Game Review: Dead Rising 2 - Off the Record
Dead Rising 2 - Off The Record
Released by THQ/ Capcom
Zombies are everywhere at the moment - with the success of the Walking Dead
TV series, it's almost as if the undead have been given another shot at
The latest Dead Rising sees you taking control of Frank West, a once TV star
whose star is most definitely in the descent and who finds himself in Fortune
City, armed with only a camera and whatever he can get his hands on to take on
the hordes of the undead. With the clock ticking down to a kind of apocalypse to
cleanse the dead and the chance of Frank becoming zombified himself if he
doesn't get the wonder drug Zombrex, it's clearly a race against time and a
quest to survive.
I've not played any of the Dead Rising series before but this latest is a
reinterpretation of the last one with a different main character; that's a
clever move but some may feel there's little new to see this time around.
However, it's relatively good fun if you like just pointlessly killing things
using an array of weapons; from freezing them with fire extinguishers and then
bashing them to using microphone stands to spear them, there's a certain amount
of joy to be had just slaughtering.
It does get a little frustrating when the game loads up every few minutes but
I guess given the multitudes of undead and options on the screen for weapons, as
well as stores to explore, something's gotta give. A neat touch is giving Frank
a camera and using that to take pics around Fortune City to gather points; plus
giving the game a sandbox option where the time threat is stripped away, is also
a chance to invest a little deeper into the game.
Overall, Dead Rising 2 - Off The Record will come down to whether you like to
just put your brain in neutral and engage the game - and while that's not a bad
thing, it certainly means this latest is playable enough and disposable