A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Killing Floor 2 is a downloadable first-person shooter that's violent and bloody. Players use guns, explosives, and melee weapons to kill zombies and other monsters. While there's a lot of bloodshed and dismemberment in this game, there's also an option to minimize the gore. This is also a "clothing optional" game, though while the zombies are naked, they don't have any definable genitalia, and female zombie breasts are nipple-free, like a Barbie doll's. That said, you do see a lot of naked zombie butts. The word "s--t" appears in the dialogue, though since conversation among teammates is unmoderated, you may hear worse.
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What's it about?
In KILLING FLOOR 2, a zombie outbreak has decimated Europe, and you and your friends are humanity's last hope. If you don’t survive the waves of incoming increasingly strong zombies and other monsters, all is lost. Good thing there are vending machines that, between waves, have plenty of ammo, health-restoration shots, and new weapons for you to buy.
Is it any good?
By trapping you and your pals in a large, enclosed area filled with zombies, this shooter is essentially a cross between two popular games, and it works very well. In Killing Floor 2, Europe has been decimated by a zombie outbreak, and it's up to you to survive by using guns, explosives, and melee weapons as their manufacturers intended. Best played with friends, this first-person action game requires teams to work together, as the zombies come at you from multiple directions, swarming players who aren't collaborating. But what will keep you playing is the game's depth. Besides having numerous types of weapons, special skills, playable soldiers, and enemies, the game also has a good variety when it comes to its battle arenas, and it not only has you spilling zombie blood in laboratories and a nice mansion but even in Hell.
Also, if you're more into cooperation than competition, there's a fun mode where teams take turns being the zombies. But while this will capture the attention of zombie-haters with good collaborating skills, it does come up short for those who don't play well with others. Not only is it too tough to go it alone (or even if you just want to play as a duo with your special someone), there's no real story outside the setup to give you a reason to keep going. Also, players will want to adjust the sensitivity of the controls to suit their play style, because the default setting is a bit too loose. Still, if you hate the undead but like working with other people, Killing Floor 2 is a bloody good time.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make a difference to you that the violence in this game is against zombies and other monsters, not people?
Talk about bloodshed. The game allows you to turn down the gore. Does doing this make the game more or less fun? What about turning it up all the way?
Discuss working together. You can only do well in this game if you and your teammates cooperate, so what does this teach you?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows
- Price: $29.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Tripwire Interactive
- Release date: November 18, 2016
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language, Partial Nudity
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