Dead Rising 2: Off the Record Part Three: A Safe Bet

Frank has bad tanlines. I wonder where he lives where he gets that much sun.

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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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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Part Four

April 14, 2016: Snow has Serah’s pendant. Did Noel or Hope give it to him?
I bought a new garb, Velvet Bouncer, which is “made for a mystical attacker”. It’s pretty boss. Makes quick work of weaker enemies and groups with Blitz and Heavy Slash.

Velvet Bouncer

AFAIK, it’s not a reference to The Bouncer, a weird little game that Square and Dream Factory made on the quick for the PS2 shortly after its launch.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Part Three: Lumina on the Loose

April 10, 2016: “The Girl Who Cried Wolf”: Lightning encounters a ringing telephone in a booth, and decides to answer it. On the other line is Louise, a girl who claims to be chased by people with weapons.
Light can still use some of her old tricks, like Launching staggered enemies Commando-style.

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