STAFF REVIEW of Dead Rising 2: Case Zero (Xbox 360 Arcade)


Tuesday, September 14, 2010.
by Randal Santia

Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Box art If your idea of a sweet Friday night is going around with a baseball bat covered with nails, or a rake attached to a battery and smoking zombies in the head by the dozens, then boy do I have a game for you. The best part about it? It?s only going to set you back 400 points.

We?re quickly approaching the September 28th release of Capcom?s Dead Rising 2, developed by Blue Castle Games. In anticipation of the release of the sequel to 2006?s zombie massacre Dead Rising, Capcom has released what some are calling a paid demo, but I assure you this isn?t the case.

Case Zero takes place two years after Dead Rising, and three years before the events that will unfold in Dead Rising 2. Besides giving us a quality arcade title, the goals of Case Zero are to introduce Chuck Greene, the hero-to-be ( or not to-be... ha! ) of Dead Rising 2, and demonstrate the new weapon combination feature new to the sequel.

First, the game. For 400 points, there?s a lot of it! You?re stranded in a small town just outside of Las Vegas with your daughter in desperate need of some ?medical attention? in an area crawling with brain hungry zombies. The town by the way isn?t going to be a part of Dead Rising 2 proper, so it?s extra content not just a small segment of the final map if you will. As has come to be expected, you have a certain amount of time to complete a number of goals and get the hell out of dodge, before you get eaten, your daughter ?turns? for the worse or the military shows up.

Along the way you can do some, none or all of the quests you come across in order to make some money, gets some tips or just save some lives, and the choice really is up to you. If you so choose you can stand in the middle of town for the entire day, and just beat the ?life? out of zombies till the military arrives. Of course you then have to suffer the consequences of your actions which ultimately determines which of the multiple endings you receive. After that, load it all up and start again! This time with your level, and skills in tow, again, what you?ve come to expect from Dead Rising. The coolest part of it all, is once you?re done, and Dead Rising 2 hits shelves, you?ll be able to import your save into the game, and start at whatever level you?ve reached ( Max 5 ).


A run through of the story takes about 3 hours, if you manage not to die over and over. You can save the game by running into one of the many save spots, and I recommend you do so, because if you don?t, and a you die, you will lose everything up to your previous save; so save often! The short amount of time it takes to run through the game may seem short, but as mentioned, Dead Rising is nothing if not using multiple play-throughs to level your self up and then come back and kick ass and take names while finishing a more difficult story arc. I actually spent three separate nights playing through the game once each night in order to get different achievements, different endings and find different weapon combinations... oh yeah and killing some zombies!

Speaking of the weapon combinations, Dead Rising 2 proper, and Case Zero both implement this new method of picking up normal weapons, duct taping them together and creating all sorts of fun zombie killing tools such as Electric Rake, Boomstick ( Shotgun & Pitch Fork ), spiked bat and about 5 more that I won?t spoil for you. Running around and seeing what matches adds to the fun! It?s made easy by the icons used to depict items that can be combined with other items to make a new weapon combo. It?s not just new and interesting ways to flatten zombies either! Using combo weapons to kill zombies increase the amount of Prestige Points, or PP, you get from each kill, and PP is Dead Rising?s XP and more PP means more LVLs. KK? ( That?s levels BTW )

Bottom line here is that not only has Capcom and Blue Castle Games delivered a quality game but they?ve done it at an incredible value that can be enjoyed not only by fans of the game, but those on the fence about picking up Dead Rising 2.

The Way I See It: This is a great opportunity to see what Dead Rising 2 is going to give you, and it?ll cost you less than lunch! Buy It! Play It! Enjoy!





Overall: 8.8 / 10
Gameplay: 8.0 / 10
Visuals: 9.0 / 10
Sound: 8.0 / 10

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