Resident Evil 6

Common Sense Media says

Survival horror series falters with switch to fast action.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Resident Evil 6 is a zombie-filled survival horror game where you fight against flesh-eating undead, so don't expect this game to have any positive messages. Sure, you can protect your colleagues -- exhibiting loyalty and bravery -- but it's a stretch to suggest there's a positive message here.

 

Positive role models

Two of the main characters -- Leon S. Kennedy and Chris Redfield -- have been fighting against the zombie outbreak for years now, and have shown their dedication in protecting survivors and uncovering the truth behind what has made these mutated monsters what they are.

Ease of play

Resident Evil 6 isn't difficult to play but there may be a learning curve for those somewhat new to the franchise. Along with real-time action, this game also has many "quick-time" events that require you to press a specific button on the controller when prompted.
 

 

Violence

In this extremely violent game, players use melee weapons as well as guns and explosives to defeat the zombie onslaught. Blood splatters gratuitously, and there is also gore as it's possible to dismember, decapitate, or impale these creatures -- and do this to innocent humans, too. Cut-scene sequences are also quite violent, bloody, and gory.

Sex

Some female creatures appear to be nude though there is no major detail seen, such as genital hair or nipples on breasts -- but enough to be considered naked. One spider-like female monster straddles a human and briefly caresses her bare breasts.

Language

The game's dialogue sequences and quick comments during combat contain strong language, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

Resident Evil 6 is part of a huge Resident Evil merchandising universe with graphic novels, movies, action figures, and other products. There isn't any cross promotion inside the game, however.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Major privacy and safety issues: Each of the three main campaigns includes both offline and online cooperative play, allowing up to four players to work together simultaneously. Both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game support chatting with no moderation or filters (though the game is rated "Mature"). The Windows PC version isn't out yet at the time of this writing, but voice support is likely to be included there, too.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil 6 is extremely violent, gory, and bloody. Similar to past games in this "Mature"-rated franchise, you can kill umpteen zombies using a number of weapons. Many of them scream and shriek in pain as you cut them into pieces, shoot them down, or blow them up. Gore is also a part of the game as you can dismember, decapitate, or impale these creatures. The game also has some nudity and sexually suggestive scenes, along with strong profanity.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • government

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management

Collaboration

  • teamwork

What Kids Can Learn

Resident Evil 6 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Social Studies

  • government

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management

Collaboration

  • teamwork

Resident Evil 6 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

It has been a decade since the Raccoon City outbreak and in order to curb a resurgence bioterrorism activity, the President of the United States decided to reveal the truth behind the cause of these deadly flesh-eating creatures. But you might expect, things don't quite pan out the way they were intended and so Raccoon City survivor Leon S. Kennedy and Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member Chris Redfield -- two stars from previous Resident Evil games -- team up to fight a new and even more dangerous threat. Along their deadly (and scary) adventures, they're joined by other characters, all of whom have their own unique skills, personality, and perspective in dealing with this threat to human life.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While RESIDENT EVIL 6 has some redeeming qualities -- a decent story told from multiple perspectives to give it some depth, highly-produced cut-scene sequences and competent voice acting -- the game suffers from trying to be an action-heavy experience instead of a creepy, slower-paced "survival horror" adventure. For one, there's some lack of control with too many "quick-time" events that have you press a button on the controller at the correct time to trigger an event. Second, many of the fast-paced elements are sloppily executed so that the result is a quick death. Finally, the game suffers from poor pacing, bland set pieces, and a lack of replayability. It's not a complete disaster, but this disc should be a weekend rental at best.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Capcom's Resident Evil franchise has run out of steam. While the movies are enjoying critical and commercial success, how have the games fared over the past few years? Has turning it into a faster-paced action game ruined what made this franchise so popular? Or does Capcom need to evolve to stay relevant?

  • What is the impact of media violence?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Price:$59.99 ($49.99 for PC)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:October 2, 2012
Genre:Survival Horror
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Nudity, Strong Language, Suggestive Themes (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byPrensha March 28, 2013
AGE
12
QUALITY
 

great game for adults and older kids (12-)

very great game... no sex... no gore... no drugs...no swearing....
What other families should know
Too much violence
Parent Written byAnimeMama June 4, 2013
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

Not For Young Children

i think this this game was great i nearly fainted when i saw Leon Kennedy. He is soooo good looking its a great game for older teens and adults but not young children
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 3, 3, and 5 year old Written byjonallypugliese1023 November 1, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Resident Evil 6 Great Game

My husband and I play this and some other of the Resident Evil games together a lot Pretty good game. It doesn't need the "Not For Kids" label yet again.

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