Dead Rising 2 Part Three: When the Chips Are Down

I finally realized the last time I played that drops of blood appear on the “XXXX KILLED” counter whenever you kill more zombies.

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Dead Rising 2 Part Two: The Agony and the Ending C

I knew there’d be something wrong with the “Tastes Like Chicken” case. It’s Dead Rising, after all. Continue reading Dead Rising 2 Part Two: The Agony and the Ending C

Dead Rising 2 Part One: Misfortune City

Dead Rising 2

Developer: Blue Castle Games (later Capcom Vancouver)

Publisher: Capcom

Platform: Xbox 360

Release (North America): September 28, 2010

Release (Europe): September 24, 2010 (I didn’t know that the game was released in PAL regions first!)

Release (Japan): September 30, 2010

Originally Played From: October 10, 2010 – January 12, 2011

72 hours to kill… Thousands of zombies… What would Chuck do?”

DR2 was the long-awaited canonical sequel to Capcom’s surprise hit, succeeded by the non-canon Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. It had several quality of life improvements over the original game, but does it deserve to be considered as much of a classic?

The premise is very similar to OtR, where the main character has to clear his name after being framed for an explosion in Fortune City that frees the zombies gathered for the Terror is Reality pay-per-view event. Our main character this time is Chuck Greene, a widowed single father, mechanic, and former motocross star trying to earn enough money at TiR to support his young daughter, Katie…

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Adaptation April 2019: Dream Cast Part Two: Unspeakable Horror

Silent Hill

Time for some fandom heresy: I love this movie. However, I’ll try to look at it objectively for this review.

Box office figures courtesy Wikipedia.

Laurie Holden really brought Cybil to life.

Cybil has a lot of heart in this movie; her attempts to reunite Rose (Radha Mitchell) with her stepdaughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) were written in a more personal context than the game version of Cybil’s attempts to reunite Harry with his stepdaughter, Cheryl. In this movie, it is implied that Cybil has a deep connection with her mother (motherhood is a big theme of the movie, to an extent that almost makes you wonder if the people behind it have daddy issues).

Cybil has a lot of heart in this movie; her attempts to reunite Rose (Radha Mitchell) with her stepdaughter Sharon (Jodelle Ferland) were written in a more personal context than the game version of Cybil’s attempts to reunite Harry with his stepdaughter, Cheryl. In this movie, it is implied that Cybil has a deep connection with her mother (motherhood is a big theme of the movie, to an extent that almost makes you wonder if the people behind it have daddy issues). In terms of replicating Cybil’s look from the game, an impeccable job was done.

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Adaptation April 2019: Dream Cast Part One

This article compares characters in video games to their portrayals in live-action films. We’ll not only be looking at their appearances, but also how they’re written in certain cases. Oh, I have a lot to say here.
Box office figures courtesy Wikipedia.

Double Dragon

I don’t remember this flick very well besides the fact that Abobo looks terrifying in it.

There was also a scene where he was tortured by being force-fed baby food. Honest to God.

There was also a scene where he was tortured by being force-fed baby food. Honest to God.

Budget: $7.8 million

Box Office: $2.3 million

Status: Bomb

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Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Part One: Not-So Well Met

Dead Rising 2: Off the Record

System: Xbox 360

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Capcom

Released (US): October 11, 2011

Released (Australia and Japan): October 13, 2011

Released (Europe): October 14, 2011

Played From: October 19, 2011 – November 9, 2011

Off the Record is a rerelease/reimagining of Dead Rising 2, the first Dead Rising game made by Capcom Vancouver. The key difference between DR2 and OtR is who the main character is. DR2 had Chuck Greene, a good but stoic widowed father and mechanic. OtR had Frank West, a freelance photojournalist and the star of the first game. OtR was a “what if?” scenario showing how the events of DR2 would have played out with Frank in the starring role.

The basic premise is the same: Frank goes to Fortune City, Nevada to participate in Terror is Reality, a pay-per-view zombie slaughter show hosted by Tyrone “TK” King. After the show, the zombies get released, and it’s up to Frank to try to save people and crack the conspiracy.

Whereas Chuck had access to motorcycles to take down zombies en masse, Frank has to rely on his melee skills. Chuck wore a firesuit, but Frank is doled out in a mildly embarrassing wrestling singlet.

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Here Comes a New Challenger Round Three

Street Fighter III: Second Impact (1997)

Hugo Andore

Country of Origin: Germany

Fighting Style: Pro Wrestling

Hugo is a big man! A big, big man! He’s inspired by the late Andre the Giant.

Hugo is a transplant from Final Fight, along with his manager, Poison.

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Here Comes a New Challenger Round Two

Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (1993)

Fei Long

Country of Origin: China

Fighting Style: Kung Fu

Fei Long is one of many fighting game characters inspired by the late Bruce Lee. Long is a martial arts film star, just like Lee was.

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