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Dead Rising is the first of the three Dead Rising games released for the XBOX 360 (First two) and the XBOX One. All in all a good game, which can be quite scary at times. The graphics are good and it has a certain entertaining factor to it which will appeal to many. It's a shame that there are limited save points, which can be very frustrating because the bosses are tough and there are zombies everywhere! So when you do save the game you feel comfortable. There is also a time limit, which is important for the game, but is also quite annoying. All in all a good game which is why I rated it 3/5.
Story: You are Frank West, a journalist who is looking for the scoop of his life! You fly to this town that is under military lockdown and after taking some pictures you find that not all is well! After some military choppers try and take your helicopter down, you land on the roof of a mall and there you story begins!
Gameplay: A fun game, however it really does get very dull! The fact that Capcom has managed to pull of replicating a zombie film is by no means a small feat! The engine that runs Dead Rising is fantastic and at no time is their a drop in frame rate as the hordes of undead come towards you! The main feature about Dead Rising is the multitude of ways you can kill the undead! It is possible to hit them with golf bats and shoot them, however you can use more mundane ways such as lawnmower or a serv bot head! There are also many crazy bosses located within the game, each with their own traits that you must work out and find their weaknesses! There are a multitude of ways to complete the game, from you just staying in a cupboard and surviving for 3 days to actually bothering with the storyline! The gameplay does get very repetitive when you have to constantly keep killing zombies to level up your character and gain extra attacking moves and health!
Graphics & sound: The undead have never sounded so great, with surround sound you hear the undead all around you trying to each you! The engine as already mentioned holds up great and each zombie has a nice amount of detail!
Online: There is no online multiplayer mode!
Dont get me wrong Dead Rising is a fun game but it has flaws which are seriously annoying the idea of playing to a set time can be a nice touch when you first play the game but it gets tiresome travelling back and forth to continue with primary missions. Again the time factor plays a part in the secondary missions which which often collide with one another and I found myself wanting to everything all in one play thorugh which is just not possible.
The best part of the game is obvious killing zombies in a mall yet capcom could have at least extended the game a bit to let the user leave the mall area and work your way round the local town. The boss fights are extremely difficult leading to multiple deaths and multiple replays which is frustrating especially if you were heading to a part of the mall specifically for a weapon or part of mission then you are all of a sudden put in a random boss fight who have an unrealistic amount of health.
The choice of weapons though is second to none. The various endings is a nice touch to the game making it worth a replay to commit to an alternative ending.
Dead Rising is a classic game on the XBOX 360 that has just spawned a sequel that is currently selling by the bucket-load! This original game borrows much from George.A.Romero's Dawn Of The Dead (and in fact the makers were successfully sued by Romero for stealing his idea!) whilst still managing to establish an original story-line that sees journalist, Frank, being dropped off in a Mall in a bid to be the first reporter to break the story of a flesh-eating zombie outbreak!
At first, Frank thinks the town has just gone mad and that civillians are rioting but quickly he learns the truth! Not just that the town has been taken over by the undead but also that the situation is part of a far-reaching conspiracy that has further consequences for the rest of The United States as well!
With 72 hours until the helicopter returns to pick him up, Frank must decide whether to help the other survivors in the Mall, take on the psychopaths who have decided to turn the current situation to their advantage or try to gather as much evidence as possible to break the story of a lifetime!
Or of course, he could just find somewhere to hide out for 72 hours.....
With total free reign as to how you play the game and with a multitude of weapons at your disposal (anything that can be picked up except food can be used as a weapon) this game is a zombie enthusiasts wet dream come true! Doing tasks gives you PP points that help you level up and with each new level you attain, you learn new abilities to help you survive. Like I have mentioned, you can follow the scoops and complete the storyline that will see you breaking the true story to the outside world or you can just run around causing mayhem or being a good samaritan to your hearts content! It is up to you how you choose to play it and with several different endings, this is a game with much longevity.
The graphics are not great but then this is an older game and when the script comes up on the screen, it is sometimes difficult to read but apart from that, this game is near faultless!
And one thing it certainly is is good fun to play!
Now how many of you saw Dawn of the Dead and thought 'Yeah that would make a rockin game!'? Well Dead Rising is just that. Released in 2006 by Capcom (they seem to love zombies over at capcom) for the Xbox 360.
Fresh and innovative
Can get very repetitive
Too many missions, not enough time
Not incredibly scary
Gameplay - 9/10
This is what really sells this game. All you do is quite literally beat the living crap out of zombies with anything and everything you can find. And when i say anything i mean anything - shovels, flash-lights, beach balls, baseball bat, various firearms the list goes on. While out and about in the mall you may come across some survivors who you need to escort back to the safe zone, some of which simply follow you, others you need to carry. As the game progress's more areas and weapons become available as well as more baddies like the insane yellow coat cultists (do NOT let them get too close....you've been warned). The outside area also allows you to partake in zombie slaughter via motorised vehicles, which is terribly fun until said vehicle breaks down in the middle of a swarm.
Story - 7/10
Seen Dawn of the Dead? Yeah? There you go, that's the story. Nah just kidding, well kinda. The story does appear to be very similar to DotD in that there's a bunch of survivors to outlive a zombie apocalypse in a typical US shopping mall. However with Dead Rising you play as Frank West, a journalist who sneaks his way into the mall (must be crazy) in order to the scoop of the century. You encounter a few survivors at the start who throughout the game proceed to advise you on your next goal, whether it be part of the main plot of helping some trapped survivor. Now I don't wanna ruin too much bout the story but i will say that if you have ever played any of Capcom's Resident Evil games then you already pretty much most the plot. Evil guy wants to encourage zombie apocalypse, good guy wants to stop him, saving people, lots of deaths, girls etc etc. To be honest with you i cant really say if the story is awesome or not as I was just in it for some zombie head busting.
Not a great deal to say here. Fairly generic next-gen 360 graphics which means its fairly pretty. Unusually for most horror games the game makes use of bright colours as opposed to dreary undertones as seen in games such as Silent Hill. Even more unusual is that this unorthodox method of displaying colours actually works really well. The most impressive element though is the zombies. Beautifully done and enough variety in models to keep the repetition down. The real corker here is that the game engine allows for up to 800 actors to be on screen at once. Let me refraise that, 800 zombies. At once. Really doesn't get much more epic then that.
The sound is unusual in this game as it creates a degree of normality in a very abnormal situation. The background music is for the most part made of typical jingles heard in your average shopping mall which sharply contrasts what is actually going on. The only time the music changes is during key moments or places in the game like for example when your in a boss fight. The sound FX are pretty standard there - gut wrenching sounds when you slice open a zombie, wood on bone when a carefully planned swing of a bat contacts the skull etc etc. Overall nothing that really stands out. Some games like Silent Hill use sound to create atmosphere and tension whereas here it simply compliments what's going on, rather then directly influencing the game.
Scare Factor 6/10
Thing is, I cant really decide whether this game is scary or not. Sure there are moments that get the heart pumping but there's not enough consistent scares to make the game as a whole scary. I'd probably put in the same category as Doom 3 in that it certainly has a 'shock'' factor in that there are moments that catch you off guard, so if you find them scary then yeah ok this is a scary game, but for me it was just missing that something extra that would make me change my underwear 3 times an hour.
Final Score = 74%
I am a massive zombie fan and with the imminent release of Dead Rising 2 I thought it necessary to write a review for the first game. It was only released on xbox 360, unlike the second one which will be released on several other platforms. The game focuses around Frank and his fight for survival in a shopping mall against hordes of zombies and physco's. The main game type is 72 hour mode where by you have 72 hours to roam the mall completing missions and figuring out what's happened (72 hours is not in real time so you can complete it quicker).
The story line/plot is to some extent irrelevant. The main focus of this game is to kill zombies is a massive variety of ways. There are countless weapons available through the mall, all of which finish zombies is different ways...my personal favourite being the law mower. The mall also provides food, drink various outfits and games.
The graphics are very good with the physics working quite well. The mall is a decent size and gives you a fairly large area to explore and lots of things to play with.
I highly recommend this game for a bit of mindless fun. If you are a zombie fan and like the movie Dawn of the Dead then this game is defiantly for you. Whilst the basis of the game is similar to the film, the game is by no way endorsed by George A romero. Whilst I recommend this game I would suggest waiting until the second one is released in the very near future.
Dead rising is one of the most unique games I have ever played. A mall full of zombies? Check! An array of weapons to keep yourself alive? Check! Survivors who need rescuing? Check! Crazy psycopaths? Check! Literally all you could want is crammed in to the willamette mall. As photo journalist Frank you have to save the day! Take this game with a pinch of salt and have fun with it as you can literally do what you want to the mass of zombies waiting whether you want to throw diamonds at them, swing a guitar or go for the more obvious chainsaw,you cant help but enjoy yourself.
On the negative though the 3rd person way this game is played can be annoying at times but is obviously the only way to play. My only other fault with the game comes to some bad AI with the fact that the survivors you come across are so suicidal they have no will to live at all. This can make your life very difficult when you are just starting out with the game and have th very little health and item slots.
That said the plot more than makes up for any negatives and is full of surprises. Plus its not just the orignal 72 hour mode you can play, it gets more fun with overtime mode and infinity mode!
The first thing to say is this...I AM A ZOMBIE FAN!!! There, I've said it, you all know it now and hopefully will realise that I will be looking at this game from a stand point where by I think zombies are a brilliant sci-fi & Horror concept and great fun!!!
I have to say also that this is the first game I have played on my Xbox 360 and indeed I got the console just to play this...albeit somewhat belatedly!!!
The game sees you take on the role of Frank West, a freelance photojournalist, as he travels to the town of Willamette, Colorado to investigate a tip off he has had regarding some kind of civil unrest. He is taken to the remote town by helicopter and enroute notices that there are military road blocks being put in place around the town. While flying over the town Frank witnesses strange behaviour on the streets, a mob attacking a guy who is stood on top of his car, a woman on a roof top surrounded by people. None of it makes any sense.
All of a sudden three military helicopters appear and chase the helicopter Frank is in. He tells the pilot to drop him off on top of the shopping mall where there is a helipad, and to come back to pick him up in 72 hours. Frank enters the mall via the securty offices and comes across a group of people hurredly barricading the doors to the all, outside of which there is a huge group of zombies.
One mad old woman (isn't there always one...) whilst trying to save her dog opens the door and in flood the zombies, rushing to escape, Frank and three others make it to the security office and the door is welded shut... Now the real fun begins... In 72 hours the helicopter will return, all you need to do is be there for it, and still be alive...
Playing as Frank you have free reign over what you do and how you do it. If you want to learn more about the storyline you can complete tasks called cases that progress the story and explain what is going on, however, you have no obligation to do this. You can literally do what you want, if you decide to just run about killing zombies and having fun, that is entirely up to you!!!
In addition to the cases, there are are also what are known as scoops, a chap called Otis gives you a radio and calls you on it from time to time to tell you about various things for example survivors trapped in certain locations etc. If you decide to you can go and rescues them....or you can forget all about them and continue in your own way doing your own thing.
As well as the GTA style gameplay, allowing you to do what you like, there are also some RPG type elements. For example, Frank has a camera with him and you can take photos during the game which earn you experience points, as you earn more of these you 'level up' giving you better skills for example new combat moves. this adds a little more depth to the game if you like as it allows you to develop your character...albeit rather more limitedly than in a full rpg.
Now, I've only played the game for a few hours and as such have not done much regarding the plot as to be honest I'm more of a casual gamer and have concentrated on the very enjoyable sport of zombie killing, which I have to say has thus far proven to be really good.
The weapons system in the game is amazing, there are so many objects you can pick up and use as weapons it is incredible, and there is so much fun to be had!!! I have not used a huge number yet but have taken great delight in beating zombies to death with a baseball bat and have had many a laugh in doing so.
Graphically this game is really quite something, the mall looks just like any mall you might see in an American film or on tv, with various different departments and, different levels and loads of shops! There is plenty to explore and loads of places to get lost in!!!
The zombies are just what I was hoping they would be, there are loads of them and they are pretty much perfect, fairly slow and easy to avoid most of the time but they can suddenly pounce and get you in huge numbers making things much more tricky and certainly raising the tension and your heart rate.
With huge amounts of weapons and huge amounts of zombies, it pretty much goes without saying, this is a very violent game and one which children really shouldn't be playing!!! However, beinga responsible adult I find it great fun and I'm sure as I get more into the plot of the game it'll just get even better...though there is the possibility that I'll just keep on running around having fun and never getting to the plot... but who cares, games are about fun and if I enjoy doing that, then it's nice that the game allows me to do so.
If you've ever watched Romero's Dawn of the Dead, or indeed the remake and thought about how what you would do in the same situation then you are sure to love this game!!!
If you've ever watched George A. Romero's masterful 1978 zombie film Dawn of the Dead, you've probably been waiting for a game that allows you to lay waste to a shopping mall full of zombies en masse. Dead Rising is just such a game; a violent, absurd, thoroughly irresponsible game that's exceedingly simple, but extremely fun as a result.
The game pits you as Frank West, a regular Joe who arrives at a mall that is overrun with thousands of the living dead. He arms up with whatever he can find lying around the mall to take down the zombies with, be it a garden pitchfork or a lawnmower. The game has a loose storyline but really it's quite inconsequential: the goal is to survive the invasion for 3 days (which equates to about six hours of play), using whatever means possible to destroy as many of the zombies as you can.
That's all the game is about - killing zombies - and those expecting any depth are going to want to return to Capcom's better known Resident Evil games. This is a totally absurd, careles, B-movie esque game that has no pretensions to a nuanced story and is just concerned with having you eviscerate a fleet of zombies in some incredibly horrific and imaginative ways. My personal favourite is the ability to use a huge pneumatic drill which can be bored through a zombie, and then used to fling them around. Also, you can comandeer vehicles and make a rather glorious mess of the zombies.
There is one major drawback, and that's that you can only operate one save file at once, yet given that I was expecting to find the game boring after a while, I was impressed that it held my attention throughout. This isn't high-art, but it is extremely fun and well worth adding to your collection.
The front cover of Dead Rising carries the disclaimer "This game was not developed, approved or licensed by the owners or creators of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead". This says an awful lot about the game if you're familar with Romero's 'Dead' films particularly Dawn of the Dead as Dead Rising puts you in familiar territory, put simply, a shopping mall full of zombies.
Beneath the surface the similarities continue, in spite of carrying an 18 certificate and featuring an awful lot of violence there's a humour behind all of it as the game challenges you to kill the thousands (yes thousands) of zombies in very imaginative ways using a huge array of weapons such as katanas, chainsaws and machine guns as well as general mall furniture like bowling balls, parasols and frozen baguettes. The game wants you to experiment and have fun and you're rewarded with a kill count that adorns the bottom corner of the screen.
You are photojournalist Frank West, a very ordinary guy who's just investigating 'unusual events'. He's no conventional action game hero and a refreshing alternative as a hero to the likes of the invulnerable Master Chief and the like.
Much like Capcom's other better established Zombie series Resident Evil, Dead Rising is not universally loved. For all of Resident Evil's undoubted atmosphere and polish the control system has meant that some have never warmed to the series. Qusetions like why can't I shoot while running? Or just press back to run backwards? Are legitimate concerns but Resident Evil's slower approach to control contributes to the game's tension and status as survival horror. If you could jump around freely like Dante from Devil May Cry the game wouldn't work.
Dead Rising's Marmite factor is its controversial save system. The game doesn't have levels as such and is designed to be played through several times to be completed properly and permit levelling up your abilities. When you save a game you are presented with the option to Save and Continue which is exactly what it sounds like. The other option is Save and Quit now if you've played any other adventure type game you'll be familiar with this term and its application in the game. In Dead Rising however to save and quit is to save your current level as a character but to quit the game entirely for you to restart the game's story from scratch. For me this system is fine but is poorly worded, a point not helped for some by the game limiting where you can save to a few remote locations in the mall. Because of this any venture out from the confines of your cosy save location brings inherent risk as zombies are literally everwyhere, often in clusters of hundreds like in the underground tunnels. This does cause you to behave in a different way and plot your route around the map in advance to avoid the more populated areas and the games multiple bosses which generate at specific times in certain locations. It's a brilliant balance of risk and reward.
The game's save system is not its only genre challenging feature. The game lasts only three days with Frank's watch showing you a countdown. One hour of game time equates to 5 minutes play time and after the six hours of play time the game ends, your ending, successful or otherwise dictated by how you performed and how dealt with the game's story with plot points and bosses triggering at specific times and once only. What this means that you may need to be in a certain location at a specific time to continue the story and progress, often a distance from your save point and often with limited time to get there so you can find yourself running between locations gathering supplies like weapons and food which you must eat to regenerate health.
Once you understand how Dead Rising works (it took me a while) it really does become a very enjoyable ride. After successfully completing the main story mode you can unlock 'Overtime Mode' where you can spend up to seven game days in the mall (14 hours) but all save spots are gone, bosses spawn randomly in the game world and worst of all your health gradually decreases through time, requiring you to risk everything and venture out for food and supplies and begin your survival as death really is death. An absolutely brilliant idea in my opinion if very daunting.
Compared with Resident Evil 5, Dead Rising maybe looks a bit dated now but seeing a horizon populated with thousands of zombies still doesn't fail to impress each time as you decide how you're going to kill each and every last one of them.
Trapped in a mall. Armed with a camera...and a nosy personality.
Dead Rising brings out all that is truly superb in the genre of zombie survival. In trying to discover what the heck has happened to the many thousands of townsfolk now trying to chew on his limbs, Frank West the photographer must kick, stab, shoot and generally cause mayhem amongst the undead hordes. Utilizing Havok engine physics, Dead Rising quite literally surrounds you with hundreds upon hundreds of zombies that you have to either avoid skilfully or completely erase. And that's the beauty of being in a mall where you can pick up practically ANYTHING. This means that whilst you can shoot and stab zombies with weapons plundered from the guns and swords stores, you can also throw Frisbees, shoot toy guns and batter them with plastic lightsabers that light up and play amusing sounds when you thwack an enemy.
There are several different game modes for Dead Rising which can be unlocked by progressing and finishing the one before. These modes are:
1. 72 Hour Mode - Frank has just 72 hours to find out the story behind the zombie outbreak before the chopper returns and he has to escape.
2. Overtime Mode - There's an extra 24 hours for Frank that wraps up the events of the previous 72 hours and provides a more detailed end to the storyline.
3. Infinity Mode - Frank's health does degenerates and he has to eat and drink to keep from starving to death. The aim is quite basically to survive against the zombies, psychopaths and now-hostile survivors for as long as possible.
To summarise, Dead Rising is a brilliant example of the zombie survival genre. The vast array of weaponry available makes killing zombies a non too repetitive task, and with some of the hilarious options available, a gleefully fun task! The storyline is not completely terrible but does lack comprehension at some times, but the overall story is relatively engrossing.
However, Dead Rising does have several faults that detract significant fun from playing the game. The first of which is it is notoriously difficult to progress in the beginning due to low health, weak attacks and general lack of moves. As well as this it sometimes comes to the point where there is no way of reaching an area where you aren't going to be attacked and can stock up on weaponry again.
The other problem that many people will find incredibly annoying is that they cannot read any of the text in the game. This is because Dead Rising was developed for HDTV and therefore if the game is running on a standard definition screen the text becomes squashed together and blurred.
Dead rising is an excellent mix of gore, hilarity and randomness! You play Frank - a reporter sent to a remote town on a hot lead. You are airlifted by helicopter to a shopping mall and the game is set within the time restraints of being collected again in 3 days. It quickly becomes apparent that the town has become overrun with zombies and there are several people in the mall still unaffected and trying to survive.
The great thing about the game is that you can use anything to dispatch the undead and there are hundreds of them! Swinging guitars, ramming severed hands down their throats, throwing dinner plates and running a shopping trolley into crowd. It gets to be even more gruesome when you discover guns, the samurai sword, chainsaw and cars in the underground.
The storyline is unbelievably random! You come across a multitude of freaks and once you defeat each one there's a cut scene explaining how they became so screwed up in the head. It's a laugh from start to finish but can also get intense whilst trying to rescue stragglers and keep them from being munched or when fighting bosses to upbeat music tracks.
As your skill level progresses by killing every 100 zombies and completing missions, you acquire new skills like fly kicks, tackling and head twists which just adds to the infinite ways of messing with zombies.
The game is long too which meant I was at it for weeks and once complete you can't wait to start again and beat you head count!
Hmmmm when i first got this game i thought.. sounds a bit cheesy but lets give it a go. Boy how was i wrong. This games has to be one of the most varied game plays i have ever seen, on the one had it is so funny and entertaining but on the other hand there is a good story line to stick to at the same time.
You start off as a rising reporter Frank. who is trying to get one of the best scoops on news possible until he encounters this. Frank lands on the roof of shopping mall with his helicoptor only to go inside to see countless helpless shoppers trying to barricade themselve in for the ravaging zombies. Frank has a day untill his ride comes to pick him up so you have in the games terms a day to keep the zombies at bay. and save survivors.
Gameplay could not of been better in my point of view was absolutely great, with the ability to roam round all of the shopping mall picking up nearly anything to use as a weapon from a parasol to Hi-jacking great war axes from old Antique shops. On the other hand there was only one thing that left me dissapointed which would be no Online mode. I think an Online mode would of really done that game some good and made it even more entrertaining.
All together great game 4/5
Everyone will always be amused by zombies. Especially if there is a Mall that is swarmed with zombies. Dead Rising is exactly that.
The plot is very fascinating and odd. At some times you have to hang around a certain place and do nothing and it is critical to the flow of the missions. So if you miss it, you will have start all over again! Harsh. Though the more fun points is that there is always interesting and funny ways to kill zombies. Such as bowling balls, frisbees, CD's, dishes, orange carton. There are also some very brutal ways, machete, samurai sword, sledge hammer etc. You can also do things like attach samurai swords to a motor cycle and ram zombies, killing mass amounts!
The graphics are very good which give you the full experience and the music is appropriate and somewhat changing the gruesomeness of it all. Like soft mall music while crushing a zombies head to a pulp with a sledge hammer!
Overall, a very good game, but the only bad point would be if you save the game at the wrong time, meaning to early or late, you have to do the whole mission again. But still a 5 star-er.
Dead rising may appear to be just an over the top whack a zombie game, but trust me its not. Infact it has a solid story with main objectives and side missions, filled to the brim with enough zombies and weapons and clothes to change into to keep you entertained for hours on end.
you play as photojournalist frank west who is in pursuit of storys and pictures front page worthy. It doesnt take him long before he has his first cover story, the entire mall par a few survivors and occasional physcopath are zombies.
You must defend yourself from these zombies in order to stay alive using anything and everything from mowing them down with a lawnmower, to smashing thier skulls with baseball bats or plantpots or maybe chopping off thier heads with scythes or slicing them in two with the katana and thats just to name a few. Anything you find can be used as a weapon even a novelty mask can be used to great effect by putting on a zombies head leaving them blinded and easy targets.
As well as saving yourself you may chose to save some of the other survivors by escorting them to the security room with is zombie free and a safe house. Successfully escorting survivors will result in gaining pp. Pp stands for prestige points and the more pp you gain the higher the level you will become. With each level gained you will recive a boost in one of your abilitys.
You can take a photo whenever you want during gameplay and you can get awarded pp for photos. You get more pp if they have a genre the genres are: drama, horror, erotica and outtakes. You also recive pp for reaching certain milestones like every 100 zombies killed and a big bonus for every 1000 killed.
But one major fault i have with this game is that the save system is a bit hit and miss. You can only save in certain areas (safe points), and often to get to the save points you will have to get past a mass of zombies. While trying to get past them you may be low on health so if you eat some food (or drink) you will gain certain amounts of health depending on the food (or drink) you eat.
You can however carry food with you aswell as weapons in your stock. the amount of stock you carry increases with levels so the higher level you are the more stock you can carry at once. With the stock you can only carry small portable objects like food baseball bats and guns.
All in all i would say this game is very entertaining but the save system gets very annoying at times and can get a bit repetitive, even with 100's of weapons at your disposal.
Grab environmental objects like umbrellas and benches to use as improvised weapons. Chow down on various mall food to revive health. Huge environment expansive indoor and outdoor areas of the mall provide a variety of different locations to explore. Intense gore and vibrant realism.