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Zombie Genocide Master in Dead Rising 2

Zombie Genocide Master86 (20)

Kill 72,000 zombies.

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Achievement Guide for Zombie Genocide Master

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Achievement won on 06 Nov 16
TA Score for this game: 2,475
Posted on 06 November 16 at 09:08, Edited on 06 November 16 at 09:14
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Zombie Genocider in Crash Rising 2! YCMV (Your Crashing May Vary)

An issue lately with remasters, at least ironically the "second game" in a series of remasters, is constant crashing. Bioshock 2 suffers it...and this game (along with Off the Record) suffer due to this. Now much like the old saying "YMMV", not everybody has to deal with it. Yeah you might be one of those lucky few that rarely if EVER suffers a crash in this game...but if you're like me and a few of my buddies across Xbox One and Playstation 4, you'll experience heavy crashing in relation to Silver Strip/Platinum Strip/Fortune Park. It could be the jump of this game from 30FPS to 60FPS but as of this guide, there has been no patches for the Xbox One version (don't know about PS4).

What causes the crashing? Hell if I know. A major culprit seems to be Yucatan, much like the infamous Foodcourt Bug in Infinite Mode for the original Dead Rising (which apparently is still present in the remaster), if you enter Yucatan from Silver Strip you risk the entire game crashing. Now it may crash in Yucatan...or it may crash outside. It might not even crash! In my successful run, I had it crash maybe a total of 7 roughly once every 10-20K kills. Yes, I kept entering's essential to get ahead of the estimated kills per time period (see list below in CRASHING AND OTHER NOTES).

Preparation - No Case/Zombrex Run

This achievement takes roughly 6-8 real life hours to complete. If you "get ahead" in kills, you could easily finish around 12AM-2AM on Day 4 (10AM is when the Military Arrives and it's Gameover). Of course, you're not going to get the extra time for the Firebombing or Overtime (if you go that far), so if you prefer the extra time do see the other method.

Following Things in a List:

- SUV Key
- Level 50 (for max speed, item slots, etc.) *OPTIONAL, just makes things easier.
- Ninja Clothing Piece and Sports Fan Clothing Piece (doesn't matter which, just one of each you'll get the full effect from both unlike Off the Record where you need to wear the full outfits for these particular costumes. OTR's DLC follows the same rule as DR2's for Cyborg, Fireman, etc.) *OPTIONAL, just makes things easier

Now what you'll obviously need is the SUV Key. $2,000,000 in this game, located at the pawn shop on Silver Strip. There's a variety of ways to get your preferred method for DR2 in particular was the giant pink slot machine + the three gambling magazines. Stand in front of that for however long constantly inputting money and you'll come out a big winner. Definitely a good idea to do this a separate playthrough, get the money together, buy the SUV key then save and restart story.

Alright so you have the SUV Key. Hopefully you are Level 50 by this point...I only really recommend it for max speed and inventory slots. Though you COULD squeeze by without both.

Finally, what I found most important, were articles of clothing that granted special abilities. In this case, Ninja and Sports Fan. Ninja makes you practically invisible to zombies though they will still notice you over time and swipe at you, very rarely managing to grab you. Sports Fan gives you a heal boost from items but the important thing is an additional speed boost, so even at max speed for Chuck's level you can still go faster. Combine that with quickstep and you'll practically zip across the strips.

BONUS! --- Get about 8 or more quicksteps. I think I had 9 when I makes getting back to the SUV so much simpler than using the golf cart-thing.

The Run

Step 1:
Start up the game fresh and if you aren't already wearing a piece of clothing from the Ninja and Sports Fan costumes, do so now at the bathroom. Afterwards, run immediately to American Casino. On the first floor of BBQ Shack is a Driving Magazine, it's right next to a fountain-drink dispenser attached to a booth in front of large letting indicating Bennie Jack's BBQ Shack with the menu below it (in front of this drink machine you'll see a subpar bar as well with a circular appearance attached to this restaurant). Once you have the magazine, I highly recommend heading to the large circular bar called Shots & Awe in the center of the casino and grabbing multiple wines (fill your inventory). Take care of the female zombie so she's not a problem and start mixing them together to get Quicksteps. You can either fill your inventory or carry 6-8...whatever you prefer. From here, you can drink a quickstep and exit onto Platinum Strip.

Step 2:
Run all the way up to Fortune Park first and make a save in the middle there. Now up to Silver Strip (with Sports Fan + Quickstep this takes virtually no time at all) and into Shamrock Casino where you'll find the SUV. So here we are....the barebones of the thing.

My method is simple enough, it involves a lot of "spirals". Basically as soon as you roll out, make your way to Yucatan and down the right path to where Boykin would crash the gate in the story. Do a quick circle and head back to the main part of Silver Strip. You'll be making circles around the strip a couple times hitting the large groups, if you see huge clusters around a Kiosk (which you will, as the spawns are generally the same and get heftier as time rolls on) make a couple circles around it and clear out a big portion before moving on. I would usually only hit two of these kiosks that had the most zombies then run the strip once down and back, then off to Fortune Park.

In Fortune Park is where the spiral comes in. Circle the center portion and you'll notice a thick cluster of zombies all about. As you circle, alter your path just a bit so you're clearing out the next line of the spiral until you make probably 3 or 4 rotations around the Park. Veer off as needed, hitting larger groups by Royal Flush Plaza or in that section with the information boards near a gate. Feel free to get into the gate and get those zombies if you will, but afterwards go to Platinum Strip.

I always took the right path and hit the groups as I went down, taking the large group at the left just before the Arena and making a circle at the last gap before the stairs so I could get some on the other end. After a couple circles here, I'd go down the left-most part of the stairs and slam directly into a cluster of zombies sitting in front of a kiosk. Go beyond them and to the next Kiosk, go just left of it to claim those zombies and you'll hop the curb to hit the next group of zombies before the nearby stairs. Go up and immediately slam into the large group clustered on the left up here by the Arena. Back up and you'll see a massive amount against the main doors. Run them down all the way to the end and passed the barricades, taking a moment to back up and clear the zombies you didn't hit the first run. I usually take two-three passes here before going into the main circular landing surrounding the globe.

Spiral it like the park and go back up the left or right stairs and to the Security entrance (with all the zombies huddled in a alley, right next to the Americana Entrance). What you're going to want to do is drive straight down and immediately hit reverse as you're about to get to the stairs, that way a majority of the time you'll slam against the door but be able to back up right away without getting stuck. Doesn't always work...but it did pretty much 95% of the time for me. Back up and then back up to the Park. Do another spiral, some of the groups have respawned zombies by this point and that's more kills...particular interest around the Royal Flush area and maybe by that Map area. Afterwards, go to Silver Strip and a new spawn formation of zombies will be here for your killing pleasure. Circle the strip a couple times, getting the huge groups (particularly those on the left hand side between columns, massive amounts there) and go back to the park doing a couple spirals before heading back down to Platinum Strip. Same runthrough as before, though there's less zombies in the Arena now and the spiral. Do not bother with the security alley, just drive back up to the Park.

SAVE! I do this every run because of the crashes. Be sure to use all three files. You'll save now, then go up to Silver Strip and clean up some more, by now your SUV should be smoking dark so get as much as you desire then ditch it to head into Yucatan. You WILL encounter Ted's cutscene, skip it and drink a quickstep immediately. Run as fast as you can back to Silver Strip and the game shouldn't crash. Get back in the SUV and resume the path above! When you need a new SUV, just run into Yucatan and back out fast.


So here's where the crashing comes in. In my experience, it did not occur as often as I thought it would - only about every 10-20K kills. So that means roughly every 3-5 trips to and from Yucatan to spawn a new SUV an issue would occur with the game where partway through my run the game would make that loud BUZZING NOISE and crash, sending me out of the game. Thankfully, I didn't ever lose more than 500 or so kills from that last Silver Strip run due to the constant saving. Once you reload the game, use a quickstep and go straight to the SUV. I ran out of quicksteps by the end but I only crashed about 7 times, so as long as you're in the same boat you should be alright. If you run out of quicksteps, running from the park to the strip isn't so bad with max speed + sports fan item.

As you play, you will want to keep on target or ahead of the following list of posted times (credit to a 360 solution by Ibanez V7):

Time / Kill Goals

Note that Day 1 is only 17 hours long, hence a short Day 4 in 72 hour mode.

Day 1 - 7pm - 10000 kills

Day 2 - 7am - 22000 kills

Day 2 - 7pm - 34000 kills

Day 3 - 7am - 46000 kills

Day 3 - 7pm - 58000 kills

Day 4 - 7am - 70000 kills

Day 4 - 10am - Game over.
Somehow I kept getting ahead, like majorly. With the method I posted above I was sitting at 12K by 7PM Day 1, then 26K Day 2 7AM. I was 40K by Day 2 7PM and consistently stayed about 6,000 kills ahead of schedule. I hit 72K at 2:25AM on Day 4, roughly 7 hours and 35 minutes (in game time) prior to the military arriving. I would have actually gotten it at 8 hours if I hadn't gotten distracted by something in the party I was in so ;>_> I had plenty of time to spare.

So what is important to keep in mind is that by Day 1 7 PM that you're either on target of 10K kills or ahead. If you get ahead, especially 4K-6K ahead eventually, you can stop worrying about targets and keep up those values. If for any reason you fall below this, reload a previous save where things were better.


There's only five psychopaths to worry about here, Leon Bell and the four snipers. I actually killed Leon so he wouldn't become a problem in the park, so I took a half in-game hour or more to do that. I didn't even use a combo weapon, just some stand I accidentally picked up in Americana lol...just get him stuck on something (pull the old "red flag for a bull" technique of baiting him into a railing or tree to get him stuck). As for the snipers, I ignored them...the SUV with the Magazine should survive their shots as long as you don't get stuck to where they're shooting you constantly. You'll only ever have to worry about Johnny and Big Earl if this is the case, right there above Royal Flush for Johnny and on the left corner of Platinum Strip for Earl.


Something I began noticing around the time "HERE COMES THE GROOM" appeared - the zombies were becoming much more dense in number. I don't know if it was the added spawn of the "bride zombie" (which you will see A LOT) but I noticed many zombies "popping in" as I came towards groups, as if zombies were being added to the clusters for more kills. This significantly helps so you CAN get ahead as the zombie count does appear to increase as time goes on. An added bonus is that once Janus shows up, all the zombies that would be in front of Atlantica are pushed out into the main circle so that's a significant increase in cluster.


It's a be prepared to be bored out of your mind. You'll get good at it, so good that you'll be weeving left and right and never hitting anything and you'll be smashing into clusters of zombies getting great amounts of kills. It's still going to entertain yourself however you can but don't lose focus of the main task. Personally? I was in an Xbox Live party for this and Off the Record's 100K zombies, laughing my butt off to various things keeping myself from falling asleep doing this mundane task.

If you need to take a break, feel free to do so you'll be saving often anyways so you can pick up whenever. I personally wanted to get it done at once, so I could move on to other things...but you use your time as you will.

I may upload a video of the method I used if that's needed, I hope the text description was enough. And I really, really hope the game doesn't crash on you...and if it does, less than my own (even 7 is bad for a 2016 game ~_~). BEST OF LUCK!
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