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The introduction is the playable opening sequence of Dead Rising 2. This is not the official name given in-game, but is referred to as such for simplicity reasons.

Although it is an essential part of the main game's story, it is not a part of the 72 hours, and the game timer is disabled. It takes place shortly before the Fortune City outbreak. If the opening cutscene is skipped, the game will jump straight into 72 Hour Mode. The introduction takes about 20 minutes to complete. It is broken up into four sections:

  1. Fortune City Arena TIR event
  2. Elevator cutscene
  3. Escaping the arena
  4. Safe House

Fortune City Arena TIR event[]

Dead Rising 2 begins in the Fortune City Arena, with motocross former champion Chuck Greene checking his Slicecycle as he prepares to compete in Terror is Reality, a TV game show that involves the killing of large groups of zombies for entertainment. Chuck takes part in show to raise funds for Zombrex for his infected daughter; Katey. A TiR employee enters to inform Chuck that he is on shortly. Chuck asks the employee to take Katey somewhere safe while she waits, and the employee takes her to the green room.

As Chuck pulls up in the arena next to his competitors, one of them, Leon Bell taunts him about the death of his wife in Las Vegas. The announcer recalls the events in Willamette and Las Vegas, before introducing the host of the show; Tyrone "T.K." King. The game show begins and the contestants slice through the zombie crowds.

After the minigame, one of two cutscenes takes place, depending on whether the player came in first place. This also affects the amount of reward money the player receives (see below).

After the show, Chuck sits in the changing rooms looking at the money. The TV reports on CURE protesting Terror is Reality and shows their leader, Stacey Forsythe, voice her opinion on what she believes is systematic neglect for the infected. Another contestant, Anim White, sits next to Chuck and tells him how he lost his family in Willamette, and so he knows what it feels like to lose someone. Chuck gets up and asks Kristopher Bookmiller where the green rooms are, so he can pick up his daughter.

After the cutscene, Chuck starts in the locker room, and the player gains control. Chuck needs to travel to the green room.

The player earns prize money and a PP fulfillment bonus that differs depending on how they ranked during the minigame:[1]

Rank Money prize PP bonus
First place $10,000 5000 PP
Second place $5,000 2500 PP
Third place $2,500 1000 PP
Fourth place $1,000 500 PP

Chuck walks past Amber on the way to the green room, and Amber says, "Well, who do we have here?" The other twin, Crystal, arrives in a cutscene, and both twins taunt Chuck further on his performance in the show.

Chuck enters the elevator, and while looking at a Zombrex poster, he is knocked off balance when the elevator suddenly jerks to a stop.

Elevator cutscene[]

Chuck pries open the elevator doors and sees a crowd of people panicking and screaming. After witnessing a young man in a Letterman jacket transform into a zombie, it becomes clear to Chuck that another outbreak has begun.

Amidst the commotion, Chuck must run along the zombie-infested corridor to find his daughter.

Find Katey[]

Chuck's goal is to find Katey.

When Chuck gets out of the broken elevator, there are several weapons next to the elevator that he can use:

Out of all these weapons, the fire axe and baseball bat are the most useful.

Chuck can see Shaun Wexler and Tom Ebersole being devoured by zombies through a metal barrier to his right. Like all of the survivors in the introduction, there is ultimately nothing Chuck can do to save these survivors.

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Run down the hallway toward Alice Paynter.

Just like in Dead Rising's introduction, as the zombies kill survivors, there is a screen notification of their death.

Dead rising 2 intro electric guitar next to alice

There is a handbag in the corridor. Handbags have either $100 or handguns inside.

There is also an electric guitar further along in the corridor.

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Chuck will pass several other items, including folding chairs.

Go past Alice and turn right.

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To the right of the corridor is another fire axe just below a fire extinguisher on the wall. The fire extinguisher will freeze zombies for 30 seconds.

Dead rising 2 intro green room

Run down the hallway to the green room on the left.

A cutscene begins.

Chuck locates his daughter in the green room, along with the dead TiR Employee.

Escape with Katey[]

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After the cutscene, Chuck is carrying Katey.

The message at the bottom states that Chuck can press X button/Square button to kick while carrying Katey.

Chuck is nearly invincible while carrying Katey as long as he keeps moving. Zombies will stagger if he runs by them while carrying Katey. Chuck will really only get hit if he stops.

Run out the door.

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As Chuck runs towards the double doors, survivor Irwin Sagehorn stumbles through the doors, pursued closely by a zombie. Run through the double doors with the blue arena lobby sign above.

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Press X button/Square button to kick while carrying Katey.

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Follow the hallway as it curves.

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To Chuck's right are several vending machines. Ahead is the arena lobby, where Pat Berkson and Jeremiah Eckland can be seen trying to fight off zombies.

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Run through the hallway and into the arena. Avoid protracted battles with zombies and keep running.

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In addition to Pat and Jeremiah, the victims Lucas Pontremoli, Adrian Lee, Andrea Brenser, Lance Pennington, and Helen Bonner can be seen being attacked in the Arena. Chuck's destination is on the left, past the barricades.

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Past the barricades are some stairs. Past the stairs lies Chuck's destination, the exit doors to the Platinum Strip.

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Press B button/Circle button to go through the exit doors. A cutscene begins.

Chuck carries his daughter out of the arena and sees Fortune City overrun and torn apart by zombies.

Wade Coopwood directs Chuck toward the emergency shelter, where the survivors have gathered.


The elevator cutscene in the introduction reuses many survivor models.

All of the game's cutscenes are controlled in the game file cinematics.big. There are two files associated with the elevator cutscene:

  • "010_outbreak.txt" (Chuck in the elevator, looking at the Zombrex poster)
  • "011_elevator_2.txt" (Chuck witnessing the zombie jock become infected)
Zombie jock
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If one watches the "011_elevator_2.txt" cutscene with the zombie jock, several survivors can be seen from behind.

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Orange shoes

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Black man with purple white checkered shirt, glasses, and unshaved

There is one unknown model used for the jock zombie victim (likely Royce with retextured clothing).

  • "Erica" and "Royce" run past twice, once at the very beginning of the cutscene when Chuck opens the door, and a second time past the zombie jock.
  • As the zombie jock is walking toward Chuck, "Noah" is attacked directly behind the zombie jock by the zombie referred to in the game's files as "James" (also known as the "7 PM zombie"). Yet after the cutscene, Noah is behind the bars in the cordoned-off hallway. However, this man was intended to be a different civilian but with the same model as Noah, who also happened to be in the arena.
  • Gordon is the "zombie" that attacks the man who looks like Jared.

In "010_outbreak.txt" is the line:

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cCineAnim srv_juan
AnimationName = "010_outbreak~srv_juan"

Juan was originally intended to appear in the cutscene, but was taken out at some point in development. See Juan Lee#Trivia.

In "011_elevator_2.txt", the following survivors are listed:

List of victims and survivors

Royce St. John

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cCineAnim srv_royce
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_royce"
Duration = "52.7"
Time = "0"


Erica Mayes

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cCineAnim srv_erica
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_erica"
Duration = "52.7"
Time = "0"

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Jared Davis

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cCineAnim srv_jared
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_jared"
Duration = "52.7"
Time = "0"

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Lenny Mooney

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cCineAnim srv_lenny
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_lenny"
Duration = "52.7"
Time = "0"

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cCineAnim cindead_james
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~cindead_james"
Duration = "52.7"
Time = "0"

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Andy Talbat

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cCineAnim srv_andy
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_andy"
Duration = "59.3667"
Time = "0"

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Noah Hawthorne

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cCineAnim srv_noah
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_noah"
Duration = "59.3667"
Time = "0"

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Gordon Dawkins

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cCineAnim srv_gordon
AnimationName = "011_elevator_2~srv_gordon"
Duration = "59.3667"
Time = "0"

When Chuck leaves the stadium, the following victims can be seen:

List of victims and survivors
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Alice (Skylar's Girlfriend) (cCineAnim srv_alice)

FAC dead
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Leah (cCineAnim cine_leah)

MAC dead
MAC dead 2
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Luke (cCineAnim cine_luke)

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Skylar (cCineAnim srv_skylar)

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Wade (cCineAnim srv_wade)

FAC dead
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cCineAnim cine_z_m4

Safe House[]

A security officer, Raymond "Ray" Sullivan, allows Chuck access to the emergency shelter (although he is hesitant at first due to Katey's infection) and directs him to a security room where it's quieter. Stacey Forsythe also makes it safely to the shelter.

Sitting in the security room, Chuck reveals to Katey that he actually doesn't have any Zombrex, and that he meant to get some after the show. Stacey overhears this, and tells Chuck where he can obtain some, while promising to keep quiet.

After this, 72 Hour Mode begins and the timer is activated.


  • Chuck is unable to check his watch during the introduction.
  • If Chuck loses all his health before making it to the emergency shelter, a cutscene will play that shows Katey waking up an unconscious Chuck right outside the shelter. He then picks her up and runs in before the doors close.
  • If Chuck does not win the Terror is Reality event, an alternate cutscene will play where T.K. criticizes him for his poor performance, considering his status as a motocross champion.
  • During the elevator cutscene, several civilians can be seen fleeing the arena who share the same models as Erica Mayes, Royce St. John, Lenny Mooney, Noah Hawthorne, Andy Talbat, and Jared Davis.
  • The zombie who attacks the Andy Talbat-lookalike survivor shares the same model as Gordon Dawkins.
  • In the PC game file missions.txt:
    • The Slicecycles minigame in the arena is referred to as Tutorial1.
    • Everything after the minigame up until Chuck's arrival in the Safe House is referred to as Tutorial2_Katey.
    • If Chuck is killed before reaching the Safe House, the section Tutorial2_FailState plays.
    • The stadium arena items are found in data\datafile.big\gs_biketutorial.txt.
  • There are four survivor corpses that are repeated throughout the stadium: Barra, Kerri (shares a recolored model with Tamara Stein), Dean (shares a model with Tim Duggan), and "pa" (the TIR employee).[2]



  1. missions.txt, cMissionDefinition Tutorial2 Katey, cMissionTimer PrizeMoneyDelay2.
  2. In the PC game file missions.txt, these corpses are listed as:
    dean_corpse_attractor, and
    pa_corpse_attractor or Corpse_Attractor,
    in the Tutorial2_Katey section.
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