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Parents' Guide to

Resident Evil: Outbreak

By Jeremy Gieske, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

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

Game PlayStation 2 2004
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Best RE game to date

Teaches kids how to work as a team, help strangers who can't defend themselves and how to be courageous against monsters and demons. Lots of swearing and violence though, but it's a M rated game about a zombie apocalypse.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

Game Details

  • Platform: PlayStation 2
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release date: May 1, 2004
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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