I am still waiting to get a copy of Dead Rising 2 and yesterday I could not resist picking up Dead Rising 2 Case Zero to keep me occupied until my copy of Dead Rising 2 arrives. 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.
Dead Rising Case Zero is what I like to refer to as a serious tease. Dead Rising Case Zero is a fantastic game that gives you a great taste of what we will all get to experience in Dead Rising 2. In a nut shell its basically a demo for Dead Rising 2 that you have to pay for but unlike a game demo its based in a completely alternate location from Dead Rising 2. For 400 Xbox points I have to say the game is incredibly short but compensates for that fact with a fantastic experience. Finally you get to ‘go outside’ and fight off the hordes of the undead. New weapons, new zombie characters and a really fun main boss make Dead Rising 2 Case Zero a fun diversion. Unfortunately it took me about 40minutes to complete which was a dissapointment but I guess all things considered I cant complain. Dead Rising 2 Case Zero offers what we as zombie fans and fans of the original game want. Lots of zombies, lots of action and a nice group of new survivors to deal with. Dead Rising 2 Case Zero will also carry over into the full game when you pick up a copy. All your experience and levels will become immediately available in the full game when you do play it.
Although I completed the game in about 40minutes there is definite replay value since I did not solve all of the games puzzles, use all the weapons or get all the survivors to safety. So although Dead Rising 2 Case Zero is in a relatively small play area of Still Creek the replay potential is there for at least a half dozen more times. I question whether Capcom should have just released this addon for no charge because one thing is for sure if you play Dead Rising 2 Case Zero you will immediately want to run out and play Dead Rising 2 which is now in stores. Dead Rising 2 Case Zero is a fantastic experience and one that everyone should buy including those of you who already have your copies of Dead Rising 2. 9 out of 10 Stars.