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  • Summary: Dead Rising 2 takes the franchise to a new level of zombie-killing fun with tens of thousands of zombies, the all new gambling paradise of Fortune City to explore and conquer plus a host of new in-game objects that can all be used as deadly weapons to stave off the zombie assault. Dead Rising 2 is set several years after the infamous zombie invasion of Willamette. Unfortunately, the zombie virus was not contained at the conclusion of Dead Rising, spreading unchecked throughout the United States and Dead Rising 2 depicts a country where zombie outbreaks continue to strike. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jan 11, 2011
    The thing about the Dead Rising series is that it's pretty unique. Killing hordes of zombies with a huge variety of improvised weaponry isn't a genre present anywhere else. It's a great game to just mess around in, picking up random clothing, smashing zombie heads in and fighting away psychopaths.
  2. Dead Rising 2's biggest strength lies in its variety of both story and side missions. There is never a shortage of things to do in the game, and the co-op ability makes this a trip you can take several times with friends.
  3. Dead Rising 2 is like its predecessor with a lot of new features. Fans of the first game will like the second quite a bit and can consider it a must have.
  4. It may not win tons of awards at the end of the year, but there's enough here to warrant a purchase, especially if you're into zombie games or simply craving an awesome action game.
  5. 80
    Dead Rising 2 has issues. It's not the smoothest game and it can feel like the last one, however that doesn't mean a thing when the game's this much fun.
  6. Oct 27, 2010
    Dead Rising fans - you know who you are - are going to love this game.
  7. Me, I wish the game had better inventory control and an item storage system to allow you to really explore all of your weapon options. But it's the other stuff--the still messy survivor AI and poorly built boss battles--that really mars the Dead Rising 2 experience. It's not an impossible game to love, but as with the first game, you'll have to look past a lot of blemishes to find happiness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 55
  2. Negative: 19 out of 55
  1. Oct 23, 2013
    AWESOME game!! I just finished the entire thing tonight, and needless to say, this game is amazing!! I love messing around and killing zombies, while completing the game in the process. My favorite part of this game is definitely the story line. The makers did a great job by twisting the story line every now and then, causing you to say, "Wow, I NEVER thought THAT was gonna happen!" or something similar. Also, I don't know what people are talking about with glitches. My game ran absolutely flawlessly at the highest level graphics, so no complaints there either. So, overall, GREAT game. DR is probably one of my favorite game series. So, without a doubt, this game deserves a 10 Expand
  2. Nov 13, 2011
    A very good game. Makes it relevant to play it twice or more as you get different endings and also the first playthrough you don't have enough XP to do all.

    Be sure to restart from the beginning if you die and do not reload a save. Also don't bother restarting if you miss some stuff as you can always do it in a second playthrough. You will be thougher and you will be able to do more each playthrough.

    This game is really good.
  3. May 9, 2014
    Game: Dead Rising 2 Genre: Action Developer: Capcom System: Steam (PC) Total Score: 93/100 Value Score: 9.3/10 • Story: 9/10 • Characters: 9/10
    • GamePlay: 10/10
    • Graphics: 9/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 9/10
    • Length: 7/10
    • Replay Value: 10/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    +Multiple Story Arcs
    +Multiple Endings
    +Free movement when it came to gameplay unlike other Zombie related games
    +Game plays like a open world game with its locations
    +Customize weapons
    +Do multiple type of attacks against enemies
    +Co-Op enabled with leaderboards modes
    +New Game+ like feature
    +Leveling up system which is unique for a genre like this

    -Can be frustrating at times against some bosses (if played alone)
  4. Nov 8, 2011
    Well...."Dead Rising 2" isn't a masterpiece, but enjoyable. The missions and zombie massacres are too repetitive after a while, but if you can live with it, that's fine. The weapon making system is awesome and creative in every way. The graphics are also (kinda) impressive if you watch it in a standard viewpoint. Overall a game that you would love to play in a rainy day. Expand
  5. Oct 11, 2010
    in a simple one liner dead rising 2 was a rushed game. Now that doesnt mean it is terrible as it does have some decent fundamentals.
    on the
    plus side there are plenty of weapons to choose from with enough variety to keep things fresh for a while in both the comical and realistic catagories. The combining system is also pretty deep with the 50 odd combinations. This combined with some really cool dismemberment mechanics make for some very thrilling zombie bashing. Another good note, the survivors arent totally helpless now which is great;but as i said before this game was rushed and just about everything else could have used an extra few months work.

    To start with the games presentation is the hardest hit. Graphics wise the game is average , nothing here we havent seen before. But then there are the littlethings. Things like missing shadows and jerky and awkward animations for the games living cast. This is particularly apparent in the games cutscenes which range from passable to embarrasing. The cheesy dialogue doesnt help either.
    Even the much flaunted dismemberment and combing mechanics suffer from repetitive animations.
    for most weapons there is only one animation for each attack type ( melee, aoe melee and special move) which can get repetative fast. Another issue came in the form of the survivors. as in the first one there are survivors to save. However the game chose their life's story in the form of , get this, skipable text boxes. yes the survivors have no audable lines which leaves them with no personality at all. the effect leaves the player identifiying more with the psychos of the game ( who thankfully have colorful cut scenes dedicated to them) than the people we are supposed to save. on the topic of psychoes. all the bosses of the game suffer from pattern ai. basically each boss has a rigid pattern of actions to use against the player. some of the bosses can be beaten by simply walking outside the room or building which the encounter took place and then throwing objects at them. some times they do the further service of bugging out in these situations to the point where the player can walkup to them and spam the melee button till the green bar goes empty.

    finally the actual story is quite laughable. the characters are all pretty cookie cutter in design to the point of bad taste. the main bad guy is more annoying than threatening and a 10 year old could guess the plot twists from the very moment the characters involved present themselves. Its all been done before.

    the game doesnt even get that scary or tense which i think partially ruins the theme of the game (zombies are supposed to be scary). you can get through the game without killing even one zombie which i think undermines them as a threat.

    over all its only good for a few giggles and laughes but as a serious game, it is not even close which is a shame
  6. Jul 7, 2011
    The story wasn't so great, the freedom was little, gameplay was repetitive, bosses were ridiculous, graphics were bad and it LAGGED a lot (even on great computers), it's a RUSHED CONSOLE PORT, it requires Games for Windows Live (awful). I have a GTX NVIDIA video card and it still lags like a motherhumper.

    Other than that, the "crafting" system was cool, there's a large variety of weapons and places for you to visit, other stuff...

    But don't buy it. You will regret spending that money.
  7. Mar 24, 2013
    The story is bad, the gameplay is incredibly weak to the point where you can run past all enemies, the sandbox is bad, and I don't
    know, I'm just underwhelmed seeing as how good the reviews were. Expand

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