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DEAD RISING 2: OFF THE RECORD is a transformation of last
year’s hit that stars original DEAD RISING protagonist Frank West. This new
concoction from Capcom and Blue Castle Games (available for the Xbox 360,
Playstation 3 and PC) reinvents a world where Chuck Greene, hero of DEAD RISING
2, never saved Fortune City. Your fate can be sealed with one bite from the
undead—that is, unless you take a daily dose of Zombrex.
A desperate Frank travels to Fortune City after his fame and
fortune have dwindled and he’s in dire need to score some cash in order to
afford his daily dose of Zombrex. His plans are quickly spoiled when he finds
himself in the middle of an outbreak, and he decides he should cover the
chaotic events that are transpiring and reveal them to the world. It will take
all of Frank’s survival instincts and reporting skills to find out what caused
the plague and manage to stay alive in the process.
While DEAD RISING 2: OFF THE RECORD is marketed as a whole
new game, it does contain many glaring similarities to the original. Around 80
percent of the missions require you to travel to the same destinations, kill
identical enemies and complete the exact same objectives as you did in DEAD
RISING 2. If you’ve played through the original, however, you will notice that
many of the cutscenes throughout this one have been altered to allow Frank’s
unique personality to shine through. In addition, there are plenty of new
missions to conquer and a number of new psychopaths for you to beat down. An
amusing new section known as the Uranus Zone has also been added to the map;
this is a futuristic-styled theme park located within Fortune City. It has many
exciting things to offer, such as three different rides, minigames and the
ability to kill zombies to win additional prestige points (PP).
There have also been a number of subtle improvements made to
DEAD RISING 2: OFF THE RECORD. For starters, your cooperative partner now joins
you as Chuck Greene rather than as a clone of the main protagonist. Loading
times have been cut drastically, and you are now alerted when a survivor isn’t
close enough before entering a new zone. Both of these enhancements are
tremendous assets when completing escort missions. Another key addition is the
camera. You can snap pictures with your camera to earn extra PP, and share them
with your friends. However, the best addition to DEAD RISING 2: OFF THE RECORD
is Sandbox Mode. This can be played solo or in cooperative play, and allows you
to travel around Fortune City without the frustrating timer and missions
holding you back. There are several challenges scattered throughout the map to
unlock once you have killed a certain number of zombies, which adds a whole new
level of zany fun. It gives the player the ability to search casinos, shops,
malls and all the great areas of Fortune City that were previously unexplored.
Best of all, you have all the time in the world to kill zombies in crazy and
DEAD RISING 2: OFF THE RECORD is overall a phenomenal game.
The tweaks to the original have taken this exceptional franchise to a whole new
level. It’s well worth your time to revisit Fortune City once more, and the
$39.99 investment is well worth it. While some fans have become disgruntled
with the amount of content being released recently under the DEAD RISING
banner, I say, “When is too much of a good thing a bad thing?” Not yet,
obviously, because I would recommend this title to anyone.
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