‘Dead Rising 2’ offers a zombie-killing good time

Ever wanted to bash someone’s skull with a nail bat but just found it unreasonable? Chase down a group of old people with a chainsaw but couldn’t find a time or place? Don’t worry. In “Dead Rising 2,” you can do just that and feel great about it because everyone you’re beating down is a zombie.
“Dead Rising 2,” released on Sept. 28, is a Capcom and Blue Castle Games baby. The sequel to the popular title “Dead Rising,” the game follows the protagonist Chuck Greene as he tries to prove his innocence to the people who just had their safe zone (Fortune City, Nev.), overtaken by zombies. Apparently someone let in the zombies, and Chuck shouldered the blame.
The cool part about the game is that depending on how fast you complete all the core missions, the ending changes. For example, let’s say you were too busy punting zombie heads and didn’t make it to the subsequent core mission in enough time. Well, then you definitely didn’t prove your innocence, and you can expect to be left for dead (pun intended) by the military rescue squad. If you actually clear your name, I will go out on a limb and say you get out of that hellhole.
Of course this is only feasible because every time you start over, you get to save your characters level and stats, so the next time through is much faster.
Topping off the awesome story mode is the ability to kill hordes of zombies. When I say hordes I mean H-O-R-D-E-S. There are an infinite amount of zombies to kill, and thousands can be seen onscreen at any given time. You may be saying to yourself, “That sounds like it would get old fast.” Well think again, noobs.
“Dead Rising 2” allows the user to unlock new weapon combos.
Ever wonder what damage you could do with a pitchfork and a power drill? Well, add the drill to one end and you have a spinning pitchfork of doom that you can impale one zombie with and use to bash all other zombies with while he is spinning like a propeller. Have a machete and a broom? Attach the machete blade to the end of the broom, and you’ll have a spear to make zombie shish kabob.
If this game doesn’t get your imagination cooking, I don’t know what will. “Dead Rising 2” is a masterpiece of gore that will feed the nerd-raging side of your soul.
So get out there, all you murderous inventors you, and create new ways to mutilate zombies!

Clayton Martin/Freelancer
Clayton Martin can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com.

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