main player can become intoxicated and vomit.
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What's it about?
DEAD RISING 2 is a sequel to 2006's Dead Rising. It takes place in the fictional but 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 (but includes casinos, arena and shopping areas), where you'll have a set amount of time to escort survivors back to the safe house, kill zombies, and get out of this situation alive. There are also many mini-games, collectibles, and the ability to build weapons from items found in the world. Each of these super weapons have a primary and secondary attack. The 2016 remastered version updates the visuals for current generation hardware systems (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the latest Windows PCs), including 1080p HD resolution running at a smooth 60 frames per second, and extra content including all previously-released DLC.
Is it any good?
This violent zombie killing adventure is better than ever thanks to its visual updates and extra content for newer consoles and PCs, but its definitely not for young eyes. Players get the option to kill zombies with guns, swords, and chainsaws as well as with unconventional weapons. For example, a giant foam finger, construction helmet, wheelchair, and stuffed animal can destroy these creatures. You're also given the ability to fuse items together, such as a vacuum cleaner with saw blades that suck zombies in and chops them to pieces. Lest we forget this game was first to introduce deadly weapon combinations like the “Portamower” and “Paddlesaw.” Unlike the original Dead Rising, the game also supports two-player co-op for those who want to play online with a friend, and bloody four-player gladiator battles.
The original game suffered from frequent (and long) load screens and some slowdowns when there are numerous enemies onscreen at the same time, but these have been remedied in the updated version of the game. The extras like all previously-purchased DLC is a nice touch, as is the reduced price of only $19.99 for the digital download. As an over-the-top "guilty pleasure" game, for action fans and horror lovers alike (and those with a campy sense of humor), this is a fun adventure experience that should be kept for mature gamers only.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Do you think it's 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?
- Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
- Price: $59.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Capcom
- Release date: September 28, 2010
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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