Dead Rising 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Over-the-top, extremely violent zombie-killing game.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 23 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No positive messages, suggests killing is fun because of various weapons, combos that let you create your own killing machines. Meant to be an over-the-top zombie killing game.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Even though main character -- ex-motocross star Chuck Greene -- is protecting his young daughter from hoards of undead, escorting innocent survivors to a safe house, gameplay is focused on hacking, slashing, shooting zombies.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.


Violent, bloody, gory zombie game. Players can kill human-like enemies in many ways: from shooting them at close range to sawing them in half to more "creative" kills such as riding a motorcycle through crowds with chainsaws strapped to handlebars. Blood sprays out of enemies. Zombies can be sliced in half vertically, revealing bloodied insides.


No nudity but there are sexual themes, such as collectible Playboy magazine covers, a "peep show" you can visit. Some female characters have showgirl costumes, leather cat-suits.


Frequent profanity heard in dialog, off-the-cuff one-liners, including "s--t," "ass," "damn," "hell."


Only branded content appears to be collectible Playboy magazine covers. New versions of game include previously sold DLC (downloadable content).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Player can become inebriated by drinking alcohol, which affects his mobility (swaying side to side), he can vomit on ground.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCraigh Andrews July 9, 2015

Good game

The game is well made. In the game you use hundreds of creative weapons to kill zombies. When zombies are killed, there is a small amount of blood on the ground... Continue reading
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byBinge W. August 7, 2018

Dead rising 2: 74% good

The F word is used occasionally. Plus some strong violence is added in. My ESRB rating M for sequences of strong violence and gore and some language.
Teen, 13 years old Written byChuck green August 1, 2017

Deadrising 2- a game for cynics, and campy horror film fans.

Okay, so this game has a lot of violence. However, the game doesn't exactly have an E rating either. Chuck greene can drink if you want him to, then he puk... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCoolpool785 June 24, 2017

Great game, easy controls, extreme gore

Good game for zombie buffs that like to slice and dice, beat, bash, and overall kill zombies in every way imaginable. You can use weapons from your bare fists t... Continue reading

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?

  • Families can talk about the recent rise of zombies in popular culture (for example, with horror-comedies like Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland). What's the appeal?

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