Capcom proclaims Dead Rising 2: Case Zero an XBLA record-breaker

Publisher says zombie action game prologue posted "the best week-one unit sales in the history of all content distributed through Xbox Live Arcade," offers no hard numbers.

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In Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, the town of Still Creek has a population of 753. That number has jumped considerably since the game launched late last month, as Capcom today proclaimed the game the fastest-selling Xbox Live Arcade title of all time.

Chuck Greene has a truck with his name on it.

"Capcom is happy to announce that its recently released downloadable title, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, has broken all records on Xbox Live with the best week one unit sales in the history of all content distributed through Xbox Live Arcade."

The publisher didn't include any numbers in its announcement about sales of the 400 Microsoft point ($5) downloadable prologue to this month's Dead Rising 2. Previous claimants to Live Arcade sales records include Epic Games' Shadow Complex, which sold 200,000 copies in its first week and was touted as having the best one-week total for a single-player game, and Battlefield 1943, which EA said sold 600,000 in its first two weeks between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Case Zero is set between the events of the original Dead Rising and its sequel and introduces the second title's protagonist, Chuck Greene. In the prologue, Greene and his infected daughter are escaping a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas but find themselves stranded in Still Creek when someone steals their truck, along with the drugs that keep Chuck's daughter from turning into one of the shambling undead. Players then have to juggle finding a new mode of transportation with making sure Chuck's daughter gets her medicine and rescuing survivors before the military arrives to quarantine and cleanse the area.

For more on Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, check out GameSpot's review of the game.

Discussion

114 comments
uncannyone53543
uncannyone53543

Listen up, I am tired of seeing people calling a paid demo of DR2. This is a PREQUEL, a full game set months before the events of DR2. I only have an XBOX 360, but it would have been nice if Capcom would have released this DLC for the PSN, giving PS3 owners a taste of what is to come in DR2. Do svidanya

mulder_000
mulder_000

$5!!? Wow, makes you think about all the greedy companies out there, who rush half-finished games out (yes you Mafia 2) and then expect you to buy the DLC to complete the game!! Do I look like a moron..don't answer that..

zyxomma100
zyxomma100

This game was $5! MS, are you taking notes? I know I would've passed at $10/$15, just like I've done with about 20 other games.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

I am in Kuwait and cant download it

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@kavadias1981 i dont know about running zombies yet, but in Case Zero, some zombies were a bit fast, and zombies in here actually surround you this time and take more health to make it more challanging, if Case Zero was very enjoyable, think of how enjoyable the full game will be! =)

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I hope DR2 is going to be enjoyable from start to finish, and not become a chore after a while like the first game was. Running zombies would be best. Greater tension and all.

GrandTheftDog
GrandTheftDog

I like the story. I felt emotional with it. As for the game itself. Best 400 Microsoft points ever spent. I highly suggest TELLING EVERYBODY TO BUY THIS GAME SO WE CAN SUPPORT MORE PREMIUM DEMOS LIKE THIS!!! Imagine!!! a fallout NEW VEGAS demo like THIS. For only 5$ COME ON GAMERS. SUPPORT SUPPORT SUPPORT!

StiffZombie
StiffZombie

Blah. State of Emergency with slow zombies. That demo was lame and the game feels the exact same. I don't care about what weapons I can make if the killing itself is boring and repetitive. The first game was cool for it's time, but now just feels very generic. The whole daughter is sick shtick is very bland.

chaldoboy14
chaldoboy14

More developers need to see this. Sure Case Zero was only a trial of the Full DR2, but for $5, nobody really cared, we all got it because it was dirt cheap and had a pretty good replay value. Now if it were $10, I see it not selling half as much if not less. I say more games need to be cheaper because to be honest, they'd easily make a lot more money. More sales less price is clearly a better tactic then less sales bigger price. The load of sales more then make up for the cheap price tag as we clearly saw here. Mind you this is considered a demo to many people, imagine how many copies actual full XBLA games would sell at low price tags.

xaviersaint
xaviersaint

Too bad this only convinced me that the upgrades they put in from the original aren't enough for me to go buy the game when it first comes out. Used or platinum hits, I can wait for it. The running around and having to save your daughter with zombrex is clearly going to be a major annoyance. And seriously, you can mow down how many zombies with a baseball bat and still never have it break? Too bad they didn't bring some realism in. Not gonna break a sledgehammer killing zombies.

awarriorg
awarriorg

Let's wait and see if people purchase the real game.

supernaught360
supernaught360

Does anyone else think Thomas Jane is a ringer for Chuck, btw? If they were gonna make a movie...

supernaught360
supernaught360

I look at the original Dead Rising as this console generation's measuring stick for how hard gamers are willing to try to experience a truly hardcore experience, with actual rewards for your efforts. First: I consider Dead Rising to be the first REAL survival horror game. Resident Evil? Pffft... Second: it was EXTREMELY polished, visually. Hoards of zombies, the best gore ever in a videogame, loads of cool animations, brilliant graphics - and no hiccups?? You bet. Third: a more refined and better written zombie tale than any movie or game to date, period. Fourth: Professional, and perfect voice acting, which brings EVERY character to life in a way few RPG's do, let alone action games. Fifth: brilliant, seat of your pants, emergent gameplay with more to interact with and actually USE than any game I can think of. There's no WAY any two gamers will play it the same, or with the same priorities. This has been a PSA directed at the lamers who "couldn't get into Dead Rising", and therefore should stick with shooter-clones, and sports games, and Wii Fit. DR:2 has a lot to live up to - here's hoping it does!

Rizer
Rizer

It was fun stuff.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@buft Yes it kinda does feel like paid demo, BUT you still get achievements and your stats get carried over to the real Dead Rising 2, and for only $5, i honestly think its worth it

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

@frankj22 The survivors are actually smart and not stupid this time, they push zombie while running now, they dont stand still to hit zombies, and they dont fall behind lol so its alot better

buft
buft

It scored well but i still hear a lot of people saying about payed demos, without playing it i cant be sure so im not sure if i should be happy about this or not. I suppose it depends on how developers proceed with projects like this

frankj22
frankj22

@dynomitemasta I know exactly what your talking about. Love the genre but the game is so frustrating at the same time. But this time I know what I need to deal with. Hope the survivors are less dumb than before.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

I have tried so many times to play through the first game, I just can't get into it.... and I love zombies and horror... I'll rent the 2nd one.

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

It was so fun for a short game, i was shocked it wasnt 800 MP. I loved Case Zero, the new weapons for 2 is amazing (favorite honestly being the Boomstick) achievements were not bad either, got all in 3rd day (stupid locked doors lol) and the story is wonderfull and emotional but i think EVERYONE should get this, its fun and cheap! Best deal ever, plus your stats get carried to full Dead Rising 2!

Amz1217
Amz1217

The game was a lot of fun and at 400 MSP it's hard to go wrong.

frankj22
frankj22

Huh ? 400MS points? I paid 1200 for Limbo and 800 for Minerva's Den, this week. I already try the demo of case zero but never thought to buy it. Dead rising was awesome. The only thing that bother me with the franchise is the ingame clock system and the low span life of weapons. Danm I use to "love and hate" the original game for those reasons. Hope they slow the clock ticking next time.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I never downloaded it, I should maybe pick it up

Slashntear
Slashntear

awesome game. 400mp well spent! Great value!!!

jimbob_1977
jimbob_1977

best part about it (other than an easy 200 gamer points) is the fact that you get to take over your level and combo cards into the full game...can't wait to take on the full release - 400mp well spent!!!

GameFreak463
GameFreak463

Hopefully other developers will take note of the success which probably is due to the 400M$ price tag. Dead Rising (1) got frustrating and old to me but I've been thinking of getting this DLC because its shorter and cheap fun.

Dynamo11
Dynamo11

It was so good and surprisingly cheap. Especially when I paid 1200 MS for Limbo which I hated

cptpeg
cptpeg

Lower costs = better sales! If this had been 1000 Microsoft points I probably wouldn't have purchased this as soon as it came out (I probably wouldn't have bothered with it at all.) But when I saw it was only 400 points I jumped at the chance to get it. 400 points is like small change. All other companies should learn from this.

method115
method115

I'm surprised it beat the first GTA DLC.

glimpus
glimpus

The value of this game is huge.

fLaMbOaStiN
fLaMbOaStiN

I know i purchased Shadow Complex + Battlefield 1942 (best DLC ive purchased ever) but i didnt pick this one up mainly because Dead Rising itself is comeing out within the next month and ill get my fill of killing zombies then.. But it still does look really cool for only $5 i might pick it up eventually.

Mizuki88
Mizuki88

I still haven't bought it. Mainly because I'm broke. And I didn't really enjoy the 1st game. Maybe I should play it longer or something. I'll probably just try the trial game for Case Zero first before I plan to buy it.

Oni_Taedo
Oni_Taedo

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UnknownElement4
UnknownElement4

This is a bit surprising, I'd really like to see the numbers though.

Jollybloodlust
Jollybloodlust

Case zero was fun, can't wait for dead rising 2!!!!!!!!

CO0Ki3M0NST3R
CO0Ki3M0NST3R

this games neat. i wanna stick my pitchfork up some zombie ass

z50macdaddy
z50macdaddy

Loved case zero cant wait till DR2 comes out

ricky0078
ricky0078

of course, with this economy $5 sounds awesome. That is the reason why.....

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Well...at least they aren't charging $10 or $15 for it.

GatsuBlackSword
GatsuBlackSword

I really enjoyed this piece of dead rising; it was $5 well spent.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@mjc0961 The new 360s come with wireless yes, but that still only applies to the people that have bought that new system in the last 3 months. Every other of the millions of 360 owners have had to fork up close to $100 for a wireless adapter, I know I did. PS3 launched with wireless, so did the Wii. I think that's more the point they are trying to make.

maaly81
maaly81

they lying...probably was the lowest on xbl. just trying to get more people to get. This and the full game are games you get two years from now for $10 at gamestop. not worth $65 especially if has the same save system as the first one

Barighm
Barighm

Damn. Now more companies are gonna cut the tutorial sections of their games and charge extra for them as DLC. Oh, well. If you're just interested in zombie bashing fun, and don't really care about all the bells and whistles, Case Zero will give you everything you need.

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@DenverNick Yes everything will have its pros and cons, but I wasn't talking so much about the free games from PS+ as I was the discounts, because those stay even without the service and those save you money.

payne6705
payne6705

Don't get me wrong it was cheap, fun, and pretty darn good a record breaker for xbla though?? Thats kinda hard to believe with a game like castle crashers still on the top downloaded list.

DenverNick
DenverNick

@Toysoldier34 Don't be fooled by the free PS+ games you are talking about, cancel your subscription and you will lose access to those free games. I have both the 360 and PS3 and honestly I don't mind paying for Live and while I don't have it now I will likely start paying for PS+ in the near future. What many don't realize, except for Sony and that is why PS+ was created, is that you are paying money to MS to have access to dedicated servers while downloading or doing updates. This makes for a much faster speed when doing these tasks. Without PS+ you are stuck without these dedicated servers and it shows. I don't know how many times I have been updating a game that I just bought and it takes an hour to update the game before I can even play it. On the 260 every game takes only about 20-30 seconds to run through it's update process. It shows on the speed of the downloads as well. Sony has now fixed this issue by asking you to pay for PS+. Bottom line is that the "free" games and "huge" (not so huge, and on crappy downloads) discounts are PS+ extra perks while things like ESPN, Last.FM, etc. are the perks for the 360.

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Well it is only 5 bucks and it did get good reviews so it is worth it.

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

The only reason is because it's $5 because Dead Rising is the most overrated crap ever