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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. DeadDead 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
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Oct 27, 2010
    76
    Dead Rising fans - you know who you are - are going to love this game.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 65
  2. Negative: 20 out of 65
  1. Oct 23, 2013
    10
    AWESOME game!! I just finished the entire thing tonight, and needless to say, this game is amazing!! I love messing around and killingAWESOME game!! I just finished the entire thing tonight, and needless to say, this game is amazing!! I love messing around and killing zombies, while completing the game in the process. My favorite part of this game is definitely the story line. The makers did a great job by twisting the story line every now and then, causing you to say, "Wow, I NEVER thought THAT was gonna happen!" or something similar. Also, I don't know what people are talking about with glitches. My game ran absolutely flawlessly at the highest level graphics, so no complaints there either. So, overall, GREAT game. DR is probably one of my favorite game series. So, without a doubt, this game deserves a 10 Expand
  2. Apr 21, 2019
    10
    Best follow up story to Dead Rising 1 and probably best in the series.
    Fix all the AI problems and improve the gameplay all around. The only
    Best follow up story to Dead Rising 1 and probably best in the series.
    Fix all the AI problems and improve the gameplay all around. The only negative is the speed was slowed down.
    Best boss fights too. The original timer from 1, but much more time to do things without having to worry so much compared to the first game. It's how it should be.
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  3. Jon
    Oct 4, 2010
    8
    Dead Rising 2 is the best 'Zombie' game released in years. What makes Dead Rising 2 such a fantastic zombie game is the zombies. I'm notDead Rising 2 is the best 'Zombie' game released in years. What makes Dead Rising 2 such a fantastic zombie game is the zombies. I'm not talking about zombies on drugs like the once you find in Left 4 Dead, I'm talking about real braindead zombies that doesn't walk any fasther than your grandmother crosing the street.
    Dead Rising 2 is a time based game. All the missions you will encounter in the game have a limited amount of time to be completed, and even though this may seem stressfull for some it is a well done gameplay mechanism for others. New missions will pop up after you progress further into the game, you have a main 'questline' that you will need to follow if you want to progress the story, but they will give you freetime between these main missions that you can use to explore and do other sidequests.
    These sidequests is usually to rescue survivors, but some are boss fights aswell.

    One of the gameplay mechanisms that makes this game stand out is that you can combine different items. As you gain PP(Prestige Points) you will earn new levels that will unlock new combo cards. These cards give you information about different objects that you can combine into new weapons.

    I strongly recommend this game if you want a 'free roam' zombie game with great co-op play.
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  4. Nov 28, 2011
    7
    Good game. This game is a true testament to sticking to your guns. The gameplay is addictive. It is frustrating. It is hilarious. It isGood game. This game is a true testament to sticking to your guns. The gameplay is addictive. It is frustrating. It is hilarious. It is exhilirating. It is repetitive. It is limitless. It can be whatever you choose to make it. This is the strength of this serious. The problem comes with finding the motivation and drive to complete this game without looking at a wiki. I feel that the time constraints are important to preserve the frantic sense of helplessness and desperation. However I also feel that they force you down a linear pathway with no time to explore or do everything. This means you soon realise there is a cost/benefit analysis that can be done on every decision in this game and for me that means I go google/wiki the best weapon builds and best way to tackle bosses which cheapens the thrill of the experience... you might say I've caused it to myself, but I'd say there is some improvement to be made in the game design before you can say it's worthy of going further into the green territory. Still a worthwhile game to play and well worth the money, but I'd like to see the series progress in terms of engagement with the plot and a bit more freedom when it comes to the time restraints (keep them but make it less restrictive - I know I'm a terrible customer that doesn't know what I want!). Expand
  5. Sep 18, 2021
    6
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  6. Jul 3, 2015
    4
    It's a sizeable accomplishment to make killing zombies with sledgehammers boring, but Dead Rising 2 accomplishes it quite well. If youIt's a sizeable accomplishment to make killing zombies with sledgehammers boring, but Dead Rising 2 accomplishes it quite well. If you encourage the player to restart their game (and you're not a rogue-like) you should know your game's got some design issues. Chuck in an errand system that MAKES you go to certain places at certain times - discouraging you from exploration - and you have a game that actively goes out of its way to stop you from having fun. Expand
  7. Nov 1, 2016
    0
    This is not a videogame.
    This is insult of a programmation.
    The worst videogame of all time. This is not a videogame. This is insult of a
    This is not a videogame.
    This is insult of a programmation.
    The worst videogame of all time.
    This is not a videogame.
    This is insult of a programmation.
    The worst videogame of all time.
    This is not a videogame.
    This is insult of a programmation.
    The worst videogame of all time.
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