Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Simple arcade shooter with light sci-fi violence, no blood.

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Positive Messages

The object of the game is to save humans, but in doing so players use laser canons and bombs to destroy thousands of enemies. The violence is employed to entertain.


Positive Role Models & Representations

Players learn nothing of any characters. They simply take on the role of a ship that shoots at alien enemies.

Ease of Play

This simple arcade game is very easy to play using the PlayStation 4 controller. Simply use the analog sticks to move left and right and fire. Some face buttons are used, too.


Players shoot enemy ships with laser canons, detonate bombs that result in flashes of light, and use their hulls as battering rams. There is no blood or gore. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Resogun is a downloadable arcade game that challenges players to destroy waves of alien ships using laser canons and bombs. There is no blood, graphic violence, or gore, but there aren't really any positive role models or messages, either. Mindless sci-fi combat is the core of the experience.  

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What's it about?

Developed exclusively for Sony's new PlayStation 4 (PS4) video game console, RESOGUN is a fast-paced shoot-'em-up arcade game. Players are placed in command of a spaceship and tasked with protecting humans from an evil alien race. Simply turn left and right to target enemies with sci-fi weapons -- lasers, missiles, overdrive, and nova bombs -- while avoiding enemy fire and rescuing stranded human survivors. It's a single-player game available only via download for $14.99 from the PlayStation Store, but PlayStation Plus membership ($50/year) provides free access.

Is it any good?

With its frantic gameplay, tight controls, and excellent production values (gorgeous graphics and a great techno soundtrack), Resogun is a fun blast from the past. Consider it a modern interpretation of the classic arcade game Defender but with three ships to choose from, each with three unique abilities. With only five stages at launch, it lacks the depth and replayability of pricier PS4 games, but Resogun is still a fun and frantic arcade shooter for late tweens and up. Note: Resogun's online cooperative mode was not available at the time of writing but is planned for an update.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they prefer downloading games from the PlayStation Store or purchasing game discs from retailers. What are the pros and cons of each? 

  • Families also can discuss whether the amount of sci-fi violence in Resogun is OK for their kids. Be sure to read a pediatrician's take on handling media violence for your kids.

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