Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 76 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It's not the smoothest game and it can feel like the last one, however that doesn't mean a thing when the game's this much fun. Using a car battery and a Street Fighter mask to electrocute the undead and a set of knives and a pair of boxing gloves to make Wolverine claws are all great times.
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    The Dead Rising formula proves to be as addictive as ever, and a new cooperative mode and weapon crafting system are great additions to the franchise.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    The solid foundation residually left over from the original and the new hybrid weapons system create a basically appealing package from which a decent amount of fun can be derived, but the lackluster presentation, uninspired story, outright broken multiplayer, and atrocious amount of glitches makes Dead Rising 2 less of a flawed gem and more of a somewhat polished pile that incrementally smells worse the longer you let it sit in your disc drive.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    84
    Dead Rising 2's biggest strength lies in its variety of both story and side missions. There is never a shortage of things to do in the game, and the co-op ability makes this a trip you can take several times with friends.
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    95
    Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2's replayability is a testament to the fully realized burg that is Fortune City. I want to meet more nutjob Psychopaths; I want to try more games of chance scattered around the casinos; I want to spend an afternoon shirking my in-game responsibilities to create new tools of destruction with my hard-earned Combo Cards.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    A balanced game, at once idiosyncratic, infuriating, funny and ultimately compelling. In both its story and its systems, it holds life and undeath in delicate tension; and as a result, all the loud-mouth college humour and violence fail to mask its tender heart.
  8. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Dead Rising 2 is filled with quirks and lingering flaws, but they're easily shrugged off when delivering the business end of an Electric Rake -- that'd be a car battery and rake joined with duct tape -- to an unsuspecting zombie, as the pure joy of creation and destruction alike come together to create an enthralling action experience that's still unlike anything else out there.
  9. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2 is as straightforward a sequel to Dead Rising as you can get. There are no drastic changes to the formula, for all the good and bad that implies.
  10. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    Every aspect about the original has certainly been improved this time out, besides the Psychopath encounters, so it's definitely worth checking out.
  11. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    With multiple playthroughs in mind, Dead Rising 2 may provide all the gaming you need this holiday season. There's no way you'll be able to do everything in one shot. Going back to Fortune City with a better grasp of the map is only going to make things more enjoyable. Kill, Chuck, kill!
  12. Oct 21, 2010
    83
    Ultimately, sure, Dead Rising 2 has annoying technical flaws and uninteresting boss battles. But the ability to jump into a friend's game while wearing a Borat-inspired mankini and a Servbot helmet with a lawnmower blade strapped on top help you quickly forget those problems.
  13. Dec 25, 2010
    86
    More of the same, but more of the terrific same. You'll laugh, scream...and swear. Lots! [Issue#231, p.79]
  14. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    While improving the original formula, the multiplayer addition is not enough (or not fun enough) to overlook the game main drawbacks, which remain substantially unchanged from the previous chapter.
  15. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    While not a huge departure from the original Dead Rising template, Dead Rising 2's concession to friendlier game-saves and excellent addition of a creative and funny weapon-crafting system make it a rewarding and gleefully entertaining experience. But alas, the corpse-killing hijinks are noticeably marred by some inexcusable hark-backs to archaic game design. A lot of fun then, but with some definite frustrations.
  16. Oct 21, 2010
    82
    It works, entertains and reaches its objectives, but in future installments we'd like to see new elements in the formula.
  17. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    For all my complaints, I've probably put forty hours or more into it, and that's the best endorsement I'm able to give.
  18. Oct 21, 2010
    100
    Like Resident Evil 5 and Lost Planet 2, this Dead Rising is no mere comfort food. It's skillfully made-to-order for people who are hip to zombie mythology, who don't think of Doom or Daikatana when they hear the name "Romero".
  19. 85
    We admit we miss the first Dead Rising's goofier schtick and the initial wow factor of its innovative challenge. But the latter hasn't been toned down for this sequel, and the game remains - even with its flaws - a shuffler lover's undead dream.
  20. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    A great sequel to a very unique and entertaining series.
  21. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Dead Rising 2 is a sequel that tries so hard to appeal to fans of the original that the rest of the gaming world might not find the mass slaughter of zombies quite so appealing. We loved it from start to (stupid) finish, though the many reasons others might not are plain to see and completely understandable.
  22. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    A challenging and at times flawed experience - one that serves up plenty of frustration along with the rampant good times. Because no matter how hard you try or how carefully you plan your outings, you're almost certain to hit some kind of wall.
  23. Oct 21, 2010
    86
    Horror, comedy and action. Dead Rising 2 is a balanced game - a funny and compelling "zombie Killer".
  24. Oct 22, 2010
    85
    There's a lot to see and do in Dead Rising 2, even after the credits roll. Loads of nooks and crannies to explore and strategies to develop. Money well spent!
  25. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Dead Rising 2 offers the same game experiences provided by its predecessor, improving the overall quality. A must for all the zombie lovers.
  26. Oct 21, 2010
    91
    Dead Rising 2 won't attract many new fans, but gamers who can put up with the funky leveling-up system are in for a real treat. With hundreds of zombies on screen, all kinds of cool weapons to create and a story that is actually compelling, Capcom has created the sequel Dead Rising fans have been asking for!
  27. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    As a whole, Dead Rising 2 is a tuned, tweaked and polished sequel.
  28. Oct 21, 2010
    78
    Dead Rising 2 is very similar to the first chapter. Maybe too much. The game is solid and funny, but it's the same experience everyone knows, that comes along with some tecnical issues as well.
  29. Oct 21, 2010
    72
    After the first chapter, the story really starts to suck you in, but the gameplay is too repetitive for being entertaining a long time.
  30. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Its dark humour and visceral splatter simply add to the charm of the whole package, and the whole thing is so fun and outrageous that it's impossible not to love it.
  31. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    You should buy Dead Rising 2 if you enjoyed the first one and Case Zero as well. The addition of co-op is the best part of the game.
  32. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2 softens some sharp edges of the first chapter and introduces a fistful of new ideas. Despite some technical issues, this is a very good sequel for a very good series... good work Blue Castle!
  33. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Dead Rising 2 doesn't really present anything new compared to the first game, other than the co-op and the ability to combine objects to create interesting weapons. The graphics are dated and the lack of variation in gameplay will bug a lot of players. There's still much fun to be had, thanks to the funny story, bizarre characters and millions of ways to slaughter the zombies.
  34. Oct 21, 2010
    81
    The small improvements, like the extra save slots and crafted weapons, are just that--small improvements. The joys of co-op are obvious, but not always available. If you can deal with dead time and like kill counts in the thousands, let the dead rise so you can lay them to rest.
  35. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Dead Rising 2 is quite similar to the first game, but the formula still works. A fun, huge, entertaining and compelling game, with many things to do and much to discover. Unfortunately, it lacks the depth of the original one in terms of story, and it doesn't feel as fresh as the first time.
  36. Oct 21, 2010
    88
    A shotgun barrel of fun. There really is so much to do and so little time to do it. You'll hardly ever get bored of running around torturing zombies with all manners of sadistic, man-made equipment.
  37. Oct 21, 2010
    75
    There are very few games that showcase this kind of creativity combined with a protagonist with a believable reason behind their cause.
  38. Jan 11, 2011
    60
    It can be said that the game is made for players to start over, but it doesn't seem like a fair or enjoyable trade-off that a person should be willing to go back to square one of the story mode as a result of experimenting with and enjoying the item-crafting.
  39. 80
    Better still is the four-player competitive multiplayer - it's exactly what was missing from the Dead Rising experience. A gory, obscene gameshow which revels in the whimsical and moral dilemma-free dismemberment of the formerly living.
  40. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Capcom didn't risk too much: Dead Rising 2 is but a better Dead Rising. More content, more atmosphere, more zombies, more challenges, more multiplayer, more folly, more psychos, more weapons, and more desire to have another bite. But be warned: if you didn't like the playability of the first one, this sequel won't please you either. Every single thing one could criticize about the original is back for the sequel. It's still a wonder for zombies aficionados, a must-have for lovers of everytning that combines kitch aesthetics and gore... if you're able to tolerate some frequent and really long loading times.
  41. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It's testimony to Inafune-san and Blue Castle that they weren't tempted to pander to a wider audience and continued with a setup that while frustrating is at least rewarding and satisfying in its difference.
  42. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    A videogame that, though potentially excellent, doesn't have much reason to exist, and scuppers itself time and again through silly design decisions. [Issue#64, p.84]
  43. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    By far, however, the greatest addition to the formula is the co-op multiplayer. Grab a friend online, and the two of you can slice, chop and smash your way through the hordes together, with plenty of missions to complete. The action is very entertaining with a second person keeping you company and you'll spend hours simply exploring and clearing out entire areas of zombies together.
  44. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It may not win tons of awards at the end of the year, but there's enough here to warrant a purchase, especially if you're into zombie games or simply craving an awesome action game.
  45. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2 is leaps and bounds better than the original but it still has its fair share of gameplay problems.
  46. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Lots of zombies, black humour and amazing weapons. This is a splatter fest easy to recommend.
  47. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    The polished survivor A.I., pacing, and super fun combo weapons make for an addicting zombie killing game. It just has lost some of the charm of the original game while also retaining some of its most frustrating aspects.
  48. Jan 11, 2011
    74
    Despite the problems, Dead Rising 2 is a fun and satisfying package overall.
  49. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    Dead Rising 2 is impressive with its carefully crafted plot, new features, and increased scale, making it an interesting option to the rest of the zombie killing games on the market.
  50. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Dead Rising 2 willfully endures that same risks as its predecessor and still manages to come out better for it.
  51. Jan 11, 2011
    85
    The thing about the Dead Rising series is that it's pretty unique. Killing hordes of zombies with a huge variety of improvised weaponry isn't a genre present anywhere else. It's a great game to just mess around in, picking up random clothing, smashing zombie heads in and fighting away psychopaths.
  52. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    If you didn't have a fun time in Dead Rising, things aren't going to change with Dead Rising 2. It is more of the same which doesn't have to be a bad thing.
  53. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    All in all Dead Rising 2 does everything a good sequel should, new story, slightly tweaked gameplay, additional game modes, all whilst retaining what made the original so good.
  54. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    This is a development team that listens. Taking the good from the original and cutting or fixing the bad. It still carries all the horror spliced with comedy from the first and creates a world that intrigues, entertains and disgusts in equal measure.
  55. Jan 11, 2011
    76
    Dead Rising fans - you know who you are - are going to love this game. If you still bust out your copy of the 2006 original, do yourself a favor and pick this up.
  56. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Dead Rising was an enjoyable experience, full of the undead, a bit of cheese, and a likeable yet somewhat flat protagonist in Frank West. DR 2 ups the ante to provide similar thrills, but overall feels like a much more fuller game.
  57. Oct 21, 2010
    60
    Me, I wish the game had better inventory control and an item storage system to allow you to really explore all of your weapon options. But it's the other stuff--the still messy survivor AI and poorly built boss battles--that really mars the Dead Rising 2 experience. It's not an impossible game to love, but as with the first game, you'll have to look past a lot of blemishes to find happiness.
  58. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Maintains some of the flaws of the first Dead Rising, but you can't complain too much when killing zombies is so much fun.
  59. The same great Dead Rising, issues included, with some teeny-tiny nips and tucks.
  60. Oct 21, 2010
    86
    There are a mass of improvements over the first. Especially regarding the survivor AI that was extremely poor in the first game. While the survivors aren't exactly intelligent by any means this time around, they are at least capable of following you and pushing other zombies out of the way while you work your way back to the safe house.
  61. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2 doesn't stray from the core principle of the original. Murdering zombies in creative ways is immensely entertaining.
  62. Oct 21, 2010
    65
    If it were possible for Marmite to return from the grave, Dead Rising 2 would be that game.
  63. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    The sequel to one of the most iconic Xbox 360 games does not disappoint. The boss fights may be terrible, but the rest of the game is gaming made fun, pure and simple. You won't have this much fun with dismemberment anywhere else.
  64. Oct 21, 2010
    65
    Without a doubt, Blue Castle Games and Capcom continue to show us abuse of the undead makes for good gaming-it's just unfortunate Dead Rising 2 accomplishes little else.
  65. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    Of course, Dead Rising 2 knows how to be efficient, but we could expect a bit more from this second episode.
  66. Oct 21, 2010
    90
    Dead Rising 2 is a fantastically fun title, so long as you approach it from the right point of view.
  67. Oct 21, 2010
    84
    A great action game and surely the best zombie game this generation, so far.
  68. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2 is everything you'd want from the zombie-smashing, free-roaming sequel and although many were after an upgraded save system, the tweaks it's seen are relatively minor. Adding co-op and a hugely original multiplayer have definitely made this a must buy for zombie fanatics the world over, but the painfully long load times, the odd frame-rate issues and retreading the same ground after we've died umpteen times, really holds the game back from the dizzy 90s.
  69. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    By not changing too much from the original template Blue Castle Games have ensured that Dead Rising 2 will likely elicit as divisive a response as its predecessor. Which is fine because Dead Rising 2, a bundle of contradictions with a neat line in bespoke weaponry, isn't an easy game to love at all. Take the plunge though, and you'll find one of 2010's most singular, bloody-minded, and fascinating videogames.
  70. Oct 21, 2010
    70
    There's a strange juxtaposition between restriction and fun, and I still don't feel they've accurately nailed it.
  71. Oct 21, 2010
    81
    Dead Rising 2 is like its predecessor with a lot of new features. Fans of the first game will like the second quite a bit and can consider it a must have.
  72. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    That being said, critics of the first game are going to find problems with Dead Rising 2, namely the highly difficult boss battles and the poorly structured inventory system.
  73. Oct 21, 2010
    85
    For the people who know what to expect, Dead Rising 2 will be a fantastic zombie slaying experience. It's full of humour, satire and atmosphere and as long as you play by its rules it's also full of fun. Those who go in expecting a free-for-all genocidal rampage will be disappointed - at least they will until they realise what they're supposed to do.
  74. Oct 21, 2010
    40
    Hamstrung by clumsy mechanics, this game was unfortunately destined to disappoint; which is a pity when the conceptual framework was so promising.
  75. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    It's tough at times, and some moments will have you gnashing your teeth in frustration in the early stages of the game when Chuck has less health and inventory slots to play with. But stick with it, and soon you'll be sucked into a world of zombies, sinister plots and downright good gory fun.
  76. Oct 21, 2010
    80
    Dead Rising 2 is a serviceable follow-up, and another unique addition to the ranks of zombie bashers. Its uniqueness is of the rough-and-ready variety, however, sparked by colliding clich├ęs, and for all Fortune City's lashings of sugar, glitter and grey matter, many will find that unevenness hard to bear. Recommended, but watch your step.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 187 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 58
  2. Negative: 12 out of 58
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    4
    Dead Rising 2 suffers from a number of bad gameplay, and story design choices. The design choices for gameplay are archaic and confusing. When you level Chuck you are given no choice as to what abilities are upgraded in fact it is completely random. One of the more frustrating elements is the impossibly slow run speed Chuck starts with. Unless of course you are carrying someone or pushing a cart. Then you run like the wind. A sprint function of some kind would have been a much better choice. Co-op is marred by the inability to roam freely from your partner(in order to 'zone' from one area to the next you must be within 10 feet of the other player), the limitation of only 2 players, the always on friendly fire, and the poor netcode. In what seems to be a purely lazy decision BOTH players play as Chuck in co-op. The potential for griefing will keep the vast majority of players from playing co-op with anyone except friends. If at all. The story depicts 'Americans' largely as ignorant, selfish, greedy, moronic, and hungry for violence. The developers feelings on american politics is blatantly unfavorable. Chuck's only redeeming quality is that he loves his daughter. Capcom is known for thier borderline stereotyping/bigoted depictions of people and Dead Rising 2 is no exception. Unfortunately this game also suffers in many other areas as well. This is a rental at best. Full Review »
  2. Sep 28, 2010
    8
    I love this game. It is such a rewarding experience and you feel awesome when you accomplish anything. It's actually very addictive as well, I got it this morning but before I knew it, it was 12am. It's obviously been made for the fans of the original, so obviously if you didn't like the first you're not going to like this one. The side quests are alot tougher this time round, especially the psychopaths. You're going to have a big gun if you're at a lower level and you try and take them on. However, this does make it such a more rewarding experience and keeps the re-playability alive. The AI on the survivors alot better however and you won't find them always screaming for help after having stupidly run into a crowd of zombies. The story really drives you forward, storylines are very important to me in a game, which was why I originally liked the first game and this one is no different. Chuck makes me laugh alot, he's not trying to be funny AT ALL but his cool occasional one liners make me laugh out loud and the subtle rock music that played when he's being a badass is cool too. It's such a strange format, in a good way though, the combat and overall game-play is just comedy, but the storyline is very serious. From the outside this might seem weird, but it works really well. The multi-player made me laugh alot, its very funny, it's played out like a gameshow and the money you earn from winning can be spent in the single-player. I can immediately tell that I'll be playing this one for a while, with the addition of co-op and multiplayer the re-play value is just massive. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2010
    1
    There is an old saying at Capcom headquarters. "If it is broke, leave it alone and release a sequel!" Dead Rising 1 was a repetitive, timed escort mission. Back when it was released it got by because it featured tons of zombies and looked great on the brand new XBOX360. Now in 2010 all the things that were endearing about DR1 have become old hat. The graphics have no improved, load times are worse than before, there is still a timer, and you are leading hapless AI imbeciles on escort missions to safety. If you must play this game just wait a few weeks and pick it up in the bargain bin where it belongs. Full Review »