Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Common Sense Media says

Extremely violent horror/first-person shooter.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

There isn't a very good message to this game -- kill zombies before they kill you (this is the modus operandi for the Resident Evil franchise). What's more, player's are intended to feel excitement and satisfaction from the killing and gore. 

Positive role models

The player assumes the role of a good, healthy person who must use weapons to keep infected humans, animals, and monsters at bay. Among the characters we control is a police officer who tries very hard to save all the survivors he encounters, including a little girl. Still, it's hard to say these playable characters are "good" role models because they kill so graphically.

Ease of play

This "on rails" shooter is fairly easy to control as you're only aiming and firing weapons rather than moving the characters' bodies or the camera.


Played from a first-person perspective, this video game is quite violent. Players can shoot undead humans, dogs, birds, and fish. They can blow off their heads and limbs and see blood spurt out of the wounds. Dead people can be seen lying on blood-streaked streets. Players kill horrific fantastical monsters as well. A variety of guns are employed, from handguns and machine-guns to bow-guns and rocket launchers.

Not applicable

Throughout the game you'll hear characters muttering words including  "s--t," "hell," and "damn."


This game is based on Capcom's long-lived and highly popular Resident Evil games, and makes specific reference to several of them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this first-person shooter is quite gory and bloody. Gamers can use an assortment of deadly weapons -- from pistols and machine guns to melee attacks using knives -- to kill human-like characters infected by a "mutagenic" virus (as well as animals, such as infected dogs, and monsters). It's possible to dismember limbs and decapitate heads, resulting in copious amounts of blood. Corpses can be seen on the ground, sometimes seeping entrails. Profanity can also be heard throughout the game.

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Kids say

What's it about?

Halloween has come and gone, but Capcom has delivered a frightful new sequel to its beloved zombie series. Available exclusively on the Nintendo Wii, RESIDENT EVIL: THE DARKSIDE CHRONICLES is an atmospheric first-person adventure that lets armed players take on hoards of the undead. Those familiar with the series will recognize story-lines and locations from past games, such as Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil: Code Veronica, as well as recognizable characters including Leon S. Kennedy, Claire and Chris Redfield, Jack Krauser, and Steve Burnside. This game is heavily focused on co-op player, as you can work together with someone beside you to make it through this deadly adventure unscathed.

Is it any good?


Yes and no. As with the million unit-selling Resident Evil: TheUmbrella Chronicles, this arcade shooter is on "rails" -- therefore the player only controls the gun and not the player movement or camera --which might disappoint those who prefer more freedom to roam around a creepy world. Speaking of the "camera," the game makers opted for a"shaky cam," popularized in some scary movies for realistic effect, but it makes it harder to aim and shoot enemies. That said, this arcade shooter does improve on its predecessor in its enjoyable co-op mode, improved graphics (that push the Wii hardware), weapon configuration, new evade moves, variable difficulty levels, and collectible items. Not one of the best games of the season, but it might make for a frightfully fun weekend rental for mature Wii owners.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of zombies in today's pop culture.What is it about movies, games, and books featuring the undead thatappeals to such a mass audience?

  • Families can also discuss why going up against undead enemies might be less off-putting than attacking live humans. Is it the sheer silliness of the ideaof infected dead coming back to life a way to rationalize thethrill of virtual killing? Is it somehow more acceptable to kill these human-like opponents because they are trying to infect or eat you?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Available online?Not available online
Release date:November 17, 2009
Genre:Survival Horror
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language (Nintendo Wii)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byneutral15 May 1, 2010

I haven't seen anything wrong with it besides being violent

There are good role models because even though you're killing, you're defending yourself and rescuing people. the message is about preserverence, courage, and saving those who are not infected.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written byMachete March 24, 2010

perfect for olderteens 17+

This game is from capcom although it has alot of blood and violence some laguage to this game its ok for 17+ not for children under 17 and what with you parents rateing it not for kids this games good.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Adult Written bypebblesh November 29, 2009
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Too much violence


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