8 things you NEED to know before starting Dead Rising 2

I've played a LOT of Dead Rising 2. I'm STILL playing Dead Rising 2. I love it. But I didn't love it to begin with, because it's one of the most punishing, unforgiving games in recent history. People who finished the original will already be used to its brutal real-time structure, but since this is the first Dead Rising on PS3, chances are a lot of you will be bewildered, lost and confused. But fear not, because here are eight things that'll make your first tentative steps into the garish zombie-infested playground of Fortune City a little easier.

1. Get PP or Die Tryin'

When you're starting out, forget about the story - you should concentrate on harvesting PP to level up. Let the timer run out for whichever case you're on and focus on rescuing survivors, killing zombies with Combo Weapons, defeating psychopaths and finding hidden environment bonuses. Then, when you're ready to tackle the story, start a new game and your current level and cash will carry over, making things a LOT easier.

Above: The Pitchfork Shotgun in all its gory glory. You can probably guess what items you need to combine to create this particular Combo Weapon.

2. Environment Bonuses?

Interact with everything, because chances are it'll spit out some precious PP. Here are some examples to get you started...

- Hit the strength test machine with the sledgehammer's heavy attack in the sports shop near the safehouse in the Royal Flush Plaza.

- In the Pallisades Mall, slide down the waterslide at the top of the tiki bar.

- Roll a 7 on the giant craps table in the middle of the Royal Flush Plaza.

- Ride the bucking bronco in the Americana Casino. You have to hit every prompt to get the PP.

- Use the exercise bike in the gym at the top end of the Pallisades Mall.

3. Juice Up
Before tackling a boss, make sure you bring some Painkiller. Most bars in Fortune City have a blender that lets you mix two liquids to create a stat-altering potion. To get Painkiller - which reduces the damage you take from psychopaths, and is absolutely essential in close-quarters battles - mix either two whiskeys, two beers or two vodkas.

Other helpful concotions include...

- Quickstep: milk + milk (increases speed)
- Repulse: hot dog + soda (zombies won't attack)

4. Knife Gloves > Everything

So you've got some Painkiller, but you're still not ready to face that boss - you'll need a weapon. Visit the sports shop nearest the safehouse in the Royal Flush plaza and pick up some boxing gloves. Then head to the BBQ Shack in the Americana Casino next door and locate the bowie knife on the counter (zombies also drop them occasionally).

Combine the two at a workbench to create the Knife Gloves, which are superbly effective against psychopaths. You can defeat someone like Brandon (the crazed C.U.R.E. member) with just two or three melee combos. Accompanied by Painkiller, you'll be unstoppable.

Above: Look at his little face. He loves it. This kind of thing always gives you bonus PP

5. Avoid Snowflake

A short but potentially game-saving tip - unless you're confident you can beat Snowflake and Ted, two of the hardest bosses in the game, stay well away from the Yucatan Casino in chapters 1 and 4. The instant you enter the boss battle will start, and there's no escape.

6. Tame Snowflake

But if you're confident you can take Ted down, how about getting Snowflake the tiger as a follower? To tame her, feed her three steaks by tossing them in front of her (you can find the steaks in her enclosure). Snowflake also counts as a survivor, so bring her back to the safehouse. You can even give her to Katey as a pet for some bonus PP.

7. Defeating Leon

Leon Bell is Chuck's rival and fellow Terror Is Reality contestant, and he's an absolute nightmare to defeat. Well, unless you know how to exploit the game, that is. Here are two steps to killing him and unlocking the bike for Chuck to customise and use on the Strip.

- Find a firearm (there are three handguns in the Americana Casino's security room if you can't afford anything better from the pawn shop) and climb the fountain in the area where Leon is skidding around on his bike. He'll stop occasionally to taunt Chuck, letting you get a shot in. Three pistols, totalling 90 shots, will take off roughly half of Leon's health.

- To finish him off, equip your trusty Knife Gloves. Go near one of the blue/green fences and wait for Leon to charge you. Jump away at the last second and he'll glitch out and get stuck in the fence, letting you whack him. Two combos later and he'll be dead, and the bike is yours.

8. Terror Is Reality

If your console is online (whose isn't?), you never have to worry about finding Katey Zombrex. Playing Terror Is Reality online - which, incidentally, is brilliant fun - earns you a massive amount of money that can be transferred to your single-player save. Even if you come third you'll net around $50,000. So spend the dough on Zombrex at pawn shops and never worry about your infected daughter's well-being ever again.

For a full preview of Dead Rising 2 - including 50+ exclusive, unseen, screens of secret, or obscure weapons - grab issue 131 of PSM3 UK, available from all decent newsagents RIGHT NOW! You can also buy the issue without leaving the house - or subscribe - by clicking here.

Alternatively, you can spoil yourself rotten with our Dead Rising 2 super review. It is truly super.

September 24, 2010



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  • SweatyCrease - September 25, 2010 1:04 p.m.

    OK. Lots of Dead Rising 2 articles and Dead Rising 2 adverts(as of 25th Sept) Game scores 8/10. Everyone's happy. The games industry is a strange, self serving entity. I'm not saying it's wrong, but how can your reviews have integrity, do you just get several of your staff to write reviews and then pick the on that best suits the advertising budget of the game producer? You create hype. Give a review that fulfils the hype. Then sell the ad space. This isn't an attack I'm genuinely interested to know how it works.
  • philipshaw - September 25, 2010 11:56 a.m.

    From the little I have played of DR2 last night, these tips did seem useful
  • Shake - September 24, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    heh heh heh.... "PP"
  • DryvBy - September 24, 2010 9:48 p.m.

    Thanks for the tips.
  • Clovin64 - September 24, 2010 6:51 p.m.

    I havnt decided if I'm going to buy DR2 or not, but if I do I'll remember these tips. Difficult, frustrating games make my tummy ache :(
  • shanesaiyan - September 24, 2010 6:39 p.m.

    @ Pipbowl420 It's out on PS3/360 in Europe today, and PC on October 1st. It's out on all platforms in North America on Tuesday, and Japan on Thursday.
  • RebornKusabi - September 24, 2010 6:19 p.m.

    Hmm... this feature actually makes me interested in Dead Rising 2 even though I VIOLENTLY HATED the first one. I have it on GameFly so if I find out I like it, I'll pick it up very shortly ; ) reCAPTCHA: the cootcon (****ing EXCUSE ME?!?!)
  • PipBowl420 - September 24, 2010 5:53 p.m.

    this game looks mad fun, but.. I can't find any site or anything that states the actual KNOWN release date for DeadRising2 for the PS3.. I will buy this game when it comes out.. but I won't ever pay full price for a game, unless I really just can't wait to play it.. Such as CallofDuty:BlackOps :P DeadRising 2 is gunna be fun, killin mad zombz
  • zeetlock - September 24, 2010 5:19 p.m.

    pac man eats the ghost, man
  • zonic505 - September 24, 2010 5 p.m.

    No, the open end is facing the better/larger thing. Imagine it as Pac-Man eating the better thing/larger number. Great tips. I'll have to remember these for when I get DR2. The whole "spend time leveling up thing" tip totally applies to Case Zero. Spend your time exploring so you know where locations & items are.
  • oufour - September 24, 2010 4:48 p.m.

    no the opening is to the greater thing. in grade school they taught it as "the crocodile eats the bigger number."
  • scrimbleshanks - September 24, 2010 4:25 p.m.

    shouldn't it be knife gloves < everything. Pretty sure the way you have it it's everything beats knife gloves right?
  • batman5273 - September 24, 2010 4:23 p.m.

    Thanks for the tips. I will be using these when I get the game next week. In the first game, the best tip we to go for the Zombie Genocider achievement and then finish the game. This game you the 300 hit Megaman gun that was a one hit kill. Is there are gun like this in 2?
  • Tagboomer - September 24, 2010 4:15 p.m.

    Got this today and cant wait to try these out. 1st BOOM!!

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