Resident Evil 6
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Survival horror series falters with switch to fast action.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Resident Evil 6 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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The game's dialogue sequences and quick comments during combat contain strong language, including the words "f--k" and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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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?
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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
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- Platforms: PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, Social Studies: government
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, decision-making, Collaboration: teamwork, Self-Direction: set objectives, time management
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: 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
- Last updated: August 26, 2016
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