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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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
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...
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.
Pros: Good Story, Awesome Vibrant Environments, Tons of Weapons and Combinations
Excerpt: I really enjoyed Dead Rising 2. It was a better game than the original in almost every way. If there was one real problem with it, it was the choice of lead character. Chuck Greene ain’t no Frank West. He had emotions, motives, and even some sort of personality.