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  • Summary: Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, will introduce main protagonist and former motocross champion Chuck Greene and provide a link between the original game and the events that await players in the gambling paradise of Fortune City.
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  1. Positive: 41 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. A ridiculously generous standalone game, bursting with unique content. [Nov 2010, p.116]
  2. It seems a bit odd still that this is an XBLA title, though for 400 Microsoft points, Achievements and a prequel to the sequel, this is most certainly worth the extra change and will provide countless hours of entertainment in zombie slaying and re-playability.
  3. Looking past the demo complaint, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero is more like a pre-release DLC, helping to bridge the gap between the two main installments with an enthralling story, and provides enough zombie skull-bashing that'll keep even the most sadistic of us pleased for hours to come.
  4. Dead Rising 2: Case 0 is remarkable for being a downloadable sample of a game coming to retail in a month. It is a fresh concept, as it is not a demo, but it seems its objective is just to show what Dead Rising 2 is going to offer. The story closes in a reasonably good way, although it does so in order to be linked with the story of the main game, which of course may not be liked by part of the public.
  5. Dead Rising 2: Case Zero does a great job of rekindling memories of the first game while paving the way for the upcoming sequel.
  6. Dead Rising 2: Case Zero does a good job of filling the gap between Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2, and should be considered a must have for anyone interested in the sequel.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    Value for dollar you get so much here that it would be a shame to pass it up if you were a Dead Rising fan. I've payed 1200 points for games that last 1/4 as long and that weren't nearly as good either. Best game on XBLA, for sure. Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2013
    This is a $5 trial for Dead Rising 2, but it's well worth the price tag. The game gives you access to 10 of the retail games build-able weapons and a story that shows the beginning of the drastic change in Chucks's life that results from the Zombie outbreak he is fleeing from. While the game takes place maybe 2 years before the retail game, it is a short glimpse at what is to come for both Chuck and the player. If you like this then there is no reason not to grab DR2. Expand
  3. Sep 4, 2010
    For five dollars, you get to make Darth Maul like paddle chainsaws, which are awesome and corny at the same time, but mostly awesome. You also get to cleave hundreds of zombies with Broadswords, and smash them with nail covered bats. Not much of a plot, but gets you acquainted with the controls, gives your character a boost in stats, and serves as a great hook.


    For five dollars, you can get a large slice of cheese pizza and a small soda.

    I choose the zombie killing.
  4. Sep 16, 2010
    Dead Rising: Case Zero is short, but sweet, wetting your apatite ready for the full game release sometime next month. Here we see new character 'Chuck Greene' take to the stage as we're given a small taste of what Dead Rising 2 has to offer. There are still problems; the time limit is as tight as ever and survivor AI is still not 100% up-to-scratch, but regardless, for 400MS points, you can't ask for much more. Zombies are everywhere, just waiting to be killed with the plentiful of weapons lying around. Objects are combinable (which serves as Chuck's main gimmick throughout Dead Rising 2), survivors need saving and there's even an exclusive boss fight with new psychopath, 'Jed.' People may complain what we're getting here is a charged demo, though with exclusive characters, missions and environments not to be found in the final game, it's certainly worth the asking price. Besides, for those unsure there's always the trial. Expand
  5. Sep 1, 2010
    Meet Chuck Greene. He's trying to save his daughter from being infected, among other things. He has to go to point A and bring item back to point B. Also rescue people, because he's a nice guy.
    That's the story. The prologue's story sucks, I'll admit. The added 4 endings, with one "True" ending is nice, but whatever.
    Buy this game now though because it is FUN.
    Take Dead Rising 1. Give you 1/10th the time limit. Give you the same amount of weapons PLUS weapon combos. Insert thousands of zombies. You have to add and subtract here and there, but you end up with one solid game.
    Seriously, this game is better than a demo, because it gives you a full case (level) to play through, and you can carry over progress. It gives you 200 more achievement points, some extra backstory, and hours of replayability. I can play through this entire game in one sitting nice and quick and then go do something else. Perfect to show a friend

    If you like zombie stuff, this game's worth the 5 dollars. Let's compare it to critically acclaimed game "Limbo". 1/3 the price. Same 200 achievement points. Limbo is maybe twice as long on your first playthrough (whereas you get better when you know where you'll die and the game gets quicker). Limbo is linear, whereas DR2 has multiple endings and a sanboxy enough feel to just go about finding new ways to kill zombies.

    If you can buy any of the Summer of Arcade games this summer, then you can definitely afford this. Stop whining that it's a glorified demo. It's awesome. Buy it. Go make your Electric Rake and have some fun.
  6. Sep 2, 2010
    Dead Rising: Case Zero is a strange beast, while many are arguing it is a demo you have to pay for, while I can understand this argument, it is a stand alone prologue to Dead Rising 2 with achievements, and a whole independent storyline setting up for the full game release. I thoroughly enjoyed Case Zero. It is meant to be played through multiple times which is fine as it only lasts 2 hours and you can do different things during each playthrough. The time limit your first play through it brutal, once you are familiar with the town and objectives it is easy to achieve every objective in one play through (I did on my second). The gameplay is almost the exact of the original dead rising with a improvements, the graphics leave something to be desired but this in an "arcade" release. The new weapons are fun, and the item combo system while limited is fun. Picking up a broadsword and just hacking through masses of zombies never gets old. There are some mediocre platform elements (climbing up to roofs) but not enough to ruin the game. There are multiple endings, and easy achievements to boot. Overall this game is a good set up for the full retail Dead Rising 2 this month, however it is limited, but well worth the $5. Expand
  7. Nov 9, 2010
    I'm sorry, but the producers/developers obviously seem intent on ruining another dead rising.

    Why do Psychopaths battles have to be in this
    game? It makes no sense how they can withstand 30 sniper rounds to the chest. Its extremely unsatisfying having so much fun only to have the inevitable random lunatic turn up and make you want to pull your hair out - Why can he me from so far away with a shotgun when I can't shoot enemies from the same distance? Magic shells? If you're going to put in these bosses, make them monsters or something, at least then it might make sense why they are so powerful.

    Also, why can't the survivors actually speak when you approach them, instead of sifting through text while zombies limber up behind you? Is that supposed to make the game more challenging, well if the challenge is for me to smash my xbox off the wall then they have exceeded. Thoroughly irritating.

    Underneath these problems lies a great game - its hard not enjoy yourself with so much variety (limited in case zero, but its only 400msp) and is as much fun as any zombie fan could ever ask for. Its just such a pity they spoiled it.

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