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Dead Rising 2 Review

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Graphics:

 

6.0

Gameplay:

 

6.8

Sound:

 

6.5

Control:

 

6.5

Replay Value:

 

7.5

Online Gameplay:

 

7.5

Overall Rating:       6.9

 

 

Publisher:

Capcom

Developer:

Blue Castle Games

Number Of Players:

1 (2-4 Co-Op & Online)

Genre:

Action

Capcom's Dead Rising first arrived on the Xbox 360 as one of the console's earlier exclusive titles from Capcom. Much like Lost Planet, I didn't find myself caring all too much about this new next-gen property. But it seems like others did, and so, we have a sequel. This time around Dead Rising leaves its exclusivity behind and arrives on the PlayStation 3. But hold off on those party hats, everyone, because this bash isn't one to go crazy over. While Dead Rising 2 may have its fun moments, its clunky controls, overly simplistic design, and repetition will have you feeling bored quick.

Dead Rising 2 takes place five years after the first in Fortune City, Nevada…fake city, real state. You are motocross rider Chuck Greene and you find yourself in a reality death show where a group of contestants on motorcycles have to mow down hordes of zombies. You'll have chainsaws strapped to both sides of your bike, so as you fly by, you're slicin' and dicin'. You're doing this because you need money to buy some Zombrex. What's Zombrex? Glad you asked. It's an in-game prescription medicine used to prevent a dormant zombie infection from breaking out, it lasts 24-hours. Think of it like those pills for herpes…except if you're infected and you don't take some Zombrex, the side-effects are a lot worse than just a breakout here and there. Unfortunately for Chuck, his daughter is infected when her own zombified mother bit her, and so a part of the game actually involves you taking care of her by bringing Zombrex.

The story is pretty nutty, and gets especially silly towards the end. There's a few notable plot-twists, but seeing as how this is B-grade cheese, they weren't supposed to be very good plot-twists. In any case, all of that is second to the actual gameplay, which many may find to get tiresome rather quick. At first the ability to use so many different objects as a weapon seems cool, but you'll quickly realize how many of those objects are utterly pointless and serve no purpose. What I did like was the ability to merge numerous weapons together and create one powerful weapon out of it. I do wish that these weapons had higher tolerances, as some of the melee items will break apart after about 10-15 swings. What I really wished to see was a more drawn out combat setup that mimicked the all-out weapon flailing of Dynasty Warriors. Instead, you are limited to just one attack button, which you will mash repeatedly. As a whole, I couldn't shake the feeling of the combat just feeling clunky and under-developed, I really was expecting something far more polished and smooth.

Story mode can be played co-operatively with another player, but the multiplayer is limited to just four. Co-op allows for gamers to join you on the fly, which is nice. But of course, you'll only like co-op if you like actual game itself. The multiplayer, on the other hand, is much like what you play at the very beginning of the story mode. Four players will be placed in an arena and allowed to pilot vehicles, and use all sorts of odd and cool weapons, and the objective is to simply kill as many zombies as possible. The multiplayer games are actually quite a bit of fun, but four players can still feel like a bit of a limitation. Regardless, I'd say the online stuff is worth checking out if you find this game cheap sometime soon. But make sure you keep reading to find out why else the gameplay suffers...

Visually, Capcom dropped the ball. Sure, having thousands of zombies on screen is ambitious, but it's not like all 9000 zombies will be within spitting distance of you anyways. So the game engine ends up being tasked to work hard and suffers from quite a lot of slowdown when the action around you is hectic. And again, since there are so many zombies rendered at once within the vicinity, that means you'll be experiencing frame drops frequently. Now if you know me, you know I don't stand for problematic framerate, and I especially don't like them in action games. Additionally, it's not like the game is very striking to look at anyway, since texture detail is fairly low and there just isn't a whole lot to impress you when you're looking around. It's not terrible to look at, but considering the quality, I'd have certainly expected a better framerate at least.

And so we come to the audio. Remember, since you're entering the realm of B-movie cheese, you have to expect some pretty ho-hum voice acting. That's just what you'll get when the cut-scenes are triggered, especially when listening to the game's news reporter Rebecca.  But thankfully the rest of the voice acting is not as bad as it could've been. Other bits of audio are largely forgettable, and you'll often hear the same things repeated numerous times in the background - usually from nearby NPCs. Zombies moan and groan, which is par for course, and a contrasting track arrangement has cheery tunes playing when you're running around in certain places.

All in all, if you liked the first Dead Rising you'll really like the sequel. The weapons and the kinds of weapons you can put together really make for some really kick ass kills. Additionally, there are some RPG-esque elements which I liked, as well. But what really killed it for me was the clunky and often unresponsive controls, in addition to the repetitive combat which could've used a lot more diversifying. The multiplayer is a fun and good effort, but again, could've used more depth. Seeing as how Dead Rising 2 ends off on a cliffhanger, there's no question that a third one is well on its way…let's just hope we get something much more polished than this.

10/2/2010 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (55 posts)

piratedrunk
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 7:29:11 PM
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I thought the ending to this was a cliffhanger because they decided to make it Xbox exclusive DLC in Case West? Switched my pre-order for this game weeks ago to Castlevania and it is looking like I made the right decision.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 7:38:12 PM

Um, yeah, you did.

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dkmrules
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 7:44:47 PM
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what a surprise...... I'll stick to uncharted 2 or rdr. Those games are worth paying 60 bucks.

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Yogi
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 @ 10:12:01 AM

Games worth paying 60 bucks, couldn't agree with you more. I'd probably pay a lot more for Uncharted 2 tbh, if I had to. XP

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Shams
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 7:54:31 PM
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Welcome back, Arnold!

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 7:54:58 PM
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HOLY HELL! It's Arnold...
As for the review, that's a shame. I never really had high expectations for the game, but I was still hoping, particularly with the insane number of weapons available. But one button to attack with? That's just a cop out. If you're going to do a zombie melee-fest it needs diversity. Oh well, just more incentive to look forward to two good action games in the very near future.
Peace.

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Snaaaake
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 7:56:16 PM
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Wow, that's a bad score considering some other major sites gave a higher score.

And Arnold, where have you been dude!!!

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DazeOfWar
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:10:48 PM

That is one thing I have liked about the reviews on this site. They seem a little more honest than a lot of other sites.

I couldn't get into the first game and was never interested in the second. I had a feeling it wasn't going to be that good. Good review.

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Killa Tequilla
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:11:32 PM
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Whose Arnold?

I was going to get this... Not anymore. 6.9. Really bad. After all it is just an XBOX "Exclusive"

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:25:46 PM

He was the editor-in-chief of the site before Ben... I think. Something like that.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:26:46 PM

Co-founder, people.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:59:07 PM

Wow... that important? Even more respect.

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BTNwarrior
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:13:34 PM
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What? the first one was the only reason i bought a 360 and i loved it, sure the contols were kind of off but the free roaming world invaded by zombies is so fun it makes up for all the other shortcommings. I hope that this one is better than you described it because i should be getting it for my bday in a week

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:32:10 PM

Since you are getting it as a gift it will probably be okay, but when you spend 60 bucks on a game yourself and it is just kinda meh well that sucks.

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GuardianMode
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:13:56 PM
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The other sites no doubt were wearing Rose Colored Glasses when playing. It was a 360 exclusive and a majority of these are 360 fan havens. I really never even thought of this game but now after reading the review this game is not worth a rental.

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frostface
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:30:50 PM

No, it's definitely worth a rental. Not sure it's worth a full price purchase but you'll know within the first 20/30 minutes whether it's for you or not. The review is kinda harsh but fair imo. But I would add that it's like marmite...some people will love it and rate it so much higher, whilst some may really hate it. I don't think there's an in between.

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frostface
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:18:14 PM
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I gotta agree with this score. I never played the first game so I was pretty excited to jump into this one.
However, almost straight away, although I initially enjoyed killing the masses of undead, it was evident it was gonna get repetitive real soon. And in that aspect it hasn't let me down.

I'm not a big fan of the restrictions of timed missions in games. Once you get into the game, you start to realize pretty soon you're not expected, nor is it possible imo, to achieve every mission. Then again, you don't really feel like you should care about doing some of the missions.

Another thing I'm not a fan of is the lack of an auto-save feature. I believe this was the same in the first game, so I think it would of ticked me off in that game too had I played it.

You can save but with restrooms (save areas) not always en-route to were you gotta go to the next mission, you can find yourself over-welmed by zombies and dead before you've saved and dumped back sometimes a couple of missions. I'm used to playing Demon's Souls were you can't really save a game without going back over the whole level, but because of the repetition in this game, it gets pretty annoying because you just want to get to the next mission and feel like you're progressing through the game.

Not to say though that this game isn't fun. It's always, by rule of thumb, fun to kill zombies. And there's no end to the amount thrown at you at any one time.

To encourage you to combine different items throughout the game, you get more PP points (Prestige Points-for leveling up) by using the combined weapons. Also you gain a crap load of PP for rescuing people.

Another really cool feature in the game is the ability to go online, earn a shed load of money and it gets carried over to the campaign. This is particularly handy when you need to get some Zombrex for your daughter but can't find some along the way and have to resort to buying it in the pawn shops located in select points on the map.

And like the review says, it is limited to just four players. I just use the online as a tool to gain more money for the campaign and because of the carry money over feature, it ensures you'll always find a game pretty quick.
Also the games you get to play are like nothing I've seen in other online games. They're more like little mini games imo and very unique and quite fun.

Another nice feature, although the repetitiveness of the game takes away some of the shine, is the ability to restart the game at any time and keep your characters progress up to that moment intact. This means you'll start back at the beginning stronger then before and by the time you get to the point just before you restarted, you'll have gained more experience points, hence you'll be better equipped to deal with whatever it was that led you to restart in the first place.
I'm at one of the moments now were I feel restarting would be a good thing because I'm stuck on a mission. But, it would be a pain in the arse because it would mean I gotta go through the motions of the same stuff over and over again, that got me to this point. I just don't know if I have it in me to go through that again. Because it really is just the same stuff happening over and over again.

Anyway, nice to see an Arnold review again. Welcome back!!!

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rogers71
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:18:21 PM
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Chalk up another by-product of 'twitch' gaming. I am sure that all the XBOX'ers love this one and are extremely happy with absolutely no story and continuous button mashing. Not for me.

Counting down the days until my birthday, coincidentally, GT5 comes out the same day. Can you guess what I am getting for my birthday?

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Snaaaake
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:29:11 PM

You're getting Hannah Montana?

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checkudes
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 8:18:32 PM
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Don't trust reviews only. It is a good game, even though it is a sequel and they could have improved a lot of stuff. It's a enhancement of the first game. The same game with some minor improvements. Check out a demo or something first before you purchase it. I really enjoyed it, but that's because i've got a zombie fetish

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tes37
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:08:02 PM
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Arnold, this is one hell of a name for a game to review after being MIA. LOL


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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 11:30:22 PM

Hahaha, you're right. How apt.

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bOnEs
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:29:27 PM
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i gotta say this, RENT BEFORE YOU BUY... i rented this on tuesday and to tell you the truth, it's fun in small spurts...

the voice-overs are meh, the actions is fun, until it gets repetitive... the save system to me is very bogus... and yes, the story is very uninteresting at this point... but i didn't notice the frame-rate drop arnold mentions because when you enter an area, all the zombies are there... and frame rate is never a problem with me unless it drops below 30..

but, i am having good mindless fun with this game... i wish the weapons would last longer as it's quite the trek to find parts for the custom weapons...but, it's fun in spurts and it's keeping me entertained...

but, it's a rental and if you bought it then, be prepared to multiple play-throughs as you can't really do much your first time through, except workon the story and save a few people here and there... this game encourages you to restart to keep your stats for the next game... only after a few play-throughs will you become the badass invincible chuck... and since i rented it, i don't think i'll ever experience that...

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frostface
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:33:45 PM

I agree, it's worth a rental for sure. It even says in the games manual, that they recommend you do as many side quests as you can first, before restarting the game to do the main story.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:33:14 PM
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Well that's too bad then, but I didn't expect much. And the graphics look terrible in the commercial (where they always look the best they ever could) so I'll pass until I find one dirt cheap to grab just for the zombies.

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frostface
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 9:36:29 PM

It'll be right up your street dude, bargain bin fodder. But it is worth checking out at some stage. I reckon give it a month or two and it'll be dirt cheap. I can see it traded in a lot for some of the bigger releases coming real soon.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:03:46 PM

I don't mind sub-par games that are fun, I just picked up Dark Void for $11. Thing is, the crappiest games we have today are still better than the best we had back in the day but only the creme de la creme deserve big money.

Case in point, I'm getting New Vegas brand spanking new this month an it's gonna last me months if not years. I only finished up most of what I wanted to do in Fallout 3 recently and that's 2 years old.

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Deleted User
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:19:57 PM

Me, too.

I have to buy New Vegas on the 360, though. Fallout 3 on the PS3 was very buggy and the game froze my console several times, even after all the patches. I don't think New Vegas will be any different, sadly. I hope I'll be wrong.

New Vegas and Gran Turismo 5 will hold the fort between November 2 and January 18 easily.

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frostface
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:20:22 PM

@Worlds: Yeah, once again we're in agreement. To be honest, I don't for some unknown reason to me, feel like I want to be ragging on this game. It is, to use the phrase you just used, a sub-par game. It definitely is one to check out. I just couldn't justify anyone pay full price for this.
I was talking with Bens brother tonight and said the same thing. But I also felt the need to point out the games good points too. It really isn't all bad. Very far from perfect but it has a like-ability I can't put my finger on.
Normally I'd trade this game back in or try get my full refund, yet I kinda want to give it some love.

Btw, thanx for bringing up Fallout 3. I kinda forgot how close we are to New Vegas and need to finish out FO3 real soon. New Vegas is gonna rock!!!

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Deleted User
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:17:19 PM
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I never understood the fuss over Dead Rising. I just found the first game to be an ugly, clunky-looking and frustrating game with a terrible save system and subtitles that you couldn't see on a Standard T.V.

The sequel may alleviate some of the issues of the first game but I just don't see what's so special about it. Maybe when it's $20 I'll pick it up but that could be awhile. The original's price didn't drop for a couple of years; it's the Heavenly Sword of the 360 in that regard.

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main_event05
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:31:29 PM
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Good Save Ben. You know how I go ape sh*t over zombies and run blindly towards them. I was really looking forward to this, but I think I'll skip it.

On a side note:
The Last Guy FTW!!

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main_event05
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 8:54:37 AM

I mean good save Arnold.

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gangan19
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:42:43 PM
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if Arnold gave it that score then...the hell with it...


Katayev = very cool name is it russian?

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Shams
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 10:48:28 PM

Russo-Uzbeg/Uzbekistani. Like mine.

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 11:31:59 PM

Indeed, Russian-Jew from Uzbekistan. Where you from Shams? I lived in Tashkent for 7 years. So I came to NYC when I was 7 years old.

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Shams
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 11:55:56 PM

Privet, Arnold. I'm born in the States. My family came from Pakistan. And a couple generations before that we came from Bukhara, Uzbekistan. Last name is Bukhari. My patriarchal bloodline is Syed-Arab, but i'm pretty sure we've got some Jewish blood, too, only because a lot of us Bukharis look like it, and Bukhara is one of the oldest originally ethnically-Jewish settlements in the world.

Never been to Uzbekistan, but i actually had a lady-friend from Tashkent. Plan to go there with my parents someday, though. I always get an eery jolt whenever i visit one of our ancestral lands.

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Shams
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 11:59:04 PM

How's the "nan" at Bukharan Harlem/"Bukharlem"?

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gangan19
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 1:33:32 AM

very cool background shams, i came to nyc when i was 10...on holloween

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 2:41:36 AM

Shams, you seem to know a lot about the culture. I'm Bukharian myself. I'm guessing since you know what "Bukharlem" is...you must be right in heart of it, eh?

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WolfCrimson
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 5:21:47 AM

nan = bread?

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 2:30:51 PM

Yep.

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gangan19
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 4:40:01 PM

roti!!!

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WolfCrimson
Monday, October 04, 2010 @ 12:57:48 AM

Woohoo! SCORE!

@gangan: Over here "roti" is the slang word for bun (like bread bun).

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Saturday, October 02, 2010 @ 11:33:10 PM
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Yes gang, I'm still around. Other big priorities in life have made me sideline PSXE. But it's the holiday season and I'm trying to do what I can. I do miss this stuff when I go for months without it.

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Snaaaake
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 12:08:22 AM

Good to have you back Arnie, I missed that guitarist.

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aaronisbla
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 1:35:12 AM

good to see ya back, so now we can get the old one-two punch on reviews, with you and ben doing them, you guys can take turns at playing stuff you know will be crap and stuff you know will rock

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___________
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 6:41:59 AM
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absolutely hated this game.
normally i always strive to finish a game, no matter what happens i always finish them.
not dead rising 2, when i fired a arrow tied to a dynamite into a enemies head 12 freaking times blowing his head off and he did not even loose 1mm of health i knew that was it!
he hits me once i loose 1 square of my health, i blow his head clean off with explosives TWELVE FREAKING TIMES!!!!! and not even a scratch?
yea, cya!

WTF were capcom thinking?
especially with the save system, fans absolutely ripped them apart with that so they brang it back?
its a real shame, dead rising 2 is so cool, it had the potential to be such a fantastic game because it lets you be creative with all the weapons you can create.
thats another thing that spoiled it for me, you can create all these cool fantastic weapons but your so limited to how many you can use, they should of had lockers or something scattered around the world where you could save certain weapons instead of having to find all the parts all over again.

i dont understand why they restricted you with so many of them too, all the cool weapons you want to use you cant switch between, or get hit with otherwise you drop them.
you cant either go through a door with them.
while on the subject of weapons why is every store in dead rising 2 a clothes store?
did a women design fortune city?
honestly that was the best part about dead rising, you had so many stores and almost every one had different styles of weapons.
remember the gardening scissors from the first?
there the first thing i looked for when i started DR2, it was so much fun slicing enemies in half with them!
DR had all the weapons you would want to use, any weapon you could think of that you would want to use was more or less there.
for some reason they went with more outrageous weapons in DR2, instead of going for the obvious but deadly weapons like gardening tools, chain saws and such they went for frying pans, teddy bears, cutlery.
what do you want to use to kill a herd of zombies?
a cutlery set, or a frigging chain saw?
i know what i would pick!

shame, DR2 had so much potential, its the only zombie game on the ps3 and its really the only game that really lets you create more or less whatever weapon you want.
all they had to do was remove all the stupid restrictions.
this game is so much like just cause 2, except instead of letting people let their hair down they let you do so than punish you, or do whatever in their power to make you not want to.
shame, could of been the guilty pleasure of the year!
guess ill have to wait till splatterhouse for that.

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Deleted User
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 6:52:55 AM
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well same old pro-ps3 bs i brought this day one for my 360 and i'm really enjoing it. i haven't even finished halo reach yet because of this. oh by the way WELCOME back Arnold.

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Qubex
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 8:20:31 AM
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I was watching a few of the video reviews around the web and didn't really like the look of this game, or the subject matter. To be honest, the zombie slaying antics are beginning to feel and hear like a squealing cow which has been overly milked...

How many more zombie games? There may be fun in it for a short while, but I just would not be investing in this type of drivel.

Welcome back Arnold :)

Q!

"milk.the.cow"

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___________
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 8:46:35 AM

ive been saying the same thing about shooters for years!
but there still flooding in, so dont expect zombie games to die down anytime soon.

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MadPowerBomber
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 4:12:36 PM

Someone's bound to get it right, eventually. But until then, we're just going to get more games like Dead Rising and such. And by "get it right" I mean someone out there is going to give us a game that feels just like the George A. Romero films, where it isn't about killing zombies near as much as it is working with other people in order to survive.

If someone can make a Walking Dead video game that captures the feel and atmosphere of Robert Kirkman's comic... then we'll get the perfect zombie game.

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___________
Monday, October 04, 2010 @ 7:44:43 AM

i wish!
L4D2 does team work quite well, lacks the horror aspect, the tension atmosphere required but at least its more about surviving than killing for the sake of killing.

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MadPowerBomber
Sunday, October 03, 2010 @ 4:17:13 PM
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I'm literally just starting this game right now. It seems like the exact kind of cheeseball fun I can get into without taking it too seriously, but we'll see. If I can enjoy Jaws Unleashed, I think i can enjoy this.

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elass0wyp0
Monday, October 04, 2010 @ 10:18:59 AM
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This review seems pretty harsh. Not the score but the negativity. It doesn't even sound like the same game I'm currently playing and enjoying the heck out of. Maybe I'm too busy playing to notice frame drops and technical flaws.

Gameplay wise, it's a differently paced game that has endless things to distract you. I found the time limited missions to be annoying but it added a bit of zombie movie stress to whatever it was that you were doing, even if it was just trying on weird clothes or putting buckets on zombie heads.

PS-The action button can be tapped or held down for an alternate actions with most items and you can hold the aim button and shoot or throw many of them for a third action. You have to try stuff to see what it can do. Some items are better for one zombies attention (golf club), others are better suited to crowds(propane tank).

Hold the aim button, pitch a ball up and whack a line drive into a zombie face. That's just fun to me.

I haven't completed the game but the 4-5 hours I've played have been pretty fun. Co-op is even more fun but forget about objectives, your just too distracted trying stuff out and calling your buddy over to check out what you've done.

Good, clean mindless fun. Gameplay over graphics. I would still wait until the price drops a bit tho.

Last edited by elass0wyp0 on 10/4/2010 10:22:42 AM

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Robochic
Sunday, October 31, 2010 @ 2:26:12 PM
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I agree with this review 100% I played a few hours of the game and started getting really frustrated with it, when you are doing alot of action it just slows right down. Honestly I'll stick with RE games those work amazing even the GC versions :)

Thank goodness I rented it.

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