Dead Rising 2

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Dead Rising 2
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Protagonist: Chuck Greene
Genre: Survival Horror
Beat 'em up
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
Xbox 360
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Release Date: Original:
September 24, 2010

September 13, 2016

Developer: Blue Castle
Publisher: Capcom
Franchise: Dead Rising
Previous Game: Dead Rising
Dead Rising 2: Case 0 (DLC)
Next Game: Dead Rising 2: Case West (DLC)
Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising 2 is an action-adventure video game developed by Canadian company Blue Castle Games, published by Capcom, and released between September and October 2010 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows. It is a sequel to Dead Rising, and is the second entry in the series of the same name.


In 2011, five years after the events of Dead Rising, former motocross champion Chuck Greene is in the fictional casino town of Fortune City, Nevada, to take part in Terror Is Reality, a controversial sports entertainment game show where contestants kill zombies for money and fame. Chuck needs the prize money to buy Zombrex (a daily medication that suppresses the zombification process) for his daughter Katey, who was bitten by her zombified mother during a previous outbreak in Las Vegas when she was only 4 years old. While Chuck is backstage after the show, the show's supply of zombies is released; Chuck rescues Katey and makes his way to an emergency shelter, which is sealed after their arrival. Raymond Sullivan (the only security guard to reach the shelter alive) is initially reluctant to let the infected Katey in, but Chuck promises to keep her supplied with Zombrex until the military arrives in three days.

Why It Rocks

  1. The time limit returns and is just as challenging in the first game.
    • To add challenge to the time limit, you have to go back to the safehouse every day at 7:00 a.m. to give Katey Zombrex, which you have to find on your own, and it's optional as well (though that changes your ending and plot.)
  2. There is now a currency system that you can use on slot machines, buy things from the shop, and use to play in poker.
  3. Good and interesting story.
  4. Chuck is a more serious character, not as interesting as Frank West, but likable.
  5. You can bring survivors back to the safehouse like in the first game and give PP to the player and some give money as well.
  6. There are seven endings like in the first game.
  7. This is the first Dead Rising game to introduce combo weapons. This would be implemented into later Dead Rising games.
    • The way it works is where any object that has a wrench icon on it can be combined with another certain object with that same icon and it will combine into a weapon that gives off a lot of PP when used to kill zombies. The only way to know if two objects combine is if there is a combo card showing what combines. You can create combo weapons without combo cards, but you will instead get a scratch card that only gives off half of the PP you'd normally get from that combo weapon.
  8. There's now a lot more clothing options for you to use to customize Chuck's look.
  9. The world is bigger than the first game.
  10. The knight outfit is unique as when all the pieces are found and worn, it gives the player a second health bar. To acquire each piece the player must:
    • Get the S Rank ending for the knight armor.
    • Rescue a survivor, Jack Ellis, in Welcome to the Family, then beat him in poker in Ante Up to get the knight helmet.
    • Go to Moe's Maginations to buy the knight boots can be bought for 2,000,000 dollars (1,600,000 if you have both Bargaining 1 and Bargaining 2 magazines in your inventory).
    • Find the full beard moustache in the Wave of Style store located in Royal Flush Plaza.
  11. The survivor AI is much improved from the first game.
  12. The psychopaths are great and just as memorable as in the first game.
  13. The books return in the form of magazines and there are 28 magazines in the whole game.
  14. After defeating the psychopath, Leon, you get his bike, which you can repaint and even combine it with chainsaws to make the Slicecycle, which you can use to kill many, many zombies.
  15. There is now a shop you can use to buy combo weapons, keys to vehicles, and zombrex.
  16. The game has online multiplayer called Terror Is Reality (TIR), where you compete in a series of games with other players to win first place and has co-op for the main game.
  17. TIR rewards players with in game money that you can use during the story mode.
  18. Dead Rising: Case 0 and Case West are short but decent DLCs that increase the plot and the level cap of the game.
    • Speaking of which, there's even a version of Dead Rising 2, known as Off The Record, which makes a ton of changes in comparison to the original, and best of all, it replaces Chuck with Frank West, the main protagonist of the original Dead Rising (however, keep in mind that this version ain't Canon to the franchise's lore and is more of a "What if?" scenario)!
  19. Awesome soundtrack by Celldweller.

Bad Qualities

  1. You can't make combo weapons out of other vehicles in the game.
  2. The DLC packs are exclusive to the Xbox 360 version, they're not even on the remastered Xbox One version.
  3. Multiplayer servers are terrible in Co-op. It is also dead now.
  4. Screen tearing. Fixed in the remaster.


Dead Rising 2 received "generally positive" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic. GameZone gave the Xbox 360 version of the game a 6 out of 10, stating, "the lackluster presentation, uninspired story, outright broken multiplayer, and atrocious amount of glitches makes Dead Rising 2 less of a flawed gem and more of a somewhat polished pile that incrementally smells worse the longer you let it sit in your disc drive."

Game Informer gave the game a 9.5 out of 10, stating, "Even after playing for dozens of hours, you'll still find new things in Dead Rising 2. I won't spoil anything, but there's a lot of variety to be found in the game beyond obvious things like the number of objects that can be used as bludgeons. This game is designed for multiple playthroughs, and I'm looking forward to each and every one of them." Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw listed Dead Rising 2 in second place in his Top 5 games of 2010, praising it for its correcting all of Dead Rising's issues such as high difficulty and poor AI and for the Combo Weapons mechanic. In February 2011, Capcom announced that the title had sold more than 2.2 million copies worldwide.