Ready to go back to Fortune City? With Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, you canâ€¦ but fair warning, you might get a severe case of deja vu. Grab a baseball bat (or a purse, or a pot plant), smash some zombies, then read on to find out whyâ€¦
Dead Rising 2 put you in the shoes of Chuck Greene, then put those shoes in a zombie-infested mall. The result, much like the first game, was chaotic fun mixed with a few frustrations. The semi-free-roaming action was undoubtedly the highlight: picking up one of a thousand different items and beating zombies with it was simple, gratuitous fun. Unfortunately, a few things â€” such as an annoying story, an annoying save system, and an annoying timer â€” sometimes got in the way of that fun.
Fast forward to October 2011, and Capcom has seen fit to repackage Dead Rising 2 with the star of the original game: photographer Frank West. Now something of a has-been, West relishes the opportunity to uncover more about the zombie plague that just keeps breaking out, while piling up the (previously shambling) corpses along the way.
So whatâ€™s actually new here, then? If youâ€™ve played through Dead Rising 2, then Iâ€™m afraid Off the Record may disappoint. Dedicated fans of the series might really appreciate being able to snap photos again, or enjoy playing through the story from a different perspective, but most of the changes are only skin deep.
After some introductory cutscenes and the need to stay alive via a drug called Zombrex, you pretty much settle into the same old routine as you did in Dead Rising 2. Again, thereâ€™s a clock constantly ticking down. Again, there are survivors to rescue. Again, there are a ton of objects, both useful and useless, with which to smack zombies with. And again, annoying design decisions, such as needing to find a bathroom to save the game, are here to stay.
Still, having a new character to play through the game with is actually pretty cool for a DLC pack. Only, this is a retail release, and will set you back by about $80. This is something of a rip-off: the content here justifies the existence of a $15 downloadable pack, not a whole new game. Capcom, this is whatâ€™s known as being greedy [Capcomnomnom - Ed.]
If you really enjoyed blasting through Dead Rising 2, and were keen to do so again, maybe youâ€™ll be satisfied with whatâ€™s on offer here. But I find it hard to recommend an expansion pack masquerading as a full release. Newcomers to the series: I recommend finding a cheap copy of DR2. Die-hard fans: if youâ€™re dead set on getting Off the Record, expect familiarity to creep in pretty quickly.