Dead Space 2

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Very scary shooter with severe violence, gore, and cussing.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 42 reviews

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

Positive Messages

While you're a human trying to survive a brutal alien invasion (and get healed from your alien-induced dementia), you rely primarily on extreme violence to complete the task.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Isaac Clarke seems like a good guy, who is simply trying to stay alive, but he uses tools at his disposal, including all kinds of weapons, special suits, and some powers like telekinesis. He doesn't seem to enjoy what he's doing to these Necromorph aliens, though -- it's a matter of survival by any means necessary -- but the means are violent, gory, and excessive.

Ease of Play

As with Dead Space and Dead Space Extraction, this new game in the survival horror action series is fairly easy to control -- especially for seasoned players. There might be a slight learning curve at the beginning of the game but the tutorial and manual can help.


As with its predecessors, Dead Space 2 features many graphic scenes of severe violence, including enemies you can stab, shoot, dismember, decapitate, impale, and light on fire with the various weapons and powers in the game. Players will see copious amounts of blood and gore -- including violent attacks on you, the protagonist, who might get a spiky appendage through the forehead and see blood gush out of the gaping mouth. Or your head might be chewed off. There are even "Necromorph" enemies that look like babies and others that can spew toxic bile. Blood can be seen smeared on walls and floors, along with human bodies and body parts.



The game has some strong language, right from the beginning of the game, including "f--k," "s--t," "holy s--t," "damn," "hell" and "bitch."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You can stomp on crates to reveal medical packs for healing.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dead Space 2 is not only very scary -- with disturbing-looking creatures who can jump out of the dark at you -- but there is also plenty of violence, blood (and bile), and gore. It is an M-rated game that earns its rating and is not meant for kids or teens. Enemy creatures can be stabbed, shot, lit on fire, dismembered, and beheaded with the myriad of weapons at your disposal. And when your character dies, you can be impaled in the head by your enemy's spiky appendages -- and the camera becomes very close so you can see all the gory detail. Humans and aliens cry and shriek in pain when killed, blood stains the floor and walls, and body parts are strewn throughout some environments. The game also has coarse language, including the "f--k," heard during dialogue sequences. The TV commercial for the game promotes the fact that it's very violent and gory, showing mothers' shocked and disgusted reactions to the video game playing on the screen.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by2Pac4Lif3 November 18, 2018

Very Gory

It is very gory with intense violence if you like scary horror games with a lot of Gore and blood and violence you're going to like this game there's... Continue reading
Adult Written byPakistanPEGI December 18, 2014

No one under 18

One of the most goriest games in the world extremely scary and has lots of gore.
Extreme Violence
Strong Language(f--k,f--ker,sh-t,bullsh-t)
Lots of Gore
Teen, 13 years old Written byYtSadlerArcade September 1, 2017

Very scary but doesnt hold up well with todays graphics

Tons of jumpscares tons of language just play with voice volume off to solve this altogether saints row has more gore and language and i play saints row IV and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byXx that one bro Xx November 12, 2016

Dead space wat u think?

vilent and rude but still mah(:

What's it about?

Taking place 500 years in the future, DEAD SPACE 2 is a sequel that begins shortly after the events from the first game. Isaac Clarke, an engineer assigned to restore a mining ship's damaged communications systems, awakens from an amnesiac spell on the Sprawl, a giant metropolis orbiting Saturn. He finds himself wrapped in a strait-jacket while being interrogated by an officer, during another relentless attack by the vicious "Necromorph" creatures. You, as Clarke, soon discover you're suffering from dementia caused by an ancient artifact you found in the first game; and not only must you escape the carnage, but must also find a mysterious woman who claims to have a cure for your illness. Played from a third-person perspective, the game has plenty of nail-biting moments as the enemies jump out from the shadows with claw-like appendages, ready to impale you.

Is it any good?

Dead Space 2 is terrifyingly good -- if you can stomach the gore and you enjoy fright-filled moments. You'll acquire many high-tech weapons, melee attacks, and powers such as telekinesis, which allow you to pull objects toward you (such as a nearby crowbar or even human bodies) and push them back toward the various types of Necromorphs. Along with wandering the creepy corridors and rooms on the Sprawl, Dead Space 2 also lets you visit other locations not revealed in this review for fear of spoiling the surprises. The game features high-definition graphics, cinematic camera angles, and Hollywood-quality music and sound effects. Along with the solo campaign, which should last about 12 hours, multiplayer has been added to the franchise with online support for up to 4-on-4 matches. Electronic Arts' mature space adventure lives up to the hype and sets the bar high for other videogames in 2011. But be sure you like being scared before you buy, as this is one to play with the lights off and speakers turned up.

Online interaction: Gamers can take the fight online against human opponents (humans versus Necromorphs), up to four-on-four, and chat with each other via headset microphone to strategize. Language is not filtered and can be unpredictable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of these survival horror games. Do players enjoy the scary moments, not unlike a game of Silent Hill or Resident Evil, or is it the intense action sequences as you fight to stay alive against hoards of alien creatures? Or perhaps it's the sci-fi setting in the 26th century that appeals to players the most? A combination of all three?

  • Could EA have made the game with less violence, gore, and profanity and make it just as thrilling?

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