Dead Rising 2 - Xbox 360

Game Description: Capcom's series moves to Las Vegas as the zombie apocalypse ups the ante with more zombies on-screen and drops original game protagonist Frank West and his camera. Players step into the zombie-slaying shoes of Chuck Greene as they use new weapons, tools, and moves to fight back the forces of the undead in Sin City.
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Dead Rising 2 -- X10 Hands-On Impressions

Dead Rising 2 -- X10 Hands-On Impressions

By Andrew Pfister - Posted Feb 12, 2010

Dead Rising 2

What’s the status?

Dead Rising 2
is being helmed by Blue Castle Games, with support from the original game’s Japanese development team. Set in a fictional version of Las Vegas, Dead Rising 2 is all about mowing down the zombie hoard in the context of a reality-based television show. We saw our first glimpse of multiplayer back at the 2009 Tokyo Game Show, now we get to see single-player action.

What we saw:

Played, actually! This X10 demo was constructed to showcase the new weapon combination system. I was given 10 minutes to accrue 20,000 PP (points given for killing zombies and other related endeavors) by any means possible. Starting out in a hallway “terrorized” by two or three shambling corpses, I was first presented with a sturdy-looking sledgehammer.

“Oh cool, clobberin’ time!”

And bashing brain-dead skulls was fun for a few minutes, but then the helpful Capcom rep showed me what happens when you drop the sledgehammer and attach a pair of chainsaws to each end of a paddle. You get a Paddlesaw. Soon I was kayaking through the thick of the horde, creating my personal river of churning zombie blood.

Dead Rising 2

Weapon combinations works as follows: our hero and protagonist Chuck Green will, at certain points in the game, find “inspiration” in his surroundings and come up with a new idea for a weapon combo. (In this part of the demo, he noticed a movie poster.) This earns you a card for that combo, and then if you find the necessary ingredients, you can combine them on a workshop bench. Killing with combo weapons gives you a boost in the PP you can earn. The favorites that I noticed in my short playtime:

  • Fireworks Bazooka (Fireworks + rocket launcher)
  • IED (propane tank + nails)
  • Knife Gloves (boxing gloves + bowie knife)
  • Electric Rake (garden rake + some sort of generator)
  • Dynameat (stick of dynamite + a severed zombie hand)

The most grotesque? The “Portamower,” which is a regular push lawnmower with its long handle replaced by crude 2x4 handholds. You can push the mower blades forward into zombies, and that’s cool and everything, but what might be better is mulching your victim from the top down like a reverse paper shredder. Only instead of sensitive documents and expired credit cards, you’re spraying out enormous amounts of chunky blood. Good times.

No word yet on if Blue Castle is bringing back the save system from the first Dead Rising, which many -- including myself -- found confusing and frustrating. But if I were to extrapolate a guess based on the reality show motif, I think we’re going to see time-based missions mixed in with free-roaming zombie slaughter. Bring it on.

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  • Iron_dawg

    Damn this is gonna be fun.

    Posted: February 20, 2010 1:51 PM
  • Steampwnk

    Here's to hoping there isn't any time limit this time around!

    Posted: February 15, 2010 11:56 PM
  • JiroGamer

    Here it is, my other zombie-trashing game I've been looking for. Spoken about at the same time, L4D2 came out quite a while ago it now seems, and I've been waiting to hear more of this. Glad to see its coming along quite nicely. Liking the combination system, I'm hoping this will be an awesome game. Keep up the good work, Blue Castle! Do the last game proud!

    Posted: February 14, 2010 4:07 PM
  • mc.lisha

    those weapons sound pretty awesome, but auto save, should totally be brought in. Would make that game a little less frustrating.

    But this weapon combo idea, would definitely make me buy this game, killing zombies is fun, n getting gamerscore doing it, hell yes.

    just hopefully auto save is an option.

    Posted: February 14, 2010 3:03 AM
  • RabbitShredder

    wheelchair + chainsaws = i win!

    Posted: February 13, 2010 8:12 PM
  • Gyrorobo

    Well I can say that I loved the first one, and it appears im one of few who did, but anyway cant wait for this one to come out, im getting it for sure!

    Posted: February 13, 2010 7:48 PM
  • :: Mega Man::

    Looks very Awesome But the Blood graphics need some work

    Posted: February 13, 2010 7:44 PM
  • fatman2008

    wow that engine hasn't aged well graphically speaking...

    Posted: February 13, 2010 5:19 PM
  • alecansam

    the last game of dead rising sucks so theres no way this is good!!!

    Posted: February 13, 2010 12:10 PM
  • FlushBot

    whoooooo! zombahs!

    Posted: February 13, 2010 6:32 AM
  • pandoralistener


    Posted: February 13, 2010 1:22 AM
  • Lacking_Fractal

    It might actually be decent this time around...

    Posted: February 12, 2010 6:14 PM