Resident Evil: Revelations 2

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Gory, mature episodic horror adventure mixes old and new.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Contains anti-corporate messaging, as per usual for Resident Evil games. Sensationalizes bloody, horrific combat.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Human characters help one another, attempt to persevere to find loved ones. But all engage in acts of brutal violence.

Ease of Play

Three difficulty modes let players set appropriate challenges for themselves. Combat isn't too taxing, though limited ammunition makes upper-level difficulty levels much more challenging. Motion controls on Switch aren't very precise for aim.

Violence

Players use pistols, shotguns, machine guns, rocket launchers, knives to shoot, stab grotesquely mutated humans. Hits result in splashes of red, green liquid. Heads, limbs can be targeted, destroyed in bursts of blood. Characters scream, limp in pain when injured. Glorified death sequences show creatures biting into player's character, blood splashing camera.

Sex
Language

Frequent use of words such as "f--k," "s--t." 

Consumerism

Part of Capcom's long-running, very popular Resident Evil series of games, which includes spin-off films, games, toys, collectible paraphernalia. Supports amiibo for additional unlockable content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are forcibly injected with an unknown drug, use herbs to heal damage.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is a downloadable episodic survival horror game with strong language and bloody, gory third-person combat. Players use various firearms and a knife to shoot and stab humans who have mutated into horrific monsters, resulting in large splashes of blood, disintegrated heads, and exposed organs. The player's characters scream in pain when hit, limping and moving more slowly when injured. One of the characters uses very strong language throughout, including "f--k." Players can join strangers in an unlockable online mode, but communication is limited to preconfigured gestures and messages. The Switch version features amiibo support, updated visuals, motion controls, and other enhancements. It's available as a download or as part of a Resident Evil: Revelations collection.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byZackyDeje January 30, 2018

Scary and stressing game

Excellent episodic game. The game contains moderate gore (no dismemberement but there’s like brains and everything). Ennemies desintegrate in bubbles of blood.... Continue reading
Adult Written bySafetymom17 May 19, 2015

Violent but inspiring

First of all this very violent. Gore and dismemberment are all over this game. I was frankly disgusted. The cursing is moderate but nothing they don't hear... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKilljoy56 September 18, 2016

i think it's okay for teen-agers

i think it mirrors a typical culture for teen-agers and scares them in a way that is fun and freaky.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySilveredge April 21, 2015

Amazing Story & Gameplay, but..

Resident Evil Revelations 2 is an amazing episodic survival-horror game with great game play, but challenging and a bit on the violent side. The story is told f... Continue reading

What's it about?

RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS 2 sets its story sometime between Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. It begins with series protagonist Claire Redfield and her friend Moira Burton being knocked out and abducted from an office party before waking up in a strange prison filled with horrifically mutated humans. Barry Burton, another of Resident Evil's oldest heroes, joins the adventure not long after, arriving at the prison to save them. Action is a mix of older Resident Evil-style exploration -- think locked rooms, keys, and scarce resources -- and more modern combat that allows for evasive rolls and stealth attacks, but it requires players to stop, pivot, and aim when attacking enemies. Ammunition is rarely in abundance through much of the game, forcing players to conserve bullets and use them only when needed. Players can also take on challenges in the Raid mode, where they face off against random monsters with varying abilities and attacks. Successfully completing these levels earns money that can be used to upgrade weapons, gear, and abilities. Switch players can also use motion controls to play the game.

Is it any good?

Resident Evil: Revelations 2 ought to please fans of older Resident Evil games -- those games where a spooky atmosphere and unexpected scares take precedence over running and gunning action. It has a slower, chillier pace than more recent games in the series, encouraging players to explore cautiously and soak up the creepy environment and frightening sound effects. That said, it doesn't have quite the same sophistication of level design or slow-burning intensity found in the best Resident Evil games -- a consequence, perhaps, of its episodic format. Also, the Switch version seems to have insanely long load times; you may even wonder if the console has frozen because it can take more than a minute to load one level. Additionally, the motion controls for the Switch aren't precise enough, regardless of what setting you try. Either it's too slow or it's way too fast, which isn't useful when you're trying to target enemy weak points carefully with the limited ammo you have.

The Raid mode helps make up for the campaign's shortcomings. This solo and multiplayer mode -- set in new environments not found in the campaign, with varying objectives ranging from speed runs to zombie-slaying chaos -- is designed to be played again and again, encouraging players to level up and unlock better gear. It could provide hours of entertainment beyond the story -- assuming you enjoy Resident Evil's distinctive, not-for-all-tastes style of combat. The same can be said for its Ghosts 'n' Goblins-inspired mini-game in the new Switch version, which is a great way to gain money for this mode. It's a great bit of added value for a game that already offers a decent amount of play for a budget price. 

Talk to your kids about ...

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