Parents' Guide to

Resident Evil

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Classic survival horror game is well-made, gory, tad corny.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Stunning, quite mature, survival horror

This game is an extremely well made, old school survival horror. I played the original when I was about 11, and this remake is perfection. It does however have one character (Lisa) with a disturbing back story and also has lots of monsters and a foreboding atmosphere.
age 15+

This is an amazing game. Much better than the original PS1 version. The gameplay is great. It has some interesting puzzles, nothing too hard but challenging enough to make you actually think about it. The resource management adds a lot more to the game. You can't just shoot every zombie recklessly. You have to converse your ammunition. Even your ability to save is limited since you need an ink ribbon to save the game. The story is pretty good, you will need to read everything in order to understand the entire story. The lines and the voice acting is fairly good, a great improvement from the original game. I would recommend this game for everyone to try.

Honestly this is a classic in the survival horror genre, however this game is probably not for younger children. (although some younger than 15 could probably play the original ps1 version. However that's really up for their parents.) This is for a couple reasons. Mainly the blood and gore, secondly it's a horror game. If you're child gets scared easily or just isn't that mature they probably should be playing this. I do remember a poster of a naked woman at one point in the game, however I personally wouldn't be too worried about this. There are only a few points that have anything sexual in the game and even so you're not in those rooms for long. If you're focused on surviving and completing the puzzles in the room you probably won't pay much attention to stuff like that other then a simple. "Oh hey, that's there, now where was that key?" I personally think if you're child can handle blood, gore, and some horror then they can play this.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Resident Evil -- or at least the GameCube remake of it -- has aged surprisingly well. Younger players likely will find the dated controls a bit awkward (camera angles change automatically, and controls for aiming map to the character's perspective rather than the player's), and the writing is undeniably corny by today's standards. But the graphics, including some lovely real-time shadow and reflection effects, hold up nicely, and there are still some legitimately creepy moments, especially when off-screen sounds alert you that something's coming without revealing what it might be.

The real fun, though, is in exploring the mansion. The satisfaction and excitement that come with each new discovery of a puzzle piece, key, or artifact is tangible, and the slow but steady tension-building pace is a nice change from today's overly frenetic horror adventures. Many players -- even returning fans -- likely will get a bit frustrated with quaint old game concepts such as Jill and Chris's tiny item inventories and the inability to fast-travel to previously visited locations, but if you can settle in with these old-fashioned quirks you'll quickly come to remember and/or realize that this game of thrills and chills, puzzles, and exploration deserves its status as a classic within the genre.

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