Frank West, a freelance photojournalist on the hunt for the scoop of a lifetime, pursues a juicy lead to a small suburban town only to find that it is being overrun by zombies! He escapes to the local shopping mall thinking it will be a bastion of safety, but it turns out to be anything but. It's a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but with full reign over an entire shopping center, Frank can utilize anything to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic.
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It's been awhile since I played the original release of Dead Rising, but I didn't notice anything new in this version other than slightly improved graphics. Most remasters really don't look very different to me because developers re-release recent games that already looked good anyway, rather than remaster games from the 80s and 90s that would benefit greatly from getting remastered. It's still the same great game that was released years ago on XBOX, but now playable on the PC. You get to run around a fairly large shopping mall, killing hordes of zombies using anything you can find at your disposal, including bats, benches, guns, chairs, fire extinguishers, shopping carts, frying pans, etc. There are a good amount of missions, some of which are timed, and the story is fairly decent. People can live or die based on how long it takes you to get to them or whether or not you are able to protect them as you escort them to safety. There's also a bunch of side missions and you get graded on your performance, so that adds some replay value to try and get S ranks so you can get all the unlockables. If you've never played this game before, buy it because it's a lot of fun and you will spend hours playing it. If you have played it in the past, wait for a sale because there's no new content.
I absolutely loved playing this game! I had a blast killing zombies any which way I could. The graphics are outstanding for this oldish game, and the plot really keeps you enthralled in what is happening. I especially like the detail the creators put into all of the tiny nooks within the mall. The overall mechanics are great as well, with nice seamless shooting in third person.
Originally released in 2006 on Xbox 360, Dead Rising is an action game where you play as Frank West, a journalist who happens to be trapped inside a gigantic mall invaded by zombies. You have three days to rescue every survivors and to discover what happened here. Yes, three days. This is the most important aspect of the Dead Rising franchise : there is a time limit. You must manage your time and organize yourself to explore the mall, save everyone and progress in the main story. This is not easy but that's what makes it interesting. It's a very fun action game with very creative ways to kill the zombies and very entertaining boss fights. The game has a good replay value and runs very well on a good PC. Dead Rising is fun and you must play it.
After ten years the original Dead Rising finally comes to the PC. With how the last series entry turned out on the PC and how some console ports of the original went you might have been worried about the quality of this version but they have done a good job and the game runs well with the features that you would expect the PC version to have. This isn't going to be a game for everyone as it does limit save slots, you need to keep track of time and learn the layout of the mall quickly, and the AI of the people you try to save is terrible and can lead to many cheap situations. If you are willing to look past what many would see as flaws (the AI is definitely a flaw), you will find an entertaining and humorous game that also does a decent job with the zombie genre and at offering different endings depending on things you do or if you fail to reach certain events in time. Dead Rising is a game worth checking out if you missed the 360 version.
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