Reviews and Problems with Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
2 September 2013
Summary: When Dead Rising 2 released last year, there were two very loud criticisms from gamers who felt that, yet again, they weren't getting the zombie slaying title they really wanted Capcom to deliver. The game failed to make Fortune City a totally open and unrestricted world by elminating the time-sensitive quests, a demand left over from the first Dead Rising .
Excerpt: For most gamers, Dead Rising has always been a love it or hate it franchise. The first game gave players a volatile mix of creative zombie slaying with a very strict time table for objectives. Last year’s sequel softened the series up a little and added a ton of fun new ways to kill zombies, but still had its fair share of annoying foibles that made the game more hardcore or frustrating depending on your disposition.
Pros: Killing hundreds of zombies is always fun, Embraces series’ campy spirit, Fixes several longstanding issues
Cons: Save system still not completely fixed, Boring, repetitive boss battles, Ultimately a retread of a year-old game
Conclusion: Off The Record is the way Dead Rising 2 should have been to begin with. But the lack of improvements to the aging gameplay, it is clear that this game is a quick repressing that didn't get the love it truly deserved.
Excerpt: I don’t mind revisiting fun games that have received updates, upgrades, and improvements. I do, however, question a publisher’s decision to reissue an average game with little in the way of significant enhancements.
Excerpt: Be careful what you wish for. Since Dead Rising's release in 2006, players have been clamoring for a sandbox mode. In Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, you finally have a chance to tear through Fortune City without a leash pulling you through, and it's now clear why such an option was absent in the past. It's boring.
Pros: The core of Dead Rising is still awesome, Juggling time is engrossing fun, Tons of weapons, locations, and secrets to uncover
Cons: Almost identical to Dead Rising 2, Sandbox mode gets boring fast
Conclusion: Dead Rising is a unique experience that no other franchise quite replicates. But part of the appeal lies in how different it is from other games. There have now been four Dead Rising games released in little more than a year, and this may be a case of too much of a good thing. Off the Record just doesn't do enough to differentiate itself from previous games in the series, so even the most ardent fans should be resistant to dive in again.
Pros: The core of Dead Rising is still awesome, Juggling time is engrossing fun, Tons of weapons, locations, and secrets to uncover.
Cons: Almost identical to Dead Rising 2, Sandbox mode gets boring fast.
Excerpt: Though the Capcom's zombies usually come with a Resident Evil name tag, Dead Rising 2's crawling out from the shadows once again with Off the Record, just in time for Halloween. The original saw Chuck Greene fighting and scraping by in the midst of a zombie outbreak in the Vegas-inspired Fortune City, but now it's time for veteran photographer Frank West to make his comeback.
Summary: Dead Rising 2 fixed almost all the issues and flaws that fans of the franchise had with the original "Dead Rising". The developer also added numerous features and improvements that left fans wanting more. However there was one very important thing missing from the sequel, hardened photojournalist "Frank West".
Pros: Good Story, Awesome Vibrant Environments, Tons of Weapons and Combinations