Resident Evil 2

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Compelling remake of one of the scariest games ever made.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

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Positive Messages

Forces players to think before they act, debate whether it would be better to stay and fight or run away to fight another day. Both playable characters are doing their best to stay alive, and to help others. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Claire and Leon both try to help other people in danger. Claire is also trying to find her missing brother; Leon is trying to live up to ideals, standards of Raccoon Police Department.

Ease of Play

Controls are similar to those of other third-person shooters, with some exceptions. Ammo is in short supply, as are healing items. Players can only carry a few items at a time. Game also boasts three difficulty options, with "Assisted" being notably easier than "Standard," and "Hardcore" being just that.


Players use guns, explosives, knives to kill zombies and other monsters, while zombies and monsters use teeth and claws to kill player. Result: tons of blood, gore, dismemberment, much of which is shown in graphic detail.


In an office, there are posters of bikini-clad women.


Dialogue includes "f--k," "a--hole," and "s--t."


This is latest installment of long-running franchise that includes movies, action figures, other items.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil 2 is a violent and bloody action game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest chapter in a long-running franchise that has spanned multiple games, toys, and movies. Using guns, explosives, and knives, players kill zombies and other monsters, while the zombies and monsters use their teeth and claws to kill humans. All of this killing results in copious amounts of blood, gore, and dismemberment that's often shown in graphic detail. The dialogue includes the words "a--hole," "s--t," and "f--k." There are also posters of women in bikinis hanging in a guy's office.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNicky0250 June 17, 2020

A great re-imagining of the original with the stunning graphics of Capcom's RE Engine being put to brilliantly grotesque use. It ain't one for the squeamish.

Resident Evil 2 is the 2019 remake of the classic PS1 horror game from the late 90's. You follow two survivors, rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy and C... Continue reading
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byBobby G. January 31, 2019

not that bad

a bit gory at times, but not that bad. 13+ for sure
Teen, 17 years old Written bypopolook January 23, 2019

i cant believe they put this in the game

There is a poster of a woman in a bikini in the game and it's so offensive I just can't look at it anymore! I mean everything else is fine - you know... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBillytheTank March 22, 2021

Claire is too sexy

DOn't let kids play Clarie she is too sexy. LEon is find but CLaire noo no no. She is too smoking hoot. Also when you get to the DMX part just throw you g... Continue reading

What's it about?

In RESIDENT EVIL 2, you're a woman looking for her brother who finds herself in the middle of a zombie outbreak. Or, if you'd prefer, you can be a rookie cop who shows up for his first day to discover the city has been overrun by zombies. Either way, this updated remake of the 1998 classic survival horror game has you using your trigger finger, your observational skills, and your problem-solving abilities to try to survive the horror of a police station filled with monsters. Players will need to solve a variety of puzzles to gain access to new areas and acquire additional firepower, which will help as you face off against stronger and stronger monsters.

Is it any good?

While so many remakes of classic games go the faithful route, even if the original's mechanics are now dated, this version of a classic horror action game thankfully takes a more modern approach. In Resident Evil 2, you play as your choice of two characters who find themselves trapped in a police station during a zombie outbreak. This is scarier than it might sound, since not all of the lights work, but surprisingly, the floors really make the creepy sounds of the undead echo in weird ways. A remake of a classic 1998 survival horror game, this version of Resident Evil 2 boasts more intuitive controls, updated sound and visuals, and some major changes to what happens and where the puzzle solutions and keys are located. It's also a lot bloodier than the original, though mostly because graphics are more detailed than they were 20 years ago. Similarly, there are more zombies to contend with, courtesy of a new mechanic that has them crawling through open windows unless you use wooden planks to board up these openings.

But not everything has been modernized. As in the original (but not more recent installments of this franchise), your ammo and healing items are in short supply, and you can't carry a lot of stuff anyway. This means you have to think on your feet as to whether you want to fight or take flight, and it also adds to the tense vibe. Which is why, even with the modern controls and presentation, this is a return to form, because you're really trying to survive the horror. And while fans hoping for a more faithful remake won't be happy about the changes, those who'd prefer modern controls will find this version of Resident Evil 2 to be as compelling as the original was back in the day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Resident Evil 2 affected by the fact that your enemies in this game are zombies and other monsters? Would the impact be intensified if you were fighting humans or animals?

  • If there was a disaster on the level of a zombie apocalypse, would you know what to do? Are you and your family prepared for less fantastic, but just as dangerous, natural disasters?

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For kids who love action and puzzles

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