Resident Evil: Outbreak

Game review by
Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media
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Violent, gory, scary -- for mature players only.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages

Role models of how not to behave.

Violence

Excessive blood and gore, violence with and without weapons, chemical and explosive weapons.

Sex

One costume that can be acquired for a female character is a "bunny" costume, including fishnet stockings etc.

Language

Frequent profanity.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Alcohol shown briefly.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is designed to be scary and bloody. In fact, it starts with a disclaimer advising that the game contains "explicit violence and gore." While there are some positive elements to the game, such as teamwork and puzzle-solving, this M-rated title is for adults only.

User Reviews

Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byYBNormal January 7, 2009
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

Garbage

Total garbage. Nothing of any value can be found in this game. Sensationalism and pandering to the more violent side of teens (especially boys). I tossed it out...
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

Hard, but fun

It's a fun game but the levels can get very confusing. The only easy level is the first one. Lots of violence but no gore even though it says there is.
Teen, 15 years old Written byneutral15 May 1, 2010

"oh look she's dead!" "so, who cares?"

A total disappointment, the characters are very annoying to the point that if any character ends up dead, you just don't care but, anyone under 15 is bette...

What's it about?

What do you get when you cross an out-of-control pharmaceutical company, some suspicious biochemical experiments and a small city of innocent civilians? Naturally, some sort of hideous mutating agent (in the case of RESIDENT EVIL: OUTBREAK, the T-Virus) that turns the average peaceful little town (Raccoon City) into a raging horde of bloodthirsty creatures (zombies, giant moths, etc.).

Zombies attack by biting the neck of their victims, causing blood to spurt out, and other creatures have a variety of other attacks. All lead to an increase of the T-Virus in the player's body, and if it reaches 100 percent the player turns into a zombie. Before long a \"You're Dead\" message appears with dripping blood. Players defend themselves from this cruel finish with a variety of weapons including pipes, handguns, Molotov cocktails, rocket launchers, etc.

Is it any good?

If your kid is asking to play or purchase this game, you need to know that this is not for them: It is rated "M" by the ESRB for good reason. Fortunately, the game is candid about the violence -- even before the game begins there's a disclaimer that the game contains "explicit violence and gore." Overall, the game environment is designed to create a sense of fear and foreboding and contains a lot of elements found typically in horror movies. In addition to the violence, there's a fairly consistent stream of profanity.

There are a few minor positive elements, including the need for problem-solving skills to figure out puzzles, most of which are simple scenarios. Although the game is violent and bloody, it doesn't always emphasize confrontation. Players get a significant point bonus for not using a weapon, and another bonus for not getting hurt at all. Finally, the game utilizes teamwork: Allied characters can be controlled by the computer or played by other human friends over a network.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of a game like this. Are the gross details disgusting, amusing, or both? Do you think this game would be as enjoyable -- or even more enjoyable -- if they toned it down a little?

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