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Bloody Hands-On Impressions Of Dead Rising 2

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 PS3.

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  • 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!

  • @gamergirl89


    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

  • @ gamergirl89 – May you someday receive all the attention you so desperately crave in the worst imaginable way.  

    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.

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