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  • Summary: Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, sees photojournalist and original hero of Dead Rising's Willamette incident, Frank West take center stage as players experience a reimagining of the Fortune City outbreak. Forget what you know about Dead Rising 2,"Frank West is back in the game!" The new, "Off the Record" storyline means an all new Dead Rising 2 experience. Frank will face off against more twisted enemies, build more outrageous combo weapons, follow his own unique mission structure and explore brand new areas of Fortune City to get his biggest scoop yet. Frank's come back means the return of his trusty camera, with players able to earn Prestige Points (PP) for specific photo opportunities that are graded against criteria such as horror, drama, erotica and brutality. In addition to the new scenario and gameplay enhancements, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record offers a suite of technical updates including load time optimizations, improved network performance and a host of system upgrades to deliver a more satisfying Dead Rising experience. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record has problems - and that's compounded by the fact that some of those issues are inherited, rather than new. It's a game with strengths too though, and while Off the Record doesn't prove to be any better than Dead Rising 2 on the whole, it certainly isn't any worse.
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    It's hard to evaluate Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. For those who still didn't play the second episode of the series, this remake could be even better than the one with Chuck Greene. I mean, you have an aged but still nasty Frank West instead, the chance to take pictures, some new elements (including the Sandbox Mode), all for a lower price. But if you already beaten Dead Rising 2, don't even bother: the story is the same, the bosses are the same and the new modes aren't that good.
  4. Oct 13, 2011
    The way this game depicts Frank going through nearly the same story you've seen before sort of cheapens the existence of the original Dead Rising 2.
  5. 60
    Almost identical copy of the original game comes with too little extras to attract veterans of Dead Rising. Only suitable for newcomers who skipped the previous games. [Dec 2011]
  6. Nov 9, 2011
    It's basically the same game we had fun with a year ago – it features the same city and almost the same story with a new main character. It's not a bad game but I can recommend it only to the diehard fans of the series. [November 2011, p.61]
  7. Dec 1, 2011
    Even if the new features had been awesome, this would have been a pointless re-release. [Jan 2012, p.810]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 6 out of 20
  1. Oct 12, 2011
    Dead Rising 2: Of the Record is very interesting add-on to the original game. For example, it has new story, new weapon's combinations, a lot of checkpoints (!), gameplay elements from first game and Hero of first game (Frank West). On my mind, "Of the Record" is the most original game of this fall Expand
  2. Dec 7, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved Dead Rising 2 pre-purchused this and found that if you have nothing to do you would play this game for 10 minutes that will turn into 183 hours simply addicting and very fun dlc you can kill chuck greene and stacy is the new sulivan this game is awesome in 10 ways but i kinda did not like the story im sorry but it's the same thing but 5 times better than Dead Rising 2 there is only one bug i spotted and thats the movement bug (the most anoying thing ever) and there is a new mode for it called sandbox mode that is like infinite mode in Dead Rising Original there is new funny weapons a camera a new zone called uranus zone and much more over all this game has alot into it that people that dont play the game dont know but your not a hero when you give it a zero idiots anyway the price should be $29.99 just for the movement bug but overall this is a very good game Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    Game: Dead Rising 2 Off The Record Genre: Action Developer: Capcom System: Steam (PC) Total Score: 90/100 Value Score: 9/10 • Story: 9/10
    • Characters: 9/10
    • GamePlay: 9/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 9/10
    • Length: 6/10
    • Replay Value: 10/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    +Alternate plot
    +Play as Frank West
    +Co-Op allows you to play as Frank and as Chuck
    +New weapons, combinations
    +New Area
    +New Bosses
    +Sandbox mode
    +Protoman Set
    +Pretty much everything intact gameplay wise from the first game

    -Rampant glitches throughout entire game
    -Poorly optimized for PC - a lot of FPS drops
  4. Nov 19, 2013
    Single Player/Multi Player (2/2)

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    Gameplay (1/2)

    Visuals/Story (1/2)

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    Accessibility/Longevity (2/2)

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    Pricing (1/2)

    Wildcard (0)

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  5. Nov 2, 2012
    A standalone patch that fixes most problems Dead Rising 2 had, for the low low price of $40 USD. Using the exact same locations, textures, items, and gameplay mechanics as the original, OTR the new content was likely made in a week, and pushed as a new title instead of as a patch and DLC for Dead Rising 2. Expand
  6. Dec 19, 2011
    It's alright for a time, but killing zombies gets old eventually and the story is too weak to really draw you in. Worth the money? I'd wait for it to go on sale. Expand
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    This product is a full priced DLC with very little new content. A new character, a new building, few new weapons and zombie models, and a not too interesting photo feature. The story is the same, the missions are the same, most of the content are the same as the base Dead Rising 2. Expand

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