• Publisher: Capcom
  • Release Date: Aug 8, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 82 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 82
  2. Negative: 0 out of 82
  1. The spaced out save points create a wonderfully rare sense of dread. You'll want to stock up on inventory and weapons before attempting a particularly difficult passage. And you're not always secure whether you're going to make it. This is where Dead Rising's sandbox zombie killing comes into its own.
  2. In many ways, Rising is a spiritual successor to Capcom's "Resident Evil." This zombie epic, however, has brains and a heart to go with its blood and gore. [Sept 2006, p.55]
  3. Like a huge toybox full of rotting flesh and ridiculous attention to detail. Just brilliant. [Oct 2006, p.72]
  4. The game is huge on replay in the main mode and offers even more after the tale is done. [Sept. 2006, p.94]
  5. This game could have been one of the greatest games of all time. You could replay it hundreds of times, and it just wouldn’t get old. Instead, the game has been crippled by the horrible save system, lousy boss battles, a tedious 2nd part of the storyline, and a lack of a true “free roam” mode.
  6. I haven’t had a gaming session like this in a long time. It’s one you kick the roommates off of the TV for or call in sick to work for.
  7. Hands down, Dead Rising is the most polished game I have played yet on the Xbox360. It has inventive gameplay, an entertaining if predictable story, superlative presentation, a good helping of humour, and a whole lot of depth beyond just killing zombies.
  8. The presentation of Dead Rising is close to being the best I’ve ever seen. Massive amounts of zombies, store shelves that are completely stocked with goods (the supermarket is especially impressive), and a creepy soundtrack frames the game well.
  9. Capcom has done much, much more than just put a camera around a guy's neck and drop him in a mall full of zombies. There's a tightly woven story, the elements of which are actually part of the game...Dead Rising is one of the highest notes of the year, on any platform.
  10. This is not a zombie stop-gap until "Resident Evil 5" is out; this is an actual game that you do not want to miss...****ing great fun!
  11. A superb game. Probably the best title on the 360. The flaws are forgivable because it’s simply fun to play. If you are anal for completing a game in its entirety you’ll be on this forever. It’s a practical impossibility to complete all the missions and sub-missions in the 72 hour-mode (it actually lasts about 10 real-time hours).
  12. Dead Rising features arcade-quality gameplay wrapped around a classic movie theme and sprinkled with tons of extras. Worth buying an Xbox 360 for - everyone should play this game. [Issue # 11, p.72]
  13. 90
    While it does have some minor problems such as no multiplayer, a weird save system and repetitive missions sometimes, the game makes up for itself by being pure fun and insane. If you love slashing zombies in half and smashing zombie heads in, if you love a free roaming open ended story, and if you love video games, you’ll love Dead Rising.
  14. Sometimes tense, sometimes hilarious, it's a must have for all 360 owners. [Issue #15]
  15. The first absolute must-have exclusive for the 360...Dead Rising revolves around beating zombies to death with unconventional weaponry, and I submit to you that this is something that everyone can enjoy. Everyone.
  16. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, gives you more weapons and zombies than you know what to do with, and it’s funny in that B-movie kind of a way. The gameplay is fast and exciting, too.
  17. One of the most engaging survival horror games to be released in the last few years. Dead Rising offers a lot to gamers in the way of action, suspense, stress, and humor.
  18. Another technical point of the game that’s stunning is the amount of zombies that can be on the screen at any given time.
  19. The story mode can be frustrating, but never fatally so, and in any case the combat is ridiculously moreish and often highly amusing.
  20. The greatest triumph is that it'll make you laugh and go 'wow' for the entire seven hours and then some. [Oct 2006, p.8]
  21. Dead Rising is not for everyone, as it does include tons of violence and gore, but the sheer number of possibilities in this game make it a wonderful addition to almost any Xbox 360 owner's library.
  22. 90
    One of the most uniquely imaginative horror games ever created... Despite the fact that there are some frustrating elements (namely the save system and AI), Dead Rising is a straight-up blast from start to finish.
  23. A triumphant survival horror blockbuster with strong replay appeal, but some players will lack the patience to cope with its considerable demands.
  24. It is certainly the most fun you’ll have had killing zombies since "Zombies ate My Neighbors" debuted on the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis way back before many of you were born.
  25. The survivor AI stinks and the lack of a persistent world hurts the atmosphere. Still, as far as sick and bloody violence goes, you could do a lot worse than Dead Rising. [Oct 2006]
  26. 88
    Dead Rising is one of those games you seriously have to ready for, because if you play with the intention of getting the best possible ending, you WILL be busy. If you’re just looking to smash the undead, you definitely won’t get the full enjoyment of what this game has to offer.
  27. In many ways, however, Dead Rising surpasses "Resident Evil" in terms of providing pure excitement without cheap "dog smashing through a window" tricks. Though flawed in many areas, Dead Rising is a thoroughly entertaining zombie-smashing experience.
  28. You might hit problems reading text on a standard television but that shouldn’t really spoil the game as even on a normal widescreen the game looks outstanding.
  29. The astounding level of variety that is packed into the game is wonderful to see.
  30. It is innovative (well, as a game not based on "Dawn of the Dead") and well-produced, and a zombie killing good time.
  31. The save system could have been setup better but other then that; the game play is immensely enjoyable.
  32. Deeper than your typical button masher, and it has the best Achievements list yet. The quirky save system can be a total annoyance, though.
  33. In the end, despite a few minor flaws and annoyances, Dead Rising is easily one of the best games of the year, and I haven't had as much fun playing a video game in a long, long time.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 454 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 172
  1. Jan 19, 2012
    One of the most frustrating games ever created. The idea starts out so well. Stuck in a mall with all sorts of weapons to kill ZOMBIES. HOW did Capcom RUIN such a simple concept? Let's see the list: Horrible human A.I. (The zombies are smarter. SERIOUSLY.), unfair psychopath battles (Who are immune to zombie attacks), a horrible save system, a horrible melee system, worthless story, a frustrating timed aspect, bad vehicle control, strange and awkward animations, a cult group that appears later and kills the feel of the game, the list goes on and on and on. It gets a two for impressive graphics and the gameplay can be enjoyable at times, but it is all ruined by so many things. Full Review »
  2. Sep 21, 2010
    I almost broke my xbox in rage a couple of times during this game. The first when I realised that I could only save once and second when I realised that infinity mode or suvival (the last one you get) has no save. WTF!!!!!!!!!! However i got to kill zombies in some of the most horrific ways possible. Ment to be played through more than once as saving all suvivors is practically impossible when you're level 1. saving suvivors is strangely addictive although the AI is so thick it makes George Bush seem like Stephen Hawkins. I hate the suvivors more than I hate the zombies and the physcopaths are completely nonsensical (which is why they are physcos I suppose). Fun game but it has some biblical flaws. Full Review »
  3. Apr 21, 2012
    I agree with some positive reviews given, but this game is very frustrating, repetitive movements, in spite of not having time to solve some secundary missions, the victims that you rescues are very idiots, having that be repetitively by pressing the y button to call them, aiming is horrible, I do not recommend. Full Review »