Resistance 2

Common Sense Media says

Sequel delivers a mature sci-fi shooter.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

You're a soldier fighting an insect-like invasion of nasty aliens with a wealth of firepower.


Violent imagery throughout the game, including blowing aliens into chunks and bits, resulting in plenty of blood and gore. Online modes include killing other human soldiers. Weapons are many and varied including a gun that fires ricocheting saw blades and a grenade that ignites everything within a large radius. Some weapons allow you to zoom in like a sniper and take a head shot, which can be quite graphic.

Not applicable

The game has some bad language, including "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "damn," and "goddamn."


This is a sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that in this game you can use all kinds of weapons to destroy enemies, which are mainly aliens. The violence, however, makes up the bulk of the game-play and is quite graphic in nature. This includes blowing up creatures into bloody chunks, which fall to the ground with a "splat". With some weapons you can zoom in like a sniper and take head shots. In the online modes, you can shoot at human characters, too. Language can be gritty both in-game and online.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

What if you had to hoist a Gatling gun and unleash every bullet into

Is it any good?


Even with the outstanding enemy artificial intelligence, nothing beats playing online against other human players. Resistance 2
ships with many co-op and head-to-head multiplayer modes, supporting up
to 60 players online. In the team-based Skirmish mode, for example,
four to six gamers join a squad, and each has a specific objective to
complete, such as advancing to a control point, regrouping with other
squads, attacking enemies, defending a base, and so on. An enemy squad,
however, has the exact opposite objective as your team, therefore your
mission might be to find and destroy a communications post, while the
rival squad's task is to protect them at all costs. One of our favorite
maps was "Scotia," based on a heavily forested northern Californian

If you liked the first Resistance, you'll love this
sequel. The talented developers at Insomniac Games, led by Ted Price,
have done a "bang up" job creating this fictitious world with memorable
monsters, over-the-top weaponry, and multiple ways to play online.
While not for children or young teens because of its violence and gore,
Resistance 2 is an exhausting and exciting action experience and one of the best PS3 titles of the year.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether a war game that takes place in an alternate 1953, and involves fighting against aliens, is any better, morally speaking, than a contemporary war game, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, that pits man against man. Does one scenario make it any better for concerned parents or is firing a gun and blowing up enemies the same regardless of the fiction?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:November 4, 2008
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language (PlayStation 3)

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Adult Written byLinda Freeman April 16, 2009

I was supprised I liked it.

Well... I was iffy at fisrt but after I read the common sense review about how it was ok for kids 12 and older I let my kid get it. He LOVED it! It wasn't very bad at all. Sure you shot at things but hey, it could have been call of duty where you shoot at humans. They cursed sometimes but it wasn't bad. My kid and his friends loved it. Thanks for taking time to read my review, Remember this game is ok for kids 12 and up.
Teen, 17 years old Written bylarry6870 June 13, 2009

2 is better than 1

this game is better than the original. the graphics are better, the weapons are better, especially the auger haha. the blowing up that common sense says is mostly only with the titans chimera. this site tends to take one bad thing about the game and blow it out of proportion. there is some strong language in the game that parents should be wary with but the main thing is violence. the weapons in this game are even better and show more blood. I suggest that parents shouldn't buy this game for their children unless they are 14
Adult Written byKellen mildra August 11, 2009

I think it is a good game for tweens.

Its a good game. My husband got my 12 year old boy it for christmas, I was mad but I found out I should treat my kids a little older. I let them play it and I found out that it wasn't bad because the aliens or whatever they are is yellow. There is also little swearing. Please take time to read this review.
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Too much violence


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