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  • Summary: Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, an overly zealous freelance photojournalist on a hunt for the scoop of a lifetime. In pursuit of a juicy lead, he makes his way to a small suburban town only to find that it has become 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 will be a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but players will have full reign of a realistic shopping center, utilizing anything they find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic. Dead Rising features an open level of freedom and offers a vast array of gameplay possibilities. As part of a real time system, time is dynamic in Dead Rising, marching on whether Frank is actively engaged or if he is stationary. Time also plays a role as zombies become more powerful when the sun goes down. Though they move slowly during the day, the zombies become stronger and faster at night, making it even more dangerous for players to survive. The unprecedented numbers of enemies come in never-ending waves and consist of a diverse population of former humans that have retained some memory of their previous lives, which is reflected in their behavior and appearance. The variety of different stores in the mall offers players an endless supply of resources including vehicles, makeshift weapons and more. Players will also encounter other survivors along the way and by helping them can acquire valuable clues as to what has happened. Expand
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  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. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Once you look beyond the mindless killing and embark on the other styles of play the game allows then you are left with something far more fulfilling.
  5. The whole thing is simply great fun, a sort of malleable tour through the Dawn of the Dead films that clearly inspired the game. There’s a party in my Xbox 360, and all you zombies out there are invited.
  6. It's this severe push for gamers to be determined and persistent enough to explore every nook and cranny in Dead Rising that makes it either a splendid, geeky Pandora's Box full of unrelenting challenge and rewards or controller-smashingly difficult because of its hardcore mentality.
  7. Like many zombie flicks in history, this is for a cult audience only. It's a genuine shame but it just isn't very good.

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  1. Negative: 39 out of 172
  1. ewm
    Feb 4, 2013
    10
    dead rising it very very good game only on xbox 360.Which brought in the early days of xbox 360 huge gulp of air, an interesting plot, many ways to the massacre of zombies and black humor.DISADVANTAGES- is, but for me they are not very large, sometimes very high complexity because that is all under the mission in real time saver is that some of b-movie-when the old woman pushes a few guys that would save a dog. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2011
    9
    Great game. The only problem I found was that you can't manually save the game whenever you want. Basically you have to plan out your attack & if you fail just one part then you start all over. Other than that its a pretty challenging game but in a good way. Dead Rising is a great concept for a zombie game & it works well; controls, sound, gameplay. This was definitely a great first installment for the Dead Rising franchise & this one really makes the gamer appreciate what they have changed & how they have progressed. Expand
  3. Apr 23, 2011
    9
    i had alot of fun with this game and have spent many house just sand boxing it trying to find fun ways to kill zombies which this game gives you alot of ways to do it. the story is pretty good having it start off as you a photographer being helicoptered into a city to try and find out whats going on. you are limeted to being only inside a mall . it would have been nice if you had a whole city to play in. there are alot of wepons and i do mean alot . the save feature is abit of a chore and i think they could have done better . also the game is pretty hard at first it will probubly take you awhile to figure things out. i also wish they had just a free mode where you could just have fun killing zombies with no restrictions . all in all i found dead rising a real fun and great sand boxing game . if they had added 4 player co op this probubly would have been a 10 . valve should take notice at alot of the things that DR has done so when they ever make a L4D 3 game they can make it so its not a short repetitive piece of crap. Expand
  4. Feb 7, 2013
    8
    The game does have its flaws and is such a blatant rip off of Dawn of the Dead, but still a ton of fun to play. I would have scored it higher, but the annoying A.I. of the survivors you are trying to rescue, does get tiring after a while. But, that aspect is manageable if you're smart enough to think around it. One big criticism is the last" boss" in the game, he is just so annoying and requires a ridiculous level of precision to beat "fairly." Overall: This is the defining Zombie apocalypse game. I don't think there ever will be a game that defines the genre better. I loved this game when I first played it, and I still do to this day. Expand
  5. Mar 11, 2012
    7
    Plenty of fun moments but also really frustrating at times because the game has a lot of odd quirks. Don't take it too seriously, just run about having fun for a while and, when you've levelled up your profile a decent amount, start again and play through the main story. NB. It's impossible to complete everything or save everyone, so don't bother trying. Expand
  6. Mar 12, 2013
    6
    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. Expand
  7. Jan 22, 2011
    2
    So whats good about this game? Absolutely nothing. I bought this game because I am a zombie game fan, but this game is just plain corny and dumb. I thought 10 bucks for the game was a good deal. Now I see why it goes for 10 bucks. Because it sucks....For one, its EXTREMELY hard to save the game. At the beginning of the game, there is one save point that you have to go to. Within the first 5 minutes, you are up against a gun battle with some guy who is extremely hard to kill, jumping all over the place, and throwing bombs at you, all while you are trying to get the aiming set up to shoot the guy...which, by the way, the aiming SUCKS too....meanwhile this cell phone in the corner is constantly rining while youare trying to kill the guy which is totally annoying...by then you are dead from a bomb.....then you lose all progress and have to start from scratch all over again. The plot is rediculous, the animation sucks, the characters suck......there is nothing good about this game. Yeah picking up random things to hit at zombies, thats about the most fun you will have in this game. After dieing about 5 times in a row, after having to go through the process of starting from scratch, since its almost impossible to save....I gave up.....what a waste of 10 bucks. Sad excuse for a zombie game Expand

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