Oct 062010
Authors: Ian Hopkins

Four years after releasing its successful “Dead Rising,” Capcom has finally given gore-fiends a sequel.

I personally never played the first “Dead Rising,” so I can’t say if this sequel falls short of the original or not.

However, I feel like this game is slightly lacking in the gameplay department. Thankfully, the story is so incredible; it makes this game more than worth playing several times over.

Long story short, you play a man who kills zombies for show and the zombies escape from their cages. I mean, who knew keeping zombies in cages could possibly lead to a massive zombie outbreak in the unfortunate Fortune City.

The graphics for “Dead Rising 2” are not very exciting. For some reason, they just don’t pop like I was hoping. All of the colors feel washed and dull.

Everything was modeled fairly well though. None of the characters, weapons, zombies and environments looked poorly done. Plus, there are hundreds of funny zombies walking around Fortune City.

My personal favorite was the janitor zombie still pushing his cleaning supplies in a mall.

Playing this game didn’t require any thought on my part. I was able to pick the game up and just start playing, a winning feature every game should have.

Nothing in “Dead Rising 2” sounds bad. That being said, it is fairly standard as far as video games go. I was expecting so much more from this game because of all the talk I’d heard about the first installment.

I can’t fault the game developer for being superbly average when they created “Dead Rising 2.”

This game feels like a clean, zombie filled, free-roaming “Grand Theft Auto” experience, but only achieves blandness. Without the incredible story, I don’t know how I would be able to keep playing “Dead Rising 2.”

A cool feature they added is the ability to have players jump in during your game and kill zombies together.

Essentially, while you are going through a mission, your friend can connect to your game and play with you. They can also leave on a whim without interrupting where you are in the game.

Overall, these gameplay features, audio and story make “Dead Rising 2” a game worthy of buying and enjoying with some friends.

Video game reviewer Ian Hopkins can be reached at verve@collegian.com.

Dead Rising 2

Graphics: 3.5 stars out of 5
Sound: 4 stars out of 5
Controls: 4.5 stars out of 5
Gameplay: 4 stars out of 5
Overall: 4 stars out of 5
Systems: Playstation 3, X-Box 360

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