Dead Rising 2



Over-the-top, extremely violent zombie-killing game.
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Positive messages

Though clearly fictional, this game sends a negative message to players. It sensationalizes the killing of zombies and makes it out to be fun. It also has players crafting their own killing machines -- such as an I.E.D. -- by combining various found objects. 

Positive role models

Even though the main character (an ex-motocross star named Chuck Greene) is protecting his young daughter from hoards of the undead, and escorting innocent survivors to a safe house, the game-play is focused on hacking, slashing, and shooting zombies -- hardly an ideal role-model.

Ease of play

Those who played the original game shouldn't have an issue picking up the control scheme in Dead Rising 2. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 controls are fairly straightforward, including a tutorial lesson to teach the basics of movement, attacking, creating combos, and more. The Windows version isn't available yet.




Dead Rising 2 is a violent, bloody and gory zombie game. Players can kill human-like enemies in a number of 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 the handlebars. Blood sprays out of enemies. Depending on the weapon, zombies can be sliced in half vertically, revealing their bloodied insides. Zombies also bite other human's necks, causing blood sprays.


There isn't any nudity in the game but there are sexual themes, such as collectible Playboy magazine covers and a "peep show" you can visit. Some female characters have showgirl costumes or leather catsuits and near the beginning of the game, one girl suggestively leans up behind another girl and puts her hands around her.


While you won't hear the F-bomb dropped, foul language in this game includes "s--t," "sh*thead," "ass," "damn" and "hell."


Branded content includes collectible Playboy magazine covers as well as references and images of other Capcom games, such as Mega Man.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The player can become inebriated by drinking alcohol (see screen shot), which affects his mobility (swaying side to side) and he can throw up on the ground. Also, much of the game focuses on retrieving shots of a drug called "Zombrex," which the protagonist's daughter must be injected with to keep from transforming into a zombie.

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?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Available online?Available online
Release date:September 28, 2010
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol

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Parent Written byl4dfan June 22, 2011

Good Game

It is a fine game a little blood nothing more
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent 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. It fades after 2-4 minutes. Zombies only have gruesome deaths if the player uses explosives. Though chainsaws and whatnot can be used to remove limbs, it is entirely comical in its appearance and completely unrealistic. In some occasions, the player can chop zombies in half. This is suppressing considering the nature of the game, however it can only be done with certain weapons, and it is very quick that you could blink and miss it. The sharing is minimal. S--t is used along with other milder profanities, people are called names like a - hole and p---y, but it isn't anything that your child will not ever hear. There are many references to drinking throughout. The only reason that the game got an M rating is the blood l, which is bright red and unrealistic. The game does have online features, but I don't let my 10 year old play that quite yet. I only let him play with people he knows with my supervison.
What other families should know
Great role models
Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 12 year old Written byjohn123456 April 30, 2011


A great game but for mature 12 year olds+


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