Case 1-2: Backup for Brad
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Location Food Court
Start Time Time icon Following Case 1-1
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Travel to the Food Court and defeat Carlito with Brad.

Case 1-2: Backup for Brad is the second case Frank West receives in Dead Rising.

Jessie McCarney said in the Case 1-1: A Dangerous Encounter cutscene that Brad Garrison needs help. Continue through the tunnel to Paradise Plaza. The zombies have now overrun almost the entire mall.

This case activated upon entering the Food Court, and is completed after Carlito Keyes is defeated.

Getting to the Food CourtEdit

Frank has six game hours (30 minutes real time) to get to Brad in the Food Court, but don't waste too much time. Dead Rising is designed to be incredibly difficult for the player to complete all cases and scoops. The faster this case is solved, the more time Frank has to complete later cases or finish scoops.[1]

Cut From the Same Cloth scoopEdit

Otis will call Frank about this scoop at 2 pm.[2]

Since Cut From the Same Cloth has less time left than Case 1-2, and it is also conveniently in the same plaza Frank starts out at, make it Frank's first goal before going to finish Case 1-2: Backup for Brad.

Before meeting Brad in the Food Court, pick up two books, the katana, and a submachine gun in Paradise Plaza. There is also food and a blender in Colombian Roastmasters restaurant on the second floor.

Submachine gun

All of the submachine guns in the game are hidden. There is one in Paradise Plaza. To begin, walk to the first set of stairs, next to Kids' Choice Clothing.

Next, turn towards Kid's Choice Clothing and the door to the Warehouse. Jump over the railing and climb onto the blue overhang, being very careful not to fall.

Continue to walk or jump from overhang to overhang. One overhang has a Stuffed Bear, Orange Juice, and a Cardboard Box.

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Stairs up ahead by Kids' Choice Clothing

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Jump over the stairway railing...

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...and onto the ledge

Jump on two more overhangs and a submachine gun is on the third blue overhang.[3]

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A stuffed bear and orange juice can be found

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Sub-machine gun can be found

Orange juice supply

The refrigerator at Colombian Roastmasters holds an infinite supply of orange juice. It also has a blender, which allows Frank to make power-ups with food collected in the mall.[3]


Because of the poor targeting system in Dead Rising, melee weapons work much better than firearms. One of the strongest melee weapons is hidden in Paradise Plaza. Walk to Colombian Roastmasters. Just to the right of the cooler with orange juice is a railing. Jump over the railing onto a brown overhang, being careful not to jump too far. A katana is laying on this overhang. The katana will respawn each time Frank returns to Paradise Plaza.[3]

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Jump over the awning...

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Books increase Frank's abilities. Frank does not have enough item slots to carry all of the books available, so pick up the two most important books right now in two different bookstores:

  1. Contemporary Reading, Weekly Photo Magazine (see prestige points icons over zombie's heads)
  2. Bachman's Bookporium, Engineering book (makes construction and tool items last three times longer).[2]


Frank walks into the Food Court to be greeted by a volley of gunfire in which he dodges to safety. He crawls over to a nearby Brad who is returning gunfire. Frank informs the agent that Jessie sent him to help. Brad looks worried at first but quickly says that they'll talk later, and commands Frank to help him deal with their attacker by shooting at him and covering one another.

After Carlito is defeated, he dashes across the food shop rooftops and escapes into a hatch on the ceiling. Brad and Frank formally introduce themselves, and Frank shows Brad a picture of the old man he saw in the Entrance Plaza. Brad demands to know where that picture was taken, but Frank refuses. After making a deal, Brad reluctantly agrees to cooperate with Frank.

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Frank enters the Food Court and nearly gets shot. He quickly ducks behind the railing to his side for cover. Brad takes a couple of shots at Carlito then ducks for cover behind the railing in front of Chris' Fine Foods.

Frank: Your uh... girlfriend sent me to find you.

Brad: Who, Jessie!? Dammit! Ok, we'll have to talk about this later. You know how to use that gun?

Frank: I've never fired at a person!

Brad: Alright, I'll cover you from here. You need to stick to the shadows. Try to get close to the target ok.

Frank: And what am I supposed to do when I get close?

Brad shoots again at Carlito.

Brad: Well the best solution would be to shoot the guy, but if you cannot do that keep him busy dodging your bullets and stay out of trouble. Are you up to it?

Frank: I'm a lot better with a camera, but yeah, I'll give a shot.

Brad: Alright... Next time he reloads. I'll lay down a suppressing fire. I'm counting on you. Make your way over there. 1...2...3!

Brad steps out from behind the railing and fires.[4]

Stocking up on Wine

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In Chris' Fine Foods are bottles of wine, in which Frank can stock up and use for health before going to attack Carlito.

Psychopath: Carlito KeyesEdit

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Carlito, the first person Frank met in the mall on the helipad wants Frank and Brad dead.

Carlito is a tough psychopath, watch out for Carlito's gunfire from his sub-machine gun and dropping bombs down. Keep moving and quickly run away if you see or hear a bomb dropped from above.[5]

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There is a couple of different approaches to defeat him - the one chosen should depend on how much health Frank has.

Safe option (recommended)

As soon as the cutscene ends, quickly run across the walkway and up the stairs to the food court.

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On the side of the central steps climb up the set of stacked crates (underneath the "no smoking" sign) to get a much better vantage point.

Use the wooden posts as cover while Brad keeps Carlito distracted. Manually aim for Carlito's head to injure him faster than body shots. Don't stay in one place for too long because Carlito is an excellent shot and can quickly kill Frank.

Another safe but longer option

Use the food court restaurants and pillars as cover, using the handgun or submachine gun (see #Submachine gun above), to chip Carlito's health down while eating the food and drinks in the Food Court. After Carlito's health drops a bit, he will retreat from the gantry at the front of the Wild West section to the roofs of the restaurants in the back of the plaza.

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Hidden submachine gun

When Carlito retreats to the roof, Frank can jump up onto the entrance arch of Chris' Fine Foods to pick up a sub-machine gun, but Frank will be open to attack from Carlito while Frank is exposed.

Extremely reckless option (not recommended)

Equip the katana (see #Katana above) or a sledgehammer and run to the raised seating area below Carlito's perch. Use the stacked crates (described above) to climb up onto Carlito's walkway. Wait until Carlito is as far to the right as possible before jumping up onto the gantry, then run up to the corner and wait for Carlito to come around - start swinging just before he comes around. Frank might take a couple of hits from Carlito's machine gun, but he may survive long enough to land the three or four katana slashes required to end the fight.

This option is dangerous because Carlito has a quick kick that knocks Frank down. Only get close to Carlito if you have no other choice.[5]

Carlito EscapesEdit

After defeating Carlito, Carlito escapes through the roof. Helping Brad defeat Carlito apparently is not enough for Brad to start trusting Frank, but a photo of the old man that Frank saw in the Entrance Plaza catches Brad's interest enough for the Department of Homeland Security agent to agree to a temporary alliance with Frank.

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Carlito escapes.

Frank: He got away. Who was that, anyway?

Brad: I don't know... Well. Thanks for your help. The name's Brad.

Frank: I'm Frank West, photojournalist. And right now I'd rather have an explanation than your thanks Brad.

Brad: Sorry, I've got nothing to tell you. Look. I don't know what Jessie told you but as far as I'm concerned we're through working together. So, you cover your zombie story and leave the rest to us.

Frank readies his camera.

Frank: You uh...You guys are lookin' for someone here, aren't ya?

Frank holds up his camera and shows Brad a picture of Dr. Russell Barnaby who Jessie noticed earlier on Frank's camera in the Security Room

Brad: Who is that? Where did you take that?

Frank snatches the camera back as Brad reaches for it

Frank: You help me. I help you.

Frank holds up the camera and shakes it as Brad watches and turns away

Brad: Damn!

Brad walks away disgusted then stops, turns, and begins to point

Brad: You're one hell of a journalist aren't you, Frank? A hotheaded, underhanded, hotshot paparazzi with nothing better to do than to invade people's privacy.

Frank: I try... You got a point?

Brad: You win, Frank. Let's work together.

Frank holds the camera downward until he hears more

Brad: Jessie and I are DSH agents. And, yes, we're looking for the man in that picture.

Frank: You're with homeland security. Is that guy a terrorist or somethin'?

Brad: ...

Frank gives Brad his camera

Frank: I took that picture in the Entrance Plaza. Right near the front door.

Brad: The Entrance Plaza... You're sure?

Brad gives the camera back to Frank and walks away

Frank: Hey! So, do I have your permission to cover this story... or not?

Brad: Ugh![4]


  • Depending on the time, on the way to help Brad, Otis may call Frank with the Barricade Pair scoop, which starts at 4 pm.
  • Cases 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, and 2-3 will stay active no matter how long you take to finish them. You could finish them on the 4th day and it would still be active. Upon completion of Case 1-4 or 2-3, however, it will say all cases expired.



Battle with CarlitoEdit


  1. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 41
  2. a b Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 42
  3. a b c Mike, Dead Rising Walkthrough Intro, Visual Walkthroughs, (November 26, 2006).
  4. a b Hall, Kevin. Dead Rising: Game Script by Berserker, GameFAQs, (January 5, 2009).
  5. a b Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 43
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