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Dead Rising 2

When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth. And, according to Capcom, appear in TV shows.

Years after the first game’s critically acclaimed zombie invasion of the Willamette Mall, the whole of America is infected. In the casino town of Fortune City, Nevada, a deadly TV show plays out to millions of viewers across the nation. ‘Terror Is Reality’ plays a bit like American Gladiators crossed with The Running Man, with a dose of Smash TV thrown in for good measure. Humans are pitted against each other with one objective – kill more undead than your opponents to win fabulous prizes.

Terror Is Reality puts up to four players in a series of varied challenges. ‘Ramsterball’ has the players running around in huge metal spheres. The aim is to kill as many zombies as possible before letting your opponent have a pop; sort of like a messy game of tag. ‘Headache’ equips players with drill-buckets – drop them on undead heads and make zombie juice to score points. ‘Pounds of Flesh’ gives you a helmet fitted with huge moose antlers and tasks you with flipping zombies onto a scale. The heavier the weight of the corpses, the more points you get. Finally, ‘Slicecycles’ lets you loose on vehicles that are part motorbike, part chainsaw. Brutal.

Winning at these games not only results in points but also in-game cash, though Capcom has yet to confirm what use the currency will have in the remainder of the game.

The story mode is just as promising. Playing as tough guy Chuck Greene (a disappointing substitute for the likeable Frank West of the original), who is out to protect his daughter, you find yourself in a large Vegas-style casino, complete with all the modern facilities a committed gambler would expect: slot machines, roulette table, bar, grill and undead horde.

Just as in the original Dead Rising, anything you can heft can be used as a weapon, but the palate of available items has increased: taking in guns, swords, chairs, roulette wheels, chainsaws, knives, flammable gas canisters, wheelchairs and the paddle-saw (two chainsaws strapped to a canoe paddle). The solo level we played set the challenge of killing 300 zombies within ten minutes – not that hard once you’d found the paddle-saw, which enables the player to wade into the thick of a zombie swarm and go nuts. However, each weapon disappears after a certain number of uses – and you really don’t want to be stuck in a crowd when that happens. Tackling zombies with fists is slow and leaves you open to biting.

Most of the weapons are great fun to use. Breaking a chair over a zombie’s head feels satisfying, while thwacking them on the skull with a roulette wheel is even more so. The sword lets you pull off quick combos with a few taps of the attack button – hold it down and you’ll slice the ghouls neatly down the middle and watch their two halves flop to the floor. The guns aren’t too exciting, but do allow for some long-range violence. We even got our hands on a spectacular, machine-gun-mounted wheelchair.

It’s a great-looking game too, with glass cascading as slot machines catch stray blows and felled zombies exploding in bursts of red. We’ve been told that the final release will feature tens of thousands of zombies (although not all on screen at once). The demo we saw didn’t seem to have many more animated cadavers on-screen than we saw in the first game, which was a little disappointing.

However, Dead Rising 2 still has another year of production ahead so we expect the on-screen corpse count to rise over the next few months along with our keen desire to play it again.

Oct 22, 2009

14 comments

  • Ottacon45 - February 28, 2010 4:44 p.m.

    ive played evry dead rising, the 1st one 4 xbox, me n my friend beat it within the day, chop till yu drop, i beat that within half a day, now this, ladies and gentlemen, capcom has made my zombie killing dreams come true. im not even playin it and the hill billy in me is a screamin!
  • XBLsponge - November 1, 2009 5:06 p.m.

    it's every sick child's dream, to ride around on motor bikes of dismemberment. i could also imagine going around in the cage ball been a bit being the boulder from india jones, only this time there are lots of india joneses and no escape-*insert super evil laugh here
  • Hobojedi - October 31, 2009 2:24 a.m.

    A machine gun wheelchair, really?
  • thelonewolf501 - October 26, 2009 2:59 a.m.

    awsome stuff the paddle saw awsome weapon
  • silentfire - October 26, 2009 2:07 a.m.

    Game Looks pretty cool
  • Finklemeyer - October 25, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    i've never played the first one, but this looks tempying.
  • MW3M - October 23, 2009 2:43 p.m.

    Fix this bloody save system and then we'll talk...
  • Doomwaffle - October 23, 2009 1:44 p.m.

    Looks too "HOLY SHIT GUYS WE ARE SO BLOODY BUY THIS GAME."
  • kor2disturbed - October 23, 2009 7:40 a.m.

    hmm well this looks kinda cool but I was never a big fan of the first one so I dont know how I will go with this one I will probably just rent it and see how good it is
  • may.be.vital - October 23, 2009 4:07 a.m.

    a triple post?! really?! Loved the first and will buy this one day one :) Looking forward to the multiplayer components!
  • Samael - October 22, 2009 9:28 p.m.

    Improve the survivor A.I, the save system and add a better map system/minimap and this is a day one buy for me.
  • TestDDs - October 22, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    Yeah first second and third.
  • TestDDs - October 22, 2009 8:35 p.m.

    First mother truckers this going to be the best zombie killing shit ever!
  • TestDDs - October 22, 2009 8:33 p.m.

    First mother truckers this going to be the best zombie killing shit ever!

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