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"Zombies, they took our Willamette, they took our Las Vegas, but tonight, America, tonight it's time for a little payback! It's time for America's most dangerous game show! Its time for TERROR. IS. REALITY!!"
—TIR announcer

Terror Is Reality is an entertainment show where contestants compete to kill more zombies than their opponents, with large cash prizes for the winner. Similar to a modern-day gladiatorial contest, spectators in the grandstands cheer for more zombie bloodshed, with over-the-top takedowns greeted by rapturous applause and the promise of slow-motion replays on the arena’s jumbotron. Due to the high number of zombies killed per show and the limited supply gathered from outbreaks, there have only been five or six shows in three years, and its rarity makes it a highly anticipated event whenever news of an outbreak surfaces.[Verification needed]

Despite tumbling ratings and controversy, the seventeenth show, TIR XVII: Payback, takes place in Fortune City, Nevada, on September 25, 2011. It is hosted by longtime celebrity Tyrone King and commentated by Don Andrews and Paul Lazenby. Chuck Greene reluctantly takes part in the show in order to earn money to buy Zombrex for his infected daughter. The show is highly controversial, with numerous groups, including the zombie rights organization Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality (C.U.R.E.), protesting against it. Since its inception, over 200,000 zombies have been involved in Terror Is Reality. Protesters argue that it is unethical to use the infected as a means of entertainment.[1][2][3]

Dead Rising 2 allows players to participate in Terror Is Reality through a series of multiplayer challenges for up to four players online. The first four games are always selected randomly; however, every Terror Is Reality episode concludes with a game of Slicecycles.[4]


Money earned online can be used offline, but has to be a earned in a ranked game, not a player match. The cash a player earns at the end of each Terror Is Reality contest is deposited into Chuck's savings and is usable in the player's single-player/cooperative game.[4]

Known contestants[]

Chuck wins a match
TiR annoucing

TIR XVII: Payback[]

TIR XVI: Dead, White and Blue[]

  • Contestants: Pedro Weeks, Terry D. Good, Klaus Albrecht, Adam Schrodinger
  • The Hype: Politicians swap the campaign trail for one of terror
  • Winner: Pedro Weeks[6]

TIR XV: Summertime Suffering[]

  • Contestants: Vic Johnson, Blaise Davide, Everett Mire, Scott Caverly
  • The Hype: Thanks to Volleybomb and Spit Take, life's a beach for the undead
  • Winner: Everett Mire[6]

TIR XIV: Man's Worst Friend[]

  • Contestants: Gregory Bordon, Rick Scott, Roland Andrews, Eduardo Esteban
  • The Hype: Contestants go wild with zombie birds and animals
  • Winner: Eduardo Esteban[6]

TIR XIII: Street Fighter[]

  • Contestants: Elizabeth Horikawa, Fred Santos, Sankhit Sahleel, Mark Naron
  • The Hype: TIR takes to the streets of Fortune City for some urban uproar
  • Winner: Elizabeth Horikawa[6]

Unknown event[]


  • Frank West inadvertently inspired the name of the show while arguing with his agent Clay Hurlton over the cancellation of his show, Uncovered, in favor of a new show that Hurlton describes as, "...'Real' Reality TV." Frank angrily screams, "You wanna know what real reality is, you smug sonuvabitch? TERROR IS REALITY, that's what!" Hurlton steals this as the show's title.[8]
  • Zombrex sponsors everything at Terror Is Reality, and they do not even allow associate sponsors.
  • TIR XIII: Street Frighter is a reference to Street Fighter, a game series also made by Capcom.
  • In Dead Rising 3, some zombie models can wear shirts with the Terror Is Reality logo on it. Whether this implies the show continued after the events of Dead Rising 2 remains unclear, as it is never mentioned in the game.


  • While playing TIR online, the two announcers always begin with Paul Lazenby saying a line that informs the audience, followed by Don Andrews responding with an insult directed at Paul. Paul never responds to Don's insults.
  • During events, Don will also talk about having participated in the show, referencing his past involvement.
  • Don often makes statements about "back in [his] day" during certain events, such as Bounty Hunter, which makes the show seem older than it is, even though it is only four years old by the time of Dead Rising 2.
  • While playing TIR, players may hear Don say, "You know, Paul, I once heard that zombies sparkle in the sunlight!", which is a reference to the Twilight book series. Paul promptly replies, "Now that is the most stupidest retarded thing I have ever heard!"
  • The characters of Don and Paul are similar to other announcers in video game and television media. Don is similar to Mad Dog "Strangler" McGraw in Fable II, as both are past competitors in the events they comment on and serve as the comical half of the duo, constantly insulting their fellow partners. Paul is similar to Allen Murray in that they both focus more on the show rather than their rougher partners. A similar dynamic can be seen on WWE SmackDown, where an ex-wrestler (who occasionally jumps in the ring) acts as the comic relief next to his co-commentator.



  1. Dead Rising 2 Introduction. Newscaster: "Stacey Forsythe, the leader of the Nevada branch of CURE...The protest group have shown up in the adult playground of Fortune City, which was chosen as the site of the latest installment of the pay per view game show, Terror Is Reality. The protest just compounds the problems of the game show, which has been plagued recently by tumbling ratings and controversy."
  2. Deacon, Angus. Dead Rising 2 review, 3 News, "Think of the movie Running Man but with lots of moaning and staggering around."
  3. Forsythe, Stacey.C.U.R.E. Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality, (June 23, 2010). Stacey Forsythe is the Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality (C.U.R.E.) Nevada leader.
  4. a b Stratton, Stephen (2010). Dead Rising 2 Prima Official Game Guide. Prima. 
  5. Johnny Pipes, #Liveblogging: *Actually* Live!! *Actually* at TiR!! *Actually* Now!, Tape it or Die, (August 11, 2010).
  6. a b c d Entertainment, Visit Fortune City
  7. a b c d Left Hand Lance, I got nothin' else to say about that, just JUGGZ!, Tape it or Die, (August 11, 2010).
  8. Dead Rising: Road to Fortune Issue #1, pg.21
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