Resident Evil: Outbreak

Common Sense Media says

Violent, gory, scary -- for mature players only.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Role models of how not to behave.


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


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


Frequent profanity.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Alcohol shown briefly.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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
Available online?Not available online
Release date:May 1, 2004
ESRB rating:M for (PlayStation 2)

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Adult Written bycosicop April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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 bysaintcharlie1 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

Pretty good game!

I think it was a pretty good game but all of the poisenous monsters got kind of annoying. It was very interesting and had some funny commments such as when you blow up a gas truck on the screen it says "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire". I think the adult who rated it who said that it was very innapropriate was very wrong. If you dont have a very weak stomach then I think that you will like this game. CAPCOM RULES!
Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


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 after viewing with my son, who mourned the loss of his hard earned money. We discussed the issue and he finally did understand and respect my opinion( even agreed with me, in that way teens have when they know we're right in our duty to protect them). This came about after I asked him to name 3 things about this game that would teach him SOMETHING. He was unable to come up with even one.


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