Dead Rising


Computer Platform: Xbox 360 (Microsoft)
Produced by:
Price Range: $41-50
Learning curve time: 1-30 min.
Age level: Mature Teen to Adult
ESRB Rating: M (Mature)

     Reviewed By: Adam (six) Birch

Overall Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Rating: 2 of 5 (poor)
Gameplay: 3 of 5 (average)
Violence: 1 of 5 (extreme)
Adult Content: 3 of 5 (mild)

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Dead Rising is made for fans of zombie movies and retains many of the classic sensibilities of the Zombie movies.

Plot: You are a photojournalist who goes to investigate rumors of odd happenings in a small town. The only safe place for the helicopter to land is the local mall. It’s your goal to survive for three days until the chopper can come back to pick you up. Upon entering the mall you find some other survivors including a couple federal agents that won’t tell you what’s going on. There are different missions and goals and an RPG-esque leveling model in which you earn experience through saving people and killing zombies in various ways, the more inventive, the more xp. You can also take pictures of different zombie situations, the more sensational (read gory and brutal) the picture, the more points you get.

Graphics: Being one of the first releases for the system the graphics are pretty awful. In this case though it turns out to be a good thing because it makes the game less realistic and this may even have been the intention of the developer.

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Gameplay: The gameplay is clunky and can be rather difficult; however, it is rather hard to die so it doesn’t increase the difficulty of the game very much.

Violence: This game thrives off violence. If zombies get a hold of you they eat you, they also eat other NPCs and people are eaten in a few cut scenes. There is nothing terribly realistic about these scenes but they are not for those with a weak stomach. You can kill zombies in any number of incredibly violent ways including with chainsaws, sledgehammers, lawnmowers, cars, guns, buckets, frying pans (you can melt their faces with these too), potted plants, benches, stuffed bears, soda cans, plates, guitars, well you get the idea I’m sure; pretty much everything in the game can be used as a weapon.

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Adult Content: I did not come across any while playing except for some swearing but it is apparently possible to walk into a store and find a particular outfit that displays a topless woman in black and white on the shirt graphic. I will not provide any details as to how this is located but it’s apparently hard to find and only visible if you look at the character from the front angle, which most people do not. In short you have to be looking for it to find it.

Overview: The game is derived from a very violent cult film genre and is very loyal to it’s heritage. It is a “sandbox” game and so you can spend your time in any number of ways, including killing the people the game intends you to rescue. In short the people likely to appreciate this game are those that enjoy the zombie movie genre. The game is filled with zombie killing enjoyment for those who are looking for it. Overall there is nothing particularly compelling about this game for people who are not fans of zombie movies. The gameplay is lackluster at best and the plot is virtually non-existent. I love zombie movies and so this game entertained me for hours. If you are of age and love the prospect of slaughtering zombies, this game is for you, if not steer clear, you probably won’t have much fun.

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Year of Release — 2006

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