Reviews and Problems with Dead Rising 2: Off The Record
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Extremely gory adventure uses weapons of mass dismemberment.
Common Sense Media
26 February 2012
Summary: Parents need to know Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is an incredibly violent and gory adventure game. It is not for kids, tweens, or teens because of its frequent and excessive violence, blood, and gore. Gamers can rip apart enemies, blow them to bits, dismember and decapitate them, beat them to a pulp with blunt objects, and run over them in vehicles. The game also has some profanity, sexual imagery, and references to alcohol.
Conclusion: GLITCHES/BUGS/ISSUES: i never encountered any bugs or glitches. also the load times have been improved over the first but the framerate is isnt that great. ACHIEVEMENTS: the achievements are funner then the first but they are also easier PROS: the gameplay is fun as usual, the soundtrack is great, the load times are improved, the achievements are fun. cons: framerate. why all the thumbs down?
Excerpt: For a game that contained so many wonderful elements, Dead Rising 2 was hard to love. Any given moment could find you building a homemade lightsaber, beating zombies to death with a fluorescent dildo, or breaking into a shop so you could try on women's clothing. On the other hand, the overall fun factor was stymied by several recurring annoyances - notably some rock hard boss battles, and the late-game arrival of a new enemy type that was a pain in the arse to fight.
Conclusion: further off the recipe by adding a full clove of garlic and somehow the lid of the paprika fell off and there was tons of it in the mix. The base is still meatloaf, but it tastes different, which is exactly where Dead Rising 2 is at this point with "Off the Record." Maybe you're getting tired of meatloaf at this point, but this is a Frank West flavored version, with a dash of Herbes du Provence and fresh pepper.
Excerpt: Just in case you havenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t had enough zombie slaying over the past year, Capcom is revisiting the Dead Rising franchise (again) and bringing back everyoneÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s favorite photojournalist Frank West.
Pros: + The return of sandbox mode, + Shared experience, + Still a ton to do
Cons: Weak motive, Issues from DR2 remain, Stiff animations
Conclusion: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a textbook definition of a director's cut. Those enjoying it for the first time won't know the difference, those who disliked it won't care, and those who loved the original will be split down the middle in their appreciation of a reworked interpretation.
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.
Conclusion: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is worth a punt if you've yet to become acquainted with Fortune City, and although the addition of checkpoints might seem beyond the pale to some, it considerably reduces the frustration factor. At a budget price, Off the Record represents surprisingly decent value, and who out there doesn't like cross-dressing and clubbing zombies to death? Exactly.