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Dead Rising

Developer / Publisher: Capcom
08 August 2006
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After being altered about something happening in the town of Willamette, Photo Journalist Frank West decides to investigate, only to find that the town been infected by a zombie virus. Soon taking refuge in town's mall, Frank must survive 72 hours until his helicopter pilot can come to save him, while also helping those who are in the same predicament and finding out the dark truth behind the zombie outbreak.
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the beginning of a rocky series, nothing else ever matched the charm or integrity of the first one. this game is perhaps a modern classic, it does so many things right that the sequels could just never grasp.
the writing and general plot is spot on, not crazy enough to where it feels silly, and 'realistic' enough to where you get drawn in. all the characters are memorable (unlike the sequels) and the personalities are great.
the visceral feeling of being on a strict time limit really sets home the survival horror feel. on a first play through you absolutely will NOT save everyone. you have to manage your time and routs wisely and it adds a really deep strategical element.
you need to figure out what items to bring with you, how much food, and think about this the entire time.

the experience system/photography system is great and insanely rewarding. the game starts off REALLY hard but as you save survivors and level up, you get many many bonus's. one of the main ones is Speed in which Frank just moves significantly faster and is essential.

the general graphics and aesthetic of the game is great. the HUD is stylized so you feel like you're a photographer reporting live, the whole game is very immersive with great sound FX and cheesy happy mall music blasting out of the speakers.

The mall its self is unforgettable, every nook and cranny will be ingrained into your head. need a new katana? i know exactly where to look. orange juice? yup. how about that psychopath's chainsaw, and the secret leading to it? you bet I know where it is. that's another thing. the bosses (psychopaths) are also unforgettable. thats kind of the main word with this game, its an unforgettable experience that stays with you. just about every element of the game feels crafted with love and passion that its hard to not love it. the psycho's all have really distinct personalities, fighting styles, environments, and really awesome introduction/death cutscenes. most games when a cutscene plays, i kind of cant wait for it to be over. but in Dead Rising they're always a treat. theres so much charm packed into this game that its just amazing.

there always feels like so much to do, so much to explore, even if its just one mall which is incredible. throughout all of this, the game manages to have both a humorous undertone, and a very dreadful one. you can relate with frank, you can feel how he thinks, as hes just an average guy photographer that found his new scoop inside of an undead mall. i wont name spoilers, but many key elements in the plot you can really feel yourself in his shoes, and it even has a few tear jerk moments. the combat system is really fun, naturally being able to use anything you see fit as a weapon, but eventually you realize you can stack books for amazing effects like durability so you keep going back to the same 1 or 2 items for the whole game, and its fun to pick and choose your favorite item to go slaying with.

the amount of zombies on screen is still to this day awesome, and yeah maybe theres more in the sequels but they just nailed it first try really. willamette park mall really feels like a TIMELESS location, the game has so much replayability that you can just go back and back and back. there are a few minor annoyances, mainly the survivor AI when they follow you and try to get into the safe house they frequently get stuck on a little ledge and when you're on a tight time constriction its REALLY annoying and frustrating. other than that theres really not much bad I can say about it. infinite mode is a really cool addition where it mixes up the gameplay and your health constantly ticks down so you gotta find food, psycos are scattered all throughout the mall in different locations, including friendly faces that now want to kill you, so much content! amazing game!

8.5/10
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Dead Rising is the game that started the zombie horde craze that would take over gaming in the late 2000s/early 2010s. Before Dead Rising there weren't too many open World zombie killing simulators, and this game really is the king of that genre. I remember playing this game with my friend when he brought his Xbox over, and thats back when I was a huge Resident Evil fan. This game was pretty fun, and had some really cool bosses, and the story was your typical cheesy horror cliche. Its just fun to go around killing zombies with different objects you find around the mall. There are bad things, the controls are awkward, the time constraints on missions is annoying, the game is pretty difficult until you start leveling up. But once you get into the meat of the game, it becomes a pretty decent one. This isn't a great game, but its a fun game to play to kill time, and a must own for any fan of zombie/horror games.
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Technically a very important game in terms of how a lot of open world games would play out in the 360 generation, Dead Rising is no slouch when it comes to the presentation of the zombie apocalypse, showing dozens of the walking dead on screen at a time and with an atmosphere that goes between genuine horror, satire of American cinema and general kookiness with great results. Gameplay is another matter, with delay and sluggishness to just about everything you do, and with an environment with so many interactive triggers begging to be shown off that I imagine that's why the friendly AI is infamously dogshit. When you start out, every weapon feels so weak and intangible, but it's actually remarkably easy to game the system and take the challenge out of everything. The case/time system is an actually an inspired way to regulate difficulty and fits very well with the atmosphere, but it's not enough to distract from a very dated game.
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  • Gavel 2023-05-03 22:21:54.719614+00
    Personal favorite of mine. Never played anything like it.
    I don't really have any problems with Dead Rising, other than guns are pretty unsatisfying to use I suppose. I might sound crazy but the whole rpg system and being forced to restart a few times were actually some of my favorite parts of the game. Makes it feel like an og rogue lite. You're really not meant to clear the game your first run. By the time that you've restarted a few times, its so rewarding to plow through what youve already been through in a fraction of the time, saving more and more civilians each time.
    The game really rewards your knowledge and patience and sidequests that felt impossible at first become trivial eventually. Furthermore, the systems remain dynamic enough that each attempt at the same objective always manages to feel different. All time, extremely replayable and unique banger.
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  • palceu 2023-07-03 16:00:31.234868+00
    needs a roguelite secondary
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  • nab 2023-09-05 02:46:30.089477+00
    Dead Rising comes out on January 7th!
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  • SH4L45H4SK4 2023-09-05 21:36:34.32942+00
    This AI has single handedly ruined the game for me. Babysitting Simulator 2006.
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  • white_calx 2023-10-08 16:30:39.517969+00
    why does the cover look ai generated
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    • worstcaseontario 2023-11-29 15:28:02.049816+00

      great video goes over why the cover is so weird
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  • Regal_Throes 2023-11-30 00:53:32.338274+00
    Even though 2/OTR is far better, DR1 resonated with me far more. Really poignant story. Shame this franchise is dead. *heh*
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  • GHP2 2023-12-31 08:28:42.199586+00
    Nearly perfect. Only major flaw that I can think of is that the game is super boring after Case 7-2 but everything before then is amazing. Too bad none of CV's sequels even come close to reaching the quality of this one.
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  • luna128 2024-05-25 05:17:35.935274+00
    The day we get another Japanese Dead Rising is the day gaming is saved forever
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