Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Extremely violent horror/first-person shooter.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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.


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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhelper + February 9, 2012


i hate all of the violence can we stop this YOU WILL REGRET PLAYING THESE GAMES UNDER THE LIMIT oh i foregot it is crap i and i am not telling you about this cr... Continue reading
Adult Written byinfectazombie January 29, 2010

I dont like any game with the G-D word in it

I liked it, but quit playing it when it said the G-D word..I checked this site before spending the $50 on it to make sure it didn't have it in it, and when... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byTsubasa H. February 21, 2020

Decent rail shooter.

The game is pretty good. The mechanics work well and the game looks great, especially considering its a Wii release. As a series fan I do take some issue with t... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old October 28, 2017

god all mighty!

NOT FOR KIDS!!!I remember when resident evil was not disturbing re4 was fine but god its transformations are horrible. A police chief disturbingly turns into a... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: November 17, 2009
  • Genre: Survival Horror
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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