Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Very gory adventure uses weapons of mass dismemberment.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

No positive messages to be found here, even though you're someone fighting against zombies bent on eating human flesh. You kill enemies in a variety of creative ways, are rewarded for it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Frank West might be a respected photojournalist seeking a cure to prevent turning into a zombie but he uses plenty of violence to kill thousands of zombies.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.


Incredibly violent, gory adventure, where you kill enemies with more than 115 weapons, combinations of weapons from swords, baseball bats to machine guns, chainsaws to unconventional weapons like stuffed bears, slot machines. You're awarded more points for creative ways of killing others. Players can rip apart enemies, blow them to bits, dismember, decapitate them, beat to pulp with blunt objects, run over them in vehicles.


Many sexual themes, such as a peep show you can visit, collectible Playboy magazine covers, female characters who wear sexy Las Vegas Showgirl-like costumes with ample cleavage. Players can find a foot-long dildo, beat zombies with it.


Frequent use of words like "s--t," "ass," "damn," "bitch," "hell."


Along with Playboy magazine covers, there are references to other Capcom video game characters (such as Mega Man, hidden Easter egg for Resident Evil.)


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Frank West can find, consume alcohol, which impairs his mobility (swaying side to side), he can vomit on ground if he consumes too much. West is also on hunt for a drug to contain his infection.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dead Rising 2: Off the Record is a violent adventure game. It has 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. The updated “remastered” version released in 2016 adds high-definition graphics and additional content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by531zombies January 25, 2012


so my kids luve zombies but they hate the time but luv sandbox so u should chek it out but call of duty is the best
Adult Written bybigman200 November 27, 2011


Pretty bad game. Theres a ton of violence, adn I don't think anyone under 17 should be seeing it. Theres other stuff too, like beating zombies with a d*ldo... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bywillman72 July 28, 2013

bad game

a game with lots of gore little language and little sexual stuff eg:dildos and prod but the should be for teens because it rewards you most by saving people hel... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCWG1 March 27, 2013

a fun and crazy zombie game.....

this game is great but also sort of graphic. It's violence never let's up and can be gross at some times. The violence is so comical though it is noth... Continue reading

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 "director's cut" of 2006'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. With Frank's return comes his trusty camera to earn prestige points for taking gruesome images of the carnage. There are also 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. Capcom rereleased this game in 2016 for new platforms – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs – with updated graphics (now sporting 1080p HD resolution), 60 frames per second gameplay for faster and smoother motion (even during scenes with many zombies onscreen at the same time), all previously-released downloadable content (DLC) costumes, the option to digitally download the game, and a reduced price of $19.99.

Is it any good?

This adventure is a violent title that's solely for mature players, but it's really best only if you haven't purchased the original game, whether that's the 2006 original or 2016 “remastered” version. Why? Unless you're a huge Frank West fan there's not much earth-shakingly new to justify the purchase, aside from a new Sandbox Mode that lets you tackle a seemingly never-ending horde of the undead with no storyline or time limit to distract you. At least it 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 -- 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 the lower price may tempt fans of the franchise. The high price of the initial game wasn't worth the expense for the gameplay. Now, it's a more desirable purchase given the sub-$20 price tag, updated graphics, and extra content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Do you think it's acceptable for older gamers to find entertainment in this sort of carnage? Is it a harmless way for adults to unwind after a tough day? Or can games like this desensitize us to real-life violence and gore?

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