The lights are on
Meet Chuck. Chuck is a handy man, professional Motocross
rider, and most importantly of all a zombie-genocidist. He’s a very
different protagonist than the first Dead Rising’s photographer Frank
“I’ve covered wars” West, and for that reason the gameplay of Dead
Rising 2’s single-player takes a very different focus.
Settling into the game for the first time, everything plays almost
identically. Dead Rising 2 controls just as tightly as its predecessor.
Chuck jogs around the Vegas strip, visiting shops and laying out the
undead with sledgehammers to gain “PP” experience points to level up. The
locale of Sin City is in full effect in Dead Rising 2, as evidenced by
my trip to a shady sex shop. Inside, I immediately made Chuck don a
stylish pair of leather chaps and a vest. After I was looking stylish,
I caught my eye on a huge, neon-colored “massager” standing proudly on
the countertop. I immediately grabbed it and began laying waste to
zombies with the dubious weapon. You haven’t truly humiliated the
undead until you’ve thrown a giant rubber “massager” at their face. The
humor established in the first game is alive and well in the sequel.While
Frank found some very interesting weapons to use against his zombie
foes (augers, mannequin torsos), Chuck gets even more creative. If he
sees a poster for an action movie with a hero wielding a flamethrower,
he gets a sudden surge of inspiration. With his gained knowledge he can
combine objects such as a chainsaw and a kayak paddle to create a
dual-sided weapon of spinning steel that looks like the b*stard son of
Darth Maul and Leatherface’s trademark weapons.Chuck can also
find new weapon combos by swinging into the pawnshop and purchasing
jury-rigged instruments of doom. Here he can buy a propane tank covered
in nails, which absolutely obliterates masses of zombies when detonated
amidst them. Also available is a lawn mower with handles attached to
it, a metal rake with a car battery hooked up to it, and boxing gloves
with butcher knives strapped to them. I’ll let you use your imagination
to deduce what each does in combat, but rest assured they result in
devastating kills and a significant PP bonus.After I mangled
enough shambling corpses, a door opened to reveal a sight for sore
eyes; a motorcycle with chainsaws attached to it. The slice cycle is
absolutely devastating. If you thought plowing through masses of bodies
with a car in Dead Rising 1 was fun, wait until you slice through them
like a hot knife through zombie-butter. Good thing there were over
1,000 zombies in the packed strip, because the slice cycle levels crowds
in no time. Blue Castle has said that they’ve managed to squeeze 6,000
undead enemies on the screen at once, so be prepared for massive
opposition.So far, Dead Rising 2’s single-player is looking
incredible. If you were skeptical whether or not Blue Castle would be
able to deliver an even more gonzo zombie-slaying experience, prepare
to become a believer. Keep your eyes on Game Informer for more info on
the game leading up to its August 31 release date for Xbox 360, PC, and
Email the author Tim Turi, or follow on Twitter, and Game Informer.
I saw the footage of this months ago it looks awesome
Oh man I can't wait to use the slice cycle!
I cannot wait for this game! the first one was so awesome.
6,000? Thats the number of 2D sprites Kameo Elements of power could render and look awesome so I can't wait to see this!
Anyways I probably will get this when prices go down, I'm tired of zombie slaying games at the moment.
Nonetheless, the game looks very fun and weapons look creative and combining them is just so bad@$$!
I might, just MIGHT get this just to play with my friends.
It shows promise
But also looks like it can get a bit repetitive at times
I have been shunning this game, but I might just have to take a look at it. Still probably not a "buy" though.
The weapons in this game look AMAZING! Cant wait to play it.
Any word on whether or not Dead Rising 2 is going to use a time limit mechanic, like Dead Rising 1? That was my biggest beef with DR1, that *** three day time limit preventing you from really letting loose.
its about time
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Back on point, this game looks fun for a while, but it does look too repetitive. That is my only knock against the first one, though it was a pretty good game. Maybe I will get it when the price comes down a bit. There are far too many awesome titles that are no-brainers to buy than one such as this which may or may not be worth the price of admission.
I never played the first Dead Rising but the more I read and see about this game it's getting me really excited to play it. It looks like it could be a lot of fun especially with the multiplayer madness.
I always down for dismembering zombies.
This game had me when I saw a boxing glove with wolverine claws...
Zombies zombies zombies. Just can't get enough of them. However I am debating whether I should get it or not since I don't have a 360 and have never played the first one. I'm a go through one go through them all type guy.
i need to go get the first one.
Bring on the Zombie Slay'n. 'nough said
I hope they have some co op. Slaying zombies with a friend would be pretty bada$$.
i am looking forward to this so much.
wow, 6000 on scren at once... thats a whole lot of beatdown waiting for you.
Sounds like a lot of fun.