History VideoGame / DeadRising2

21st May '16 9:03:15 PM nombretomado
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** Funny thing is that one of the PS3 trophies/X360 achievements for [=DR2=] is [[spoiler:"Clean Record"]] after completing enough cases to deserve said award, but as Case West suggests Chuck can't really brag about receiving such award.

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** Funny thing is that one of the PS3 trophies/X360 [=PS3=] trophies/[=X360=] achievements for [=DR2=] is [[spoiler:"Clean Record"]] after completing enough cases to deserve said award, but as Case West suggests Chuck can't really brag about receiving such award.
21st Mar '16 9:22:42 PM RainingMetal
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* AntiFrustrationFeatures: Capcom really made sure to tweak the mechanics to be more user friendly.
** Since Frank himself is the one who needs Zombrex, they can be injected at any time instead of having to go to the safe house to do it.
** Every time Frank goes into a new location, he can load back from that starting point in case he screws up without needing to save.
** Money obtained from busting machines is doubled, the Money Hacker's durability and efficiency has been improved, and the new Sandbox mode is a great way to make even more money. Given that TK forces Frank to hand over a million dollars in ransom before the Twins fight, it was probably necessary.
** More vehicles have been added in the outdoor area of the park. The clown cars in particular can hold a lot of people at once.
** The mission ''Delta Point'' is no longer hidden and the player no longer needs to drop any guns to recruit the surviving soldiers.
** Signs and a whole intercom playlist was added to the Palisades Mall once ''Tape it or Die'' became available.



** Upon stopping TK from escaping the city, Frank gets that ransom money back!



* [[LighterAndSofter Lighter and]] [[DarkerAndEdgier Edgier]]: ''Off The Record'' manages to be both to the original Dead Rising 2. Examples: We have the new Uranus Zone theme park area, which manages to lighten the atmosphere a little bit (see DenserAndWackier above), yet [[spoiler:Katey dies and Chuck goes psycho because of it.]] This is balanced by Frank's lack of personal ties, allowing for a more light-hearted story, as well as having a clown (Evan) as a boss, yet [[spoiler: Stacey ends up being a psycho.]]

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** Eric Masters, a survivor, is a gamer and constantly does this throughout his rescue mission.
* [[LighterAndSofter Lighter and]] [[DarkerAndEdgier Edgier]]: ''Off The Record'' manages to be both to the original Dead Rising 2. Examples: We have the new Uranus Zone theme park area, which manages to lighten the atmosphere a little bit (see DenserAndWackier above), yet [[spoiler:Katey dies and Chuck goes psycho because of it.]] This is balanced by Frank's lack of personal ties, allowing for a more light-hearted story, as well as having a clown (Evan) as a boss, yet [[spoiler: Stacey ends up being the villain.]] [[spoiler:Sullivan turns out to be a psycho.]]good guy]], [[spoiler:Rebecca survives]], and there are a handful of new, entertaining survivors, but [[spoiler:Vikky Taylor]] gets turned into a victim.



* MetaTwist: The new plot takes the player's expectations from the first game and uses them like a weapon to shock the player. [[spoiler: Stacey is the BigBad all along. CURE is a front to manipulate naive activists into starting outbreaks. Sullivan is a good guy, completely justified in his dislike of Stacey, and even saves Frank's life. Rebecca survives (in the best ending).]]

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* MetaTwist: MetaTwist:
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The new plot takes the player's expectations from the first game and uses them like a weapon to shock the player. [[spoiler: Stacey is the BigBad all along. CURE is a front to manipulate naive activists into starting outbreaks. Sullivan is a good guy, completely justified in his dislike of Stacey, and even saves Frank's life. Rebecca survives (in the best ending).]]]]
** Many of the returning missions change up the locations and start times of the survivors, for better or for worse. Prominent examples include the two survivors with money briefcases, the two comedians, the gambler who wants his money back, and the old woman in the toy store.



* {{Nerf}}ed: The Survivor A.I. is noticeably more incompetent than they were in the original ''Dead Rising 2'', although not quite as bad as they were in the first ''Dead Rising''. This is either to balance the game because Capcom throught they were too powerful in the original version, or because Frank gives off an aura that makes his allies behave like idiots.
** Inverted with the looters, who are much tougher this time around and have a huge variety of weapons and nasty tricks. Combine the two, and you get survivors who are often killed by looters.

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* {{Nerf}}ed: The Survivor A.I. is noticeably more incompetent and are physically weaker than they were in the original ''Dead Rising 2'', although not quite as bad as they were in the first ''Dead Rising''. This is either to balance the game because Capcom throught they were too powerful in the original version, or because Frank gives off an aura that makes his allies behave like idiots.
** Inverted with the looters, looters and mercenaries, who are much tougher this time around and have a huge variety of weapons and nasty tricks. Combine the two, and you get survivors who are often killed by looters.looters or mercenaries.
19th Mar '16 2:49:34 PM RainingMetal
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* CompositeCharacter: Europa Westinghouse is a composite character of herself and Vikky Taylor and will give Frank the side-mission of recovering a plant from a store on the Palasides Mall in the latter`s place. [[spoiler: Vikky Taylor is killed by Brandon Whittaker in a cutscene.]] Off the Record`s Frank West is arguably a composite character of the original versions of himself and Chuck Greene.

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* CompositeCharacter: CompositeCharacter:
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Europa Westinghouse is a composite character of herself and Vikky Taylor and will give Frank the side-mission of recovering a plant from a store on the Palasides Mall in the latter`s place. [[spoiler: Vikky Taylor is killed by Brandon Whittaker in a cutscene.]] ]]
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Off the Record`s Frank West is arguably a composite character of the original versions of himself and Chuck Greene.Greene.
** Richard Kelly is a composite character of himself and Stuart Holmes, in that Richard starts a "mutiny" (ie bothering people) unless he's given a magazine to read, much like how Stuart Holmes becomes angry about Chuck once he finds out about the TV report.
17th Mar '16 11:17:25 PM TheomanZero
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* StripperCopConfusion: One of the new survivors, Deidre Sanchez, is a dancer at The Peephole who wears a policewoman costume. Frank briefly mistakes her for a real officer when he first sees her.
5th Mar '16 3:21:14 AM TheomanZero
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* ShirtlessScene: Chuck can end up stripped to his underwear if he gets captured by looters or loses at strip poker. Chuck can also do this by choice, and Europa Westinghouse refuses to get rescued unless he does.
5th Mar '16 3:13:34 AM TheomanZero
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* AndYourRewardIsClothes: [[GhostsNGoblins Arthur]]'s armor has to be unlocked in four pieces, but it absorbs extra damage (until it breaks, leaving Chuck in his underwear) and improves Chuck's throwing ability.
5th Mar '16 3:01:17 AM TheomanZero
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* TheFarmerAndTheViper: [[spoiler:Giving TK Zombrex just gives him the opportunity to kidnap Stacey and Katey, waste Chuck's time, and finally attempt to kill him again. The fact that it leads to the S ending is more or less a complete fluke.]]



* TheFarmerAndTheViper: [[spoiler:Giving TK Zombrex just gives him the opportunity to kidnap Stacey and Katey, waste Chuck's time, and finally attempt to kill him again. The fact that it leads to the S ending is more or less a complete fluke.]]


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* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Chuck wears heart boxers, which actually go with his unlockable [[VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins Arthur]] costume. (Frank wears them in ''Off the Record.'')
5th Nov '15 5:14:55 PM mousegold
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** In a more specific example, there's [[spoiler: Sullivan. He's a a 53 year old security guard, but also has tons of health, amazing accuracy, and excellent hand to hand combat skills. Whatever, this could just be because he's a BadassGrandpa. However, what's absolutely inexcusable is his glitched uppercut attack that takes off eight squares of health. Just for reference, if Chuck gets shot with a .50 caliber sniper rifle by, say, one of the redneck snipers, it will only take off one block.]]

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** In a more specific example, there's [[spoiler: Sullivan. He's a a 53 year old security guard, but also has tons of health, amazing accuracy, and excellent hand to hand combat skills. Whatever, this could just be because he's a BadassGrandpa. However, what's absolutely inexcusable is his glitched uppercut attack that takes off eight squares [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzW1eVYf4OU as this video shows]] [[HPToOne brings Chuck's health bar down to half of health. a square.]] Just for reference, if Chuck gets shot with a .50 caliber sniper rifle by, say, one of the redneck snipers, it will only take off one block.]]
4th Nov '15 3:05:45 PM MrGuy
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* XOnAStick: ChainsawGood x 2 + Double Paddle + Duct Tape
** The Defiler is a fire-axe-sledgehammer combo. It's lamer than it sounds, but is best kept for crowd clearing.
** Machete + Broom = Machete on a Stick... er, Pole Weapon. Very useful.

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* XOnAStick: Several of the combo weapons.
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ChainsawGood x 2 + Double Paddle + Duct Tape
** The Defiler is a fire-axe-sledgehammer combo. It's lamer than it sounds, but is best kept for decent against bosses and a very effective crowd clearing.
control weapon.
** Machete + Broom = Machete on a Stick... er, Pole Weapon. Very useful.Also very useful for crowd control.
** The Drill Spear, which is... a drill attached to a spear. Best used against bosses, as it's fast and powerful but has no arc.
4th Nov '15 2:52:59 PM MrGuy
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* AwesomeYetPractical:
** The Drill Spear is both decently powerful and ''extremely'' fast. While its lack of arc makes it basically useless against zombies, it's very good against bosses that require hit-and-run tactics (i.e., nearly all of them).
** Unlike most heavy weapons, both of the Rocket Launcher's components are portable, and one of them (the [[spoiler:lead pipe]]) is extremely common. It has no startup time, holds 75 shots, is extremely effective against dense groups of zombies (gas zombies included), and produces flashy explosions.
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