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GF Rating
6.2

8585 ratings

Critic & User Reviews

GF Rating
4

Weak

Ruined by save system

posted by QuiGonLube (LAMBERTVILLE, NJ) Nov 25, 2010

Member since May 2006

5 out of 7 gamers (71%) found this review helpful

The save system on this game is absolutely awful. If the game allowed you to auto-save after boss battles or or at some other logical point it would have rated a lot higher.
I had to replay battles 3 or 4 times to beat some of the psychos. Also the time system makes is a huge pain in the rear.

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GF Rating
6

Above Average

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posted by Tarquin (DANVILLE, VA) Oct 3, 2010

Member since Mar 2008

10 out of 15 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

Dead Rising 2 is about a guy named Chuck competing on the game show "Terror is Reality," where the object is to kill zombies. Things go wrong when some one lets all the zombies out. Your job as Chuck is to survive for 3 days until the military comes in to mop up the mess.
I was hoping for a game in which I could gleefully kill zombies with a wide assortment of creative weapons and DR2 does deliver on that. But, it is the game developers love affair with time limits that was the deal breaker for me.
You see...
You have 3 days to complete a run through of the game. Chuck has a daughter, Katey, who was bitten by a zombie and needs a shot on each of those 3 days between 7 and 8 am exactly or she dies. Story missions have time limits that expire and become closed if not completed. Even weapons have time limits, of sorts. They all break after a few whacks at a zombie. (Even the custom ones you make.)
I realize the point of these limits is to create dramatic tension, but it feels more like an added stress. I wanted a game that does not feel like work. DR2 makes me feel like "I'm on the clock" at work and not playing a video game. And to spend time tracking down cool weapons only to have them break quickly is agonizing.
Another beef I have is that Chuck is dumb. Hit the attack button and Chuck may swing the sledge hammer I found downward on a single zombie's head or swing it like a baseball bat hitting several zombies at once. Crowd control is very important when surrounded by the undead. The problem is Chuck does not respond well to which style of attack you want. I often found my character surrounded by zombies and stuck cracking on the one zombie I already killed while his zombie buddies turn me into zombie lunch meat.
If you love the "tension" of DR2's time limits and can forgive the shoddy combat AI, then you should enjoy this game. I mean when DR2 works, it works well. The game does not deliver enough to be truly enjoyable for me.

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GF Rating
5

Fair

Holy Escort Mission Batman.

posted by IDEVILMANI (SPOKANE, WA) Oct 3, 2010

Member since Oct 2010

8 out of 12 gamers (67%) found this review helpful

This game is just one Gigantic mess of escort mission after escort mission.

At first, you can be sure you will be killing tons and tons of zombies. Creating weapons and just slicing and dicing your way through a major horde. Unfortunately, this gets old really fast.

You will find whatever weapon you are using to break after a couple of minutes, causing you to scramble to find another one. This mechanic also gets old as you find your weapons breaking at the most inopportune times.

Tack on a horrible escort mission after another, and you got yourself a mediocre game at best. If you are lucky, you will escort a couple of people at most as most of the escort AI is to re-tarded to even keep up, or attack zombies to protect themselves. Then you go to save your little buddy, and end up taking half of their health because for some reason you can damage them, while you are swinging away at the zombie attacking them.

I have yet to play any of the Co-op yet, because god forbid I am able to find a room.

The only saving feature is the Terror in Reality show, which is basically a Super Mario Party involving zombies and lots of blood and gore.

If you have a chance to play this game, save yourself some time and don't. This game is a giant bore and is only funny if you are stone cold drunk.

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