Dead Rising 2: Case West - Xbox 360

Dead Rising 2: Case West
Game Description: A harrowing extension of the Dead Rising 2 storyline featuring Frank West, the protagonist of the original Dead Rising.
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Dead Rising 2: Case West Impressions

Dead Rising 2: Case West Impressions

By John Teti - Posted Sep 15, 2010

Vaunted Capcom producer Keiji Inafune is a multi-talented guy. For instance, did you know he did impressions? Here’s his impersonation of Dead Rising fans during the run-up to Dead Rising 2: “Where’s Frank? Why didn’t you bring Frank back?”

OK, so his material might be a little thin for the Borscht Belt, but Inafune got some laughs in Tokyo last night as he emceed a night of Capcom announcements on the eve of the Tokyo Game Show. And the punchline was that Frank is back, by way of Dead Rising 2: Case West, an Xbox 360-exclusive DLC that will serve as an epilogue to Dead Rising 2.

The teaser trailer shows Dead Rising 2 protagonist Chuck Greene standing on a bluff that overlooks a mysterious facility. “They killed thousands…and framed me for it,” Greene says. “I’m a dead man if I don’t find evidence that clears my name. If I’m gonna bring them down, I’m gonna need help.” Then the camera pulls back to reveal a shadowy figure kneeling next to Greene. Of course, this must be Frank West—if it’s not, Inafune has one cruel sense of humor.

Beyond the admission that Frank would return, Inafune played things close to the vest: “I can’t give you too many details, but I can tell you that it will involve Frank and Chuck working together.” Hmm, “working together”—could that be code for co-op play? Inafune  wasn’t telling.

Capcom’s head of global R&D (read: the brains of the operation) found other ways to shoot his mouth off, though. “As you might remember, last year, I made a rather controversial comment that the Japanese game industry is dead. … I haven’t seen what’s on offer at TGS yet, but I’m not expecting too much,” he said, earning hoots and gasps from the audience. “At the core of what I’m talking about: There seem to be a death of [Japanese] developers who keep the West in their sights when they develop their games.”

That’s the other subtext to the Case West subtitle. Inafune insisted throughout the night that for Capcom to be successful, it has to broaden its artistic perspective beyond Japanese shores, into the West. What better way to do that than by buying the West? And thus Inafune announced that Capcom was purchasing Blue Castle Games, the Canadian developer with which Inafune collaborated on Dead Rising 2. Blue Castle will be rechristened with the catchy moniker of Capcom Game Studio Vancouver.

There are solid business reasons for the move. The Dead Rising 2: Case Zero DLC set a record by selling almost 500,000 copies in its first two weeks, and Capcom has to love that mojo. Plus, the strong yen means that Japanese corporations are more inclined to treat themselves to a delicious overseas acquisition target.


Inafune wasn’t talking from a dollars-and-yen point of view, though—he was frustrated with the aesthetic stagnation he sees among some of his Japanese peers. His own “Case West” seems to be a personal challenge: to create games that people everywhere will want to play—Japan, North America, Europe, and otherwise. It sounds banal, and indeed, Inafune probably hit the “global Capcom” point two or three or seven too many times in his rambling speech.

But remember, this is the same outfit that, when faced with a backlash over its clumsy portrayal of native Africans in Resident Evil 5, essentially put its fingers in its ears and proclaimed, “Can’t hear you.” Whether you agreed with the RE5 detractors or not—I won’t rehash the debate here—Capcom Japan’s response to the criticism didn’t exactly wow the world with its thoughtful sensitivity. Capcom never looked less cross-culturally aware than it did at that moment.

Now, a little more than a year later, the face of the company is getting up on a stage and proclaiming his love for a global perspective until the crowd can take no more. It’s a striking change. Case West is an epilogue to Dead Rising 2, but it might also be the prologue to a markedly different Capcom—one that refuses to be satisfied with pleasing the home crowd.

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  • Psnaker


    Posted: December 21, 2010 9:56 AM
  • Stormywaters1980

    I am quite honestly surprised they announced this even before Dead Rising 2 has come out. I am a Dead Rising fan and can't wait for 2. I did purchase Case 0 and was very happy with what I saw and is the reason I want to buy it. I own the first Dead Rising and did have complaints with it mainly the AI when you are trying to save them,but from what I played of Case 0 I noticed that the AI is much more responsive and not as dependent on you to save them if they have a weapon in hand. As much as a zombie fan as I am I will more than likely pick up this DLC the day it comes out.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 2:21 PM
  • The Nameless Monster

    Well even know he seemed to go a little to hard with it, I'm glad he said something to the Japanese audience. For the most part they're stuck and need to get out of there old ways and go for a broader (Western) audience. Some are doing it and others are making cool titles for the DS and DLC but it feels far and in between. I was very upset when they changed the second Lost Planet game for the Japanese audience and ended up neglecting the people that really like the first one which they developed for for the first place, And Was Successful.

    Posted: September 17, 2010 10:39 AM
  • Mr_Eko_73

    Would love to view the teaser trailer, but I accidently put that I was going to be born on Nov.3rd 2010. The number selection kind of laged- then I accidently hit the submit button right under it. I Erased all my cookies and internet history but I guess it goes by your IP address. Thats alright- I'll just head to some other website- see ya!

    Posted: September 15, 2010 9:02 PM
  • pastafarian13

    im sure it would sell great if it came to steam i dont know why its not there

    Posted: September 15, 2010 8:21 PM
  • GatsuBlackSword

    I will not buy Dead Rising 2. However I bought Case Zero and it was perfect for me and I loved it. I hope this is a good or better than Case Zero. But still retaining that low price point.

    Posted: September 15, 2010 6:38 PM
  • M6000

    wow I was planning on buying this game on PS3 even with case zero out but now hearing about this exclusive DLC case west makes me think about it for a sec on the other hand psn is free where as I gotta pay for Xboxlive and thats dumb if this were a single player game I'd probably just get it for Xbox360 but it being multiplayer makes me pause.

    Posted: September 15, 2010 6:03 PM
  • SizzlewickMagicfart

    I Am tirec of this exclusive crap! i want this dlc to you butt pirates!

    Posted: September 15, 2010 4:15 PM
  • blueboykc

    i hope its coop..

    Posted: September 15, 2010 2:08 PM