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  • Summary: Dead Rising 2 takes the franchise to a new level of zombie-killing fun with tens of thousands of zombies, the all new gambling paradise of Fortune City to explore and conquer plus a host of new in-game objects that can all be used as deadly weapons to stave off the zombie assault. Dead Rising 2 is set several years after the infamous zombie invasion of Willamette. Unfortunately, the zombie virus was not contained at the conclusion of Dead Rising, spreading unchecked throughout the United States and Dead Rising 2 depicts a country where zombie outbreaks continue to strike. [Capcom] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 76
  2. Negative: 1 out of 76
  1. Oct 21, 2010
    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".
  2. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  4. Oct 21, 2010
    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!
  5. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  6. Oct 21, 2010
    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.
  7. Oct 21, 2010
    Hamstrung by clumsy mechanics, this game was unfortunately destined to disappoint; which is a pity when the conceptual framework was so promising.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 55
  2. Negative: 12 out of 55
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    Dead Rising 2 is an odd game to review. Going strictly on an objective, technical look, I'd give the game an 8/10. There are definitely elements that frustrate, chief among them being frequent load times, the lack of spoken dialogue (especially since what *is* there is so good), and the occasional difficultly spike. It's by no means perfect. However, there is something about it, something intangible, that makes me want to play it more than I want to play games that I'd give a 9 or 9.5 to. I guess it's just a pure sense of fun. DR2 is probably one of the most purely FUN games out there. There's something about it that just makes you want to keep playing late into the night. I won't go into too much depth, but here are some highlights: GOOD: 1. Concept. 2. Visuals (By which I mean styles, colors, general feel of the Vegas-like environment). 3. Voice Acting (Seriously, even though this is a silly game, the acting has more depth than any of the Resident Evil games, which were going for a serious tone). 4. Combo Weapons 5. Chuck Greene (What can I say, he's a total badass) 6. Humor 7. The Cast (especially the psychos) 8. So many secrets to be found. 9. Just. Plain. Fun. BAD: 1. Frequent Load Times 2. Visuals (By which I mean textures. I hate looking at people's hands in this game.) 3. Too little voice acting (so many survivors with interesting personalities are just text) 4. Difficulty spikes (You never know when a psycho is going to pop out and kick your ass) While all those negatives are legitimate complaints, ones which I think need to be smoothed out in future iterations of the series, the fact remains that the game is so fun that I end up not caring about the negatives. 100% recommended. Expand
  2. Mar 8, 2011
    This has to be one of the most rewarding games I have ever played, there is tons to do outside of the main story, you can save survivors, fight psychopaths, finding the hidden secrets around fortune city, trying to create all the combo weapons, or just killing zombies, it's just so much fun and you can play it anyway you want to and has high replay value, and the multiplayer is pure goofy zombie killing fun, my only complaint is that it's easy to get frustrated with the time limit, and it requires a lot of grinding if you want to survive the bosses, but this is a truly unique game I highly recommend, one of the best games of 2010 for sure. Expand
  3. Oct 2, 2010
    Sub-par graphics and long loading times aside, this game is amazing. Weapon combination, costume customization and exploration are all way too much fun. And while it sad that there's no real 'Free Mode', you'll find that you have plenty of time in-between story missions to muck around in Las Vegas. Expand
  4. Oct 9, 2010
    Playing the original dead rising, I didn't summon very much enjoyment thanks in part of a restricted amount of save points and dumb AI, Not to mention that Frank West was a stereotypical journaliist **** Dead Rising 2 strips the **** from the original and guess what? we have a comparatively improved game for the most part. Combo weapons are enjoyable to use, the AI is smarter and the continuous slaying of zombies never gets old. Essentially this is the same experience as the original but is muchmore relevant this time around due to a bigger emphasis on survival. Still, frustrations do occur- the save system hasn't completely changed this time around and the game itself is still collect survivors,bring them back to base, fight boss battle, do case file missions rinse and repeat but once you level up, Dead Rising 2 will be at its most enjoyable, Expand
  5. Nov 15, 2011
    Adds quite a bit of new content and has replay value but overall its pretty much exactly the same as the previous game with not a lot of differences to it. Expand
  6. ERB
    Jul 31, 2013
    It should be 7 but because it is too lame to be 7 i made it 6.Story is not good but because It is a free world game especially that It is a zombie free world game I am still satisfied to play this game. Expand
  7. Nov 2, 2010
    The year is 2010 and CAPCOM has just released a game with the same repetitive and tedious controls as it did in 2006. While in 2006 Dead Rising was a new take on the Zombie video game, Dead Rising 2 is a weak attempt at reproducing the greatness of DR... DR2 is fun for a time but it lacks significant innovation and the graphics are definitely outdated. Expand

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