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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, "OffDead 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: 20 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    The best Dead Rising game do date, but its core gameplay remains much the same. [Issue#77, p.89]
  6. 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.
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Off the Record lets you return to Fortune City, but this time as Frank West from the first game. Sadly, Off the Record keeps much of the bad game design from its predecessors as horrible loading time, time limits and specific and sparse places for combining weapons. There are just too many game mechanics in this game that should not be allowed in a game made in 2011.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. May 1, 2012
    10
    Zombie games,It strikes a love it or hate it kinda feel.There really isn't anything in-between.In my personal opinion, this to me is a love itZombie games,It strikes a love it or hate it kinda feel.There really isn't anything in-between.In my personal opinion, this to me is a love it kinda game.This game surpasses Dead rising 1 and 2 by a mile.People say"well this is what could of happened and it's not real.HELLO...this series isn't real,there are no zombies in life and never will be.So to me that's what makes this game so genius is that it brings a false to already a false.The game play couldn't be more right on the money,and it makes for the best zombie playground ever created especially in the sandbox mode.If it's at all possible for the people that have never played any of the games then jump right into this one, cause this is the true place to start then you'll probably want to go out and pick up the original afterwards.That's the way to get the most out of the series and just skip part 2 altogether.The only thing that Deadrising 2 had that was better was the story,the idea was that you were actually going out in the horde of zombies to get medicine for your daughter,but that's it.The online for this game is also fun,engaging and brilliant.Left 4 dead 2 does have the best muli-player for a zombie game but this is hands down the winner for a single player experience and an overall complete gaming experience.9.5 Expand
  2. Mar 13, 2012
    10
    If you haven't played Dead Rising 2 - definitely get Off The Record. If you HAVE already played Dead Rising 2, I can only recommend this ifIf you haven't played Dead Rising 2 - definitely get Off The Record. If you HAVE already played Dead Rising 2, I can only recommend this if you are a huge fan or have been craving for a sandbox mode. This version alters the story, adds new weapons, new psychopaths, new outfits, a new location, and the sandbox mode. Expand
  3. Oct 11, 2011
    9
    This is a game for fans, pure and simple. Objectively I can't say this is worth picking up if you're not one for the Dead Rising world, but ifThis is a game for fans, pure and simple. Objectively I can't say this is worth picking up if you're not one for the Dead Rising world, but if you are it does everything you would hope it would do. By reintroducing Frank West as the protagonist, Capcom has done a fine job of pushing the story into his hands and giving the player an idea of what it would mean to be the original hero. If you do decide to co-op the title, the game becomes (as before) an enjoyable romp full of crazy outfits, over the top modifications and popcorn humor that is not only born from the game itself but from the humor you and your buddy will self create. At $40, this is a steal for entertainment, craziness, hilarity and more. Don't be fooled by critical reviews that pan the game for doing exactly what the fans wanted it to do, just pick it up, grab some snacks and enjoy (or re-enjoy) one of last year's underrated titles. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    This is what the original DR2 should have been like.

    This game is fantastic, while I do agree it should have been kept as DLC, I am glad they
    This is what the original DR2 should have been like.

    This game is fantastic, while I do agree it should have been kept as DLC, I am glad they made it stand alone. You can fill up on your Zombie genocidal tendencies and have a lot of fun playing this game. There are new weapons, DLC, locations etc. All of which make this stand out from the original. The reason I gave it an 8 was because if you've played the original DR2, then this game will seem like the same game you played last year (Remember CoD people), and that alone might put you off buying this game.

    I had a lot of fun playing this game, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
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  5. Oct 12, 2011
    7
    If you have Dead Rising 2 then there is not enough here to justify another purchase of what is pretty much the same game except with aIf you have Dead Rising 2 then there is not enough here to justify another purchase of what is pretty much the same game except with a different main character. But if you never played a Dead Rising game before and you really want to then this is the perfect place to start seeing that it adds a Sandbox mode which has been absent from the other 2 games. I would recommend a buy for new people to the series and a rent for people that already own or played the other 2. Expand
  6. May 29, 2013
    7
    The exact same game as Dead Rising 2 except you're Frank West, and there's a few new weapons and an amusement park to explore for 10 minutes.The exact same game as Dead Rising 2 except you're Frank West, and there's a few new weapons and an amusement park to explore for 10 minutes. If you're a die hard fan then this is for you, but otherwise it's no different than Dead Rising 2. However, it does have a sandbox mode, giving you infinite amounts of time to do what you want, so in that aspect it gets a boost in it's replay value. Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2012
    3
    I want to love this game but I can't because the timer system sucks. There's NO TIME. Literally. There's tons of side missions/people to saveI want to love this game but I can't because the timer system sucks. There's NO TIME. Literally. There's tons of side missions/people to save but there is no time at all to get to them. You need to do main missions and keep finding antidote to your zombie disease. (without those the game stops) You need to focus on those missions while IGNORING all the incoming calls about victims all over the mall needing your help. Sorry guys..No time. I felt like rushing across the mall to get to the other victims and back in time was impossible. The play area is huge! I'd like to be able to explore it properly and solve/save every one. There should be an option of eliminating the time restrictions completely (maybe on easy mode?) It would be nice if there was a finite amount of zombies. You slaughter so many and then re-enter the area and surprise! They're back.. I found the bosses to be very hard too. How many shotgun blasts to the head can Chefs and Show girls take?? I like constructing weapons BUT making blended drinks? That's dumb.

    It's also not different enough from the other dead rising games...pretty much the same. I've played all the D.R. games and I WANT to love them - but because of this major flaw - I can't..
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