Excerpt: Dead Rising 2 was the definition of stupid, fun zombie-slaying in 2010, but if fans missed one thing it was the absence of ace photojournalist Frank West busting heads left and right. Given Capcom’s habit of updating its games, most notably when it comes to the Street Fighter series, this is an oversight easily corrected. In that regard, they’ve re-released Dead Rising 2 –sort of.
Excerpt: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is the latest example of Capcom’s strategy to create expanded versions of already released titles, as has been seen with Super Street Fighter 4 and soon with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 . Yet unlike those games, which justified their existence with new characters and much-needed balancing tweaks, Off the Record struggles in its attempts to prove that it’s necessary.
Excerpt: . I like it a lot, but the biggest gripe I had with the game was the lead character. I understand the developers wanted to throw in a new lead to make the game stand apart from the first game, Dead Rising, but in the end we all missed Frank West, the photographer who became a hero in Willamette.
Summary: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record sees photojournalist and original hero of Dead Rising's Willamette incident, Frank West, take center stage as players experience a re-imagining of the Fortune City outbreak. Forget what you know about Dead Rising 2 because Frank West is back in the game!
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 2 is rated M for Mature with ESRB descriptors of Sexual Themes, Partial Nudity, Blood and Gore, Use of Alcohol, Intense Violence, and Language. You do mow down zombies (literally) with a variety of crazy weapons, and there is lots of blood splattered. Frank can eat and drink food to regain health, and some of it is alcoholic. The setting is in a Las Vegas style town so that’s where the sexual themes and partial nudity come in.
Excerpt: Frank West is back in this latest installment of Dead Rising. This is my first foray into the franchise and as a fan of the odd zombie flick or thirty it was one that I was sure that I should check out and here we are.
Excerpt: Another short version of the Dead Rising experience, this time without any of the effort. For those who haven't yet finished Dead Rising 2, we'll throw in the words 'SPOILER WARNING' right here.
Excerpt: and its prequel Dead Rising: Case Zero, Capcom has another downloadable add-on for you that picks up at the conclusion of Ending A of Dead Rising 2 (the most likely ending for those diligent enough to get there). Those that experience any other ending will likely be confused though. No specific spoilers here, but obviously Frank West rolls onto the scene to help Chuck and they take off to investigate a Phenotrans facility (the company that engineers Zombrex) to discover...
Conclusion: Dead Rising 2 doesn't exactly build that much on the original game, but then again many would argue that it didn't really need to. If you were a big fan of Frank and his zombie-smashing ways, prepare to make good friends with Chuck and his very familiar journey. If, however, you didn't enjoy the previous action all that much, you're not going to have a ball here either.