The Transceiver is a device used in Dead Rising to communicate between Frank West and Otis Washington and is a device used in Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record to communicate with Stacey Forsythe.
Dead Rising[edit | edit source]
Answer the call:
Cut Otis off:
Or get hit, get hurt, or move to another area with a load screen.
Otis can be cantankerous and doesn't take lightly to being interrupted when calling Frank. If Frank does cause on interruption, Otis typically rings him back a few moments later and begins all over again.
Scoop Cue[edit | edit source]
A Scoop Cue is information detailing events and whereabouts of other Survivors. Some Scoops may lead to new information about Cases as well. As with cases, Scoops are time based. A time gauge appears along the right side of the screen when a Scoop is uncovered.
The Scoop cue provides a list of current requests along with relevant information on survivors.
If you are able to fulfill the objectives laid out in the Scoop Cue before time runs out, you can receive PP or learn more about the incident.
(Blue) More than 6 hours remain
(Yellow) Less than 6 hours remain
(Red) Less than 3 hours remain
(Gray) No time limit
By setting a Guide Arrow, you will be able to more easily navigate your way to a given goal. Guide Arrows can be set via the watch screen or Map Screen (sic) (accessed via the Pause Menu).
Transmissionary Achievement[edit | edit source]
If Frank answers all 39 radio transmission from Otis in a single play through of 72 Hour Mode, he receives the Transmissionary achievement. The reward for this achievement is the Mall Security Outfit in the Security Room after successfully finishing the game.
List of radio transmissions[edit | edit source]
- See also Reporter's Notebook#Notebook entries and Otis' calls for text of each call
Below is a list of all of Otis's calls.
|Number||Transmission||Description||Otis doesn't call when Frank is in this location|
|1||"Warehouse Intro"||First time entering.|
|2||"Entrance Plaza Intro"||First time entering. (After Case 1-3)|
|3||Cut From the Same Cloth||Day Two, September 19, 2 pm||Paradise Plaza|
|4||Barricade Pair Scoop||Day Two, September 19, 4 pm||Al Fresca Plaza|
|5||A Mother's Lament Scoop||Day Two, September 19, 5 pm||Al Fresca Plaza|
|6||"Food Court Intro"||First time entering.|
|7||"North Plaza Intro"||First time entering.|
|8||Out of Control Scoop||Day Two, September 19, 9 pm||Wonderland Plaza|
|9||Japanese Tourists Scoop||Day Two, September 19, 10 pm||Wonderland Plaza|
|10||"Wonderland Plaza Intro"||First time entering.|
|11||Shadow Of The North Plaza Scoop||Day Two, September 19, 11 pm||North Plaza|
|12||Otis calls to tell Frank to talk to Jessie about Case 2-1.||Day Two, September 20, 6 am||Security Office|
|13||After Case 2-2||Otis calls to tell Frank the Entrance Plaza/Paradise Plaza gate is open.|
|14||Lovers Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 7 am||Wonderland Plaza|
|15||"Supermarket Intro"||During Case 2-3|
|16||The Hatchet Man Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 8 am||North Plaza|
|17||The Coward Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 9 am||Al Fresca Plaza|
|18||Day Two, September 20, 11 am||Security Room. Otis calls to say the medicine is working and Jessie wants Frank to come see her.|
|19||Restaurant Man Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 11 am||Paradise Plaza|
|20||Above the Law Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 12 pm||Wonderland Plaza|
|21||Otis sees Isabela on the monitors.||Day Two, September 20, 3 pm||Security Room|
|22||Antique Lover Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 5 pm||Entrance Plaza|
|23||Mark Of The Sniper Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 5 pm||Entrance Plaza|
|24||The Woman Who Didn't Make It Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 5 pm||Entrance Plaza|
|25||Ronald's Appetite Scoop||Day Two, September 20, 7 pm||Security Room|
|26||"Maintenance Tunnel Intro"||First time entering.|
|27||Day Three, September 21, 12 am||North Plaza
Otis says meet Isabela for Case 5-1.
|28||A Strange Group Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 12 am||Colby's Movieland|
|29||Floyd the Sommelier Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 2 am||Security Room|
|30||Day Three, September 21, 3 am||Security Room
Otis says Isabela is awake.
|31||Long Haired Punk Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 5 am||Wonderland Plaza|
|32||A Sick Man Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 8 am||Wonderland Plaza|
|33||Otis calls to tell Frank Isabela wants to see him.||Day Three, September 21, 11 am||Security Room|
|34||A Woman in Despair Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 12 pm||Paradise Plaza|
|35||Kindell's Betrayal Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 12 pm||Security Room|
|36||Otis calls to say that Jessie is worried about Frank and should come back to the security room for case 8-1. NOTE: This call only appears in the Platinum Hits and remastered versions of the game||Day Three, September 21, 5 pm||Security Room.|
|37||Paul's Present Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 5 pm||Security Room|
|38||Simone the Gunslinger Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 7 pm||Security Room|
|39||Cheryl's Request Scoop||Day Three, September 21, 8 pm||Security Room|
Criticism[edit | edit source]
The annoying calls from Otis has been highly criticized by critics and players alike.
Critics lambasted how persistent the transceiver was when ringing, and how vulnerable Frank is while answering any calls on it. While using the transceiver Frank is unable to jump, attack, switch weapons, or pick up or use any item. Furthermore, if the call is somehow interrupted (such as being attacked), the call will end abruptly, only for the transceiver to ring a few seconds later. If Frank answers, Otis will scold the player for being rude, then start the previous call over from the very beginning. Numerous gamer-oriented webcomics and blogs attacked the use of the transceiver within Dead Rising. The Australian video game talk show Good Game's two reviewers gave the game a 6/10 and 7/10.
Dead Rising 2[edit | edit source]
In Dead Rising 2 "the radio system has been much improved. Getting a call adds a short info blurb to Chuck's wristwatch...which can be checked with the touch of a button. You won't receive any more long annoying calls from Otis, which is a blessing to anyone who had to take one of his agonizingly slow calls while surrounded by zombies."
Stacey will send you messages about the interesting things she sees happening around Fortune City.
Each mission has a time limit. You can track the time limits on the Mission Cue on the HUD, or in the Watch Screen.
Messages will lead you to survivors of the zombie outbreak, scattered around Fortune City.
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record[edit | edit source]
Frank communicates very similarly to how Stacey and Chuck communicate in Dead Rising 2. When Frank answers a call, he can hear Stacey's voice.
Dead Rising 3[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 40
- Dead Rising: Otis Transmission Guide, GameFAQs, (August 20, 2006).
- Incorrectly listed at 3pm at Dead Rising: Otis Transmission Guide, GameFAQs, (August 20, 2006).
- Ahearn, Nate "NateDog" (2006-08-06). "Dead Rising Review (Xbox 360)". Team Xbox. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
- Martins, Andrew "Warlock". "Dead Rising — Xbox 360 Review". XGP. Retrieved 2007-04-03.
- Ramsoomair, Scott. "You've got Red on you". VG Cats. Retrieved 2008-01-08.
- Buckley, Tim (2006-08-12). "Steve's Day at the Mall Pt. 4". Ctrl+Alt+Del. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
- Parsons, Zack "Geist Editor" (2006-08-11). "Otis Rising". Something Awful. Retrieved 2008-01-09.
- "Good Game stories - Dead Rising and Caesar IV". Australian Broadcasting Corporation (2006-10-10).
- DeAngelus, Chris PS3/X360/PC Preview - 'Dead Rising 2', Worth Playing, (June 19, 2010).
- Dead Rising 2 Off the Record - Electric Crusher HD, Youtube, (July 20, 2011).