Summary: While still a fun game, Off the Record just has to much of a been there done that feel. If you haven't played Dead Rising 2, this is a great buy at $40. That being said, the game is really just the same thing with a shiny new coat of paint. Sandbox mode is awesome, and I hope it returns in future games!
Excerpt: When asked, I eventually resorted to describing Off the Record as Super Dead Rising 2 Turbo : an updated re-release of the sort that is uniquely Capcom's style. It doesn't quite render the original game obsolete, since it's a giant ball of almost pure fan service, but it does add in a sandbox mode, and that's almost worth the $40 purchase price all by itself.
Excerpt: Off the Record got its start as a proposed idea for DLC: a Dead Rising 2 alternate scenario where you played as Frank West instead of Chuck Greene right from the start of the game. According to a couple of producers I talked to at E3, the project gradually gathered steam until Off the Record got big enough to justify a release as a stand-alone disc.
Conclusion: On the surface, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record has more than enough content to satiate, but the question really comes down to this: are you sick of Dead Rising? If the answer is ‘yes’, then it would be wise to avoid this re-imagining of the previous game in the series. For those who say ‘nay’ however, it’s still good advice to remember that this game, in spite of its better parts, is still something you’ve mostly experienced already.
Summary: This is the best version of a great zombie-killing experience, with significant improvements over the original Dead Rising 2. Nonetheless it does retread a lot of old territory and will be best enjoyed by devoted fans of the series who really wanted a proper sandbox mode, or those who want a good starting point for getting into the franchise.
Excerpt: In the world of Dead Rising 2, there's an activist organization known as CURE that pushes for the humane treatment of the living impaired. If only CURE realized just how much fun it can be to maim, behead, or otherwise massacre hordes of brain-craving zombies. Very little has changed since the release of Dead Rising more than four years ago, but the most important thing that has stayed the same is the thrill of being set loose in a town overrun by mindless monsters.
Pros: Clever and brutal weapon combinations, Focused mission structure keeps you moving, Psychopaths have disturbing backstories and offer challenging fights, Tons of hidden secrets to search for, Striving for completion in cooperative play is fun
Cons: Long and frequent load times, Controls are not always responsive
Summary: : Dead Rising 2 is a well improved sequel that retains all of the great elements of the original game while adding in plenty of new features and options, and fans of the first game will enjoy it as easily as newcomers, making it one of the better games to come out this year. The story is enjoyable, if corny, and the game is both visually and aurally well designed all around.
Summary: Parents need to know that Dead Rising 2 is an extremely violent video game. The main player can see hundreds of zombies onscreen at the same time and plow through them with a plethora of weapons -- most of which leave the "undead" enemies in pieces or pools of blood. Gamers can use chainsaws, baseball bats with nails, slot machines and other items to destroy as many zombies as possible.