Parents' Guide to

Resident Evil 2

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Compelling remake of one of the scariest games ever made.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 2+

best game ever!

This game is the best children's game out there it may look violent at a first glance but i insure you its the best kids game ever! it teaches about the Human Anatomy and vires and misc!

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Great for 12+

Unrealistic cartoonish violence plus gore can be turned off in the settings.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (30):

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.

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