Imagine if you will, that you're walking down a city street bathed in the light coming from street lamps and neon signs without a care in the world, until you hear a slight groaning sound coming from a turn in the road. You slowly peer round the corner to discover a horrific sight, the road ahead is filled with zombies! Luckily you're in a Dead Rising game though, so you'll be able to grab the nearest item at hand, which you can then use to send the undead back to their graves.
You can pre-order the game on the Xbox 360 for £29.99 from Gameplay, which'll save you almost £2 on the next best offer of £31.85 coming in from Tesco Entertainment.
Dead Rising has become one of my favourite games on the 360, although it's been a bit of a love-hate relationship at times, and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel for another dose of inventive zombie killing whilst avoiding the numerous psychos that'll inevitably crop up during the course of the game.
This time around you won't be jumping back into Frank West's shoes, so the photography sections of the original game have gone, instead you'll wander the streets of Fortune City as Chuck Greene and the story takes place five years after the events of the original.
I'm very excited about the new feature of combining items to form more powerful weapons, which you can then use to take down a larger number of zombies, and some of the more ridiculous examples include the 'Paddlesaw' which is two chainsaws attacked to a kayak paddle and 'Dynameat' which is quite simply a stick of dynamite shoved into a piece of meat.
Fans of the previous game may or may not know that the maximum number of zombies that could be on the screen at any one time in the original game was 700, well this has been significantly increased to 7,000 in the sequel!
Apparantly whilst on-line co-op is supported, you won't be able to take part in a local split screen experience if you fancy a spot of zombie hunting when a friend comes round. Multiplayer's also been added and takes the form of a reality TV show, called 'Terror is Reality', where up to four players are dropped into an arena and have to kill as many zombies as possible.
Dead Rising 2 only was to make a couple of improvements on the original to be a great game and I'll definitely be rushing out to pick up a copy on release day.
Thanks to Sharky Rocks @ HUKD