Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition
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The Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition includes the ultimate open-world zombie game along with four downloadable content packs. Team up with other survivors to explore the city of Los Perdidos and fight your way out before a military strike wipes the city off the map. Welcome to the Apocalypse, where your zombie slaying thrills await.
Anything and everything is a weapon in Dead Rising 3. Explore the zombie-infested city of Los Perdidos, and find a way to escape before a military strike wipes the entire city, and everyone in it, off the map. With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you explore, scavenge and fight to survive in a massive open world on the brink of a zombie apocalypse.
Welcome to Los Perdidos– Set 10 years after the events in Fortune City players are taken to the massive open and infected world of Los Perdidos while being immersed in action and stunning visuals.
All the survival horror action comes to PC:
Fully optimized to run at a high resolution, the PC release includes full Steam and game controller support.
More zombies than ever before:
The zombies are smarter and deadlier than ever with intelligent AI and shared awareness forcing players to employ all their cunning skills and creativity to stay alive.
Hundreds of unique combo weapons and vehicles:
Combine and customize hundreds of pieces found throughout the sandbox world including the gruesome Boom Cannon weapon or the Party Slapper vehicle.
Face the horror alone or with a friend:
Join forces with a friend for endless zombie killing mayhem and earn experience points that carry back to your single player experience.
One of the best games of the year is sadly unoptimized for PCDooleh | Sept. 13, 2014 | See all Dooleh's reviews »
First of all I should address the performance problems, the game is not optimized very well, and is unplayable for many people right now.
I was able to play it (and enjoy it) with an acceptable frame rate (for me at least), uncapped from 30 and with texture resolution set to 720p (which doesn't look as bad as you might think).
I was averaging ~40fps in most parts of the map, up to 60 in others with dips down to ~20 in cutscenes and 1 particular part of the map (it's actually the geometry in that part of the map that is causing problems, not the amount of zombies on it, the xbox version had frame drops in that part of the city as well, again bad programing at it's finest).
I should add that none of the graphical settings, except the texture resolution (the offered resolutions are 720p/900p/1080p/full), made any difference, which cries bad PC port.
For reference, here are my PC specs:
i7 920 @3Ghz nvidia gtx660ti 8gb ram win7 64bit
(the game was using all 8 cores of my i7, and often @100%, so if you have a higher clocked i5, doesn't necessarily mean you'll get better performance).
Finally after that brief warning, the game review!
The game itself is just pure, unadulterated zombie obliterating fun fest, it is one of the best games I have played this year, and I'm not talking games that came out in 2014, but period.
This game is far apart from any other zombie game out there, including the previous Dead Rising games, which always had you worried about a bunch of timers and zombrex you needed every now and then to prevent a game over screen. Instead, in DR3 you have a long 7 day timer that never makes you feel pressured (I'm pretty sure 1 in-game day is at least 4 hours long), and you can finish up every side quest and still have enough time to get a bunch of collectables and kill tens of thousands of zombies in each chapter.
The main story is pretty much what you'd think... get your friends, escape the city, profit. But even though the story is nothing to talk about, the voice acting is top-notch, the cutscenes are solid (except the constant dips in frame rate) and all the characters are really likeable, especially Nick.
What really separates this game from the saturated zombie genre is the gameplay. The game has hundreds, if not thousands of zombies on the screen at once, and you get to kill them all with a huge variety of weapons and vehicles you create by finding blueprints scattered around the city. My personal favorites are the electroice staff, which can electrocute or freeze a ton of zombies in a single shot, and the rollerhawg vehicle, which is a fire spitting mix of a steam roller and a Harley, driving that thing through hordes of zombies feels like walking through freshly fallen snow or popping bubble wrap.
I should mention the co-op mode, where the other player assumes the role of Nick's friend Dick. I didn't bother trying out the co-op, though (with the exception of doing it for that hilariously named achievement for the Playfire reward :P), but I would imagine it's crazy fun if you have a good friend to play it with.
Finally, it's worth noting that the game is incredibly easy, and you can finish it without dying even once on the default difficulty, so maybe go the nightmare mode way if you want a challenge.
My final score for the game itself, disregarding the optimization issues - 9/10
One of my favorite Zombie GamesRyukrieger | Sept. 10, 2014 | See all Ryukrieger's reviews »
.... but not my favorite Dead Rising game. First, if you judge the game based on previous games. - Better: bigger world, more "ridiculous" weapons, more "sidequests" - Worse: The game feels easier and the characters aren't as interesting. (You can counter-balance the difficulty by playing in Nightmare mode, I recommend that once you finish normal mode..... or you can try to be suicidal and play nightmare mode right off the bat)
On its own, the game is really really fun, especially if you've got someone else to co-op with you. All the massive destruction on the zombie hordes, all the ridiculous weapons, they're really fun to play. The main character despite being a completely mass-(zombie) murderer, he still whimpers all the time, even after doing 100+ combos (which doesn't make sense, does it?) But gameplay-wise, it's just fun to mow down zombie with your combo weapons, it's fun to crush and drive over (literally) dozens and hundreds of zombies. You see I mentioned the word "hundreds", because that's literally it, I managed to get to 200+ combos not too long ago in almost one road and only stopped because my weapon broke or I wasn't quick enough to go to the next mass of zombie (and totally miss the first attack).
If you want a lot of fun, yes, the game is 99% fun (since nothing is perfect). But if you want to experience of Dead Rising game that keep driving you to the wall because time keeps ticking, then you'll feel this one is much easier since there's just a lot of time, I'm nearly level 30 and I still have nearly 5 days left (4 days and 10+hours), then you'll be disappointed. This game gets an 82 from me because while I think its time-attack aspect is lacking, it's a lot of fun to play. No game is perfect and it's only a personal opinion! PS: This game has some optimization problem before the time of review, when you see this, it may or may not be fixed, just check around.
Kill zombies?MrBongoGT | Sept. 10, 2014 | See all MrBongoGT's reviews »
This is my first Dead Rising game and I must say it was pretty boring. There's zombies everywhere which I doubt is a surprise for a Dead Rising game but the game gets boring when you kill so many zombies, which happens pretty fast. After a while I ended up just avoiding every zombie and doing the story. The weapons don't last very long which is a nuisance if you want to kill them. I do know about certain weapons, perks, books, and whatnot but honestly what's the point in getting them when I can just drive over the zombies I want to kill? You can grind to lvl 50 pretty fast, after that I don't see a point in killing a single zombie.
Performance issues? I had none. I was worried as early reviews said there was FPS issues but I unlocked the 30fps cap and had no fps trouble. I have a single 680 but have heard there are laptop issues and sli issues.
PS: I actually did have an issue with audio dying in game. Wasn't my speakers or computer and the game audio would randomly come back at times. I wasn't in a populated area when the noise went out. Infact it came back while I was running over a heard of zombies. A simple restart of the game fixed it and it never came back.
TLDR: 50/100, replay=0, killing zombies can get boring after a while but it was fun while it lasted, a sort of stress relief.
More of the Same, but barrels of funmuddykumb | Sept. 8, 2014 | See all muddykumb's reviews »
Dead rising 3 is more of the same of what we know, and that isn't a bad thing at all. Let me start by pointing out the negatives, at the time of release there are a few random frame rate issues and accessing the steam in game overlay can cause the game to freeze. They are my main two faults with this game. Saying this the game was very playable apart from these minor two annoyances. Anyway, onto the story, which is your bog standard escape the zombie infested city, so if you're looking for a masterpiece is storytelling this isn't the game for you. The single player game took me around 29 hours to complete (with the side missions and looking for the collectables) If you don't fancy playing on your own then you can play the whole story in Co-op mode online.
So the story is bog standard, but that doesn't matter as the gameplay is fantastic, and that's the important thing. There are over 300 weapon combos to make and dozens of vehicle combos, most of which are a lot of fun to use. There's a shed load of zombies in this game, on screen at any one time you can have around a thousand and killing them is as satisfying as ever. Dead rising 3 is nice and gory, beheading, dismemberment and disembowelment, everything a good zombie game should have. The vehicles and weapons feel good to drive and use, and as stated before there's no shortage of choice. I found dead rising 3 a lot easier than its predecessor. Although the gameplay is great fun i have a few bugbears with the friendly AI, they will walk in front of you while you're firing at zombies and they also take their time getting into your vehicles.
Dead rising 3 has pretty decent graphics, nothing groundbreaking but solid nonetheless. There are a few minor issues with pop in objects, but they're so rare it's barely worth mentioning.
Taking all into consideration maybe Dead rising 3 deserved to be scored at less that 8/10 on release, however it's just too much fun. If you can overlook some frame rate issues here and there and sometimes irritating friendly Ai, then dead rising 3 is something you should defiantly check out. Top stuff.
Fantastic game, bad port!tomdoughnut | Sept. 6, 2014 | See all tomdoughnut's reviews »
I've been playing this game solidly since it has been releases and I love it, it's sooo much fun, however like many people are saying, the port itself is very bad. There are noticeable frame rate dips throughout the game no matter what settings you have on. If Capcom fix these issues then I could not recommend the game enough, but for now I'd wait and see if they fix any of these issues.