The Difference Between Zombies In Resident Evil And Dead Rising 2

By Spencer . August 4, 2010 . 4:30pm

imageBeing the creators of Resident Evil, Capcom is no stranger to video games with zombies as enemies. Dead Rising also has zombies, a whole mall full of ‘em. What makes the zombies in Dead Rising 2 different from the ones in Resident Evil?


“As far as Dead Rising goes, zombies are dumb, basically,” Shin Ohara, Producer of Dead Rising 2, said in an interview with Siliconera. “In Resident Evil, zombies are an enemy that you fear because they’re strong and you have limited ammo. For Dead Rising, a single zombie doesn’t scare you, but when there are a whole bunch they could do a lot of damage.”


Chuck, the main character of Dead Rising 2, has to chop his way through hundreds of slow moving zombies. Weapons are plentiful because everything around you, everything from guns to trash cans, can kill. One of Dead Rising 2’s hallmark features is a weapon creation system where Chuck can combine items like saws and a vacuum cleaner to make a zombie killing machine.


“The whole idea with zombies in Dead Rising is they are not something you have to fear, but something you play with,” Ohara continued. “More of a play thing where you pick up a weapon, go to them, and you want to test out that new weapon. In Resident Evil if you pick up a weapon you want to save it, you don’t want to use it unless you really have to. Dead Rising is about having fun with zombies, trying out different weapons.”

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  • Hraesvelgr

    So which RE was it that you had limited ammo?

    • From RE1 to Code Veronica, to varying degrees. 4 and 5 not so much.

      • MisterNiwa

        Hell yeah, give it to him/her.

      • Hraesvelgr

        I don’t remember ammo being an issue in the PSX games, but I can’t say much about the other ones past that. Started to get tired of RE after the second game, honestly.

    • MisterNiwa

      I accidently “liked” your post. I can’t be undone.

      Just saying.

      • Hraesvelgr


  • Code

    rar, I’ve always interpret zombies to be more akin to Dead Rising then Resident Evil — I suppose that’s partly why Resident Evil series never really stuck on me. Dead Rising was just more lighthearted and fun it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

    • Hraesvelgr

      Yeah, that’s pretty much exactly how I feel.

  • krokounleashed

    The difference is, in dead rising they are still zombies.

    • Kunio_kun

      zom·bie [zom-bee]
      1. (in voodoo)
      a. the body of a dead person given the semblance of life, but mute and will-less, by a supernatural force, usually for some evil purpose.
      b. the supernatural force itself.
      2. Informal .
      a. a person whose behavior or responses are wooden, listless, or seemingly rote; automaton.
      b. an eccentric or peculiar person.
      3. a snake god worshiped in West Indian and Brazilian religious practices of African origin.
      4. a tall drink made typically with several kinds of rum, citrus juice, and often apricot liqueur.
      5. Canadian Slang . an army conscript assigned to home defense during World War II.

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