Dead Rising 2: All the facts

A week ago we didn't know much about Dead Rising 2. Now... we still don't know much about Dead Rising 2. In the spirit of gleaning tiny scraps of info from the ambiguous teaser, though, we've been watching the trailer until our eyes bleed like gaping zombie sores. There's actually a surprising amount of clues held within the viral-style video and everything from the game's setting, plot mechanics and weapons are hinted at in freeze frame moments.

Below are all the concrete facts, coupled with a few things we really hope make the cut in the sequel to our favourite undead-decapitating, plastic lightsaber-swinging, floral dress-wearing zombie game.

FACT: It’s set several years after the first game
And in the timeframe between the Willamette mall incident and the sequel, a possible cure to the curse of zombification, in the form of Zombrex medication, has been developed - as revealed 54 seconds into the trailer.

If you watch closely at 00:35, you’ll see a message along the lines of ‘take once every 24 hours’. Could players have to find and take the Zombrex medication once a day to avoid turning into a zombie and prevent the game from ending – a bit like the malaria mechanic in Far Cry 2?

FACT: It takes place in Fortune City
This is obviously Capcom’s take on the millionaire-making, dream-breaking city of Las Vegas (at 00:37 a female news reporter can be heard saying "live from Las Vegas"). The screenshots are obviously casinos and there’s a message at 00:42 saying ‘a variety of lavish casinos’ - could the backdrop image (below) of the large building and steam boat extension be all or part of the game's environment?

We might even get to explore an approximation of the famous Strip – its appearance is too brief to get a good look, but there's certainly what looks like a wide street a minute into the trailer. Let us waste the undead with miniature Caesar Palace-style Sphinx statues and mow down the life-challenged masses along the zombie-strewn Strip and we’re in.

FACT: There’s a new, as yet unnamed, blonde lead
And he wears a leather racing jacket. That's pretty much all we know. Frank West does appear in the trailer very briefly, dressed in his Mega Man costume, although there's nothing to suggest that everyone’s favourite suspiciously burly freelance photographer will be putting in an appearance in the sequel as a playable character. Or at all for that matter.

FACT: There will be plenty of wacky weapons
See the trailer and screens for the Gladiators-style ball of zombie-squashing fun, a giant ‘comedy’ phone, roulette table, guitar, motorbike and axe. We'll also wager that there will be undead-choking betting chips, slot machines, pots of money and huge dice.

FACT: It's developed by Blue Castle Games
The Vancouver-based makers of baseball titles The Bigs (average Metacritic 79) and MLB Front Office Manager (average Metacritic 53) are combining with some members of the original Dead Rising to make the sequel. And it’s being produced by Keiji Inafune - the man behind Onimusha. We’ve no idea if Blue Castle is up to the task of making a sequel to one of the generation's best loved cult games.

FACT: There will be tens of thousands of zombies
Which means we’ll get at least one more zombie type: Show Girl zombie, who can be seen in the trailer and Woot! We also expect the return of Dead Rising’s psychotic boss characters - who were traumatised into madness thanks to all the zombie-based peril. Vegas is ripe with colourful characters just waiting to take a trip off the sanity map. How about (more) unstable versions of Siegfried and Roy backed up by a feral white tiger, a surly boxing champ or some crazed cabaret dancers?

Feb 10, 2009


  • reggie2oo9 - February 21, 2009 1:43 a.m.

    hope they make the writing readablefor thos who dont have a HD TV, deffo getting this!!!
  • d22188 - February 17, 2009 12:49 p.m.

    That is sweet i must play!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • foamguy - February 14, 2009 12:42 a.m.

    FINALLY ANOTHER and one i can play on the PS3!:)SWEET i always wanted to play a dead rising but the last one seemed a bit better ill have to wait till i can get more news on this and decide which is better
  • m_gamer234 - February 12, 2009 10:12 p.m.

    A DEADRISING IS COMING OUT! oh my gosh i think i just came.
  • poptartking2000 - February 12, 2009 8:12 p.m.

    Frank West Will probaly not be in the 2nd Dead Rising because in the first one you win the in differnt endings.
  • pogo - February 12, 2009 11:26 a.m.

    The Game looks friggin awesome and i hope the story is a lot better than the first game
  • DeadGirls - February 12, 2009 3:49 a.m.

    Is it coming to the PC for sure?
  • SlightlyBetterName - February 12, 2009 1:10 a.m.

    Can't wait for DR2. Loved the first one, but i'm not so sure about the choice of setting. A casino is good but I kinda wanted something a little... wackier.
  • Gotxxrock - February 11, 2009 10:46 p.m.

    I really enjoyed the original, but the lack of mobility (my biggest pet peeve) kept me a bit discouraged, and put an acrid taste in an otherwise sweet game. One of the best games last year in terms of instilling mobility in an otherwise mobile-less genre was Dead Space. By incorporating elements of RE4 and the renowned "Over The Shoulder" view point made popular by Gears of War, Dead Space kept the Survival-Horror gameplay, but managed to rid itself of the sketchy gameplay of "Move forward, turn around 90 degrees, move forward again". If Dead Rising II can rid itself of that enraging form of mobility, We might have a 10/10 on our hands... well... at least for me =P
  • reyalejandro13 - February 11, 2009 10:11 p.m.

    man, this used to be my favorite game on 360. then i got Red Ring of Death. But still, this looks like the most fun ever. ZOMBIE KILLING FOREVER. I wonder if this guy's covered wars, ya know?
  • Marioninja1 - February 11, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    I can't wait, although on Wikipedia it said Frank was in this one...although that is a sweet Jacket...
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - February 11, 2009 8:48 p.m.

    I don't have a 360 My mate has a 360 and dead rising I play his 360 more than he does =D I WANT THIS GAME xD
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - February 11, 2009 3:24 p.m.

    At Capcom's big publisher day in 2007, we spoke to Inafune about Dead Rising 2 and co-op... "...there are a lot of things that just make sense, that people who played the original are just going to want, so it's very easy to imagine the direction a sequel could go..." (skip to 2:50) of course, he goes on to say that it is all in the dream-state (back in April 2007.) still, I'd be shocked if it were announced that DR2 had no co-op. ZOMG i can't wait to play it111
  • Samael - February 11, 2009 2:50 p.m.

    I'm very, very excited. But if they don't add/fix: a minimap, bigger text, new multiple save system, less-restrictive time period, no otis/walkie-talkie shit, no respawning bosses, AND BETTER SURVIVOR A.I!, then I probably won't even rent this.
  • Coolbeans69 - February 11, 2009 4:22 a.m.

    Is this the for 360?
  • iKOemos - February 11, 2009 3:26 a.m.

    Since I don't have a 360 i didn't get to play the first one so I can't wait to try out this series.
  • Red - February 11, 2009 2 a.m.

    Well now... *ahem* ...HOLY FUCKING SHIT! (Can I say that?) I LOVED Dead Rising. This is a must-buy reguardless of what anyone says, ever. Thanks for the info GR.
  • Sylizar - February 10, 2009 11:47 p.m.

  • MilitaryRaiden - February 10, 2009 10:56 p.m.

    I really loved the first one - weird save system and all. Can't wait for the fun that's in store in No.2 - but hopefully MadWorld (among others) will keep us good company till then.
  • familyguy829 - February 10, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    Doesn't anyone read any other gaming site other than GR?

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