Mini-Review: Dead Rising 2

Posted: November 21, 2010 by ryanlecocq in Reviews

A mini review is one written about a game in which I haven’t finished the content.  I’ve spent hours with it and seen most of what the game has to offer, but other things came up.  So take this with a grain of salt since I have only played about 2/3 of the game’s total content.


Dead Rising 2 is definitely a sequel for the fans.  It keeps the feel of the first completely intact, with most of the improvements being minor gameplay tweaks.  The single player game is still on a 3 day time limit like Zelda: Majora’s Mask and boss fights are still Megaman-esque tests of patience.  The game’s new casino town setting is shinier, but the same in practice: Commercial areas, full of zombies, lots to play with.  You can now access workbenches to combine objects into better weapons.  This is by far the best improvement to gameplay as the point of these games is killing zombies and they make no effort to distract from that.

The only reason this is bad, is that every other part of the game is still just like the arbitrary, frustrating old Capcom games.  Everything in the game is functional.  It controls well, has great visuals and runs pretty smooth with lots of zombies.  All of your frustration will come from decisions consciously made by the developers.  Many a time I wondered why I was repeating the same ‘run out and hit, then run back behind the pillar’ strategy in a game made this decade.  The custom weapons and new moves make more of your time spent kicking ass and less time being kicked, but the ratio is still far from ideal.

The main reason this review is mini is that I bought this game on PC and nobody else did, so I didn’t get to play the co-op much.  I imagine playing the online challenges with a friend would make this game sublime.  Unfortunately on the game’s main story alone, it isn’t much improved over the first.  Everything that was frustrating about the last game you paid $60 for is still as much so or more.  If you just want to kill zombies, maybe worth a look.  For a game competitive with modern gameplay, look elsewhere.



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