• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 31, 2010
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
  1. It's a nice little slice of Dead Rising which stands perfectly fine on its own and I can honestly recommend it to people who want to kill zombies for a few hours but would not otherwise enjoy the time-based mechanics and rigid scheduling necessary to complete a longer Dead Rising title.
  2. Despite a dozen little annoyances, despite that sluggish pace and some dated visuals, Case Zero remains a lazy pleasure to plod through as you divide your time between story missions and a therapeutic culling of the masses.
  3. For about five euros offers a good perspective of what lies ahead and above all, offers more features to the fans who are waiting for the sequel.
  4. Fun in many ways, but showing a number of defects that are likely to be in the final Dead Rising 2, Case Zero offers enough playing time to make a first review. This kind of "demo" (worth 400 Microsoft Points) has good things to offer, but do not expect to learn a lot of juicy details about the past of Chuck Greene or that kind of stuff, you would be disappointed.
  5. The new combo weapons adds an extra dimension to the always consistent fun of killing zombies. An excellent appetizer for the full game, but also one that's over just as you get really into it. But that's probably the point. Great fun while it lasts, and well worth the price.
  6. games(TM)
    60
    A strange beast. [Issue#100, p.132]
  7. Case Zero makes a lasting impression when it comes to slaughtering the undead. However, given its short two hour duration and the oppressive race-against-the-clock structure, it's hard to recommend without qualification.
  8. I do think Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has actually done more harm than good because after playing through this DLC, it's safe to say that many will leave with a sour look on their face and may question the purchase of Dead Rising 2 next month.
  9. 65
    I think it's cool that they took this route and there are fun parts to the download, but that doesn't make Case Zero a great game. The load times and the lack of stuff to do in Still Creek really keep this one from being anything other than a place to tool around in while you wait for the full-fledged sequel.
  10. An interesting halfway house between demo and full game, whose brevity may even save it from some of the criticisms of the main release.
  11. Dead Rising 2: Case Zero offers us a great taste of what we'll find in Dead Rising 2, even if it ends up being too short.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 72
  2. Negative: 5 out of 72
  1. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    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 gamesValue 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. Full Review »
  2. Sep 1, 2010
    8
    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 toMeet 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.
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  3. Sep 14, 2010
    10
    No offense, but JackyBeans has no concept of what a good game is with a rating of 5/10 for this and 9/10 for Kane and Lynch 2. They alsoNo offense, but JackyBeans has no concept of what a good game is with a rating of 5/10 for this and 9/10 for Kane and Lynch 2. They also don't seem to get the concept that this is a MINI $5 PREQUEL to the full game that comes out on September 28th. Amazing update to the original game. Great weapons combo system. Increased zombie count from 800 to 7000 on screen at once. What's not to love? Dead Rising is back, baby! Full Review »