(deadrising-2.com).  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.  Following the award winning original Dead Rising in 2006, Dead Rising 2 is coming back with more comedic zombie action early next week. Capcom and Blue Castle Games stopped by our office and showed us the game – largely consisting of improvements and with plenty of laughs. First off, the game retains its original flavors, zombies and uncounted number of ways to kill them. The feature the developer most excited to show off was coincidentally the combining system, which allows the player to take two compatible items and create a new weapon at a workshop. Though that alone doesn’t say much when every other game that involves the use of brute force has some kind of weapon customization; what made Dead Rising 2 incredibly fun to play is the mind-boggling creativity that went into these combo weapons. For instance, a motorcycle can be duct-taped (only the best and the protagonist’s favorite crafting skill) together with stuffed animals to create what can only be described as a “flurry bike,” but it has much higher endurance, therefore making a drive through the sea of zombie a joy.

(deadrising-2.com).  Rated M for Mature by ESRB.  Following the award winning original Dead Rising in 2006, Dead Rising 2 is coming back with more comedic zombie action early next week. Capcom and Blue Castle Games stopped by our office and showed us the game – largely consisting of improvements and with plenty of laughs.

 

 

 

**WARNING** The following video may contain content inappropriate for children**

       

First off, the game retains its original flavors, zombies and uncounted number of ways to kill them. The feature the developer most excited to show off was coincidentally the combining system, which allows the player to take two compatible items and create a new weapon at a workshop. Though that alone doesn’t say much when every other game that involves the use of brute force has some kind of weapon customization; what made Dead Rising 2 incredibly fun to play is the mind-boggling creativity that went into these combo weapons. For instance, a motorcycle can be duct-taped (only the best and the protagonist’s favorite crafting skill) together with stuffed animals to create what can only be described as a “flurry bike,” but it has much higher endurance, therefore making a drive through the sea of zombie a joy.

       

The item creation although is not unlimited like in some RPGs, the game is helpful in letting the player know of the specific combinations in the form of combo cards. But with or without finding the combo cards, the player can still try out the hilarious effects of the combo weapons. As we watched the demo, this feature of the game is a game of its own – testing out all the different recipes the developers cooked up. Two other items that Blue Castle’s representative couldn’t resist showing was a life-size teddy bear and some sub-machine guns, when given some duct-tape, they turn into a teddy bear gun sentry and sprayed bullets into any unfortunate zombies just happened to be left, right, and in front of it.

       

Although zombie killing in a sandbox game can be fun, there’s also a plot and characters to go with it. Dead Rising 2 features a new protagonist, Chuck Greene, and a new city – Fortune City inspired by the real world Las Vegas. The story takes place 5 years after the original and the zombie virus spread all over the United States. Chuck’s primary motivation for combating the zombies is to earn money to save his daughter, Katey, from the zombie virus. The story is also non-linear this time around, and we were told it has “seven or eight different endings” depending on actions taken during the game.

Game progression also takes a very similar format compared to the original, Chuck reaches the game’s conclusion in three game days and the main quest branches as the story progresses. Saving and loading will also be familiar to those who played the first, in which the game always saves Chuck’s level but the player has the option to start from an earlier plot point so to re-attempt fights that were too difficult.

       

Unlike the usual zombie-infested horror titles, Capcom’s very own Resident Evil series being one, Dead Rising 2 is surprising bright and vibrant in terms of colors. Its graphical presentation aims to re-create Las Vegas, and it accompanies the game’s light and comedic tone well. As Chuck explores Fortune City, he may also come across some Playboy magazines and billboards, which adds to the city’s allure.

       

From what is shown, the title is one that many people are eagerly waiting for, and with good reasons. There is plenty of sheer hilarity in the slaughtering of zombies, especially when most objects can be used as a weapon and they can be combined for even funnier effects. The guaranteed good laugh will be reason enough to check out the title when it comes out next Tuesday September 28.

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