Despite criticism over the way save games were managed in Dead Rising, many gamers still consider the zombie-fest to be one of the best games available on the Xbox 360. That is why we are so excited about the sequel which is due for release at the end of September.
This time around, Dead Rising 2 is a multiplatform title but those who are planning on picking it up on the Xbox 360 are still in for an exclusive treat. On the 31st August, Dead Rising 2 :Case Zero hits XBLA and means we have a month to learn a bit about the background of the lead character.
So will you be picking this up? leave a comment to let us know.
While you wait, check out the facts that were released during Gamescom this week.
Release Date: August 31st, 2010
Price: 400 MS Points
Genre: Zombie Action
Platform: Xbox Live
Rating: ESRB M, PEGI 18; OFLC MA15+
Developer: Blue Castle Games
A unique and stand alone piece of content, Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO will introduce players to the main protagonist, Chuck Greene, and game play features of Dead Rising 2 ahead of its release. Available exclusively to Xbox 360 owners via Xbox Live, Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO is set two years after the Willamette incident chronicled in the original Dead Rising and three years before the action of Dead Rising 2.
Chuck Greene’s idyllic life was shattered during the Las Vegas zombie outbreak. His wife was killed and his young daughter, Katey, was bitten and infected. Now he has fled Vegas with Katey and must find more doses of Zombrex for her to ensure the zombification process does not become complete. He must also avoid military check points or else, given the strict quarantine regulations in force, risk losing his daughter.
In need of fuel and looking to stock up on supplies, Chuck and Katey stop at the small desert town of Still Creek, where all initially seems as peaceful as its name suggests. But shortly after their arrival a containment zone is breached and the undead begin to shuffle into town. To make matters worse, someone steals Chuck’s truck so now they have no way to leave. With Katey needing a shot of Zombrex very soon, Chuck has no option but to search Still Creek’s zombie infested streets for the drug, and a way out of town.
In Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO, just like the full game, Chuck will be able to use his handyman skills and a roll of duct tape to combine two items to create powerful combo weapons. Not only do these combo weapons make killing zombies easier and a often a lot more gruesome, they have the added benefit of earning Chuck additional Prestige Points which in turn result in quicker levelling up.
During his search for Zombrex and a new ride, Chuck will be able to explore the streets and stores of Still Creek, encountering Survivors, unbitten humans that Chuck can choose to save or leave as a zombie feast before taking on a Psycho, one of the signature bosses of the Dead Rising series.
Players purchasing Dead Rising 2: CASE ZERO will not just be rewarded with a piece of unique and compelling content that will deliver gripping gameplay and bridge the story between Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2, but those who then go on to buy Dead Rising 2 will be able to carry over character attributes earned such as Player Level, to a maximum of five, Prestige Points alongside skills, Combo Cards and a number of alternate outfits.
Dead Rising 2 is scheduled for release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 24th and across Europe and for PC on September 28th. The game will release on all formats in North America on September 28th and in Japan on September 30th.