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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: 44 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. By not changing too much from the original template Blue Castle Games have ensured that Dead Rising 2 will likely elicit as divisive a response as its predecessor. Which is fine because Dead Rising 2, a bundle of contradictions with a neat line in bespoke weaponry, isn't an easy game to love at all. Take the plunge though, and you'll find one of 2010's most singular, bloody-minded, and fascinating videogames.
  5. Lots of zombies, black humour and amazing weapons. This is a splatter fest easy to recommend.
  6. Dead Rising 2 is leaps and bounds better than the original but it still has its fair share of gameplay problems.
  7. The solid foundation residually left over from the original and the new hybrid weapons system create a basically appealing package from which a decent amount of fun can be derived, but the lackluster presentation, uninspired story, outright broken multiplayer, and atrocious amount of glitches makes Dead Rising 2 less of a flawed gem and more of a somewhat polished pile that incrementally smells worse the longer you let it sit in your disc drive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 54
  2. Negative: 13 out of 54
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    I picked up my game last night.... I didn't go to sleep at all. If you are simply a fan of brainless sugar-coated fun, then buy this game because if all you want is a stressful, twitch-shooter with zombies that run at 60 miles per hour and never let you have fun... then go back to Left 4 Dead and don't say anything about this game.
    This is a true achievement in the videogame community, a masterpeice on its own merits. You take down swaths of slow-moving undead with anything (literally) that you can pick up. Then you can even combine some of the things you pick up to cause more fun mayhem and bloodshed.
    Before you listen to any naysayer of the game, think of this:
    You can combine a two-by-four with a lawnmower to make a handheld lawnmower that will grind zombies to nothing more than chunky blood soup.
  2. Oct 15, 2010
    Dead Rising 2 is a really fun game to play. It also is really good that you can combine your weapons to make it even more fun to kill zombies. The good thing about this game is that it is based some where different compared to the first one. The game is way better than number 1 because you can do loads more stuff like combining weapons, driving motorbikes and loads of other things. The best thing about the game is probably finding things to customize a weapon. The main character in dead rising 2 is better than the first one because you have more zombies to kill. You can also add weapons to a motor bike and a wheel chair which is really good for a game like this. I donâ Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2010
    ZOMG Load times!!!11

    People that get caught up in trivial things like this make me laugh. Go play Halo Reach and wait longer to find a
    match... I know you will. This is a FUN game, bottom line. If you like slaying hundreds of thousands of mindless zombies with TONS of unique weapons, chances are you will have a blast with this game. As with the first DR, going for those achievements is the next step after trying to get the best possible ending in story mode.

    It's too bad nobody plays multiplayer yet though, I can never find a match :(
  4. Oct 13, 2011
    The game it's self is a lot of fun until you get into the story. Everything is so timed that I feel like it really makes the game a choir to play at times. I also have the issue where my game just fails me at the same point no matter what I haven't heard of anybody else having this issue but it definitely took me out of the game. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2011
    Dead Rising 2 starts off with a man named Chuck who must compete in a gameshow against his will to earn enough money to buy a drug that will prevent his young daughter from getting zombified. But this game is not a Hallmark movie, so soon your flailing zombies with chainsaws attached to your motorcycle. Yay for violence! The rest of the game is much like that, with weapons including a toy helicopter with a machete propellar (appropriately called the Heliblade) and a football with a grenade taped on it (the Hail Mary) these kind of things are fun and aplenty. and you'll definitely never run out of zombies, with hordes reaching the hundreds roaming free to mess with at your leisure. It takes a while to get used to all those enemies, but soon you'll make short work of those flesh-eating beasts. the mischief and humor in the game are the possible best I've ever seen in any Capcom game. The Vegas-like strip in the game is beautifully detailed, I think you can walk in to about 95% of buildings, no exaggeration. However, there are a more than a few problems with the game, some of them may even turn off a few gamers. To save you must enter a restroom, and although it asks you to save after every mission, it still isn't always easy (try traveling across the map with one health just to save your progress) and you will probably be playing missions over again. The story isn't great either, but you can tell by the box art that this isn't the "story" kind of game. But the worst offenders of them all is the dreaded timers. You have to collect Zombrex (your daughters drugs) at seven AM every day, which is a huge chore. (My advice: let her die, yes, you seriously can do that) and you have to play missions every day or you lose the entire game. Yes, the ENTIRE GAME is nothing more if you decide to not play a mission at, let's say, ten AM. In the end, I recommend DR2 to any fan of the original, or if your up at night thinking about shooting zombies in the face. Others looking for something as good as Left 4 Dead, look elsewhere. Also, multiplayer is amazing. Just amazing. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2011
    I know when it comes to zombies, they appear out of nowhere and we all must band together to survive. Zombie violence seems to entertain so many and that's what this game does. Except killing zombies is not as much fun as the game wants it to be. Long story short, you traverse through malls, basements, and streets slaughtering zombies. Technically it plays well but it gets old fast. Too fast because you get to use over half the weapons in the first two hours. Rent it or borrow it. Don't pay full price. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2011
    Broken. Every single step you take, you find another thing that's broken about Dead Rising 2. From hit detection, to weapons breaking after 5 hits. This game is broken. Dead Rising 2 is a sandbox game that limits your freedom. Seriously? And I shouldn't have to level up to make my character go a decent pace. Expand

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