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Dead Rising

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

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  Fun but Flawed

| | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468)

In pursuit of the story of a lifetime journalist Frank West heads to a small town only to find himself trapped inside a mall surrounded by zombies. The core gameplay itself is undeniably fun, given free rein of the entire mall there is an almost limitless variety of ways to dispatch your undead (and sometimes very much alive) foe.

Unfortunately the game is let down by some strange design choices. Perhaps the most questionable of these is the controversial 'real-time' system that sees events taking place at specific times whether you are there or not. Since there is only one save slot it is quite possible, as I did, to leave yourself insufficient time to reach an event and therefore you are unable to continue with the main story unless you restart from the beginning. The boss fights, particularly the very last one, are also rather dull and unimaginative despite some unique character designs.

Had the developers allowed players greater freedom to take things at their own pace this could have been a truly great game, as it is Dead Rising is a fun but flawed title.

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  Fun but Flawed

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In pursuit of the story of a lifetime journalist Frank West heads to a small town only to find himself trapped inside a mall surrounded by zombies. The core gameplay itself is undeniably fun, given free rein of the entire mall there is an almost limitless variety of ways to dispatch your undead (and sometimes very much alive) foe.

Unfortunately the game is let down by some strange design choices. Perhaps the most questionable of these is the controversial 'real-time' system that sees events taking place at specific times whether you are there or not. Since there is only one save slot it is quite possible, as I did, to leave yourself insufficient time to reach an event and therefore you are unable to continue with the main story unless you restart from the beginning. The boss fights, particularly the very last one, are also rather dull and unimaginative despite some unique character designs.

Had the developers allowed players greater freedom to take things at their own pace this could have been a truly great game, as it is Dead Rising is a fun but flawed title.

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  deadrising is amense!!!!

| | See all josephw's reviews (6)

from the moment u start your ariving into a world of zombies. its not 1 of those games wer u hav 2 do missions its also got pretty awesom side missions, although im not much of a mission person. i jst like runnin a bout killin stuff to be honest BUY THIS GAME! (u wont regret it!)

  Very Addictive, Very Aggitating

| | See all Drelldenied's reviews (189)

This game first of all has one of the least likable and least cool main protaganist ever. You play as Frank, a photographer dropped by helicopter in a mall surrounded by hundreds of zombies. So... evendently, they get in and you have to fend them all off using anything as weapons; from guns to toys and food to tools, solving cases, fighting zombies and bosses and of course, take photos.

Here are the positives to the game;
1. Huge range of weapons to find and use
2. Very explicit and, in many ways, funny gore and bloodshed
3.Literally hundreds of zombies to fight by yourself in one go
4.Hours of gameplay, (if played to every objective/case)
5. Quite addictive (if you have patience)

And the negatives in this game are;
1. No element of fear at all for a zombie game(no scary moments, you will never jump with fright), so can get boring.
2. One pace of movement from the character all the time. It looks like he's hurt when he (awkwardly) runs but he's actually just holding his camera. Very annoying to look at.
3.Not incredible storylines or cutscenes
4.Clothes pickups. No interesting ones and once put on cannot be taken off, unless replaced with an apparel item of the same body part.
5.The most aggitating thing in the entire game is that when you die you have to go back to the VERY START of the level, which can set you back hours, largely because there are no checkpoints and about two save points which are miles apart from each other.

In conclusion, it's a great game if you like just killing zombies but you have to be prepared to be set back a long time when you die, thus you need to a very cool head and patience for this game.

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  GREAT!!

| | See all tanavar's reviews (4)

Great game, had it for a while now and still playing, there is an endless amount of things you can do!!

A great way to pass time!!

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  relive the nightmare

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Sweet if u ever wanted to try and live through a zombie nightmare this is great and the best thing is! U can be a coward or be a hero and i like to smash zombies with near enough anything in the mail so yes i love it

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  good but boring

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The story is ok but be advised that this game gets very boring just killing zombies. And there is no online for this game which sucks but dead rising 2 will have online services

  Not What Was Expected

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Like many others I purchased this based on others reviews and was sorely disappointed it's just boring way too many zombies which means you die hundreds of times and then have to load from your last save and loose all your achievements after your last save it is very frustrating. Some enemies require shooting but the aiming dynamics truly suck so I would not bother with that just use melee weapons and just hope it does not break in the middle of a bloody battle or you guessed it, you die. What the game needed was an intuitive lock on ability so you could run while locked on and then tap left or right to lock on to the next target but you do not get that which is a shame. Not many games bore me to the piont where I do not want to play anymore but this is one, not a good buy Avoid.

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  A classic

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This was one of the first games I bought for my 360 I and still play it every so often because it is so fun. The graphics, although starting to show their age, are still excellent and the sound (catchy mall music) is awesome. The fact that anything can be used as a weapon, combined with thousands of zombies, creates the perfect zombie killing game. I found the story to be enjoyable (despite the fact it is essentially on a timer). There are also six endings, leaving room for multiple play throughs.

There are several flaws, such as the save system, awkward aiming system when using guns and the general AI of the surivors. However, I don't think these are enough to bring the title down, which is why I have given it a 5* rating. With Dead Rising 2 around the corner, this is one of the best zombie games out there.