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An overzealous freelance photojournalist, as he struggles to survive an endless stream of zombies.

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Pros

Hours of amusing fun with plenty of side quests and achievements

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Several playing modes for different ways to thrash zombies

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Good and interesting sotryline

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Thousands of weapon possibilities

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Very replayable

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Hundreds of zombies on screen at once

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Open design gives you a lot of choice in how you want to play

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Good voice acting

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Cool bosses

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Great sense of atmosphere that captures the dread and horror of the situation

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Fun fun fun!

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Great ending

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Great online content downloads; extra costumes

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Multiple endings

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Exclusive to XBOX 360

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Can be found for very cheap now

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Cons

Getting constantly interrupted by new missions and walkie-talkie calls gets annoying

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No online play; Leaderboards only

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You have to load every time you go to a new section of the mall, which is especially annoying when going clear to the other side

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Control issues (aiming is annoying)

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Boss battles can be overly difficult

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Failing certain missions will end the game

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Takes too long to increase Frank's level

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Almost TOO many things to do, can be overwhelming

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Unpredictable enemy/weapon respawning

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"Breakable" weapons get really frustrating

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Book system is too limiting

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Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overzealous freelance photojournalist, as he struggles to survive an endless stream of zombies. Players will have full reign of a realistic shopping center, utilizing anything they find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic. Dead Rising features action RPG like gameplay in that players can level up the main character in special attribute categories and unlock new and unique skills for use during gameplay. Anything within the mall can be used as a weapon to fight the zombie hordes including bats, uzis, toy swords, shopping carts, chainsaws, hammers, plants, wooden benches and much much more! Dead Rising also features an incredibly in-depth storyline and a plethora of amusing and unique characters to provide an "endless" supply of continuous, non-repetitive gameplay. Once the story mode is complete several other modes are unlocked to allow different types of gameplay and keep the game fresh. Dead Rising was released on September 8, 2006 and has an MSRP of $59.99. The game was also given an "M" (17+) rating by the ESRB.

Features
  • In depth-storyline
  • Use anything as a weapon
  • Character customization; level up and unlock new skills over time
  • Online content downloads
  • Online leadboards (Survival mode)
  • Extreme zombie graphics
  • Rating: Mature (17+)
  • Release Date: 09/08/2006
  • MSRP: $59.99
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Omar
01/05/2009 11:45

What I love about this game is how they were so consistent in the design. Choice is the key word, and this extends to all aspects of the game from which weapons to use, to when to save, to which ending you'll get. Everything is supported which makes the experience a virtual playground for seeing what will happen next. However, the game's small issues can creep up to completely destroy any desire to experiment.

Case-in-point. I beat the game with the full and proper ending which was a great ride. So good that I started the game up right away to try out the different endings and be a better samaritan, saving more people. This time around I took out the convicts in short order as soon as they arrived to prepare for my rescue missions. I even knew that I should bust up the jeep so they don't respawn. However... I corralled a bunch of survivors, entered the park and BAM there were the convicts mowing everyone down. Because of my game-saving strategy I'd have to replay about an hour of the game to get to that same point. Needless to say, my time is better spent elsewhere and I've shelved the game.

I was willing to put up with these kind of frustrations the first time I played the game, because the reward of seeing what's next was worth it. But now that I've experienced most things, I don't want any frustration at all.

Omar
12/29/2008 04:49

I picked this up the other day and just finished the 72-hour mode... needless to say it's been a very unique experience and I commend the dev team for taking some very big and bold risks. Some of them worked out extremely well, while others can be more of a pain than anything.

One of the innovations that I really like is the replayability aspect. The fact that you can restart your game at any time and keep Frank's upgraded level means you're not punished too much for experimenting. Also, there are so many paths the story of the game can take that trying them all out is extremely fun and interesting.

The one design that I really dislike is the way that weapons are handled. They're upgraded with the book system, you can only carry a limited number of them, and they break after a certain number of uses. Each one of these aspects isn't bad on its own, but when you put them all together it makes for a very limiting experience. I can understand WHY they did it to give the game more tension and force you into difficult choices. But I find it just makes me stick with certain weapons, or play in weird workaround ways to avoid dealing with these limitations.

Also, when fighting a boss or performing a specific mission, if you fail it they should start you off right after the cutscene, even if you didn't save. This would cut down on A LOT of frustration, because some of the bosses are hard and if you're not careful you can go 10 minutes without saving and then die quite quickly. Furthermore, you don't want to save right before a boss because then you can get stuck in an unwinnable situation where you'll have to restart. At the beginning of the game restarting isn't such a big deal, but when you're 10 hours in...

Still, despite these issues it's a great game that I enjoy playing and am looking forward to exploring all the different scenarios that can occur. I can see how these issues would be too much for some people though and make them hate the game.

DamienT98
10/03/2008 06:07

Such a fun game! There are TONS of objects that can be used as weapons, as you play, your powers, life, objects you can carry increases. You can either stick to the storyline or just kill as many zombies as possible!

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