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Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is a fantastic game,
mostly because Dead Rising 2 was a fantastic game. Unfortunately, I’m not going
to go into much detail about this one mostly for the fact that the differences
between the two are very slim. However, I will attempt to make this review
sound as different from the first one as possible. This will mostly be due to
me comparing them for the most part, but at least it won’t be a cheap copy and
As for the good things that Dead Rising 2: Off the
Record has; personally, I like just about everything in this game more than the
original. The story is much more interesting and seems more thought out, the
main character (Frank West) is a lot more fun and entertaining than Chuck
Greene, and the new checkpoint system is a life saver.
With the previous Dead Rising titles, the player
would have to save constantly to make sure that they could progress. Death or failure
meant that you would have to load your previous save, which always either had
to be done manually by visiting a save point or choosing to save after
completing a story mission. In Off the Record, your game will save
automatically at just about every loading screen and before most psychopaths.
Thanks to this, if you are to die unexpectedly or something doesn’t quite go
your way, you can load your last checkpoint.
In addition to the wonderful new checkpoint system
is the Sandbox Mode, which is basically an option that allows you to roam
around and do what you please with no time limits. There are challenges that
can be done in case you get sick of the non-stop zombie slaying and trophies
(or achievements) can still be unlocked, but you no longer have to worry about
any time restrictions; including the need for Zombrex. There are however, times
when you activate challenges.
Co-Op has returned and can be played via the Story
Mode and Sandbox Mode. Much like the original Dead Rising 2, the Story Mode
co-op is simply two players (now using 2 different characters instead of clones;
one as Frank West and one as Chuck Greene) taking on the story missions, saving
survivors, and taking down psychopaths. In the Sandbox Co-op, the two of you
can either run around and kill zombies freely (as long as you’re in the same
area of course) or complete co-op challenges together, adding much more replay
value than Dead Rising 2’s Terror is Reality competitive mode.
As for the bad things about Dead Rising 2: Off the
Record, there is only one thing I have noticed. With the addition of the new
checkpoint system, the game has managed to become even more difficult and
frustrating during some parts of the game. Some psychopaths have unnecessary
new moves, just about all enemies that wield a firearm can and will spam you to
death, and the zombies (especially on the last day) seem to have grown a lot
Other than that, this game (in my opinion) is the
best in the series so far, though it gets a 9.5 out of 10, which is ironically
the same score I gave Dead Rising 2. If you haven’t played any of the Dead
Rising games yet, this would be the best place to start and this is definitely
worth the buy. Especially if you ever end up being stuck between purchasing
this or Dead Rising 2.
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