Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 49 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 49
  2. Negative: 0 out of 49
  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 27, 2011
    85
    There have been some new areas and psychos, and weapon combos added, the photography feature from the original returns, and deviations from the original Dead Rising 2 story line (or at least how the events are experienced), but it's all instantly familiar, which makes it easy to recommend for those that appreciated the past meatl-- Dead Rising games.
  3. Oct 19, 2011
    85
    Frank West has covered wars, the Willamette incident and now he shoves Chuck Greene aside and covers the Fortune City incident!
  4. Oct 23, 2011
    83
    The definitive version of Dead Rising 2, and at a bargain price, too. [Dec 2011, p.93]
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    83
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is in the weird limbo land between update and full release. There's plenty of content here, but most of it isn't new.
  6. Oct 11, 2011
    82
    If you've missed out on the original outbreak, Off the Record is a great opportunity to experience what Dead Rising 2 is all about. Walking amongst the living dead is an enticing proposition in this alternate version filled with extra content, especially when it comes with a discounted price tag.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Oct 25, 2011
    80
    The big question here: Is Off The Record different enough from the original Dead Rising 2 to warrant a purchase? For fans of the franchise the answer has got to be yes. There may not be loads added, but considering the budget price it is worth picking up, if only just to play as Frank West again.
  10. 80
    In many ways, Off the Record is a better game than the original Dead Rising 2 with a better save function and a parallel universe setting of sorts. But it's also the SAME game, and if you've already played the original, there's little point in getting this. Only Dead Rising newcomers or absolute die-hards need apply.
  11. 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.
  12. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    A great game for those out to revisit Dead Rising 2 and those who avoided the series until now. It fixes or at least improves on several major issues with the series, making Capcom's zombie slayer more fun than ever.
  13. 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.
  14. It's fundamentally the same game, fourth time round at least, but it has enough new content to warrant a return to Fortune City. The best of Dead Rising.
  15. 78
    Worth a punt if you've yet to become acquainted with Fortune City, and although the addition of checkpoints might seem beyond the pale to some, it considerably reduces the frustration factor. At a budget price, Off the Record represents surprisingly decent value, and who out there doesn't like cross-dressing and clubbing zombies to death? Exactly.
  16. Oct 23, 2011
    78
    Off the Record feels too much as the previous game, and the new sandbox mode isn't really open like we would have liked. Advised only if you never played DR2.
  17. Nov 17, 2011
    77
    It's hard to recommend if you've already played Dead Rising 2 as it's fundamentally the same game for the most part. If you haven't though, then definitely pick it up as this is the version to get as there's really no other game like it.
  18. 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.
  19. 75
    Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is a very interesting retelling of the events of Dead Rising 2. Unfortunately, many of those who have already experienced the game that came before this will inevitably be put off by the repetition, as most of the content here is not new nor is it compelling if you've spent so much time on the original.
  20. Oct 11, 2011
    75
    Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is, basically, the same game we've seen a year ago, but with the "what if Frank West was the hero of Fortune City?". It has a few changes, some updates and several improvements, but overall is the same game. The most interesting thing is the new storyline, much more interesting than the Chuck Greene narrative. Makes you wonder if this should have been the Dead Rising 2 canon.
  21. Nov 15, 2011
    72
    Capcom sure knows how to make money. This game is rather an adaptation instead of a sequel. This could easily been sold as DLC, but the marketing department decided otherwise. If you've seen the original, no need to bother for a re-run. [Nov 2011]
  22. Oct 19, 2011
    72
    Same story, same weaknesses, same strengths, just a different hero than Dead Rising 2. Only recommended for hardcore fans.
  23. Oct 19, 2011
    72
    Same story, same weaknesses, same strengths, just a different hero than Dead Rising 2. Only recommended for hardcore fans.
  24. Oct 18, 2011
    72
    Fans should enjoy it, but, for us, it just covers too much of the same territory we plowed through before. Give us Dead Rising 3 already…and not Dead Rising 2.5 or 2.7.
  25. Nov 16, 2011
    70
    In the end, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record isn't a bad game by any means. It's just a game that pretty much everyone who's interested in Dead Rising's already played. While it'd be a good entrance point for new players, and it might be worth playing through with a friend, only the most fanatical zombie killers need to consider it.
  26. Nov 14, 2011
    70
    The best Dead Rising game do date, but its core gameplay remains much the same. [Issue#77, p.89]
  27. Oct 18, 2011
    70
    Sometimes feels more like a DLC than a complete new experience. Just for hardcore fans of the saga.
  28. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    It's certainly not a bad game by any measure, but having played Dead Rising 2 there's little to get excited about with this release. That said, those unfamiliar with the series should dive in here, as shorter load times, a smidge of new content and a checkpointing system do offer a marginally more pleasant experience than that offered by prior games in the series.
  29. Oct 17, 2011
    70
    I enjoy the campy, over-the-top antics of Frank West and the inclusion of the sandbox mode makes this game much more enjoyable in short bursts. My main issues lie with the fact that this is the fourth game this year to be released under the DR2 label. There is a great package here for the price, just be sure you are not burnt out on the series before taking the plunge.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. Oct 12, 2011
    68
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a textbook definition of a director's cut. Those enjoying it for the first time won't know the difference, those who disliked it won't care, and those who loved the original will be split down the middle in their appreciation of a reworked interpretation.
  34. Oct 24, 2011
    67
    The structure of the game is the same, fighting bosses is janky, and if you've played any Dead Rising game, the bulk of the experience is going to feel a bit stale.
  35. 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.
  36. Oct 18, 2011
    65
    Only the most ardent Dead Rising fans should buy this game.
  37. 65
    Even at $40, it's tough to recommend the meager additions Off the Record delivers. Diehard Dead Rising fans will like the callbacks, and series newcomers won't mind the recycling, but everyone in the middle will wish the new material was more abundant.
  38. 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.
  39. Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Without the existence of Dead Rising 2, Off the Record would have probably be worth a better review score, but the common material with the previous game is a little too much not to think that Capcom simply played its recycling card again. Indeed the game is cheaper than the previous episodes, but it's not enough to justify the pruchase if you already did the second one.
  40. Oct 21, 2011
    60
    On the surface, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record has more than enough content to satiate, but the question really comes down to this: are you sick of Dead Rising? If the answer is 'yes', then it would be wise to avoid this re-imagining of the previous game in the series. For those who say 'nay' however, it's still good advice to remember that this game, in spite of its better parts, is still something you've mostly experienced already.
  41. Oct 19, 2011
    60
    If you really enjoyed blasting through Dead Rising 2, and were keen to do so again, maybe you'll be satisfied with what's on offer here. But I find it hard to recommend an expansion pack masquerading as a full release.
  42. Oct 14, 2011
    60
    Quotation forthcoming.
  43. 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.
  44. Oct 12, 2011
    60
    An interesting attempt at a director's cut, but if anything the passage of time and remaining niggles make the overall experience less entertaining.
  45. 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.
  46. 60
    If you enjoyed Dead Rising 2, then you'll enjoy Dead Rising 2: Off the Record - but that's because they're identical.
  47. 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.
  48. Nov 27, 2011
    50
    While Dead Rising 2: Off the Record does incorporate changes and additions that improve upon its predecessor, it's hard to overlook the numerous technical issues that weigh it down.
  49. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. 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 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. Full Review »
  2. Oct 12, 2011
    6
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a great zombie game. It has lots of reply value and adds new features from the orignal. But if you already own it, it's a complete rip off at $40. If you've never played Dead Rising 2 then this is a great game. If I were you I'd wait until it has a price drop. Full Review »
  3. Oct 12, 2011
    8
    Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is a good game for fans of the zombie-killing franchise. While this game contains some new elements, it's not entirely a full game bursting with originality. If you've already spent countless hours in Dead Rising 2, this probably won't seem as fulfilling as a new entry in the series should. Dead Rising 2: Off The Record makes for a good enough game by itself, but comparing it to the core DR2 game doesn't exactly allow it the recognition it deserves. This game is basically a re-do, but for fans of the series it may not matter. Love him or despise him, Frank West is certainly... an interesting hero to say the least. Its new content and a slightly revised story are perhaps perfect for a complete novice to the series or even the most devoted fan looking for another reason to kill. I would give this game an 8.1. It might not be the greatest thing for hardcore veterans expecting a completely NEW GAME, but for what it is (Dead Rising 2.5 with some new elements but with mostly recycled elements) it's definitely worth picking up. I agree 100% with klinesmokerr's statement that this is a game for fans, pure and simple. Full Review »