Dead Rising 2 has co-op because killing zombies is best with company
Capcom has revealed that the next Dead Rising game will feature two-player co-op. You see, bashing in a zombie’s head with a baseball bat is not all it’s cracked up to be; not unless your best friend plans to follow with the garden rake (a garden rake attached to a car battery creating an electrified zombie prod, of course).
With thousands of zombies overrunning Fortune City, America’s newest gambling paradise, and any hundred likely to appear on the screen at any one time, you may actually need this support.
It also means Chuck Green – the former Motocross champion and main protagonist – has to be more resourceful when it comes to choosing his zombie-killing weapons. He has plenty of options at his disposal because the endless junk scattered around the locations can be combined to make awesome weapons, as Capcom explains:
“A piece of wood and a lawnmower become Portamower, the handheld mower that cuts zombies down to size in an instant, while a garden rake and car battery combine to create an electrified zombie prod. The more combo weapons a player uses, the more Prestige Points (PPs) they will gain along the way in order to level up Chuck.”
Chuck has come to Fortune City to compete in “Terror is Reality”, a nightmarish game show that challenges contestants to survive an onslaught of zombies for television entertainment. He’s not quite an action-junkie – instead his actions are more noble. He’s putting himself in the face of danger to pay for the expensive drug “Zombrex”, which his daughter Katey requires to kick off the zombie infection.
Maybe Dead Rising will carry a didactic anti-pharmaceutical message? It’s unlikely, but Dead Rising 2 could potentially be the perfect tonic to a stressful day at the office. What’s better than venting some steam at some unfortunate zombies who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time with your trusted Portamower?
Blue Castle Games’ zombie action-fest is set for a North American release on August 31st, with Europe and Japan receiving it on September 3rd.