Parents' Guide to

Dead Rising 2

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

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

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 15+

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.
age 10+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (23 ):

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.

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