Dead Rising 2: Case Zero
Gamescom 2010: Dead Rising: Case Zero Hands On Preview - A Bite-Sized Mini Adventure
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A few eyebrows were raised when Capcom decided to release a mini version of its upcoming sequel to the well received Dead Rising. Even more so when it was announced that the “demo” would also be a sizable chunk of this supposed Xbox Live Arcade title. However, after a chance to go hands on with both the arcade title and its retail big brother at this year's Gamescom, we think it may well be money well spent after all.

Clocking in at a mere 400 Microsoft Points, it may well be one of the cheapest gaming investments for quite some time. For the same price as Pac-man, you can get a few hours of some zombie killing carnage and an instant boost when you start the real thing in just over a month – although Capcom were keen to stress they still love the ghost gobbling, yellow blobbed gaming legend.

So what do you get for your investment? Simply put, this game is a prequel of sorts to Dead Rising 2 and details how our hero, Chuck, and his daughter end up in Fortune City. All of the elements that are present in the main game can be found here too. With five case missions to solve, an overriding need to find some Zombrex for your daughter and a bunch of survivors to either help, kill or trade with, it’s the fitting bite-sized adventure for September’s fully blown sequel. It’s also the perfect time to sample the frankly awesome weapon combination system and see how the combo card system truly works.

Without giving too much away from a story perspective, Case Zero has the same feel as its predecessor, but with superior visuals and tighter controls. It also seems a lot easier to navigate between missions and use the map to find points of interest. All of the fixes seem like minor ones over the original, but do serve to make the whole thing a smoother experience and mean you are never caught cursing the camera, the save system, controls or your next door neighbour.

The length of time you spend with Case Zero is entirely up to you really. You cannot use it to level up indefinitely as that would make Dead Rising 2 ripe for abuse, but you can get a feel for how the PP system works and take some valuable experience across – the PP system is the game’s experience meter which fills for every zombie you kill, every mission you complete or survivor you find, etc.
As you level up you will get new combo cards for creating weird and wonderful new weapons, plus boosts to your health and fighting moves amongst other things. Another neat touch is the ability to earn cash as you go along, either from destroying objects or helping out people with loaded wallets. This money can then be used to buy key items, hints and weapons of zombicidal destruction from your friendly neighbourhood Pawn Shop – quite why a shop would stay open though in zombie ground zero is another matter.

You can also, wonderfully, kill and maim an absolute bucket load of zombies in any number of gruesome ways. Creating your first nail bat or electric rake will see you mow down plenty of the zombie horde, and the fun kicks up a notch when you use a drill bucket for the first time. Of course you could be boring and snipe them from the top of a safe building – but where is the thrill in that? It is much better to go toe-to-toe with them armed to the teeth with a wrench, sledgehammer, bowling ball or an electric rake. The more ridiculous, the better.

The real beauty of this bite-size experience is the fact it gives you a taste of the full game with only a very minor outlay, so you will soon know that zombie carnage is for you. For those that get sucked in, there are a bunch of achievements that help you to sample everything on offer and the fact you can carry over experience, cash and combo cards to the main game is a bonus.

If you focus purely on completing the main missions you could probably blitz through the whole thing in an hour, but that would be totally missing the point. Instead you should take time to explore Still Creek, help out survivors and raise a bit of mayhem. The whole point of Dead Rising is the fact that you can pretty much do what you like up to a point and the main missions can be little more than optional should you so desire. Obviously the full game will have a far greater range of weapons, missions and foes to contend with, but this tasty morsel should give you a great indication of what to expect, for a fraction of the price, at the end of next month.

When this Xbox Live Arcade exclusive drops next week, chances are it’ll be downloaded by the masses without a second thought and that’s for a very good reason. With some background story, a new environment and a sample of what’s to come, Dead Rising: Case Zero is shaping up to be the future of game demos. After all, it’s much more interesting to release an all-new bite-sized game that covers all the facets of a new game than it is to cut out a level of the main game and just shove it in your face. After a few hours of pure unadulterated fun with Case Zero, there is no doubt that afterwards anticipation for Dead Rising 2 will be at fever pitch.

Dead Rising Case Zero is out August 31st for 400 Microsoft Points.


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Comment #1 by mmartynn
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:15:57 AM
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ooo so looking forward to this :)

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Comment #2 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:16:45 AM
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So in laymens terms its a glorified demo that sais I'll still get it

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Comment #3 by XxStuartxX 1990
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:18:18 AM
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@2 Said not Sais

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Comment #4 by Wicelow
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:18:24 AM
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Me want badly >_

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Comment #5 by Spartan C37
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:22:10 AM
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Only 400mp, that's awesome!
Can't wait :)

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Comment #6 by CheesyToast111
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:25:54 AM
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So glad its only 400 although as its Dead Rising I would probably have paid 2000. I fucking hope Otis doesn't make an appearance I hope his wrinkly ass got eaten, he always calls at the wrong fucking time! Mainly just when im about to be run over by the convicts.

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Comment #7 by jackanape
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:26:07 AM
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It is a glorified demo, but none of the loactions in this game will feature in Dead Rising 2 - so it is new content. Well worth a punt.

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Comment #8 by x Daniel Nash 7
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:32:15 AM
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Cannot wait for this, and theres achievements :D
400points well spent i think :)

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Comment #9 by kingpaulmathers
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:35:21 AM
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cannot wait for this game is is going to be fuckin great

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Comment #10 by RYANiZL3XD
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:35:24 AM
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have they released the achievements yet?
either way, cant wait for this. and its only 400 msp.

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Comment #11 by Kisushima
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:47:27 AM
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@10 They have indeed Sir.

Can't wait for this. Not sure if I'll get DR2, but this I DEFINATELY will. 400MS points for several hours of fun and achievements..? Deal. Very good idea and I hope more developers implement this form of a demo. Not all though ;P.

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Comment #12 by Bleeding Star
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:12:30 AM
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Ive already seen someone play through it, its pretty good

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Comment #13 by uk terminator 100
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:15:07 AM
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Comment #14 by Junpei
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:28:02 AM
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Still hoping that Frank West's fate will be revealed in this backstory or in the full game... after all, DR2's Zombrex should be the final product of the zombification suppressor prototype that Isabela gave him during the original Overtime Mode...

I'll bite, though! (*insert mandatory zombie joke here*) ;)

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Comment #15 by Wortsenawl
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:29:06 AM
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I was definitely going to buy it and then someone said 'glorified demo' - I had not looked at in that way. Now I feel like I am being duped into paying for a demo which should really be free

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Comment #16 by BipolarNinja73
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:34:53 AM
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400 pnts i am looking forward to spending. zombie carnage never gets old !!

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Comment #17 by Junpei
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:38:20 AM
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@15 Well, as I see it, it's a special chapter of the full game, playable as a stand alone title.
It isn't much different from a DLC episode, rather than a demo, since it will let you explore an area not accessible from the full game and import some of your progresses into the main story.
Plus, it got achievements which will be also counted separately, again as a stand alone title.
I think it's a nice formula, and I'd like to see it implemented into more games :)

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Comment #18 by the emcee
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:46:12 AM
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I bet this game is just another overhyped capcom turkey

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Comment #19 by Lifter Puller
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:48:48 AM
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This looks awesome and is a definite buy. I hope other developers take note, I'd like to see this become an XBLA trend.

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Comment #20 by RYANiZL3XD
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 08:53:05 AM
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@19 i agree, hopefully the 400 msp will also be a part of this XBLA trend.

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Comment #21 by stEEne92
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:17:50 AM
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i found the achievement list for this on some site yesterday..

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Comment #22 by PrismSub7
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:20:52 AM
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You can still download the trail of this 'demo' ;)

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Comment #23 by Wortsenawl
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:21:08 AM
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@17 - Yeah, that was my initial reaction to the release... was really excited about it and then my mind was changed, or rather my view was challenged. I am going to buy it and reserve judgement... hopefully I will come away looking for my preorder to drop through the door and not think they have conned me into buying a demo.

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Comment #24 by PredatorsBro
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:25:15 AM
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I want!! Badly!!!!

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Comment #25 by ThaMyth
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:41:37 AM
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can not wait, 400msp just been sitting for 2 months on hold.

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Comment #26 by slamingjamie
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:55:40 AM
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This is going to be awsome:)

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Comment #27 by Lord Goblinboy
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:41:57 AM
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This looks awesome im defo gonna pick this up

for anybody interested theres a site with the achievements for this game here:

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Comment #28 by mjc0961
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:21:11 AM
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"It’s also the perfect time to sample the frankly awesome weapon combination system and see how the combo card system truly works."

My brain went "lolpun" at the frankly awesome part, but then I remembered that DR2 is Chuck Greene instead of Frank West. :(

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Comment #29 by Delta V1p3r
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:24:11 AM
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Personally, I liken this to something like the Fable II Pub Games, which were forward compatible and got you boatloads of cash to start your game out with. I think paying $5 is a bit of a rip, maybe toss it in as a pre-order incentive or something, but it could have always been much worse. DR2 can't come soon enough!

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Comment #30 by SuperWoody64
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 12:04:48 PM
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Does this control like the 1st one, with the god awful fire button on X and aiming with the left stick? No buy for me if it is.
As much as I want to play the 1st one I hate getting killed repeatedly because the controls are a haphazard mess.

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Comment #31 by Gilganomics
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 01:39:48 PM
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Stop calling it a glorified demo, and stop letting other people determine how you feel about things, if your going to do that, listen to me (half-joking).

You feel like they took a portion of the game out just to charge you extra?...Wouldn't that be the same as all this DLC we're always bitching about, except now with more gameplay, achievements, etc. for a less than average price? What the problem is?

Mega Man 8 = glorified Mega Man 9 demo

MW = glorified MW2 demo

Super Metroid = gloried Shadow Complex demo (seriously joking)

Every prequel to every inevitable sequel ever made, ever = glorified demo to said inevitable sequel

Get off the whine cart, your loud when drunk.

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Comment #32 by lonewolf0913
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 02:06:42 PM
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So have they determined what carries over and what the max level will be for Case Zero?

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Comment #33 by bensonrecon
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 02:13:08 PM
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@32 can't say 100% confidently but I remember hearing something about level 5 and that combo cards would carry over.

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Comment #34 by dead space case
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 02:40:20 PM
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I hope buying this doesn't bite me in the ass or rather the brain

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Comment #35 by i got squeezed
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 02:59:18 PM
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Need POINTS!!!

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Comment #36 by machonach0
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 04:35:37 PM
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I look at it as a prequel to the game, not just a demo. It's set in a seperate area from the game, the story is what happens leading up to the game, and there are combo cards that you can only find in Case Zero that will carry over to the full game. It's only 400 points, and will probably be better than most arcade games that are coming out at around 1200 points, so I see no reason to not buy it if you intend on getting the full game.

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Comment #37 by lazygammer13
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 05:37:30 PM
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Does anyone know if this have co-op like the full DR2 game? I'm gettin it either way, I was just curious...

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Comment #38 by Conny293
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 05:45:58 PM
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****... Got the "loved" Ring of Death today now i must wait min. 3 Weeks... -.-*

I wish you much fun with it while i have to wait xD

Greetings from Germany...

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Comment #39 by mst3k 420
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 05:52:14 PM
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"What in the world?" - frank west

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Comment #40 by Webb [STAFF]
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 07:25:05 PM
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@#37 - Yes, it's been discussed in many a preview on this here site as well ;)

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Comment #41 by solidhippo
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 09:04:44 PM
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I honestly can't wait!

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Comment #42 by Sceneman
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 11:11:03 PM
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Honestly, whiners can shut up and go home.

It's not a "glorified demo", and no-one is entitled to anything but air.

Its $5, the price of a sandwich.

If thats too much for you; for a game that so many people have worked so hard on, just piss off and stop gaming. Or play your copy of Modern Warfare 1 that you bought for cheap 2nd hand. Because really, you can just play that forever and everything else is a rip off. Pay money for games? Pffft

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Comment #43 by big_g1985
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 03:37:25 AM
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You tell them #42.
The bunch of haters!!

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Comment #44 by rancidmunkey
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 04:21:05 AM
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Excellent price. Amazing idea.

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Comment #45 by Wortsenawl
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 04:48:06 AM
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I am not a hater... I will pay for the demo, just pointing out that some peeps made a valid argument. As for not paying for games... I pre-ordered this in November 2009.

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Comment #46 by ViNyLek
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 01:04:02 PM
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Will be defo getting this. Like you said for $5 you can't go wrong. Shame I gotta wait till 09/14 to play it:/

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Comment #47 by josh12
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 07:52:27 AM
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$5 what a deal you got to get that unless you dont like zombie games.

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Comment #48 by x27x AT3CH
Thursday, August 26, 2010 @ 06:02:01 PM
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cant wait, for both games im going to watch so many zombie movies the day before DR2 comes out to get me in the mood.

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Comment #49 by Epilogue of Euphoria
Sunday, August 29, 2010 @ 10:18:32 AM
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As long as they fixed the ridiculous control scheme from the first one and tossed that stupid camera, I'm in.

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Comment #50 by Kisushima
Monday, August 30, 2010 @ 05:15:24 AM
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I was just reading over the overview article of Gamescom - and read this article again. Time's caught up with me and I didn't realise it was out tomorrow. Yahoo ;D.

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