Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is an incredibly violent and gory adventure game. It is not for kids, tweens, or teens because of its frequent and excessive violence, blood, and gore. Gamers can rip apart enemies, blow them to bits, dismember and decapitate them, beat them to a pulp with blunt objects, and run over them in vehicles. The game also has some profanity, sexual imagery, and references to alcohol.
What's it about?
What would happen if Frank West –- the photojournalist star from the original Dead Rising -- replaced motorcycle star Chuck Greene in Dead Rising 2? You can find out firsthand in DEAD RISING 2: OFF THE RECORD, a kind of "director's cut" of last year's campy action game that swaps the new protagonist with the old, and adds new story elements, enemies, and weapons to the gory gameplay. This remix once again drops you into the Las Vegas-like Fortune City, currently plagued by a zombie outbreak, and leaves you to fend for yourself. And with Frank's return comes his trusty camera to earn prestige points for taking gruesome images of the carnage. But yes, there are also those combo items used to create insane weapons of mass dismemberment, such as fusing a vacuum cleaner and saw blades that sucks zombies in and chops them to bloody bits. New Psychopath bosses are even harder to take down this time around.
Is it any good?
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a good game for adults who like gory, campy adventures, but only if you haven't purchased last year's version. Unless you're a huge Frank West fan, there's not much earthshakingly new to justify the purchase -- aside from a new Sandbox Mode that lets you tackle a seemingly never-ending hoard of the undead with no storyline or time limit to distract you. The game also supports online play, including a co-op option for two players to work together over the Internet. This third-person adventure's over-the-top gory gameplay is still fun in a guilty pleasure sort of way -- and now with fewer and faster load times, improved online performance, checkpoints and other technical upgrades -- but Fortune City hasn't changed much since Dead Rising 2, despite some new missions, environments (including "Uranus Zone"), weapons and vehicles (such as a clown car). Fun, yes? And funny, too. But this new disc isn't quite worth the $40 for its new spin on last year's game. Instead, this should've been a $10 digital download for those who already own Dead Rising 2 but want a little more bloody fun.
Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game are the same.