posted by Nozombi (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) Nov 16, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
I started playing this game knowing that it was exactly the same as the original Dead Rising 2. And no surprise, it is nearly exactly the same. Same setting, same characters, same plot--the only difference is Frank West. Sure, there are some minor changes, but they aren't significant enough.
I wish I played this before the original Dead Rising 2, because I know being Frank West and taking photographs would have been funner for me. But the fact that it's all the same simply bores me. Dead Rising 2 was never a game I planned to replay, and so playing this feels pointless to me.
Chuck Greene's father-daughter relationship is sweet and all, but Frank West can photograph, and that's a big incentive as it adds more to do. There is also a sandbox mode, a new amusement part area, some new characters, and checkpoints, which are really convenient. So if you can't decide which to play, choose this one.
posted by underagedgamer (CHINO HILLS, CA) Nov 13, 2011
Member since Oct 2011
I can see why people say that DR2 and Off The Record are the same game, but I did find a few differences between the two after playing through them both. The biggest and most obvious difference is the main character. Instead of Motocross superstar Chuck Greene, you play as Frank West. Now with his comes his jokes (which are pretty funny), his original skills from DR, and... oh yeah, the camera. Camera control is pretty clunky to be honest, but it isn't uncontrollable. If you can time your photos right, it can be worth just as much Prestige Points (PP) as actually killing the things. I personally love this game. Though it does have it's problems, I still think it is worth a good 2 week rental, just to screw around in sandbox mode.
That is another change between DR2 and Off the Record, Sandbox Mode. In Sandbox Mode, you can either do whatever the you want, complete the relatively easy challenges, or just do whatever you want. That was my biggest problem with Dead Rising 2 and the only reason I wouldn't give it a 10. The actually replaced TIR (Which I'm not a big fan of) with Sandbox mode. You can make money that Frank can use for any of the car keys (SUV, Sportscar, etc.) cool outfits (knight armor) or you can just buy more weapons to screw around with. There is a new zone and a new combo weapon, though. Uranus Zone and Laser eyes (respectively). Both are a blasted and a positive addition to a game I already love. All in all, I say get it, it's a good game, and if nothing else, YOUR RENTING IT, just send it back
If you like killing zombies in interesting ways, don't get this game. The strategy is not to beat the holy begeeze out of the undead, because there are far too many to be fair. You can take out maybe 50 with four breakable weapons. The cyborg suit needs work, and only use electric based weapons. The bosses and camera work against you. I wanted to like it, but it is more enjoyable than the Battlefield peak a boo kills.