Resident Evil: Deadly Silence

Game review by
Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media
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Same gore and quirks as original -- adults only.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 8 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Some good guys turn bad as the story progresses.


Lots of shooting, stabbing, burning, and exploding monsters. The gore is intense, and realistic, although with some graphical limitations. Monsters kill humans, often gruesomely.


Players can get a reaction from the characters by rubbing them suggestively on the touch screen.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of scenes take place in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a remake of a survival horror classic game, and that it brings all the gore of the original to the DS. Players shoot, stab, incinerate, decapitate, and otherwise destroy scores of monsters. The monsters slash, vomit on, and devour humans. Players will see graphic gore, including partially eaten bodies and wounds that ooze blood. Some knifing action takes place from a first-person perspective.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byYBNormal January 7, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byCWG1 March 31, 2013

A challenging game...With some light zombie violence

This game is based off of the older and classic Resident Evil game that started a mass Franchise and became a Booming series that most mature people enjoy playi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old June 8, 2012

Really neat port

Even though I have a 3DS, this was one of my first games, as I never knew it existed until I was looking for 3DS games! Really fun to play on a handheld, and yo... Continue reading

What's it about?

RESIDENT EVIL: DEADLY SILENCE, a remake of a PlayStation title, is the first Mature-rated game for Nintendo's DS system. An elite police squad is sent to a seemingly abandoned mansion to investigate the disappearance of other members of the team. Before long, the team is blasting zombies, demon dogs, spiders, crows, giant snakes, and a variety of other mutant monsters as they piece together a story of secret experiments gone horribly wrong.

On DS, the action plays out on the touch screen and the upper screen displays a map. A new \"Rebirth\" mode puts the features of the DS to use: Players solve puzzles using the system's touch-screen and microphone. They also engage in some fun first-person battles in which they must knife monsters to death with swipes of the stylus. (Players can also play a \"Classic\" mode, which is very close to the PlayStation original, without touch-screen interaction.)

Is it any good?

The zombie killing action gets intense and exciting at times, but this version only half-heartedly updates the 10-year-old gameplay and lacks the truly creepy atmosphere of newer installments. At its heart, this version is like the original. It's still one lightly armed cop against an army of mutants -- and beasts could be lurking around any corner. The violence is still intense: Players blow off zombie heads with guns, incinerate mutants with flame grenades, knife sharks to death, etc.

Players also run into familiar frustrations, such as clunky controls and odd camera angles. Nevertheless, there is a reason the Resident Evil series is legendary, and mature fans of the original will probably enjoy the remake.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role of gore in horror games. Do games need to be gory to be scary? Families may also want to discuss violence against monsters and violence against humans. Is violence more acceptable when it's directed at fantastic creatures instead of people?

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS
  • Price: $34.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: February 27, 2006
  • Genre: Third-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and gore, Intense violence
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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