Reviews for Dead Rising 2: Off the Record


Found it Better Than the Original Dead Rising 2

Vausch | Nov. 10, 2015 | See all Vausch's reviews »

DR2 Off the Record is for all intents and purposes a re-skin of Dead Rising 2 with Frank West from the first game replacing Chuck Green of the second. There were a few additional combo weapons thrown in such as the Protoman Suit and thankfully some of the more glaring balancing issues were fixed. For example, Frank is able to dodge-roll from the start rather than having to learn it a few hours in and likely cause you to lose several times and restart the game. I didn't have to do that at any point here, which gave the gameplay a plus. In addition, there are also some new bosses not in DR2 that make callbacks to the first Dead Rising such as Evan MacIntyre (brother of Adam, the chainsaw juggling clown). Though admittedly the reskin idea comes in full force when one boss has the exact same glitches as in DR2. While the game is solid, I will say that the penultimate boss is...well, They're absurd. In an attempt to create a twist on Dead Rising 2's story- *SPOILER ALERT* The main villain turns out to be Stacy the zombie rights activist who is actually a pharmaceutical rep in disguise who caused the outbreak to frame the zombie rights group and harvest the wasps to make more Zombrex for people bitten but unturned. Huh, Capcom has a real problem with pharmaceutical companies, don't they? But that's not the absurd part. That actually makes some B-Movie sense. The absurdity is her fight. You fight her as she pilots a theme park ride she apparently modified to have missile launchers and giant grabbing claws all in the time of the outbreak, which would be less than 3 days. The worst part is her fight requires some very obnoxious QTEs that will require a restart of that round if you fail one. *END SPOILERS* Her boss fight aside, I actually prefer Off the Record to the original DR2. Frank makes more sense to have become jaded and making bad puns when someone gets killed in front of him, the camera is back for extra points, and if you get the complete edition the extra clothes offer for some fun in game dress-ups and bonuses. The BBQ chef outfit in particular is a fun one as it turns condiments into deadly weapons. Highly recommended if you like Dead Rising 2 but don't feel the need to play the exact same story again or if you prefer Frank West to Chuck Green.


Terror is Reality

KingTed | June 22, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

Set in the same time period than Dead Rising 2, Off The Record is a complete game focusing on Frank West, hero of the original Dead Rising, and now fighting for his life in the slaughterhouse that Fortune City just turned into. The content is completly new. New story, new bosses, new weapons, new survivors. Only the world map remains the same. There is not much to say about Off The Record. It's the improved version of Dead Rising 2 so it's must have for all Zombicide fans out there!


Terror is Reality

KingTed | June 19, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »

Set in the same time period than Dead Rising 2, Off The Record is a complete game focusing on Frank West, hero of the original Dead Rising, and now fighting for his life in the slaughterhouse that Fortune City just turned into. The content is completly new. New story, new bosses, new weapons, new survivors. Only the world map remains the same. There is not much to say about Off The Record. It's the improved version of Dead Rising 2 so it's must have for all Zombicide fans out there!


Creative zombie slaughtering at its fainest

Ebo | March 16, 2014 | See all Ebo's reviews »

Yeah, sure, it gets only an 80 because it's more of the same, if you already played Dead Rising 2. But if this is your first Dead Rising game, then welcome to a game you are sure to enjoy as long as you follow a few instructions: - death is never the end in Dead Rising, but in case of death, make sure you visit the bathroom as often as possible; - have a hard time fighting a boss? time ran out on an important mission? DON'T PANIC, relax and just have fun smashing zombies left and right, get that PP going, level up and just restart the story anytime you want without losing your character progress (you do lose items, weapons and keys, but those are easy to get); - ORANGE JUICE, always have it on you, always; - be creative, if you find a workbench with some stuff around it, try and combine said stuff, you will be amazed at the weapons you'll come up with; - unless you have a hammer+axe (items you'll easy find and should combine as soon as possible), don't trade blows in a boss fight, you will lose. Try and find a strategy instead. Sometimes it's good to have a gun on you, which you will find plenty around the mall. Ultimately in this game you make your fun and if there's a friend to join in on the madness, all the better. So yes, if anything you've read so far sounds interesting, get Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.


Good game for being zombie game, but not my cup of tea.

Cronoblade | Aug. 9, 2013 | See all Cronoblade's reviews »

Let me summarize this. Pros: It is a sandbox type of game. You can do anything or you can follow the story. You can see hundreds of zombies in your screen and you can kill them with anything you can hold in the game. Furthermore, there are blueprints where you can combine the items into an effective weapons. Some of the weapons gives higher ppp points which helps to level up your character. You can also unlock or buy keys to drive vehicles and play around this sandbox. Some you can even add on weapons on it and cut through hordes of zombie. It's fun when doing especially in coop mode. I like DR2 coop mode. You can have friend with you to do crazy things together but you can hurt each other as the friendly fire is on. Not only you fight with zombies, but you fight with maniacs and some humans. Most of them are boss fight. They are known as psychos and you have to kill them. You will encounter alot of them and they have patterns you need to learn to defeat them. This "off the record" tells an alternative story of Frank West. It was demanded by the fans since the original DR2 didn't continue with Frank West but with a new protagonist. More like what if it was Frank West who was in Las Vegas. No spoiler here if you're planning to play but if you played the original DR2 and you like the new protagonist, you may not like this. Cons: The coop mode has 1 flaw i hate the most. When you pause, your parner will pause as well. You have to wait for him to unpaused before you can continue. Sometimes when you're doing something, your coop friend need to look at map, it pause the game. I find it very annoying. The mission and side missions have time limit. If you're busy doing side mission and your main mission is running out of time, you have to replay the whole thing or it will be game over. Of course this only apply to storymode, the sandbox has no time limit but sandbox is for you to play for fun and grind for money. The AIs inside are your enemies even if they are good guy in the story mode. This game isn't bad at all but it just isn't my type of game.


A great zombie game.

xXObyzouthXx | Aug. 8, 2013 | See all xXObyzouthXx's reviews »

Dead rising 2 OTR is essentially Dead rising 2 all over again except slightly different. If you haven't played Dead rising 2 don't worry about playing this one first. The game features ton and tons of zombie roaming around where you must get "scoops" and save other survivors. There's also a sandbox mode where you can just try to survive. The worst thing about Dead rising 2 OTR is not even the game itself... Its the extra DRM of GFWL. Games for windows live is useless and can sometimes mess your game up. Other than that annoyance of a program attaching itself to your game, Dead rising 2 OTR is well worth your money. Definitely purchase this game! If you can play it in coop its even better!


Best Zombie game I ever played.

spardasieg | July 24, 2013 | See all spardasieg's reviews »

First off its the best Dead Rising game, I played all of them, including the sub-par Wii version, this one stands above them all, it has so much content, the new Uranus Zone is really well done, so many weapon combinations, I honestly after hours and hours of play time was coming across new combinations. The jump in and out Co-op is also a neat feature and works perfectly. It really is the best Zombie game on the market.


Funny game!

iamkyo90 | July 13, 2013 | See all iamkyo90's reviews »

Very interesting game. Has a variety of weapons, many missions is a sandbox as much fun. Sound issues have, yes, but can be arranged from the audio properties in windows. Very good game, addictive, the cooperative play with a friend, adds to the fun.


Skip Dead Rising 2

BlackBirdz0mg | May 29, 2013 | See all BlackBirdz0mg's reviews »

If you haven't played Dead Rising 2 , get OTR instead. Dead Rising 2 Off the Record has more stuff , weapons and possiblities, being able to use almost anything as a weapon and wearing anything you want makes this game awesome, the story isn't that different from Dead Rising 2 , so perfect for the newcomers. With the addition of the Sandbox mode you are given the freedom of doing anything you want without any quests or time limit.


Get this and pass up on DR2

Supraballs | May 25, 2013 | See all Supraballs's reviews »

This fixes a lot of the flaws and essentially patches the first DR2. Yes, it's different of course, but like the reviews listed on here, it's just DR2 with Frank and making a few changes. The zombies are still there, the crazy weapons, the confined buildings with tons of interactables, all there. For the right price, this game is fun and worth it, but if you are debating between this and DR2, get this.


Dead rising 2, but stupider. So just overall better.

Ganerumo | May 21, 2013 | See all Ganerumo's reviews »

Dead Rising 2 really improved everything Dead rising 1 had. Better controls, better gameplay, better story, and a lot less rage inducing moments. The only thing it did wrong was remove Frank West. Now take Dead Rising 2, just add a ton of "what-if" scenarios all over the place, and make Frankie the main character again. Bam, best game in the series. But bringing back the old Frank is obviously not the only good thing about this game. For a title that is essentially just a huge what-if version of Dead Rising 2, there are a lot of ways this could have went bad, but thankfully it only improves where it needed to be improved, and keeps what is not broken not fixed. It's really satisfying to be able to find former DR2 DLC content for free in the full game, and an immense relief to finally see a SANDBOX MODE (why was that still not in the series by now, seriously ?), in a game that's entirely based on butchering zombies. The real question though is, is it worth a purchase if one already owns Dead Rising 2 ? Certainly not for above 10£. If you don't own any other title of the series, go ahead, this is a purchase you just can't regret.


A Good Starting Point for Newcomers

videopower77 | Jan. 26, 2013 | See all videopower77's reviews »

Even if you have never played a Dead Rising game before, you can jump into this game no problem. The mouse and keyboard controls are fairly good even though an Xbox 360 controller would be the ideal solution. Frank West is hilarious as he is now fatter, meaner, older than he was in DR1. The game has lots of crazy moments and the amount of zombies on-screen is simply staggering. It's incredible! The game isn't easy at all and is meant to be restarted over if you fail important missions. You keep your current leveled up West however. The game is a blast!


Dead Rising 2 Upgrade, for the fans.

DonVercetti | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all DonVercetti's reviews »

Basically Dead Rising 2 Off the Record is a big DLC patch for the original Dead Rising 2. For the fans of this franchise the great protagonist Frank West return to whack some zombies on the head. Some newer tweaks and extra fun things to do in the Fortune City make this game a must buy after spending several hours in the original Dead Rising and wanting to play something way more extended!


Skip Dead Rising 2 & get this!

backslashio | Jan. 21, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »

Basically this is more like a remixed version of Dead Rising 2 with more content yet less reason to own both, particularly since they cut & paste Frank West into the exact same story except that this time he's got a camera which allows for some easy experience points. The game doesn't have a particular main weapon as EVERYTHING in this game is interactive, cash registers, pot plants, a toy gun that fires plastic balls! The interaction doesn't end there either, you can find a key to drive a sports car inside a shopping mall or use a wheelchair for transport AND you can walk into any clothes store to alter your outfit (whilst zombies are chasing you in realtime). The story is nothing fancy but there's enough extras with an element of 'Dead Island' where you can mod weapons, level up and learn new combat skills. There's something for everyone in this game but may require more than first impressions before you truly start to appreciate it


We can call this improved expansion pack of Dead Rising 2

acare84 | Jan. 20, 2013 | See all acare84's reviews »

For this price if you have not played Dead Rising 2 yet this is a steal, especially since this is basically a Game of the Year Edition unless you are desperate to see Chuck's canon story or play the Terror is Reality mode (which I don't think anybody even plays anymore). The main question will be for the existing fans of Dead Rising 2 as to whether or not they should pick this up. At it's core this is the same game with the same story, same bosses and same survivors with a couple of additions. Loading times have been improved greatly, the Checkpoint System is handy and effort has been made to make this feel like a standalone title in it's own right that Capcom have genuinely thought about rather than copy and pasting the whole of Dead Rising 2 with a Frank skin. Even some of the outfits have been adjusted (the popular SWAT uniform now has gloves for example). If you have yet to try the franchise or traded in your copy and fancy getting back in the game I would suggest recommended picking this up.


Dead Rising 2: Off the Record - review

carlyle | Jan. 20, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

The plot and setting, which is exactly the same as Dead Rising 2. In fact, the most substantial new Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, the Sandbox Mode allows us to use the same save slot game of our "normal" to withstand the rigors of Fortune City from a different perspective: free from the constraints of 'omnipresent timer and therefore from having to reach the opposite end of the map to start a new mission, we can go where we want, visit the many attractions of the city and gain experience points that will enhance the capabilities of our character, shared with the single player mode and standard therefore also be upgraded using this trick. Those who have completed Dead Rising 2, while appreciating, difficult to find the reasons to buy this reinterpretation: the story is the same, the boss and also the additional modes are not adding this spectacular where maybe you hoped.


Dead Rising 2.5

Jray264 | Jan. 20, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »

Off the Record is neither a sequel, prequel, or equal of the original Dead Rising 2. It's DR2 all over again with a new layer of paint and some new toys. When I say toys I mean new weapons, combo weapons, psychopaths, costumes, skill moves, and a semi new story. If you've played DR2 already, you probably won't be able to shake the feeling that you've done this all before. Still, if you're a die hard fan and can get this for under $20 then I'd say it's worth it.


Funny game

Lirks | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all Lirks's reviews »

DR2:OTR is far better than the first DR and DR2, so if buying one of them this is the version to get as it offers more. I play the PC version using a X-Box 360 controller. This game has a lot of adult content: gore, violence, plenty of sexual references so it is definitely not suited for the Squeamish.


Basically an expansion

Cavalieroscuro | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

Off the Record is basically an expansion set for Dead Rising 2, where you can use Frank West, the Dead Rising 1 main character (on XBox 360 you can use it too in an exclusive stand-alone DLC, Case West). The game is pretty much the same, the only new feature is a sandbox mode where you can continue to play when you finished the campaign mode. If you loved Dead Rising 2, this is a good way to take your time waiting for Dead Rising 3.


A refreshing Update to Dead Rising 2.

fable2 | Jan. 19, 2013 | See all fable2's reviews »

Dead Rising 2: Off The Record is basically a updated version of Dead Rising 2, but in the view of Frank West's perspective. If you are a true Frank West, i recommend you play this instead of Dead Rising 2. The story line of this game is mostly the same as Dead Rising 2, but the story has been twisted a little bit, as well as Overtime Mode to show what Frank West would have experienced a second time in zombie hell. This game welcomes back the camera feature as well as an amusement park, new weapons, psychopath, and vehicle, as well as DLC's and Cheat Codes! Jump scares have been added, but are really unnecessary. The game also features a Sandbox mode instead of a Terror Is Reality competition game show like Dead Rising did. So now you can freely roam the map without any time limits! It is way easier than Dead Rising 1, with better AI and weapons. It is well worth the price if you are looking a bloody good time!


Just as fun as Dead Rising 2, not worth repurchase at its price

Scorpy | Jan. 7, 2013 | See all Scorpy's reviews »

Dead Rising 2 is one of my favorite games. Dead Rising in general is just a great series, with a great premise and fun gameplay. The possibilities are endless, and Off The Record amps up the fun, but at a very steep price. Capcom got a lot of hate for releasing this for $40, although the logic kind of works. It's Dead Rising 2 with a bit of new content, so the price point makes sense. HOWEVER, it should have been offered as DLC for Dead Rising 2, as it adds little to the game. It adds the Uranus Zone, which itself contains a lot of copied stores from other malls in the game, with only a few new items and areas. Buy this if you don't own 2 or if it's cheap and you're a fan.


DR2 at its Best, Totally Fun, but too Costly

Brumbek | Dec. 29, 2012 | See all Brumbek's reviews »

Off the Record is what DR2 should have been; that is to say a more feature-packed game. The new zone location is fun and the ability to take photos for XP is awesome. Plus the free-roam mode is VERY welcome. But this is all too little, too late sadly. This should be a $5-10 DLC, not a full game. Still, the base game and this version are a guilty pleasure. They are just so over-the-top and hilarious. But more importantly, both have excellent production values meaning the graphics are great, the storytelling is stellar, and the flow is superb. This game is just pure fun, and that's a rarity in today's "serious" gaming environment. Even with the DLC’s content, the game was too short and lacks content. I breezed through it very Overall, it's a very solid 8 "Great" score. I highly recommend it if you can pick it up for fairly cheap.


An improved version of Dead Rising 2

panz3r88 | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Dead Rising 2 Off the Record is equal to the original but it has a different protagonist, Frank West, coming from the first title of the series. The gameplay is the same, so you will have to survive to hordes of zombies creating the weapons necessary to defeat them. The main feature that makes Off the Record really better than Dead Rising 2 is the presence of a sandbox mode where you can continue to kill hordes of zombies without a time limit


Frank West is back!

DukePaul | Dec. 17, 2012 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

Finally the best hero from the franchise returns, Frank West arrives to Fortune City in this expanded version of Dead Rising 2. The gameplay is almost the same, with new missions and places for Frank but thanks to his great humour the situations are hilarious, you have your camera back to take photos and gain experience points, this time the game includes a Sandbox mode if you enjoy kill zombies without a time limit. This version of the game maybe is not worth it if you have the original game, it adds a lot of new content but I only recommend "Off the Record" if you are a big fan of Frank West.