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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: 44 out of 54
  2. Negative: 0 out of 54
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. If you want to kill zombies there's nothing better in the market to satisfy your thirst.
  5. Not a lot different to the first game, but co-op play and combo cards make zombie killing refreshingly entertaining.
  6. 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. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 59
  2. Negative: 14 out of 59
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    I picked up my game last night.... I didn't go to sleep at all. If you are simply a fan of brainless sugar-coated fun, then buy this gameI picked up my game last night.... I didn't go to sleep at all. If you are simply a fan of brainless sugar-coated fun, then buy this game because if all you want is a stressful, twitch-shooter with zombies that run at 60 miles per hour and never let you have fun... then go back to Left 4 Dead and don't say anything about this game.
    This is a true achievement in the videogame community, a masterpeice on its own merits. You take down swaths of slow-moving undead with anything (literally) that you can pick up. Then you can even combine some of the things you pick up to cause more fun mayhem and bloodshed.
    Before you listen to any naysayer of the game, think of this:
    You can combine a two-by-four with a lawnmower to make a handheld lawnmower that will grind zombies to nothing more than chunky blood soup.
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  2. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    This is one of my favorite zombie games ever and its for sure in my top 15 favorite games of all time. This game combines all my favouriteThis is one of my favorite zombie games ever and its for sure in my top 15 favorite games of all time. This game combines all my favourite game types amazingley, Zombie,3rd person,open world, all in one and it has a great sense of humor (Whispers*Bannana hammic). AND multiple endings Good god i went to gamin heaven, OH wait theres more COMBO CARDS. 10 Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2010
    8
    ZOMG Load times!!!11

    People that get caught up in trivial things like this make me laugh. Go play Halo Reach and wait longer to find a
    ZOMG Load times!!!11

    People that get caught up in trivial things like this make me laugh. Go play Halo Reach and wait longer to find a match... I know you will. This is a FUN game, bottom line. If you like slaying hundreds of thousands of mindless zombies with TONS of unique weapons, chances are you will have a blast with this game. As with the first DR, going for those achievements is the next step after trying to get the best possible ending in story mode.

    It's too bad nobody plays multiplayer yet though, I can never find a match :(
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  4. Oct 13, 2011
    7
    The game it's self is a lot of fun until you get into the story. Everything is so timed that I feel like it really makes the game a choir toThe game it's self is a lot of fun until you get into the story. Everything is so timed that I feel like it really makes the game a choir to play at times. I also have the issue where my game just fails me at the same point no matter what I haven't heard of anybody else having this issue but it definitely took me out of the game. Expand
  5. Mar 26, 2017
    5
    This game is all about diminishing returns. It's hilarious and fantastic at first, but the zany, over-the-top zombie slaughter gets old prettyThis game is all about diminishing returns. It's hilarious and fantastic at first, but the zany, over-the-top zombie slaughter gets old pretty quick. Unless you're a die-hard zombie fan or a hack-n-slash connoisseur, I'd pass on this one. Watching the Game Grumps playthrough is much more entertaining than actually playing. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2011
    5
    I know when it comes to zombies, they appear out of nowhere and we all must band together to survive. Zombie violence seems to entertain soI know when it comes to zombies, they appear out of nowhere and we all must band together to survive. Zombie violence seems to entertain so many and that's what this game does. Except killing zombies is not as much fun as the game wants it to be. Long story short, you traverse through malls, basements, and streets slaughtering zombies. Technically it plays well but it gets old fast. Too fast because you get to use over half the weapons in the first two hours. Rent it or borrow it. Don't pay full price. Expand
  7. Oct 15, 2010
    1
    GAME SUCKS, zombies zombies zomibies and zombies. Boring, useless piece of crap. ZERO INNOVATION. If you like zombies play WAW or RED DEAD,GAME SUCKS, zombies zombies zomibies and zombies. Boring, useless piece of crap. ZERO INNOVATION. If you like zombies play WAW or RED DEAD, anything but this. What a waste of my money! Expand

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