Dead Rising Xbox 360

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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 shoppingDead 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 82
  2. Negative: 0 out of 82
  1. 100
    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. 360 Gamer Magazine UK
    90
    Sometimes tense, sometimes hilarious, it's a must have for all 360 owners. [Issue #15]
  3. 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.
  4. All in all, I absolutely loved this game. It's not without its flaws - the levelling up is, initially, a pain as Frank simply starts out too weak to be any use, but the size of the mall and the amount to do means that you will actually want to replay things until you get it right.
  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. Though Dead Rising pulls its inspiration from the George Romero classic Dawn of the Dead, the expected hokiness of the plot and dialogue is surprisingly absent (same for any obvious social commentary).
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 39 out of 179
  1. MikeW
    Aug 2, 2009
    10
    Every comment with a score below 5 seems to have missed the options screen where you can decide if aim follows character view or camera view Every comment with a score below 5 seems to have missed the options screen where you can decide if aim follows character view or camera view :) An excellent game. Completed it this morning, started right back from the start immediately. The deadlines are tight and the saves infrequent, but that just adds more adrenalin to an already tightly packed game. Fantastuic, definietly a must buy (and rtfm on the controls for extra pleasure! Expand
  2. Tabo
    Mar 15, 2007
    10
    This game was awesome. the only issue i had with it was the fact that the AI for the bosses and the survivors was just... moronic. Survivors This game was awesome. the only issue i had with it was the fact that the AI for the bosses and the survivors was just... moronic. Survivors will run through hordes of zombies and not walk around them and bosses will run and not defend themselves if you get too close. Expand
  3. GaryC.
    Sep 30, 2006
    9
    This is a fantastic game. I can't believe some of the negative comments here. "the subtitles were small to read, the voice overs were This is a fantastic game. I can't believe some of the negative comments here. "the subtitles were small to read, the voice overs were inaudible" - er get a decent TV then as its onviously crap. Some of the comments about the rescue system seem a tad unfair as each rescue can be different. You can hold some of their hands and drag em along. Some you can give weapons and health to, some you have to put over your shoulder. All in all brilliant fun. The save system could grate some people but the fact is that you couldn't start this game from scratch and finish it in one go without levelling up and restarting. You also need to pratice the order in which to do stuff. The small details as well as the in-your face bashing action mak this great fun to play. Shame theres no online multiplayer mash-ups though. Expand
  4. JeremyP.
    Jun 20, 2009
    8
    This game is very fun. Graphics are awsome for a first generation title. Sound is great. Replay value is enourmouse. Achievments are This game is very fun. Graphics are awsome for a first generation title. Sound is great. Replay value is enourmouse. Achievments are challenging but not too hard. Only two things hold this back from a 10. The save system is horrible and the time limit, while a big factor in the main storyline, should have been ditched for another mode and let you just kill zombies as you see fit. 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 runPlenty 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. Scragglebug
    Aug 12, 2006
    6
    Killing zombies is never dull by any means but man whats up with the text? The important text is almost too small to read even on my 52" Killing zombies is never dull by any means but man whats up with the text? The important text is almost too small to read even on my 52" HDTV!!! The lame text like "LAURA GRISWOLD IS DEAD!! " is way too large and gets in the way of gameplay most of the time... and thats not good. And the saving stuff is too lame to make any further comments on! Im still torn on the side plots or "scoops" but all in all a descent game... lets get it together CAPCOM! Expand
  7. DanI.
    Feb 3, 2007
    0
    I honestly don't have any problem with the save system. The best single-player experience I've had in years. Maybe the best game I honestly don't have any problem with the save system. The best single-player experience I've had in years. Maybe the best game I've ever played. The weapons kicked a** too. Buy this game. Expand

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