If it’s wacky zombie mayhem you want, now is the best time to boot up those neglected copies of Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record that have almost definitely been sitting in your Steam library, gathering dust. Today, both games have finally dropped support for Games for Windows Live, replacing Microsoft’s DoA gaming service with Valve’s Steamworks.
This move comes with some potential issues however, as the transition only works if you purchased the game(s) on Steam. If you bought a digital copy through GfWL, then you’re stuck with it. The activation code in GfWL retail copies can be redeemed on Steam.
Also worth mentioning is the fact that Marketplace DLC won’t carry over to Steamworks. “DLC content purchased directly from Microsoft’s GFWL Marketplace store will not carry over to Steam due to the lack of CD/activation key,” writes Capcom in a post on their Unity blog.
Both games have tools built in to transfer save data and achievements to Steam, so you won’t lose any of those, and now each game has added support for matchmaking, achievements, leaderboards, cloud saves and, eventually, trading cards.