Dead Rising 2
I have long been a fan of the Dead Rising series and for me, Dead Rising 2 is my personal favorite. Dead Rising 2 was the first game to be released on all three of the major platforms of its day. Even now, this game holds up very well and is a lot of fun to play through.
I think what really nailed Dead Rising 2 from me above the rest is the story. I loved Frank West, but this time you play as a dude called Chuck. Chuck is a former motocross rider and he is stuck in the middle of the zombie outbreak from the first game. This already is a bad situation, but Chuck’s plight is worse than that.
You see he is also a father and his wife turned, bit his daughter and now he is doing all he can to prevent her from turning into a zombie too. There is a medicine called Zombrex that can help people stay human. Chuck’s ultimate goal is to protect and save his daughter, but also figure out what is happening and also clear his name from a major incident that happens.
I would not say that Dead Rising 2 looks a million times better than the first game, but it certainly is more polished. The game is set out in Vegas so it certainly has a very different style to the first game. While there is still a shopping district in this game, it looks very different from what the first Dead Rising offered.
In all, I think the graphics, sound, voice acting and the music all come together very well. It makes the game a very cinematic kind of experience and it is another reason why I love this game so much.
Hmm, talking about the gameplay of Dead Rising 2 is a little tricky for me. You see, while this is my favorite game overall in the series. Dead Rising 2 is the better part of 10 years old as I write this. As a result, the gameplay is not actually as refined as it would become in Dead Rising 3 and 4.
That is not to say that it is bad or overly clunky. It just takes a little while to get used to it all. I still think it is a lot of fun and there are still thousands of zombies for you to destroy. I love how the game lets you smash to items together with tape in order to make a new weapon. I actually love the way that Dead Rising 2 handles weapons in general.
You have to be careful as the weapons tend to break at the worst time and there is nothing worse than being in the middle of a horde and your weapon breaking. While there is a great story to play through. Dead Rising 2 does also have plenty of other characters with things for you to do. Plus, there are different endings which make you want to play through the game again.
Dead Rising 2 also introduced multiplayer to the series. You can actually play through the campaign with a friend and it is a lot of fun to do this and something I have done a few times. You also have a fun horde style mode where you can team up with three other players and try to survive what is best described as a strange game show, kind of like Smash TV.
Final Thoughts On Dead Rising 2
I still think that Dead Rising 2 is the best game in the series. I know the controls may be smoother in the sequels. However, I feel the super strong story that this one tells really does make it stand out. Plus, you have tons of fun and creating ways that you can smash your way through this game.
- The best story in the series
- I think Chuck is a great character
- The world is quite large and interesting
- Combining weapons together is a lot of fun
- The multiplayer modes are actually a great addition to the game
- Controls take a while to get used to these days
- The save system is still a pain in the butt