As you may already know, a big feature of Dead Rising 2 will be the ability to combine items into badass weapons of undead destruction.  What you may not know is that you’re going to be able to play the entire game with a friend!!  or a stranger . . . Read on!!

Here’s a list of just some of the custom weapons you’ll be able to make in DR 2:

Boxing Gloves + Bowie Knife
These work like Wolverine’s claws, without all the angst about being immortal. Cut zombies to shreds!! Wearing the hidden Blanka mask makes this even more awesome.

Improvised Explosive Device (IED)
Box of Nails + Gas Can
An exploding gas can full of nails is a good thing to toss into a crowd of zombies.

Drill Bucket
Bucket + Drill
It’s a metal bucket with a few drills taped to the outside, pointing in. Slam it on a zombie’s head and the drills will make short work of it’s cranium. Ouch.

Newspaper + Booze
What’s a zombie game without a molotov cocktail capable of setting the undead ablaze? A zombie game I don’t wanna play.

Electric Rake
Car Battery + Rake
Imagine a rake. Now send millions of volts of electricity through it and then go and poke zombies with it. Sounds like fun, eh?

Gem Blower
Gems + Leaf Blower
Fire round gems at zombies. Watch and laugh as they slip and fall.

Axe + Sledgehammer
It’s like Donatello’s bo staff with an axe on one end and a sledgehammer on the other. Pain, thy name is Chuck Greene.

Air Horn
Traffic Cone + Aresol Spray
Just because the zombies are dead doesn’t mean they don’t have ears!

Hail Mary
Football + Grenade
Go long! Longer! Longer! Ok, perfect. Stand there. Kaboom!

Snowball Cannon
Extinguisher + Super Soaker
A water gun which has been modified to fire blasts of ice, freezing zombies in place. You can then pull a “Demolition Man” and smash them to pieces.

Box of Nails + MMA Gloves
They work just like regular ol’ MMA gloves (Chuck has surprisingly good Muay Thai moves), but the addition of nails make them something slightly more awesome.

Fountain Lizard
Lizard Head Mask + Pipe
Toss on a Godzilla-looking mask and throw a pipe in the mouth to spew flames at your zombie foes.

Human Hand + TNT
Zombies are attracted to human flesh. Use this to your advantage! Toss a human hand with an added bonus into a crowd.

Fire Spitter
Tiki Torch + Light Machine Gun
What’s better than a machine gun? A machine gun that lights enemies on fire, perhaps?

Freedom Bear
Giant Teddy Bear + Light Machine Gun
He may look like a cute and cuddly bear, but he’s actually an automatic sentry gun. Plop him down and he’ll be your buddy, protecting the area and looking adorable.

Gas Can + Super Soaker
It’s a flamethrower. How were we ever OK with this not being in the last game?

Rocket Launcher
Pipe + Fireworks
Not quite what you’re thinking. A series of pipes fires off the fireworks inside. They aren’t super accurate, but they do explode limbs like a charm.

Vacuum Cleaner + Saw Blade
Giant, rotating saws at the end of vacuum cleaner. Handy as it cleans up all the blood while you cut it out of flesh!

Bow And Arrows + TNT
Inspired by a certain warrior of the 1980s, this will ruin just about any zombie’s day.

Beer Hat
Bottle of Beer + Hard Hat
Portable heath! Unfortunately if you drink too much you’ll start vomitting. Less unfortunate: Zombies can slip on the vomit.

Toy Helicopter + Machete
Zombies are attracted to the noise-making helicopter. Too bad there’s a giant, head-cutting blade spinning on the top of it. Set it flying and let it go to work!

Power Guitar
Guitar + Amp
Rock out with a power chord to knock all enemies around you on their zombie behinds.

Pitchfork Shotgun

Self explanitory . . . check out this video.

Here’s a video from Lamespot where two of the senior producers of DR 2 walk us through the combo weapon system.

“But Dave, you said there’s co-op!!”  Well I did, and there IS, so relax!!

Dead Rising 2 will feature a drop in/drop out co-op system where one person will serve as a host and the other as a guest.  The host will determine where you are within the game’s storyline, and the guest is pretty much along for the ride, the xp and cash.  There is also some sort of reality show that takes place during the game in which there will be 4-player co-op zombie killin’ action.

Check out these videos to see what I mean!!

If all of this isn’t enough to get you excited for Dead Rising 2 . . . then you’re probably already dead.