Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Review

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Posted 9:18am on Tue 11 October 2011
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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Review
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If you're a massive fan of the series - and of Frank West in particular - it's still worth picking this up, but even at twenty notes, there's little to make this an urgent purchase.

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Posted 9:18am on Tue 11 October 2011
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Good read Neon. I'm actually looking forward to get my hands on this game to be honest. The sandbox mode opens up "do the hell what you want" without worrying about time or health issues, of course health, but none of the "eat food to replenish health" such as the first.

Something from the Dead Rising 2 review:

"It's a worthy sequel in many ways, but despite all the innovative weapon combinations, Dead Rising 2 suggests that Capcom has yet to find its perfect blend."

Off The Record doesn't hit that note?
Posted 9:57am on Tue 11 October 2011
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I really wish I could get into this series - it screams of nothing but fun and appears to be everything I should like in a game - and yet I just couldn't get into either of them.
Might try again over the next gaming drought as I really want to like them godammit!
Posted 10:01am on Tue 11 October 2011
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Hi guys!

I actually coded the free iOS app to accompany this:

http://bit.ly/ShotByFrank

Check it out if you get a minute. Thanks. !Smile
Posted 10:08am on Tue 11 October 2011
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Good read Neon. I'm actually looking forward to get my hands on this game to be honest. The sandbox mode opens up "do the hell what you want" without worrying about time or health issues, of course health, but none of the "eat food to replenish health" such as the first.

Something from the Dead Rising 2 review:

"It's a worthy sequel in many ways, but despite all the innovative weapon combinations, Dead Rising 2 suggests that Capcom has yet to find its perfect blend."

Off The Record doesn't hit that note?

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No, I don't think we're there yet. It's another step in the right direction, certainly - although they'd better not make it any easier, or they'll lose many of the key qualities that made the series interesting in the first place.

They'll get there, though. As long as they can think of another decent setting for the next one, that is.

@guyderman: There's a definite learning curve to the games. If you find the main game too taxing at first, it's a good idea to simply play and dick about for a bit, then restart. You'll level up, and more importantly you'll learn where all the cool stuff is.

As I said in the review, it's still not a series that's particularly friendly to beginners. You have to learn the secrets, and then when you're part of the club you'll get the most out of it...
Posted 10:25am on Tue 11 October 2011
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No, I don't think we're there yet. It's another step in the right direction, certainly - although they'd better not make it any easier, or they'll lose many of the key qualities that made the series interesting in the first place.

They'll get there, though. As long as they can think of another decent setting for the next one, that is.

@guyderman: There's a definite learning curve to the games. If you find the main game too taxing at first, it's a good idea to simply play and dick about for a bit, then restart. You'll level up, and more importantly you'll learn where all the cool stuff is.

As I said in the review, it's still not a series that's particularly friendly to beginners. You have to learn the secrets, and then when you're part of the club you'll get the most out of it...

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I think that's the problem. I was trying to get on and 'do' the story and it was just so overwhelming from the get go that I felt like I was failing miserably.
Like I said I think over the next drought I'll give it a good bash, and certainly take your advice, just have some fun with it, get to know it and then take up the challenge!

I remember with the first one, (it's been a few years now), that it was them B@st@rds in the Jeep in the courtyard that did it for me - I got hammered everytime I went out there - so frustrating - I must have been doing something seriously wrong - lol!
Posted 10:58am on Tue 11 October 2011
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Yeah, I think that's what everyone does on their first time. I know that's what happened to me, at any rate.

This game (and standard DR2) are less abrasive at first, though the bosses will still destroy you at first. Have some fun, level up and find weapons (and cocktails) that you like, and you'll enjoy it a lot more.

Or give it a go in co-op. Clockpunk and I have been talking about playing that way at some point....

*EDIT* And you weren't doing anything wrong; the jeep guys are notoriously hard to deal with. DR2 has a similar enemy, but he's easier to avoid.
Posted 11:02am on Tue 11 October 2011
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I think that's the problem. I was trying to get on and 'do' the story and it was just so overwhelming from the get go that I felt like I was failing miserably.
Like I said I think over the next drought I'll give it a good bash, and certainly take your advice, just have some fun with it, get to know it and then take up the challenge!

I remember with the first one, (it's been a few years now), that it was them B@st@rds in the Jeep in the courtyard that did it for me - I got hammered everytime I went out there - so frustrating - I must have been doing something seriously wrong - lol!

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I certainly enjoyed DR2 a lot more than the first game - possibly because of the weapon creation. I hope there is a lot more than just a 'smattering' of new combo cards...

Exploration is key to the game, and finding a hidden useful weapon/combo part where you least expect it - and remembering that at a crucial time, is a hugely important part of the game, I found.

Guyderman, have you tried the demo for Case West, at least, on Live Arcade? I would thoroughly recommend giving that a go, if nothing else... that saw pretty much universal praise as a slice of DR2-representative action

Either way, I make no secret of the fact that I have been looking forward to this, but do think it could have been a few sep. DLC packs (new area and combo cards, Frank & Camera Mechanic, Sandbox Mode...) but that would probably have been the same price, sooo...
Posted 11:26am on Tue 11 October 2011
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I certainly enjoyed DR2 a lot more than the first game - possibly because of the weapon creation. I hope there is a lot more than just a 'smattering' of new combo cards...

Exploration is key to the game, and finding a hidden useful weapon/combo part where you least expect it - and remembering that at a crucial time, is a hugely important part of the game, I found.

Guyderman, have you tried the demo for Case West, at least, on Live Arcade? I would thoroughly recommend giving that a go, if nothing else... that saw pretty much universal praise as a slice of DR2-representative action

Either way, I make no secret of the fact that I have been looking forward to this, but do think it could have been a few sep. DLC packs (new area and combo cards, Frank & Camera Mechanic, Sandbox Mode...) but that would probably have been the same price, sooo...

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I'll give the demo a blast and see how I get on with it, cheers mate.
Posted 11:29am on Tue 11 October 2011
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I'll give the demo a blast and see how I get on with it, cheers mate.

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I did, of course, mean Case Zero to begin with - my bad, sorry Wink That's the 'prequel'.

Case West is the 'mini-sequel', but also probably a good introduction to the camera mechnics for Off the Record...

And the main games do have co-op, which led to some amazing gaming sessions (and are also useful to show/be shown where useful caches of loot can be found)! Grin
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