The recent purchase of this game came with no let downs, the amount of zombies you have on the screen at anyone time is amazing! And the amount of possible combinations of items found throughout the game is astonishing.
Many criticize this game due to the fact that you're given a 'Strict' story timeline to follow, complaining that you're over pressured into finishing the story to enjoy what Dead Rising is about. This worried me prior to buying this game, but having actually gotten stuck into the game it's easy to see why the story's timeline is as it is. It encourages you to have some sort of plan as to how you want to handle the many side missions you're given alongside the main story.
The psychopaths being the main attraction of this and its predecessor, are not easy and really encourage to think about what you'll need while facing them which led to some very close calls due to poor judgement on my half.
Graphically this game is really good when you consider the amount of zombies on the screen and the detail put into the environment of Fortune City.
The online mode is an interesting and fun addition to the series, it's basically a game show where you compete with three other people in a competition to win in game cash, which is always useful. Also the introduction of Online Co-Op is great as well, a friend can simply join you and help you out, whether you're stuck on a particular Psycho or are just looking to have a laugh with a friend.
I think the only thing that prevents me from giving this game 5 stars is the fact that you really should save this game to your hard drive if you don't want to have to sit through 20-30 second loading screens, and trust me. They're a lot of loading screens. Having saved my game to my console these loading screens are nothing more than 3-5 seconds long, which is a major improvement over the 20 second ones.
In my opinion you really should just buy this game instead of picking at it, it's a great experience and the story line will keep you engrossed in the game.