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 6 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byYBNormal January 7, 2009
Adult Written bycosicop April 9, 2008

cool

I have allways enjoyed the resident evil games. They are fun, scary and pic your brain with the puzzles they stump you with.
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 March 24, 2012

Had this for my PS2 way back then.

Very good game pretty fun and funny love the RE series lots of blood,however if you don't like zombies and don't like lots of blood and guts,stay well... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 12, 2010

boring

This game is a total letdown. All of the other Resident Evil games are great, why can't this one be? Expect frequent bloody violence (mainly blood, little... Continue reading

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?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 2
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: May 1, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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