Dead Rising 2: Case Zero Priced, Dated

By Ishaan . July 22, 2010 . 4:20pm


Dead Rising 2 will be releasing in North America on September 28th (and October 1st in Europe) for both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As we’ve reported in the past, however, exclusive to the 360 version is a downloadable prologue chapter titled Case Zero.


Case Zero helps link Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 and essentially serves as a demo with unique content. Experience accumulated in Case Zero can be carried over into the main game as well.


Capcom revealed earlier today that Case Zero will be available on August 31st and will cost 400 Microsoft points.

  • Hraesvelgr

    Supposedly, it’s really short, too. Really short. Maybe there will be extra things to do, but…

    Oh, who am I kidding, I’ll still get it. Loved the first game, and it would take a lot for me to hate this one.

  • We are paying for demos now? Boo hoo Capcom BOO HOO!

    • It’ll feel like a demo because it’s so short, but it’s not exactly one because this takes place somewhere different from the main game. I don’t think you can go back to the town in Case Zero so this should be considered it’s own game.

      • Scallion

        You really don’t see *anything* wrong with essentially buying something to convince yourself to buy something?
        That’s the primary function of a demo for most people. I was convinced to buy Just Cause and Just Cause 2 because I had loads of fun playing the demo. They were well-constructed and gave me a taste of what it’d be like to buy the game. In fact, I never shell out $60 bucks for a game unless I’ve had a chance to play it at some capacity.

        Dead Rising 2 is different enough from its predecessor to warrant some sort of trial, so that fans of the first game, and people who weren’t so keen on the first game could decide whether or not DR2 warrants a purchase. Now, surely there’s going to be some trial download of Case Zero…
        But that’s a tiny demo of a tiny demo. The silliness of this boggles the mind.

        If Capcom were to offer this for free, or offer some sort of DR2 demo separately, I’d be excited. Both Mass Effect 2 and Crackdown 2 offered you the opportunity to unlock content in the full games, which was a huge step forward in my opinion, and a free demo that acted as a separate chapter to the full game would have been awesome. This is just cleverly re-packaged DLC: in a game made just 5 years ago, this sort of thing would have been an unlockable prologue in the full game, or something similar.

        Oh well.

        • malek86

          DR1 had a time demo, so who knows, maybe this one will have it too.

          • Scallion

            That’s what I’m suspecting, but it’ll feel like a bit of a gyp considering how they handled the prologue.
            Being able to carry over experience is a nice incentive, and if they handle leveling like they did in the first game, then it’ll be vital.
            That being said, I really hope they don’t handle leveling like they did in the first game.
            If I run on a treadmill for a few minutes and get an extra inventory slot or learn a wrestling move instead of the ability to run faster…

            Then something is probably wrong with my body.

          • thebanditking

            I agree with all of you, this is just bad business. Sure I still would like to play this little side story but come on, is this how MS is going to be doing its exclusive content moving forward? Outside of bragging rights this does nothing more then add a bullet point on a MS sales presentation, its a demo with a story. Its not like they had to create a new game engine for this or spend a lot of time developing it, the assests were already in place from the main game. No matter how you put it this is paying for a demo and where that could lead us going forward is not something I support.

          • malek86

            thebanditking: it’s still DLC. With the only difference that you don’t actually need to own the game, but still, it’s basically DLC when you think about it. It doesn’t have much to do with Microsoft or Sony or Nintendo, I’m afraid it’s just how the industry goes this gen. I’ve already seen similar stuff with Rock Band Lite (PSP) and Phantasy Star Mini (DSiWare).

            Remember when demo used to have separate chapters AND be free of charge? The Uplink demo for Half-Life was a completely different chapter from the full game, and it was given for free. That seems so long ago (well, it is).

          • @thebanditking: Yes. It is a demo. Capcom is trying to offset the cost of creating a demo. Why are you blaming MS? Because it is only on XBLA? Capcom is the one who is making this thing. Not MS. Get a grip.

  • brooklyngamer86

    I’m a little iffy on this, not sure I want to pay 400pts.

  • malek86

    It’s actually less than I expected (thought this was going to be at least 800MSP), but I’m still not feeling like paying for a demo of sort.

  • SeventhEvening

    It feels awkward that I have to buy this on 360 when I still plan on buying the whole game for PS3.

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