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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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    92
    Quotation forthcoming.
  2. Oct 20, 2011
    80
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record has problems - and that's compounded by the fact that some of those issues are inherited, rather than new. It's a game with strengths too though, and while Off the Record doesn't prove to be any better than Dead Rising 2 on the whole, it certainly isn't any worse.
  3. Oct 27, 2011
    75
    It's hard to evaluate Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. For those who still didn't play the second episode of the series, this remake could be even better than the one with Chuck Greene. I mean, you have an aged but still nasty Frank West instead, the chance to take pictures, some new elements (including the Sandbox Mode), all for a lower price. But if you already beaten Dead Rising 2, don't even bother: the story is the same, the bosses are the same and the new modes aren't that good.
  4. 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.
  5. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Jan 20, 2012
    60
    Almost identical copy of the original game comes with too little extras to attract veterans of Dead Rising. Only suitable for newcomers who skipped the previous games. [Dec 2011]
  6. CD-Action
    Nov 9, 2011
    60
    It's basically the same game we had fun with a year ago – it features the same city and almost the same story with a new main character. It's not a bad game but I can recommend it only to the diehard fans of the series. [November 2011, p.61]
  7. PC Gamer
    Dec 1, 2011
    46
    Even if the new features had been awesome, this would have been a pointless re-release. [Jan 2012, p.810]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Dec 7, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I loved Dead Rising 2 pre-purchused this and found that if you have nothing to do you would play this game for 10 minutes that will turn into 183 hours simply addicting and very fun dlc you can kill chuck greene and stacy is the new sulivan this game is awesome in 10 ways but i kinda did not like the story im sorry but it's the same thing but 5 times better than Dead Rising 2 there is only one bug i spotted and thats the movement bug (the most anoying thing ever) and there is a new mode for it called sandbox mode that is like infinite mode in Dead Rising Original there is new funny weapons a camera a new zone called uranus zone and much more over all this game has alot into it that people that dont play the game dont know but your not a hero when you give it a zero idiots anyway the price should be $29.99 just for the movement bug but overall this is a very good game Expand
  2. Apr 10, 2013
    10
    Sure, it's almost the same as the other one, but hey, let's face it. It's also better. The thing is, if you've never played Dead Rising 2, buySure, it's almost the same as the other one, but hey, let's face it. It's also better. The thing is, if you've never played Dead Rising 2, buy this game absolutely. If you have, buy it when it's on sale. Either way, still a great game. Expand
  3. May 9, 2014
    9
    Game: Dead Rising 2 Off The Record
    Genre: Action
    Developer: Capcom System: Steam (PC) Total Score: 90/100 Value Score: 9/10 • Story:
    Game: Dead Rising 2 Off The Record
    Genre: Action
    Developer: Capcom
    System: Steam (PC)
    Total Score: 90/100
    Value Score: 9/10

    • Story: 9/10
    • Characters: 9/10
    • GamePlay: 9/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 9/10
    • Length: 6/10
    • Replay Value: 10/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    Pros
    +Alternate plot
    +Play as Frank West
    +Co-Op allows you to play as Frank and as Chuck
    +New weapons, combinations
    +New Area
    +New Bosses
    +Sandbox mode
    +Protoman Set
    +Pretty much everything intact gameplay wise from the first game

    Cons
    -Rampant glitches throughout entire game
    -Poorly optimized for PC - a lot of FPS drops
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  4. Jan 28, 2013
    7
    Although I have not played the entire game series, I found it quite amusing. There are many improvised weapons that let you choose your battleAlthough I have not played the entire game series, I found it quite amusing. There are many improvised weapons that let you choose your battle way combined with a wonderful zombie atmosphere..i strongly recommend it. Expand
  5. Oct 12, 2011
    7
    It might only be worth your time if you haven't played the original Dead Rising 2. I never got around to it, but even still Off the Record hasIt might only be worth your time if you haven't played the original Dead Rising 2. I never got around to it, but even still Off the Record has its flaws. The story is pretty nice, but from what I understand it simply inserts Frank West in Chuck's old scenes (I'm not sure though, so I won't hold it against the game just in case). The gameplay, however, has a few problems which will annoy people to varying degrees. Weapons still degrade very quickly, which isn't a huge issue but it can lead to some saving your best weapon for when you really need it or you think it will be most fun. It's still a minor annoyance to me that you can't hold more ammo for a gun than what comes with it. If you empty the gun, you need to go find another gun somewhere. The game has long animations typical of some of Capcom's games, which may annoy some people but it's not really a big deal for me. Just beware if you're being crowded by zombies (or swamped by hostile humans) and you're low on health, it's unlikely you will be able to quickly eat something or pick up a new weapon to save yourself. These dire situations are rare though and I'd say they're more often the fault of the player than the game. And of course, escorting survivors is still a big part of the game since it gives such a huge PP (experience) boost. Escorting people is never fun and it's not different in this game. Be warned that you do have to walk them back to and actually enter the safehouse to rescue them. Capcom did not update the game to use DR2: Case West's hostage rescuing system.

    There's a sandbox mode now, which removes the "missions" of the game. This leaves it pretty empty feeling. What you can do amounts to killing zombies and doing some timed challenges that have so far been all about killing zombies. There's leaderboards for this stuff, if that interests you. The sandbox stuff would be better if the world was more open and had no loading times, but that would be more work than is worth doing on Capcom's part I guess.

    The game is a definite improvement over DR2 but the improvements aren't worth $40 if you've played DR2 already. It's probably worth your time and money if you enjoyed the original DR, Case Zero or Case West though.
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  6. Dec 19, 2011
    5
    It's alright for a time, but killing zombies gets old eventually and the story is too weak to really draw you in. Worth the money? I'd waitIt's alright for a time, but killing zombies gets old eventually and the story is too weak to really draw you in. Worth the money? I'd wait for it to go on sale. Expand
  7. Oct 18, 2011
    1
    This product is a full priced DLC with very little new content. A new character, a new building, few new weapons and zombie models, and a notThis product is a full priced DLC with very little new content. A new character, a new building, few new weapons and zombie models, and a not too interesting photo feature. The story is the same, the missions are the same, most of the content are the same as the base Dead Rising 2. Expand

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