8 funny ways to really annoy a zombie in Dead Rising 2

How many zombies have we killed in our gaming career? At least... ten million by our ill-calculated estimate. But how many games let you just annoy zombies rather than mercilessly end their non-lives? Not many. Not enough. But Dead Rising 2 does, and that’s what we're celebrating here – the cruelest, most cold-hearted, funniest ways to mess with Fortune City’s rotting denizens. By the time we’d finished Dead Rising 2 our ‘zombies killed’ counter read 6503, but our (sadly non-existent) ‘zombies irritated’ counter must have been double that.

If you haven't already, give these a try and really nark off Dead Rising 2's vacant-headed deados.

1. Knock them over

The zombies in Dead Rising don’t have much natural balance, what with their brains being slowly devoured by mutated wasps and all. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun making them fall over. Find a bag of marbles in a toy store and you’ll be able to scatter them on the floor. Do it in a heaving throng of zombies and as they lose their footing and keel over, it’ll create a chain reaction of comedy toppling. You can also do this with condiments like mustard and ketchup.

2. Soak them

Another visit to a toy store will yield this colourful water gun. Strapping flammable liquid to it at a workbench will create a makeshift flamethrower, but we don’t want to toast the poor zombies – we just want to torture them, then maybe toast them later. Squirting the knock-off Super Soaker in their face will send them reeling backwards. Useful if you’re being hounded in a tight corner by the shuddering gits, but also hilarious as they moan with confusion.

3. Bully them

There are hundreds of non-lethal weapons in Dead Rising 2 that won’t kill a zombie no matter how furiously you swing them. The foam finger is a good bet, especially if you’ve just come back from a hard day at work and are seething with tension. You’ll be able to aggressively pummel a zombie until your frustration has subsided and they’ll simply stagger around, confused. You can also do this with coffee mugs, beach balls, rolled-up newspapers and basically anything that isn’t pointy, hard or full of bullets.

4. Freeze them

If you can’t stop the zombie horde by killing them, freeze them in place. Fire extinguishers can be used as melee weapons by hitting the regular attack button, but by aiming and squeezing fire you can direct the jet of nitrogen at the reanimated corpses and they’ll turn blue and freeze solid. Someone sicker than us might then run up to the icy corpse and fly-kick it until it shatters into a thousand pieces, but we’re not that kind of website. You can create freeze bombs too by combining an extinguisher with dynamite.

5. Paint them

Why not take advantage of the Fortune City outbreak to express yourself artistically? Spray paint can be found all over the city, and is used primarily to customise Chuck’s motocross bike. But spray it at a zombie and they’ll be covered in whichever colour you had equipped. Bring a whole variety of colours and soon you’ll be faced with a living artwork – dozens of differently-coloured zombies. Certainly brings a bit of cheer to an otherwise depressing epidemic of rotting flesh.

6. Humiliate them

Plonking masks on zombies was a favourite activity in the first game, and in response Capcom have littered Dead Rising 2 with more of them. From a Blanka from Street Fighter mask to the iconic Mega Man Servbot head, sticking one on a zombie and watch them blunder into scenery is sickly entertaining. There’s even a special combo ‘weapon’ dedicated to mask japery, the Fountain Lizard. Just attach some fireworks to a dinosaur mask for an explosive alternative to a regular mask.

7. Take them for a ride

Let’s face it, it’s not much fun being a zombie. Wake up, hobble around, eat corpse, hobble around some more. So why not bring some light back into their miserable not-quite-lives by taking them for a spin in a wheelchair? Fortune City is full of them, possibly to wheel drunk people between slot machines. Grab one with the action button (make sure you’re behind it, otherwise it becomes a clumsy melee weapon) and you can run into a zombie and drive them around as they flail in terror.

8. Play with them

Another way to keep the zombies entertained, as well as yourself, is to engage in a little sport. There are sports shops in both of Fortune City’s malls, and they’re stuffed with appropriate attire and equipment. Why not play some touch football? They’re not great catchers, though. Or how about baseball? Same again; they’ll just ‘catch’ the ball with their face and fall over. But it’s still fun. Then there’s basketball and even ten-pin bowling. Well, ten-zombie bowling.

Got your own preferred methods of non-fatal Dead Rising 2 zombie cruelty? Tell us about them in the comments you sadistic little bastards.

October 1, 2010




  • Dondada - October 3, 2010 9 a.m.

    LOL now thats funny.
  • philipshaw - October 2, 2010 11:26 a.m.

    Great article, think I have done all of these. I'm not too far from the end of the game, only have 17 hours in game time left
  • FauxFurry - October 2, 2010 2:55 a.m.

    Those beat out calling a ghoul a brain-eating shuffler in FallOut 3 or fruitlessly attempting to sexually harass Hollow Men with pelvic thrusts or middle finger waves in Fable 2! The cast of Dead Eyes Open would not approve,however.
  • SweatyCrease - October 1, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    I was disappointed that the 'massager' attack wasn't a little more creative, never mind, maybe the world just isn't ready for zombie sexual assault. yet.
  • Elemental - October 1, 2010 7:08 p.m.

    Anyone know what the update was for? I was hoping it was to improve the occasionally terrible framerate issues, but that hasn't changed. Odd that Capcom were claiming performance improvements with the MIT engine yet the game actually runs worse than the original.
  • SonicofBoom - October 1, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    lol great article
  • DManSuperfly - October 1, 2010 6:09 p.m.

    Yeah I know. I wrote that post after getting killed by the twins for the third time. I've made about three boss bashing posts, all just after losing several times. It's my therapy.
  • CAPST3R - October 1, 2010 5:57 p.m.

    Don't talk about logic in a game where you're the only person who can survive a bite from a zombie. Also, try using the pole weapon (broom + machete). Melee weapons are more powerful than guns in this game. Also, use quick step (wine + wine) for health, that'll sort out your speed problems.
  • superjew13 - October 1, 2010 5:31 p.m.

    @gtb08: I realize this, but Chuck is a Motocross guy in presumably decent shape. the chainsaw guy looks like roger ebert after he ate a sumo. there's no logical reason you should be slower than him. seriously, I think he was faster than the two ninja chicks.
  • TheTygerfire - October 1, 2010 5:13 p.m.

    @DManSuperfly You're obviously not playing at a high enough level, the game isn't meant to be played 100% in one playthrough. I know it's stupid but that's how it is, you're not going to flip the script on the game so just play along.
  • gtb08 - October 1, 2010 3:33 p.m.

    Chainsaw fatass? maybe you're just trying to beat the games bosses at level 6, there are 50 levels, and SPEED is one of them, you're not supposed to be fast yet. Excellent article, the fact that you have the full armor suit proves the credibility of this site, other websites seen using it only have the torso piece, or even worse, just the shoes.
  • superjew13 - October 1, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    You clearly have not learned the art of running the hell away. But yeah, there's absolutely no way that the fatass with the chainsaw should be three times as fast as you.
  • DManSuperfly - October 1, 2010 3:01 p.m.

    F&%@ this game. The boss fights are beyon ridiculous. You can't outrun any of them. You can't stun them by attacking them. They take no damage. How are you supposed to fight them. I managed to kill the sisters, but I had to unload a whole LMG and Assault rifle into them and it still took a few shotgun blasts to top them off. I just don't understand what they are thinking. How do they justify that awful of a fight?
  • Kieran712 - October 1, 2010 2:58 p.m.

    I love using the spitball gun, watching the plastic balls bounce of their craniums and them stagger back irritably is just plain hilarious
  • kratos1302 - October 1, 2010 2:36 p.m.

    Fantastic LOVE taking them for a ride & slaming them into other zombies

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