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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: 20 out of 48
  2. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Oct 11, 2011
    95
    The inclusion of the sandbox mode makes Dead Rising 2: Off the Record more than just a retread with slightly modified cutscenes. By itself, it's an incentive for Dead Rising 2 players to pick it up. If you haven't gotten around to playing the sequel yet, this is definitely the version to get.
  2. Oct 11, 2011
    80
    This is overall the same game from last year, but with another main character. This change allows for new moves, new motivations for the main character and the addition of the camera, which changes and improves gameplay, but the content is almost the same, and it is difficult to recommend the game for those who already have the original, except for hardcore fans.
  3. Nov 5, 2011
    80
    If you played through Dead Rising 2 and you're not particularly enthused about Frank, the reason to look at Off the Record is to spend a few days with a friend bouncing around the mall in Sandbox Mode. I wouldn't recommend this on any other basis, but that's pretty much enough on its own.
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    70
    It's hard to know who it's for. Newcomers can get by with the original, and old hands have played most of it before. If you're a massive fan of the series - and of Frank West in particular - it's still worth picking this up, but even at twenty notes, there's little to make this an urgent purchase.
  5. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Nov 14, 2011
    70
    The best Dead Rising game do date, but its core gameplay remains much the same. [Issue#77, p.89]
  6. Nov 17, 2011
    60
    Off the Record isn't a terrible game. It's still has the same gameplay systems and wacky combo weapons as the original DR2, flaws and all. It just doesn't need to exist and I struggle to find any reason to recommend it.
  7. Nov 3, 2011
    50
    Off the Record lets you return to Fortune City, but this time as Frank West from the first game. Sadly, Off the Record keeps much of the bad game design from its predecessors as horrible loading time, time limits and specific and sparse places for combining weapons. There are just too many game mechanics in this game that should not be allowed in a game made in 2011.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. May 1, 2012
    10
    Zombie games,It strikes a love it or hate it kinda feel.There really isn't anything in-between.In my personal opinion, this to me is a love itZombie games,It strikes a love it or hate it kinda feel.There really isn't anything in-between.In my personal opinion, this to me is a love it kinda game.This game surpasses Dead rising 1 and 2 by a mile.People say"well this is what could of happened and it's not real.HELLO...this series isn't real,there are no zombies in life and never will be.So to me that's what makes this game so genius is that it brings a false to already a false.The game play couldn't be more right on the money,and it makes for the best zombie playground ever created especially in the sandbox mode.If it's at all possible for the people that have never played any of the games then jump right into this one, cause this is the true place to start then you'll probably want to go out and pick up the original afterwards.That's the way to get the most out of the series and just skip part 2 altogether.The only thing that Deadrising 2 had that was better was the story,the idea was that you were actually going out in the horde of zombies to get medicine for your daughter,but that's it.The online for this game is also fun,engaging and brilliant.Left 4 dead 2 does have the best muli-player for a zombie game but this is hands down the winner for a single player experience and an overall complete gaming experience.9.5 Expand
  2. Nov 9, 2011
    10
    If you haven't played DR2 then this is a must buy, however if you have played DR2 then my advice would be too rent it simply for itsIf you haven't played DR2 then this is a must buy, however if you have played DR2 then my advice would be too rent it simply for its incredible sandbox mode, fair enough the Co-Op is also refined, but still not worth the money, honestly I was a little underwhelmed by the story as it is quite literally DR2's story repackaged for Frank. If you do buy it make sure to check out the Game Breaker Pack as it adds a whole new level of fun to the game for only 400 Microsoft Points! Expand
  3. May 27, 2017
    9
    A "what if?" story where the first Dead Rising's protagonist Frank West replaces Chuck Greene. Don't make the mistake of thinking all you'reA "what if?" story where the first Dead Rising's protagonist Frank West replaces Chuck Greene. Don't make the mistake of thinking all you're getting are some new cutscene's. It is still largely the same game. You're still going to be saving civilians, crafting crazy weapons, having psychopath boss battles, and racing the clock. A lot of these encounters have gone unchanged. Off the Record has plenty of things of it's own to offer. There are some exclusive side-quests, weapon combos, and Frank's camera makes a return. Those are just the tip of the iceberg though. The exclusive psychopaths and new story bosses are great. There's an entire new area to explore that proves to be a great place to stock up on Zombrex and cash.

    Yes, despite Chuck's daughter no longer being in the game, you'll still need to hunt down Zombrex. This time just for Frank himself. The plus side is that now you take Zombrex on the go wherever you are rather than having to run back to the safe-house every so often. This is just one of the few ways Off the Record makes the Dead Rising 2 experience a little less stressful. It's also the most minor. Not only has the overall difficulty been turned down, but the fantastic inclusion of a checkpoint system means that death no longer means going back to that last save. You no longer have to be so meticulous with your planning ahead and can play the game at a more relaxed pace. I never once had trouble knocking out every quest that popped up. I did however notice that not all of them did. Something that would likely be rectified on a second playthrough or so.

    The additions don't stop there though. A sure fire hit with a lot of people, particularly those with a co-op buddy, is going to be the sandbox mode. No objectives and no timers, it's all about exploring the game at your leisure and complete some challenges. It also serves as a less stressful way to get some of those achievements.

    The new story doesn't quite fare as well as the original Dead Rising 2. Frank just isn't as likable as Chuck. Watching him go through largely the exact same events doesn't have that same emotional component like they did Chuck was in the spotlight. That's because he's not fighting to keep his daughter alive. He's just looking out for number one as always. Still, we get some extra doses of humor and a pretty cool final boss fight (before the S ending). It's not bad, it's just the one thing that keeps me from liking this more than the original Dead Rising 2.

    It's also worth noting that not all of the original game's flaws were fixed here. Your protagonist still moves slow, the survivors you save even slower, load times can be long, and there are some collision and response detection issues here and there. They still don't ruin the experience, but they are noticeable frustrations.

    A little bit more than just a simple reskin, Off the Record offers enough new content to justify returning to Dead Rising 2. The new checkpoints and sandbox mode may even be enough to win over those who weren't so keen on DR 2's more stressful challenge. Still, not everyone is going to be 100% satisfied as the majority of the content here is identical to the main game. Yet, if you're looking for more Dead Rising you can find it here and it's just as fun as always.

    9.2/10
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  4. Nov 14, 2011
    8
    This is what the original DR2 should have been like.

    This game is fantastic, while I do agree it should have been kept as DLC, I am glad they
    This is what the original DR2 should have been like.

    This game is fantastic, while I do agree it should have been kept as DLC, I am glad they made it stand alone. You can fill up on your Zombie genocidal tendencies and have a lot of fun playing this game. There are new weapons, DLC, locations etc. All of which make this stand out from the original. The reason I gave it an 8 was because if you've played the original DR2, then this game will seem like the same game you played last year (Remember CoD people), and that alone might put you off buying this game.

    I had a lot of fun playing this game, and will continue to do so for many years to come.
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  5. Feb 9, 2019
    7
    This is basically a remake of "Dead Rising 2" with Frank West instead of Chuck Greene. It's almost the same game as before, but with a few newThis is basically a remake of "Dead Rising 2" with Frank West instead of Chuck Greene. It's almost the same game as before, but with a few new additions. There are some new sections, photography from DR 1 makes a return and a "Sandbox" mode has been added. If you played DR 2 before, you'll get a real sense of deja vu. But if you're a big fan of Frank, then you'll get your money's worth. I would rate this with a 7.7 out of 10. Expand
  6. Oct 12, 2011
    6
    Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a great zombie game. It has lots of reply value and adds new features from the orignal. But if you alreadyDead Rising 2: Off the Record is a great zombie game. It has lots of reply value and adds new features from the orignal. But if you already own it, it's a complete rip off at $40. If you've never played Dead Rising 2 then this is a great game. If I were you I'd wait until it has a price drop. Expand
  7. Sep 6, 2012
    3
    I want to love this game but I can't because the timer system sucks. There's NO TIME. Literally. There's tons of side missions/people to saveI want to love this game but I can't because the timer system sucks. There's NO TIME. Literally. There's tons of side missions/people to save but there is no time at all to get to them. You need to do main missions and keep finding antidote to your zombie disease. (without those the game stops) You need to focus on those missions while IGNORING all the incoming calls about victims all over the mall needing your help. Sorry guys..No time. I felt like rushing across the mall to get to the other victims and back in time was impossible. The play area is huge! I'd like to be able to explore it properly and solve/save every one. There should be an option of eliminating the time restrictions completely (maybe on easy mode?) It would be nice if there was a finite amount of zombies. You slaughter so many and then re-enter the area and surprise! They're back.. I found the bosses to be very hard too. How many shotgun blasts to the head can Chefs and Show girls take?? I like constructing weapons BUT making blended drinks? That's dumb.

    It's also not different enough from the other dead rising games...pretty much the same. I've played all the D.R. games and I WANT to love them - but because of this major flaw - I can't..
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