Okay. Give me a minute. I’m still trying to figure out what happened here. So, Capcom releases Dead Rising 2 – a pretty good game – and now they release something that’s not quite an add-on, a prequel or a side-story. It’s not a DLC either, although it could have been, and the best way to describe it would be sort of retelling/re-skinning of Dead Rising 2 – the same game, just with Chuck Greene lobotomised from it and Frank West, the hero of the first game transplanted into his place. And everyone’s okay with this?
In fact, a glance around the internet says they’re not just okay with it, they’re loving it! Raving about Frank West like he’s Julius Caesar returning from conquest and Chuck Greene is some kind of usurper. And then there’s the camera – which is another thing the fans seem to think should have been in DR2. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed taking photos in DR1 as much as the next guy, but I didn’t miss the camera in DR2. In fact, I was actually kind of relieved I didn’t have to take pictures and could concentrate on zombie killing. But, if you’re one of the people who missed the camera, you’ll be relieved to know it’s back.
Apart from that, though, it’s the same exact game, just with Frank West in place of Chuck Greene – not a different set of events, or a side of events we didn’t see during the original DR2 – I mean the same exact events with Frank West – a retcon, basically. A few of the story scenes have been redone, to change the story from Chuck trying to prove his innocence to Frank West trying to get another big scoop – but that’s it. Apparently there are some new bosses, new items and even a new area added, but it’s been so long I wouldn’t know which are which.
If you’ve played the previous DR2, you’ll know exactly what it entails. Frank must survive for three days, finding Zombrex to keep himself alive, following the main quest (or not) and rescuing other survivors (if you want to). There are thousand upon thousand of zombies to get in your way, the occasional crackpot boss to fight, and all the most creative and mundane tools in the world to take them on with. Frank can also take pictures of anything he wants, which are rated in one of several categories from horror to erotica. As Frank takes pictures and kills enemies, he’ll earn experience which allows him to level up, learn new combat moves, hold more items and become tougher. The online co-op still exists if you fancy some co-op carnage.
Anyway, I’m not sure when the whole world became so accepting of blatant recycling, like me, or at which point Frank West became a prodigal hero, but there you go. For the fans out there, this is Dead Rising 2 the way it was meant to be. Apparently.