Dead Rising 2 Reviews (Windows)

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GameSpot (Dec 02, 2010)
Dead Rising 2 delicately balances wanton destruction with thoughtful objectives. Just about every aspect of this game is entertaining, ensuring that you're having a good time whether you're fighting psychopaths, rescuing survivors, or just trying to find hidden secrets. The weapon-creation system continually rewards you with unique ways to kill your brain-starved foes, but it's the tight structure that provides the main draw. Because you're continually pushed from one objective to the next, you don't have time to dwell on small problems. It would have been nice to be able to put a waypoint on your map, and the driving controls are still horrible, but it's worth putting up with these issues just to experience the brutal joy that is buried within. There are a lot of zombie games out there, but this game proves that killing brain-dead foes can offer more than just mindless fun. Dead Rising 2 is a great sequel to one of the most original open-world games available.
Cheat Happens (Sep 28, 2010)
There's no doubt about it, Dead Rising 2 is not only the natural progression from the original, it's a damn fun experience. There are tons to explore and if you want the entire Dead Rising 2 experience, you're sure to enjoy multiple playthroughs. If you're looking for a fun game that you're going to be able to invest a lot of time in, you can't go wrong with Capcom's zombie slashing simulator.
GameStar (Germany) (Sep 29, 2010)
Ja, die Zeitlimits in Dead Rising 2 sind hart. Ja, das Speichersystem ist unbarmherzig. Ja, im Eifer des Gefechts hebe ich noch immer viel zu oft abgetrennte Hände auf, anstatt den rettenden Aufzug-Knopf zu drücken. Aber Blue Castle Games hat es geschafft, in mir mit Töchterchen Katey den Beschützerinstinkt zu wecken. Und wenn ich auf dem Weg zur nächsten Zombrex-Spritze auch noch mit einem Koop-Chaoten unterwegs bin, wir durch Zufall neue Waffen-Kombinationen herausfinden, und Zombies mit albernen Hüten dekorieren, ist aller Frust vergessen. Stressresistente Zombie-Fans dürfen sich deshalb zur Wertung gut und gerne 10 Punkte dazu denken.
80 (Sep 29, 2010)
Sans surprise, Dead Rising 2 s'impose de suivre scrupuleusement les règles dictées par son aîné. En somme, si le concept n'évolue pas, on saluera une fois de plus le second degré de l'entreprise et surtout son aspect résolument fun. Toutefois, si les développeurs se sont évertués à balancer quelques petites nouveautés rendant le système de jeu plus complet et plus souple, on regrettera que les défauts du précédent opus soient à nouveau présents. Cependant, avec un multijoueur bien fendard, une aventure solo complètement barrée et les innombrables possibilités de customisation d'armes ou tout simplement d'ordre vestimentaire, nul doute que vous aurez du mal à résister à ce nouveau volet qui brille davantage par les lumières de son univers coloré que son originalité mais qui demeure un très bon défouloir.
75 (Feb 15, 2011)
Dead Rising 2 as a whole is a game that’s addictive, frustrating, short, repetitive, and loads of fun when it’s doing everything right. But it’s so unevenly paced that I can’t say that you’re a fool for not buying it. But at the same time I can say you probably won’t regret it. The multiplayer is fun and a nice addition but won’t switch you over from that other multiplayer menagerie of undeath, and the single player game while short, is addictive, and provides enough replay value to justify a purchase. So pick it up if only because it never gets old running through a crowd of zombies wearing a pair of flaming Moose antlers.
75 (Oct 17, 2010)
After watching an anime that takes place in the United States, you remain in awe. Yeah, the States are their usual westerner selves, but the characters have the reactions, personalities and oriental lines which cause cascades of laughter not unlike the ones Dick Dastardly’s Mutley produces. And if Dead Rising 2 is any example, a mall stands the size of three or four combined stadiums. I don’t really know if this detail is a parable or satire addressed to modern-day consumerism, because frankly I’ve been too busy beheading zombies with gardening tools, toys, garbage bins and improvised rocket launchers to look for a deeper meaning.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 29, 2010)
De spelwereld en de humor vormen een tegengewicht voor de repetitieve actie. Hersenloze fun voor de massamoordenaar in elk van ons.
Gamekult (Oct 01, 2010)
Avec l'arrivée du multijoueur (notamment le coop), de deux slots de sauvegarde supplémentaires et d'une option pour combiner deux items entre eux pour créer des armes démentielles, ils devraient être comblés et, dans un sens, on les comprend. Toutefois, en se penchant objectivement sur cette suite, on découvre un découpage de l'aventure encore problématique, une réalisation pas toujours folichonne, une difficulté mal dosée et, plus globalement, une totale absence de prise de risque pour essayer d'emmener la série plus loin. Bien sûr, Dead Rising 2 sait se montrer efficace, mais dire que l'on pouvait attendre plus d'un second épisode est un doux euphémisme.
Maybe the design for Dead Rising 2 was simply overambitious; I just don’t know how it could have gone so wrong. I can’t recommend this game to anyone unless they’re a fan of the original Dead Rising, or they just love zombie games in general.