6 of the best new weapons in Dead Rising 2

Let's be honest, the biggest thrill of the original Dead Rising isn't the story, the characters or even the supermarket location. It's twatting zombies in the face with guitars, snipping them in two with a pair of oversized garden shears and generally causing as much damage as possible with whatever comes to hand. 

The good news then, is that Dead Rising 2's new developers - Blue Castle Games - are keen to give you even more tools to bring the pain as they demonstrated at Capcom's recent Captivate event in Monaco. New lead, ex-motorcross champion Chuck Greene, is set to tear up Fortune City with some of the most genius weapons we've seen yet. Here's our favourites so far...

Samurai sword 
Yes, yes Dead Rising has a Katana too but here you can slice off specific body parts with the new swing motion which is context sensitive. We’re big fans of slicing zombies down the middle, mind.

Spiked propane tanks 
Not only does it provide a tasty explosion to take out big groups of zombies but the sharp prongs make for a handy melee weapon before detonation too.

Paddle saw 
Take one double-ended canoe paddle, strap a couple of chainsaws to each end and hey presto, you’ve got the perfect device to row your way through a sea of enemies.

Moose head 
Strap this ornament onto Chuck's head and he can charge through packs of the undead with ease. No surprise to see this horned beast make an appearance since the devs are Canadian, eh?

With two revving chainsaws strapped to the handlebars, this dirt-bike can mow down tons of foes by ploughing through them, popping wheelies and heads as you go.

Drill bucket 
The average bucket from the original provided hilarity when placed on a zombie's head but it was useless. Here you get a bucket with power-drills poking into it. Shove it on a foe's noggin and the screech of drills as they bore into the skull - complete with a fountain of claret - will provide sadistics pleasures again and again.


You'll also be pleased to know that the with this casino-heavy setting comes the ability to strafe while firing guns. Which comes in handy when you consider there are upto 1000 zombies on screen at times. In fact, at one point during our eyes-on time the dev spawned 7000 of the flaky-skinned terrors just to prove the power behind Dead Rising 2.

We have to admit, this sequel is incredibly similar to Dead Rising. From the game mechanics right down to the overall look, you'd be forgiven if you thought this was a hidden level/DLC package from the original. OK, so the in-game action we've seen was little more than a tech-demo (no actual missions were shown) and it's only in it's infancy in terms of development but early signs suggest it's going to be a near carbon copy.

We're sure it'll be good, but we're unsure whether it'll be anything revolutionary right now. We'll keep you posted on how it shapes up.

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  • BertTheTurtle - October 14, 2009 2:22 a.m.

    It won't be easy to top the excavator in the original.
  • CODKING - July 12, 2009 1:26 p.m.

    cant wait 4 this game and hopefully there is goin to be multiplayer
  • MechGyver - May 17, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    Motorcycle jacket-check black and yellow pattern-check katana-check Kill Bill with zombies in Vegas COOL!
  • tommy631 - May 7, 2009 3:41 a.m.

    Please let there be online co-op please beacause with so many zombies i should have a friend am i the only one who thinks almost every game should have co-op?
  • SPANKY2817 - May 6, 2009 10:08 p.m.

    wtf happend to frank? this better be on the ps3! if not i'll just get a 360 just for this game. i no i'll regret it
  • hagapluza - May 3, 2009 1:40 a.m.

    OMG DRiLL bUcKetS!!!1!1?! Mu5t HavE mUs7 hAVE must make MU5T HAV3
  • Gonzo4Life - May 1, 2009 6:49 p.m.

    7000 z0mb31s u say?
  • Conman93 - April 29, 2009 7:46 p.m.

    is the first one comin out for ps3
  • FrozenImplosion - April 29, 2009 7:37 p.m.

    i cant wait for this game! im gonna go finish the original now :)
  • StonedMagician99 - April 29, 2009 3:30 p.m.

    I just hope the save system is improved; it was awful in the first game...
  • Red - April 29, 2009 2:27 p.m.

    This is one of those games where "more of the same" is exactly what I want. The little improvements like strafe and gun are icing on the cake for me.
  • caboose4400 - April 29, 2009 8:17 a.m.

    i must get this game A FREAKING CHAINSAW PADDLE!!!!
  • Spybreak8 - April 29, 2009 5:29 a.m.

    I like the combination of weapons to make something badass. They should really go with an Alone in the Dark combine things to make weapons route here. Seriously, zombies and imagination go hand n hand haha.
  • Pizzahead910 - April 29, 2009 3:18 a.m.

    There's no doubt that this game will be badass.
  • Cwf2008 - April 29, 2009 2:57 a.m.

    7000 zombies? Holy shit!
  • atomicred - April 29, 2009 1:25 a.m.

    I wants it now!
  • gbiZZle08 - April 29, 2009 1:21 a.m.

    paddle saw FTW. you can be the darth maul of zombie slaying
  • DaBadGuy - April 29, 2009 midnight

    I hope that there actually is like a weapon customization option, I mean come on, take the moose head, take the antlers, strap some chainsaws on the end of that bitch and you've got yourself one hell of a conversation starter, and zombie killing device. And 7,000 zombies on screen at once, I'd that's pretty revolutionary, think about it, 7,000 moving, interactive zombies, not just pictures off in the distant scenery, actual enemies you can slay, thats crazy. PS: Motorbike with mounted chainsaws.........sweet.......and we proabably haven't even seen all the weapons yet, there could be like a rocket launcher that shoots rockets with spears on the end of them.........omg there you go, spear mounted rockets, or how about in dead rising 1, you could have Mega Man's Mega Blaster, well in the same vain, why not have M. Bison's outfit and have his cape that can give you Psycho Power to crush the zombies and hurl them around or create tornados to suck them up and fly them offscreen or maybe use the psycho power to draw the zombies attack on other zombies, think about it, two zombies wielding swords about to have at each other.....the best moments in life are only $60.00, $70-100.00 for limited edition moments of course. I just now thought of something else, a lightsaber, with a gun in the base of the handle........... there muse be a tornado in my head because I just blew my mind.
  • Jedipimp0712 - April 28, 2009 11:51 p.m.

    even though it may not be "revolutionary", that does not mean that it still will not be fun. i think we are at a point, in the gaming industry, where it is hard to find "revolution". i think that it is a "revolution" because of the fact that there can be *7000* zombies on screen at once!!! and you thought that 100 locusts was amazing. i also think that some of the weapons are very inventive, and they seem in the right place in the dead rising universe. i dont think though, that the game will be a carbon copy because the graphics look a lot better, and there is going to be the much needed save system reconfiguration, and the "Strafe 'nd Gun" addition (just like run and gun in case some of you didnt get that). i think that this is going to be an excellent game, regardless of the fact that it is a "carbon copy" like a game we all know. *COUGH* Resident Evil 5 *COUGH*
  • octagons - April 28, 2009 11:35 p.m.

    I think for the people who found things like saving annoying in the first, the second game should a classic gameplay mode and a new easier mode so the really hard core people who liked the first games gameplay do not feel like they were left high and dry.