Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    95
    The inclusion of the sandbox mode makes Dead Rising 2: Off the Record more than just a retread with slightly modified cutscenes. By itself, it's an incentive for Dead Rising 2 players to pick it up. If you haven't gotten around to playing the sequel yet, this is definitely the version to get.
  2. It's still riotous. If Dead Rising 2 shuffled past you last year, now's the time to grab it with two, bloodied, clamouring hands. [Dec 2011, p80]
  3. Nov 13, 2011
    85
    A brilliant cut-price remix of an already standout game. [Dec 2011, p.104]
  4. Nov 5, 2011
    80
    If you played through Dead Rising 2 and you're not particularly enthused about Frank, the reason to look at Off the Record is to spend a few days with a friend bouncing around the mall in Sandbox Mode. I wouldn't recommend this on any other basis, but that's pretty much enough on its own.
  5. Nov 3, 2011
    80
    Off the Record is a game that offers an outrageous amount of content for newcomers to the franchise and even veterans of Dead Rising 2 will enjoy the «anxiety free» sandbox mode. On the other hand, many will complain that all this content could have been made available as a DLC for Dead Rising 2.
  6. Oct 18, 2011
    80
    The series' high point so far. [Nov 2011, p.114]
  7. Oct 13, 2011
    80
    DR2: Off the Record is a great opportunity to experience the great Dead Rising 2 if you've missed out the original.
  8. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    This is overall the same game from last year, but with another main character. This change allows for new moves, new motivations for the main character and the addition of the camera, which changes and improves gameplay, but the content is almost the same, and it is difficult to recommend the game for those who already have the original, except for hardcore fans.
  9. Oct 12, 2011
    76
    It's tough shaking the feeling that this game offers little to make it worthwhile to anyone who played the second game, but if you're itching for some more gory zombie action, then Off the Record shouldn't disappoint.
  10. Aside from a new environment and some fresh weapons, this is mainly the same game. The developers added some cool details for fans of the original version, but those are not sufficient to buy the game a second time, even at a budget price. [Nov 2011, p.88]
  11. Oct 30, 2011
    75
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a game that is a lot of fun. For newcomers you are sure to admire the visceral graphics and attention to detail that has been taken bringing our undead friends to life.
  12. Oct 19, 2011
    75
    So I'd suggest checking this out primarily if you skipped over Dead Rising 2.
  13. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Still, at its heart this is Dead Rising 2. Most of the cutscenes contain the same dialogue, only with Frank edited in, so there's the feeling that two entirely different conversations are taking place and it comes across as lazy.
  14. These updates aside, it's hard to ignore the spectacularly half-arsed mentality on show, despite the budget price tag. [Christmas 2011, p.111]
  15. Nov 7, 2011
    70
    Off the record is hard to recommend to anyone who has already played through the original Dead Rising 2 campaign. There are however quite a few improvements and it is surely the definitive version of an already very entertaining zombie adventure. Anyone who missed last years effort has a nice opportunity to experience it now at a nice low price.
  16. Record is very familiar, but undeniably fun. [Dec 2011, p.77]
  17. Oct 16, 2011
    70
    Dead Rising 2: Off The Record likely will only appeal to a couple of audiences: serious long-time fans of the titles, and people who've never played them before but want to sample the franchise in a version with photography, immediately available sandbox mode and a discounted retail price.
  18. Oct 12, 2011
    70
    Off the Record provides as much entertainment as last year's Dead Rising 2 because it's almost exactly the same game.
  19. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    It's hard to know who it's for. Newcomers can get by with the original, and old hands have played most of it before. If you're a massive fan of the series - and of Frank West in particular - it's still worth picking this up, but even at twenty notes, there's little to make this an urgent purchase.
  20. Nov 15, 2011
    69
    Frank West is a hilarious protagonist and the newly added checkpoints are a relief. Overall, however, there's a lack of new features to justify the price tag.
  21. Nov 23, 2011
    65
    Off The Record is the way Dead Rising 2 should have been to begin with. But the lack of improvements to the aging gameplay, it is clear that this game is a quick repressing that didn't get the love it truly deserved.
  22. Oct 28, 2011
    65
    Off the Record is the best game in the series because of the return of Frank West and the addition of the Sandbox Mode. However, you're basically playing Dead Rising 2 all over again, with the same story, technical imperfections and tiresome gameplay.
  23. Oct 16, 2011
    63
    We still have the same mechanical problems, Frank's photography skill doesn't add much, the frame rate issues are still there, and in the end, it's just "Dead Rising 2+."
  24. Nov 18, 2011
    61
    As a reinterpretation of the existing Dead Rising 2 story, Off The Record fails on every level. [Issue#211, p.82]
  25. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    Off the Record isn't a terrible game. It's still has the same gameplay systems and wacky combo weapons as the original DR2, flaws and all. It just doesn't need to exist and I struggle to find any reason to recommend it.
  26. Oct 17, 2011
    60
    Unfortunately, it's a case of one game too far for owners of last year's release and all of its related DLC.
  27. Oct 14, 2011
    60
    Though having some undeniable qualities, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record fails to improve on its predecessor, proving just a mere more of the same. Just for fans.
  28. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    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.
  29. Oct 11, 2011
    60
    An incremental upgrade to Dead Rising 2. It's still great fun, but just be aware this is little extra than more of the same.
  30. Oct 11, 2011
    60
    Its rough edges may have been sanded down, but in the process some of its unique personality has been lost. At a time where games like Dark Souls aren't afraid to put players through the wringer, it's disappointing that a title from Capcom of all publishers should feel, much like its doughy protagonist, a little soft around the middle.
  31. Oct 11, 2011
    60
    It is really nice to once again play as the ol' zombie basher Frank West. But in the end, Off the Record feels more like downloadable content than a complete game.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 13, 2011
    8
    This game is for those who hated (like me) the whole "Timed" levels of the game! The first game was all about Rush, Rush, and more Rush. TheThis game is for those who hated (like me) the whole "Timed" levels of the game! The first game was all about Rush, Rush, and more Rush. The New Sandbox mode gives you the opportunity to play the game in a whole new way! In Sandbox mode, you can take your time and eliminate every Zombie on every level. You will actually have time, to put together all those special weapons and find all the hidden secrets. You will also have time, to level up and do all those special Zombie Killing moves. You will also Enjoy using the Camera to take, Horror, Brutality, Drama, and yes even those Erotic Shots, to help you level your "PP" up!

    If you quit DR2 because you didn't enjoy the Timed Levels, but loved the whole Zombie concept and every thing else about DR2, or just want to be a Photo journalist who specializes in getting those great Zombie Shots, or just want to enjoy the Uranus Level , or Shop at the Erotic Shop, then this game is for you, and at a great price point!
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  2. Oct 21, 2014
    5
    About 3 hours into it at the moment. I played the first one for the same amount of time before putting the brakes on. I really, really wantAbout 3 hours into it at the moment. I played the first one for the same amount of time before putting the brakes on. I really, really want to love this game, but I can only call it average. I enjoy the mystery style of it and the rescuing of people, exploring the open world at your own pace and what-not, but my God are the controls and graphics still awfully, painfully sh*tty. It's sooo close to being a game I could put about 1,000 hours into, but alas, my time with it will probably end at 5 hours. A plus for adding a sandbox mode. A minus for Frank's forehead taking up 3/4 of the screen. Full Review »
  3. Mar 27, 2014
    7
    This is a really solid game if you’re into slashing hordes of zombies. The graphics are ok, most importantly the framerate is always withinThis is a really solid game if you’re into slashing hordes of zombies. The graphics are ok, most importantly the framerate is always within playable levels which is kinda impressive considering the amount of zombies that are rendered on screen at all times. The plot is as good as it gets for a game like this, which is kind of surprising. Basically the gameplay is like this, you’re going to have to run around the city like crazy while occasionally killing a zombie or two (the most effective way to deal with them is to avoid them though). It’s actually pretty fun. You can also combine commonplace items to create lethal weapons that let you kill zombies in many creative ways. Unfortunately creating most of the combos is very impractical since that would involve carrying around obscure/useless items at all times just in case you find other obscure items to land combos with. You can get through most of the game using the spiked bat combo (the only one that effectively spawns at your base) just fine. Also, while killing zombies is easy, your tools won’t do much good against “psychopaths” (non-zombie enemies), thus making boss fights the most frustrating aspect of the game.
    In general, the game is really hard. So hard I often had to look up walkthroughs online. In fact, how well you do in the final missions decides what ending you’ll eventually get, and that’s also pretty frustrating. Finally, the sandbox mode is pretty pointless: it’s fun for the first half hour but without any objective it gets boring real quick. So if you have Dead Rising 2 vanilla and thinking of getting this just for the Sandbox mode, don’t.
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