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Brains Over Brawn is a mission in Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record. Four nerds are found playing a role playing game in an empty store in the South Plaza. They will not leave until they are convinced of there being women at the Safe House or if they see one.


Chuck Greene finds four strangely-dressed survivors (Brian Scherbey, Curtis Ellenton, John Boog and Kevin Meyers) barricaded inside the unfinished Ultimate Playhouse store in the South Plaza, engrossed in a role playing game. Chuck convinces the group to abandon their game and follow him back to the safe house after a lengthy conversation with the group's leader John. However, if Chuck has a female along with him, the men will join Chuck immediately and follow him to the Safe House.

Mission DialogueEdit

Dialogue of the mission in the Off the Record game files. All text may not be actually used in the final game.


  • If Chuck has a female survivor with him when he talks to John, all four survivors will join instantly. But Rebecca Chang does not count.
  • Gretchen Peregrine stumbled upon the Brains over Brawn group and posted her negative impressions on the Tape It Or Die blog.[1]
  • In the PC game missions.txt file, the situation where the nerds will follow if Chuck has a girl is called "IsThereaGirl".
  • Similar to most missions, there are additional items during this mission listed in missions.txt. But this mission has a extremely large amount of additional items:
    • Bench, Particle_Board, Pallet, CardboardCutout, TwoByFour (4), Bucket, SledgeHammer, Pizza, Snack (2), Cookies (2), LargeSoda (4), BoardGame, Mannequin_Female (2), ServbotMask (4), Bench, Shampoo, RCHelicopter, WaterGun, GoblinMask.

The message screen for this mission states:

GOAL: Investigate the Nerds
A group of young men are playing board games in a store in South Plaza.





  1. Gretchen Peregrine, I May be a Horrible Person for Posting This, But..., Tape it or Die, (September 9, 2010).

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