Summary: Dead Rising fans liked Chuck Greene, but he was no Frank West. Frank covered wars, you know, while Chuck's only standout feature was his daughter Katey. So after begging and pleading to have Frank return, Capcom has obliged. Not quite in the way series fans might have wanted, though. Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is basically the same old Dead Rising 2, just with Frank instead of Chuck.
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: 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: The combat system's fundamentally shallow. The bosses are only challenging at all because they're all given large invulnerability windows combined with high damage potential. All of them take dramatically reduced damage from gunfire, in order to force you into melee combat with them. Apparently humans are made of stone, leather, and self-sealing foam, but the moment they become zombies, they turn into papier-mache.
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: I was in a quandary if I should bother reviewing this download-only prologue to Dead Rising 2. After a few moments of reasonably hard thinking though I decided that it’s worthy of coverage, seeing that Capcom wants you to hand over cold hard cash for it. Well, 400 MS Points.