Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City

Common Sense Media says

Darker, flawed sequel in extremely gory series.

Age(i)

NOT FOR KIDS

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a violent third-person shooter with no positive messages whatsoever. In fact, your fighting isn't even for noble causes, such as protecting innocent people or defending one's country. Instead, you play as someone who is trying to cover up a corporation's involvement in a virus outbreak. You shoot and kill humans, as well as mutated creatures. You can choose to play as the opposing team in multiplayer matches, though, as a member of a secret U.S. Special Ops squad.

Positive role models

You don't know much at all about the six playable characters, but your instructions are to destroy all evidence of the corporation’s involvement in the t-Virus outbreak and kill those out to expose you (such as Officer Leon S. Kennedy, a familiar Capcom hero from past games, who is on your hit list to eliminate). You can also play as the "good guys" in the multiplayer mode, as a member of U.S. government's special operations field unit.

Ease of play

The game has some major issues, including some sloppy controls that can make the combat very frustrating -- especially when trying to take cover behind an object to take on enemies. In fact, your actions are limited, there are "invisible walls" that limit your movement and you need to use the right weapon for the situation (with limited ammo) or else you won't have much success.

Violence

This is a very violent third-person shooter. You can kill humans (including police and special ops soldiers) as well as zombies using machine guns, shotguns, explosive grenades, and knives. You can kill with headshots, producing copious amounts of blood, dismember and decapitate, and see someone's internal organs and intestines. You can break someone's neck and stab them in the chest. Dramatic slow-motion and up-close sequences exaggerate brutal kills.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

The game has some very strong language in the dialogue sequences, including words like "f--k," "s--t" and "a--hole." Other words include "damn," "hell, "hellhole" and "bitch."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Creates privacy and safety concerns. The game can be played online with up to eight players, but because all versions of the game let you talk with strangers in an unsupervised environment it causes concerns in the privacy and safety department. Along with inappropriate language, it's possible to hear other potentially offensive words (such as racist remarks) and players can share personal information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is an extremely violent, bloody, and gory shooter. Similar to past games in the best-selling series, you can kill with headshots, decapitate, and dismember. Much of the gore is shown up-close and in slow motion to exaggerate the brutal killing. Parents should know the game can be scary, too, with grotesque mutants who jump out at you. The game also has strong profanity, and players can talk freely online via headset microphone with strangers.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

RESIDENT EVIL: OPERATION RACCOON CITY provides a different, darker spin and alternative perspective to the events depicted in Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. Rather than a solo experience as with past games, this is a team-based shooter that places you as a member of the Umbrella Security Service, tasked with destroying all evidence of the Umbrella corporation’s involvement in the t-Virus outbreak. Played from a third-person perspective, you must not only take on the U.S. Spec Ops (a group tasked with uncovering the truth you are trying to hide) but also zombies. Fans of the franchise can expect the return of familiar Resident Evil enemies, locations, and characters -- including Leon S. Kennedy and Jill Valentine -- who are now on your list of enemies to destroy. This new game also delivers four different multiplayer modes for up to eight players, where you can play as previous protagonists in the series.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is not a great game. And that's a shame because it's a treat for fans of the franchise to replay a familiar scenario from a different perspective and with different game mechanics. Plus they will find it interesting to have previous heroes as your main targets as well as zombies. But where it excels in its concept it falls short in its execution (if you can pardon the pun). The game suffers from plain and unmemorable set pieces and the lack of atmosphere. And since the characters you play have no personality, background, or interaction with one another, you don't care about who you are and what you're doing.

In addition, the artificial intelligence (A.I.) is terrible -- your teammates' actions, which you can't control, are all over the place (as are the enemies) -- therefore multiplayer is a must. Even there, controls are problematic. Overall, Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City is a major disappointment on a number of levels and should be left well alone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City pushes the envelope even more than other Resident Evil games because you can kill humans -- including U.S. operatives and officers (like Leon S. Kennedy, the star of some previous Resident Evil adventures) instead of just undead zombies.  Is there a moral distinction?

  • What is the impact of playing extremely violent games?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Capcom
Release date:March 20, 2012
Genre:Third-person shooter
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Science and nature
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old October 15, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Not very good, on the lines of barely worth it

Not for immature kids between 4-8 years of age. No story to get involved in and it's just shoot and kill. This game has alot of blood and brutal scences so i say it's for mature kids between 9-17 years of age. The only reason I liked it was because of the music and multiplayer. Other than that it's fairly decent but it could have been better.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byNo Name, for real. September 28, 2012
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Supremely violent zombie game is off-limits for kids!!!

This is a very violent and creepy game. You can kill humans and zombies using machine guns by riddiling there bodies with bullets to bloody pulps, obliterate them with shotguns and grenades, and slash throats, dismember and decapitate with large knives. You can kill with headshots, producing tons of gushing blood. Aswell as some pretty strong language. NOT FOR KIDS!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old July 24, 2012
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

not for kidies

it was a good game nothing wrong realy just not for kidies
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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