Excerpt: Zombie games are a dime a dozen but only few have managed to really capture the intensity and horror of going up against the undead. This year’s Dead Island won us over with its flawed yet highly enjoyable gameplay while the Left4Dead series still sits atop the throne of the best co-operative zombie shooter ever made. Capcom’s Dead Rising series on the other hand is a tough cookie to recommend even though it probably has the best setting of them all.
Excerpt: Having played Dead Rising 2, it is quite evident that Capcom’s design document for the game may not have been very different from the first title. Don’t slot this disc in expecting another series’ reinvention like we saw with Resident Evil 4. The only upshot to this sameness is that the first game wasn’t half bad to begin with and the incremental changes that Blue Castle Games did throw in actually make the experience more fun and a lot less frustrating.
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!
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...
Excerpt: People love zombies and hack-and-slash games, so Capcom decided to give people another dose of Dead Rising 2 . While the original Dead Rising had more of a journalistic spin, especially with photo assignments, Dead Rising 2 is about getting awesome and unique weapons to take down zombies while also searching for Zombrex and the truth. Plus, there’s multiplayer! Chuck Greene used to be a motocross champion with a happy family, until the zombies came along.
Pros: Co-op added, multiplayer mini-games are fun, can create custom weapons, can customize Chuck, lots of activities in Fortune City, rescued survivors don’t act like idiots, missions well organized, interesting storyline, multiple endings, lots of little secrets and unique items to find and its impossible to get lost while working on story missions.
Cons: Most basic, uncombined weapons aren’t all that effective, can be difficult to swap weapons and items, a free play mode (where time isn’t an issue) would have been nice. Gas zombies will ruin your day (and maybe make you cry) once they start showing up.