Dead Rising 2 Impressions

Capcom's zombie hackfest returns with an all-new setting and protagonist. Find out if Chuck Greene is up to the task in our first look at Dead Rising 2.

Capcom's Captivate 09 event featured a slew of games, but the highlight of the show was undoubtedly Dead Rising 2. The original game was one of the Xbox 360's early standouts and a knowing homage to American zombie movies, and it's hard to believe that the game is now almost three years old. Capcom R&D head and Dead Rising 2 producer Keiji Inafune has entrusted development of the sequel to Canadian studio Blue Castle Games, which was on hand at Captivate 09 to walk us through the game.

Dan Brady, CEO and general manager of Blue Castle, gave us a tech demo that offered highlights of a few key features that will be in the sequel. Like in the game's predecessor, anything and everything can be used as a weapon, but the team is keen to up the ante with even more zombies and new weapons. Brady talked about maintaining the constant feeling of dread and being "out of your element."

Dead Rising 2 introduces you to a brand-new location, the Vegas-like Fortune City, and a new hero, motocross champion Chuck Greene. The demo that we saw started out on a street where 1,000 zombies were enjoying a night out on the town, and moved into a small gaming lounge filled with rows of slot machines, card tables, and undead patrons. Taking control of Chuck, Brady picked up a baseball bat and begun laying into some hapless undead. Chuck will have plenty more weapons at his disposal, and we saw him taking hold of an electric guitar, machine gun, chair, roulette wheel, and even a slot machine.

Ka-ching!

If that's not enough, you'll be able to don a moose head and use it to head-butt, sweep, and charge through zombies, which seems to be as much fun as it sounds. Another makeshift weapon is the aptly named "drill bucket": a bucket with three power drills attached to it that face inward, making light work of anyone unfortunate enough to be wearing it. Meanwhile, the "paddle saw" is essentially a mop with a chainsaw affixed to each end. You can also attach these to the handlebars of a dirt bike and use it to dispense with the crowds milling around outside the casinos. Driving at full speed through the zombie-filled street resulted in complete mayhem, with bodies flying and splattering in every which way to amusing effect. Inafune hinted that some weapons, such as the drill bucket, may need to be constructed rather than acquired as is. Another weapon that can unleash plenty of satisfying carnage is the katana blade. Dead Rising 2 features plenty of dismemberment, and you can slice and dice heads, limbs, and even bodies in half.

Dead Rising relied on Capcom's internal MT Framework engine, but Dead Rising 2 uses a completely separate engine developed by Blue Castle. The first instalment was capable of drawing 500 zombies at once, but the sequel is able to draw up to 7,000 zombies onscreen at once, all staggering, leering, and drooling in real time. The graphics look promising, with plenty of crisp textures and vibrant colours lighting up the neon-filled town. Although blood pools left behind by your hapless victims looked a bit unrealistic, other effects such as water reflections on asphalt and body dismemberment looked great.

Capcom has yet to reveal a release date for Dead Rising 2, but expect to see it heading to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC in the near future. For more on the zombiefest, watch the just-released announcement trailer and read our review of the original.

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zemognavi
zemognavi

Their will be more bosses and more missions. They will still have the time limit, and their is multiplayer. Their is online multiplayer and Im' not 100 percent sure but i think i heard split screen multiplayer. I love the first game. The original gave my xbox the 3 rings of death. They increased the number of zombies on screen from 500-800 to 6000-8000. i read it straight from the DEADRISING site. I hope this drastic increase doesn't cause over heating.

KINGRAMON100
KINGRAMON100

looks good but i hope its not timed like the other 1

Papacarnys
Papacarnys

i cant wait i cant wait i cant wait

LENGTHIAN
LENGTHIAN

I dont usually comment with "i wish i wish" but ....Dead Rising was so nearly one of the greatest games ever.....and if you played it you'll know why it isn't. Frankly if they just re-released the previous version with better graphics, customizable key mapping and a save system that didn't make me wish for bad-aids and the invention of the bath-ready suicide toaster i would buy that. However as long as they havent taken a trip down rock-star lane and reality-fied the fun out of it, i'll be up for getting this too. and co-op. please?

RedWave247
RedWave247

My hope with this game is that they improve or fix the things that people complained about in the previous game: save points and the time limit. I hope it's a little more open ended or sandbox where you can just wander around (even at the end of the game) and go nuts on dead heads.

tonyfutter
tonyfutter

by the looks of the part of the video with the bike + the 2 chainsaws on a pole it seems 2 me that it may have some weapon customization or creation in it. that would b an awsome feature.

cosmo149
cosmo149

PLEASE LET THERE BE MULTIPLAYER OR CO-OP!

spyduhmahn
spyduhmahn

This game will pwn very hard if you could do street fighter moves as a bonus, We need more capcom related easter eggs

DeadRisingPlaya
DeadRisingPlaya

I wonder if in the game it shows a cutscene where frank left off on the tank that wil be Sweeeet

SaPhIrX_lOl
SaPhIrX_lOl

Finally it comes for the pc!, can't wait!

Fireinthelol
Fireinthelol

After I rented out the first game with friends, I vowed never to buy it no matter how good it is and how cheap it may get due to several frustrating factors. However one of my friends became really good at it, and it was an awesome game to just sit and watch being played through. Any game that I can feel perfectly comfortable just watching someone else play is a game of note. Hoping that Dead Rising 2 will surpass the first game even if the frustrating points are kept (might even lead to disaster if they tried changing them tbh)

slagbag496
slagbag496

Well seems like an impressive game hope there will be a larger area to play in and more bosses but i agree with FDS-Nemesis if there was multiplayer i would flip

Wozmcfc
Wozmcfc

I hope (if there is one) the timer will be more leinient, in the first one I was constantly watching the clock, although that didn't stop it from being one of my favorite games ever.

saintsrow13
saintsrow13

Kind of makes you wonder....what kind of hand-to-hand combat? The first was great! And this is sounding promising. Thanks for the series Capcom, you guys are just the best :P

FDs-Nemesis
FDs-Nemesis

if it were coop (especially 4 player) then i would just lose it

abel016
abel016

When will Release????

razorsharp-man
razorsharp-man

More zombies, new character, new town, even more weapons, WOW they changed every thing! The first game was awsome hopefully this one will be even better 8)

koospetoors
koospetoors

Seeing 500 zombies on screen is already shocking enough,but 7,000....wow.

rohit9891
rohit9891

There sure are a lot of cool zombie games releasing...RE5,Left 4 dead and now this one...waiting to get my hands on it

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

@hellsking the first one was more goofy than scary when you can shoot waterguns and lop pylons over zombies ... that's a goofy game... not a scary one

DoomReaper45
DoomReaper45

Damn, Frank better be in this somewhere.

HellsKing
HellsKing

Looks more goofy than scarey.

tanman77_au
tanman77_au

CoOP!!!! CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!CoOP!!!!

tanjo
tanjo

like everyone said: no online coop = fail

buckizard
buckizard

Looks awesome! Co-op zombie hacking is a must!

Miles47
Miles47

cant wait for it!!!!

Evandemocracy
Evandemocracy

hope you can go online this time and a much larger environment and new toys that shoot and Slice hope the sequal moves the game forward not backwards i cant wait to see

GDCalibur
GDCalibur

Already loving this character more than in the first one. Looks great, loved the Dual Chainsaw tied to a poll.

punisher1
punisher1

kind of cool its a multi plat now. Nice to see x-box loose a exclusive.

-Joe-
-Joe-

needs to be a multiplayer element, like coop, then it would be tight

Arkaskas
Arkaskas

it will be realesed on PC too great. Looks like PC get the newest titles and show its power ^^

buieizhere
buieizhere

Hell Yeah is right---KILL COUNT RISING!!!!

pharoahlord
pharoahlord

the first one was awesome. i really hope they fixed the crappy save system and even worse story, but what me and all my friends say this game needs is a co op... that would be sweet

jon181
jon181

I hope Chuck doesn't have a mobile phone.

poorisaac
poorisaac

Let's really hope that Chuck is a more athletic character. Frank was cool, but he was just too slow for me. I would like to a character that can sprint. Otherwise this looks totally awesome and I can't wait for it to come out whenever it decides to.

seijiro_hiko
seijiro_hiko

Cool David Beckham goes pycho in Las Vegas lol