Ive been playing Dead Rising 2 for about 3 hours now and have enjoyed it so far. The game reminds me of Grand Theft Auto but with zombies. Its basically a sandbox game where you can mess around with the various game features in the large game world until youre hearts content. Very similar to GTA where you may find yourself tearing up the city and not actually progressing the story. However, in DR2 this is a little trickier as you have a timed game of about 72 hours to progress the story. You do get time to abuse the mass horde of zombies during this period but I found its best to have a mess around, finding items and locations and ignore the story timeline. Once you have got your bearings just reload your last save point and you will be able to know your way around quicker and where all the items are located. The weapon combos are good fun too, I wont spoil the surprise and reveal the combos but there are lots and some are quite amusing. There are many side missions to the main story which largely involve rescuing a survivor back to the safe area, these get you lots of experience points but can become repetitive, thankfully these missions are optional.
Something I want to comment on is some reviews say the game is almost identical to Dead Rising 1 and the game looks dated. DR1 was an Xbox 360 exclusive release meaning anyone without a 360 may of never played Dead Rising. DR2 however was a multi platform release. DR1 came out a few years ago so if Capcom have simply tweaked the same game engine then the game may look very similar. I cant confirm if it is the same game engine but viewing the game in HD on a 1080p LCD looks good to me.
The game is not natively rendered in 1080p but according to the rear of the case, the game supports 720p and 1080i. Strangely on my setup I cannot get the game to run in 1080i by changing the PS3 video output settings nor in game. I can only get 720p or lower. This may be irrelevant anyway as 720p is likely a superior image to 1080i due to the progressive scanning but I was baffled why I couldnt get 1080i to work.
All in all a good fun game, the varied zombies, vehicles, weapon combos and ability to change your clothing give many moments of laughter. Theres nothing funnier than dressing the lead character in a ridiculous oufit complete with novelty glasses and moustache and then watching the ingame cutscenes. You cant take the game story seriously when your character is decked out in a crop-top, hot pants, welly boots and a straw hat!