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- Publisher: Capcom
- Platform: Xbox 360
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Release Date: 09/28/2010
- Original Release Date: 08/31/2010
SynopsisFrank West saved the nation from an undead uprising once; but in the ensuing years, the public has realized the zombies weren't stopped, just stalled. Become Motocross talent Chuck Greene and head to Fortune City. You're here to compete in "Terror is Reality," a game show that pits contestants against zombies for the entertainment of TV audiences. Your motivation is your daughter Katey, who has been bitten by a zombie and requires a daily dose of Zombrex. Zombrex is the only effective drug of its kind on the market, making the price excruciatingly high. While you're in Fortune City, a zombie outbreak occurs, and for 72 hours, you must unravel the conspiracy behind it and find the Zombrex while defending against thousands of zombies and rescuing other survivors.Dead Rising 2
takes you on another adventure as you strive to defeat a zombie force the likes of which the world has never seen. With repair skills and a handyman attitude, you can offer more than just national Motocross talent. As Chuck Greene, you will find countless new objects to use as weapons. Chop, smash, crush and pummel the undead. You'll need to use every bit of brainpower to save this city, but watch out; a zombie might just succeed at chilling your lucky streak.
Play as the intrepid Chuck Greene, using all of your skills and available objects to eliminate the zombie threat
Face more zombies than ever before with increased undead numbers
Use your skills from past repair work and your handyman abilities to crush the evil beings
Find even more objects that you can use to pulverize, slice and dice brain-eating monsters
Experience a heart-pumping storyline as you try to defend a city made for glamour, not death
Produced by Keiki Inafune, this game offers an exciting new experience and thrilling gameplay
Play with a friend and have even more fun as you lure zombies in using strategic items like a toy helicopter or a firecracker
Terror is Reality mode allows four players to compete in a gladiator-type show that pits zombies against a group of players in the ultimate VS. multiplayer blood bath
Combine two everyday items using duct tape to create the ultimate zombie-killing creations, such as the Portamower and Paddlesaw
Unlock combo cards along the way to get the advantage by learning what items are best for combining
Earn Prestige Points as you decimate more and more zombies with your creative contraptions
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Dead Rising 2 XBOX 360
Posted by: ModernMan
from CT on
05/04/2013This game is basically the same as the first Dead Rising. The storyline and the characters are different, but if you like the first Dead Rising, you probably will like this one. If you didn't like the first one, you won't like this one. This time there is a multiplayer mode, but both players play as the same character. Give this one a look if you like the first one.
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Not much to offer
Posted by: MZ23
from Baltimore, MD on
03/10/2011Well I had hoped that this second game would be at least as good as or better than the first.....and its fails.
If you like running around and just slashing zombies, this is for you.....because thats ALL you literally do. Even though the game has a storyline, it doesn't add any value to the gameplay because all you do is just battle hordes of zombies everywhere you go. Find survivors, drag them to the safehouse, battle some insanely hard bosses, and keep your daughter alive with zombrex - thats it.
It gets VERY OLD when you pause to eat food or drink to regain health and piles of zombies start attacking. There are too many zombies everywhere. Just trying to run from one place to another is frustrating because your always getting attacked.
Some of the custom weapons you can make are cool, but they dont last long and some are just flat out stupid.
I never even finished the game all the way.....just got too frustrating.
DO NOT buy this....rent it from somewhere....once you've played it for 30-45 minutes, you've basically played everything the game has to offer.
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The zombie game all zombie-killers need.
Posted by: Catastrogue
from Vancouver, WA on
03/04/2011When I ordered Dead Rising and received it, I was disappointed to find it had a crack in it. However, when I called in, I was offered a twenty-dollar discount (this is ten dollars extra than what I paid for Dead Rising) on the Collector's Edition for this game, because they were out of the ordinary game. I figured I might as well get it, so I did because Dead Rising was out. I've been playing this game nonstop and it is just wonderful.
Capcom isn't big on the whole graphics concept. If you play Dead Rising 2 for graphics, then I honestly have to question your sanity. I'm not saying I depend on graphics for gaming. I don't. But Capcom has never really given graphics their undivided attention (except maybe with Resident Evil 5). Instead of putting the emphasis on making the game look good when it isn't, Capcom decided to make a good game. If you want a company to buy most of your games from, Capcom is one I would recommend.
How exciting is this game? You can use just about anything you see in the mall (provided it's not bolted to the floor or something), and drive vehicles into zombies. So it's like the original Dead Rising, but with a twist: you can combine items into stronger weapons! Some of the combinations are logical, like the nail bat, and some are just surreal, like taking gems and a flashlight to make what the game unoriginally dubs the "Laser Sword," paying homage to Star Wars. Even the colors of the lightsab- I mean, Laser Sword, change when you equip it. However, the surreal combinations make the game more exciting, even if it's explained by the fact that Chuck Greene is just an awesome technician. You can kill zombies in all sorts of crazy ways with these weapons. The trick is finding some of the items that you need to make the combos, but some of them aren't hard to forge since the items you need for a good combo are usually in arm's reach of a maintenance room.
It doesn't seem so challenging at first, but it really is pretty rough if you don't have some powerful combo weapons like Knife Gloves. Particularly the bosses. The difficulty curve was fixed in this game as opposed to Dead Rising, which I have heard was absurd and cheap. Even the first boss will rip you a new one if you have eight blips of health! The zombies are pretty easy to kill en masse, but your weapons deteriorate with frequent use, and this happens quicker than realistically, adding to the challenge. It's not cheap challenge, because the item blinks red when it's going to fall apart.
Playing with another player online in co-op mode is even more fun. The host's quests will be your quests, so the host calls the shots really. However, you can load your stats and everything... except your weapons from the file you loaded. That was a little infuriating, because imagine joining a game during a boss battle and having nothing but your bare fists. Real fair, right? But besides that, the challenge for the most part is good. Of course, it's not like games like this these days are really anything besides a little kid would brag about beating, because there's so many methods of gameplay that the replay value just doesn't leave.
That's another great thing about this: the replay value. With all the combo weapons that you can make, you could probably be friends with people who play this game. You could talk about the ridiculous outfit you made Chuck wear, or the weapons you used to kill zombies like a wheelchair outfitted with a car battery (it really is in the game).
The game's length doesn't come out of having necessarily tons of quests, but rather the methods of gameplay. It's not like Fallout: New Vegas where you can run around doing all of the quests and side-quests given to you; this game is pretty linear for the most part, but non-linear enough to retain your appeal. You can play cooperatively, play "Terror Is Reality" online with other players, and I heard about a free-roam mode that is unlocked when you beat the game's story mode. You can just walk around the mall and beat the snot out of zombies, supposedly. I haven't played enough of this game to find that out, or at least I haven't played far enough; I'm still having fun with the nail bat. There's even an option to restart the story on your file with all of your stats! Now that is a great idea!
It's not just zombies you're killing either; you can kill looters and psychopaths, too, while you're at it.
This game is definitely a new thing. It doesn't focus on the different firearms or machetes you could be using to kill zombies. Instead, it's consumer items that you used to make a new, crazy weapon! It's a great concept and it's executed wonderfully. Sure you could have Left 4 Dead or Resident Evil and be happy with a zombie game where you shoot zombies, but in this game, it's more entertaining to be up and personal with them, ripping open new holes all over their decaying bodies with bowie knives taped onto boxing gloves. Dead Rising was an innovative game, but it apparently wasn't executed so well. This game, on the other hand, will feed your desire to kill zombies five-fold. Put down Call of Duty: World at War. Try using a city that's essentially one huge shopping mall to your advantage! That's much more entertaining, if you ask me, because let's be honest: the shooting zombies concept has been done to absolute death. Dead Space, Resident Evil, Left 4 Dead, Call of Duty's N-Zombies, Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, Borderlands's DLC, and it's just a concept that's been milked for everything it's worth. But Capcom picked something new, and this idea is as fresh as Metal Gear was back in 1987.
Dead Rising 2 is a must-have game for every self-proclaimed zombie survivor and slayer.
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Second verse, same as the first - but that's good!
Posted by: CliveStaples
from Lincoln, NE on
12/11/2010Unsurprisingly, Dead Rising 2 has a great deal in common with the first game of the same name. The setting is a fictionalized (but realistic) Las Vegas, in a massive, zombie-overrun development similar to the real City Center, called Fortune City. The complex is comprised of about four major casinos and several smaller ones, with a hotel, restaurants, underground access tunnels, and of course... an enormous shopping mall.
The main character is Chuck Greene, a motocross superstar whose daughter Katey has been bitten - by her mother it turns out - and is in danger of becoming a zombie. Chuck has to provide her with a rare and expensive drug called Zombrex at exact 24 hour intervals, but at the start of the game he doesn't have any. Thus, he must venture out into the seething mass of unhumanity, smashing, chopping, shooting, bashing, blasting, lawn-mowering, punching and kicking his way through the zombie crowds, in search of the medicine that will let his girl remain a little girl.
Meanwhile, someone has framed Chuck as the cause of the zombie outbreak. He must thwart looters and psychopaths, rescue survivors and lead them to safety, and gather the evidence that will prove his innocence - all while searching for Zombrex and contending with strife among the survivors.
In terms of game play, this is exactly the same as the first Dead Rising game. The only significantly new mechanic is the ability to combine items and make combo weapons. For example, take a baseball bat and add nails - you have a spiked bat. Take a bottle of vodka and add a newspaper - instant Molotov. Take a vacuum cleaner and add saw blades, and you get The Exsanguniator. The possibilities are impressively vast, brutal and lethal.
This sequel includes an enormous, labyrinthine safe house area where Chuck must lead the survivors he finds. A love-interest (his wife is dead, remember?) stays in the security room watching Katey and providing him tips on where to find survivors (and sometimes Zombrex) using a two-way radio. There are literally dozens of survivors to find; it seems like there are far more than in the first game. Not all of them want to be saved, or in some cases they won't follow Chuck unless he meets their conditions (e.g., rescue my loved ones first). This game also has way more psychopaths to fight than the first, and almost all of those fights are entirely optional.
Rescuing survivors and defeating psychopaths earn Chuck experience in the form of Prestige Points, which he uses to level up. Gradually, Chuck becomes stronger, faster, and better able to defend himself (even unarmed, using a variety of pro-wrestling moves); plus he can expand his capacity to carry food and weapons, and learn new weapon combinations.
As with the first game, every survivor - and every major plot point - has a limited shelf life, and it's very easy to run out of time on anything, just wandering, smashing zombies, and exploring the vast complex. There are plenty of hidden goodies (such as Zombrex just lying around in hard-to-reach places) and looters have set up several "pawn shops" where Chuck can buy weapons and supplies. But just like the first game, if you fail to complete anything in time, you can always start over from the beginning of the story and take all of your experience, levels, and unlockable items (such as keys) with you back to the start. (You'll probably want to do this at some point.)
One other note – Xbox Live offers a brief DLC prequel that was released prior to this game, called Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. The setting is a small town in Nevada (on the way to Vegas) and you can carry over character skills and upgrades from the prequel to the full game. If you have an Xbox 360, it’s worth choosing the Xbox version of this game just so you can play the prequel and continue on into the main game.
Dead Rising 2 is a vast, exciting, nick-of-time adventure that's endlessly bloody and brutal, as a father strives to keep his daughter alive, clear his name, and rescue innocent bystanders. If you liked the first game, you'll love this. If you haven't played the first game but you enjoy zombie-themed entertainment (think Dawn of the Dead 2004), this game is definitely for you.
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If you like killing Zombies.....
Posted by: Dwain
from San Angelo, TX on
10/19/2010Alot of missions, alot of killing, and some cool combo weapons!!
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The Dead Will Rise Again
Posted by: MaddGamer
from Game World on
10/01/2010In Dead Rising 2 you play as Chuck Greene as he fights off hordes of the undead while completing missions.Over 7,000 zombies can be seen at any one time on screen.Co-op is also an option in story mode.The game also allows you to manufacture your own custom weapons at different points in the game.You can also be able to purchase cards that will reveal item combinations that could prove more deadly after begin built.Like "Dynameat" a stick of dynamite duct taped to a piece of meat,the "Paddlesaw",two chainsaws duct taped to a kayak paddle.The loading time in the game slows the pace down.In multiplayer you play in a reality TV show "Terror Is Reality" in which you act as a contestant in a fictional gameshow.If you are a horror fan who likes to build weapons to kill the undead then give this game a shot.
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Zombies, gambling and lots of duct tape
Posted by: Andyus
from New York, NY on
09/28/2010Alright! it did take a long time to arrive, but the wait is totally worth it!
Excitement: Hear the moans of the zombies coming towards you when you have one square of life and your only weapon is an indoor trash bin. Then you'll know excitement.
Challenge: You may think that the zombies can be ran around, or quickly beat with the weapons that you get, but it's really not that simple. Weapons are truly powerful, but they last too short, and as soon as you run out, you either have to trust your fists or that there is something good close to you. If you run, eventually one of them gets you. And then there's the Psychopaths...
Still, with most encounters being optional, you do get just the difficulty that you want.
Graphics: Low. Pretty low.
Don't get me wrong, the graphics are clear, and realistic, but there are times when the frame rate slows down, either during gameplay or during scenes. And in the underground maintenance area of the city, sometimes the warehouses don't load up, so you get... Yes! invisible walls.
Length: It doesn't take necessarily much to get to the level cap, which makes pp a bit useless after you reach it, but there will be a long, long time before you have played all the missions, used every weapon, won at every mini game, find every outfit, give every gift, combined every drink, and get to every TIR leaderboard. Specially that last one.
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Bonus No Otis
Posted by: LazurusPit
from Las Cruces, NM on
09/03/2010Wow a different publisher yet it stayed true to the original. There are several improvements in this game vs the original. The use of duct tape to combine weapons adds a whole new dimension to this survivor game. The ai for people you can rescue is much better, escort missions in the previous game were sometimes frustrating because of bad ai. The addition of multiple saves is a feature that lots of fans of the original are going to like. Also the ability to shoot and move is an awesome game mechanic.
If you haven’t played the original the Dead rising series is a sand box style game with linear time elements, your character has a watch and things happen at certain times. It is up to you to be in the recommended location to participate in those events to advance the story line.
There is a great prequel Case-0 on x-box live where you can get a feel for the game and it is only 400 points so 5 dollars.
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