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In Dead Rising 2, the sequel to the million-plus selling Dead Rising, shoot, stab, carve and drive your way through thousands of zombies in the darkly comedic, no holds-barred confines of Fortune City. With two objects, a roll of tape and a little inventiveness you can create advanced zombie-killing combo weapons to help you take out the hungry hoards.
For the sequel, Blue Castle Games and Capcom took a long, hard look at the first game and addressed nearly all of its major annoyances. The end result is one of the most enjoyable games I've played this year...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.
Dead Rising 2's ultimate selling point is the size and scope of the title - you'll never run out of activities to occupy your time. The new weapon-manufacturing mechanic ate up hours of my playthrough; it's so engaging that I let critical missions pass without care. The open-ended nature and ability to start the narrative over while maintaining character progression encouraged me to explore every facet of the game, resulting in an extremely personal and fulfilling experience.
This game is deliciously entertaining as you are literally thrown into every Zombie movie created as you hack, shoot, bash, maim, drive, insert a hundred more Zombie takedowns of your choice to survive in this zombie infested city...This is what gaming should be about sometimes, a mindless and fun destructive experience as you dispatch zombie after zombie. Thankfully the story enhances the overall gameplay that features a plethora of genres from comedy to horror and even romance. The main character in Dead Rising 2, Chuck Greene is quite a likeable fellow, so it's easy for the player to relate to this man forced to fend for himself in order to save his daughter. Great stuff!
Development Pedigree: Dead Rising 2 is being developed by Canadian developer Blue Castle Games in close collaboration with Capcom. A number of members from the original Dead Rising team will be working alongside Blue Castle Games throughout the development process, including Capcom's global head of research and development Keiji Inafune, who serves as the game's producer.
More Zombies and Weapons: With hundreds of zombies on screen at any one time, the original Dead Rising forced gamers to turn everyday objects they found in a mall into improvised weapons capable of fending off attacks. Now, Dead Rising 2 increases the carnage with even more zombies intent on feasting on human flesh, and countless new objects with which Chuck can make the undead dead.
New Character: Play as former national Motocross champion Chuck Greene. Before he hit the big time with a team and sponsorship behind him, Chuck was forced to repair his own bikes, leaving him incredibly resourceful and a real handyman. A single father, Chuck dotes on his daughter Katey who he will do anything for since the loss of her mother.
New Locale: Dead Rising 2 shifts the action from the everyday world of mid-West America to the glitz and glamor of Fortune City, America's latest and greatest entertainment playground. People flock to Fortune City from around the globe to escape from reality and the chance to win big.
Angus Deacon, NZGamer
A shotgun barrel of fun.
Conrad Zimmerman, Destructoid
...solid story, entertaining gameplay and huge replay value...
...impressive with its carefully crafted plot, new features, and increased scale...
Tom Mc Shea, GameSpot
...proves to be as addictive as ever...
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