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Rising 2: CASE WEST
Score: 8.5 / 10
Dead Rising 2: Case West is a stand-alone
epilogue for Dead Rising 2 that bridges the characters and events of the
original game. That's a thumbnail description. In reality it's a
high-fiving action buddy flick where the viewer waits for the "I've
covered wars," line and cracks a smile when it finally happens.
Case West is all about action, creating
combo weapons, and just messing around
There's no constant back and forth to the
safe room with Survivors in tow. Survivors know the complex, they might
ask for assistance or provide some kind of fetch quest, but once they've
been "rescued" they make their own way to safety. And there's no
constant hunt for Zombrex.
Basically, anything that
might have got in the way of having fun in
the full game or even Case Zero has been stripped out and replaced with
wide-open spaces filled with zombies begging to be splattered or
electrocuted or gunned down or turned into goo or set on fire.
Case West starts players at level 40, with plenty of inventory slots and
lots of health so there isn't really any need to grind through sections
of the game to boost your stats. Again, developer Blue Castle has
removed the chores and placed the emphasis on just having fun.
The camera feature from Frank's sojourn in Willamette makes an
appearance but beyond earning an Achievement for taking snaps of all the
PP stickers in the game I'm at a loss as to its usefulness. I did enjoy
trying to line up shots of Frank performing a somersault kick but I'm
not sure if it actually serves a useful purpose. Bear in mind that I
played Case West by myself and have yet to play as Frank who is supposed
to be collecting evidence so maybe there's something to it other than
bulking up the photo album. (It's fun playing a game before anyone else
but it's quite a challenge to take advantage of co-op when you're one of
a handful of people playing it.)
As a Dead Rising fan I appreciate the basics of exploring and messing
around with different weapons and just having fun. And while the
conclusion isn't really satisfying the enjoyment getting there lets me
give Case West a recommendation.