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Yes that's right folks Frank West is back and he is still the same immature journalist that you know and love although this time he seems a bit different. Over the years he has put on weight and he is starting lose quite a bit of hair due to stress and age (he's in his 40s).
This game is a directors cut to the original Dead rising 2 game where you play as Chuck Greene. In this version it's the same story but you play as a different hero. It's like a "what if" really.
In this alternative story you play as the Willamette hero Frank West. The game will show you a brief cut scene about Frank's life after the first incident and he is not a happy bunny. Basically Frank became a well known celebrity. He released a successful book and was given his own talk show but he let all the fame get to him and lost everything during the process. He wants his life back and to do that he needs another story. He goes to Fortune city to win money at the Terror is Reality game show. Unfortunately he was at the wrong place at the right time because Frank realizes that something wasn't right. So he does his snooping around and before you know it the zombies arrive for Frank's next big story.
Now here's a review worth a zombie outbreak.
The game look pretty similar to the previous version but there are some differences. The character models have a better use of motion capture and the animations have been improved so it doesn't look dated anymore and it does a good job. There's an increase in the amount of zombies on screen which is very impressive but does cause some frame rate issues.
The new area in the game (called Uranus Zone) looks great and stands out from the other areas in the game. It's also a massive area. The cut scenes still look great.
I give the graphics score an 8/10.Sound:
Sound effects are reused from the previous title which still sound good and the new weapon sounds, sound great if not cheesy. The voice acting remains solid with the odd exaggeration but it really makes the story come to life. I will say that when Frank talks it always sounds like a one liner. Even if they are one liners there are just way too many and sometimes don't make sense or they are just weak but other than that the voice acting is well done. The background music is still charming but the scary sound for the scare zombies ruins the overall score cause it's poorly done. (I'll go into more detail about the scare zombies later).
I give the sound score a 7.5/10.
The gameplay is largely unchanged. The combat is very similar but some weapons from the previous title react different e.g. the normal baseball bat only allows you to swing once whereas the previous game allows you to swing twice. The new weapons are creative and are great to use. If not clunky at times.
The loading times are shorter than the original but it's still pretty long and intrusive. Killing zombies are still fun but the new scare zombies are a annoying. Scare zombies are individual zombies that will either hide around a corner, in toilet cubicles or pretend to be dead and as soon as you get near one they will grab you while the scary sound plays at the same time. It's a good idea but the scary sound effect used is poorly done. It's scary but quite muffled. The developers could've done better with a screaming zombie or something than that messy tune. Also if you think that you know all the weapon locations in the game and you know where the best weapon is. Think again. They've changed places.
Just so you know the co-op is still the same but instead of playing a twin brother. The second player gets to play as Chuck Greene so this time the co-op actually makes a bit more sense that last time. Unfortunately the developers have taken away The Terror is Reality mode which was the only versus game mode. Shame.
The new sandbox mode is great and lets you have freedom to do whatever you want to do. If you get bored of just killing zombies then there are challenges to complete and they are fun.
I give the gameplay score an 8/10Storyline:
The storyline has the same scenario but it does have twists that you wouldn't expect. This means that there are more cut scenes than the previous game. Unfortunately the story isn't as emotional than the previous game because you are just looking after yourself and not looking after an 8 year old infected girl. But the new twists make the story entertaining again and that's all that matters.
I give the storyline score an 8.5/10Summary:Good:
-It's great "what if" game.
-More zombies on screen.
-Great new weapons.Bad:
-The scare zombies.
-Frame rate issues.
-Lengthy and intrusive loading screen.
Overall I think this is a great spinoff with pretty good updates and the new weapons are a blast. They just need to sort out scare zombies. I give the game an overall score of 8/10