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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 177
  1. MikeW
    Aug 2, 2009
    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. JuniorB.
    Mar 4, 2007
    Awesome graphics, killer plot and characters, and a Grand Theft auto type feel to the gameplay. Some find the save system and the timed missions annoying but I feel it makes it more challenging and interesting. Just make sure you get 2 storage devices (2 memory cards or hd w/ memory card). Also Isabella and Jessie look marvelous. Expand
  3. LawrenceM.
    Aug 18, 2006
    Dead Rising manages to capture a great storyline, an immersive world, and a unique gameplay technique, creating an excellent game. Trapped in a mall as Frank West, you have the option of killing time or zombies. While Dead Rising has the potential to become repetitive and boring, Dead Rising never crosses that line, staying fresh no matter how many innocents you are given the option of saving. The only gripe I have is the saving structure as it is sometimes at odds with the real-time clock. I have already gotten used to it though and it no longer gets in my way. Enjoy. Go kill some zombies. Expand
  4. JeremyP.
    Jun 20, 2009
    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. TomK.
    Jan 4, 2008
    I'm a huge fan of zombie anything, and I was the first person to pick it up at Gamestop. At first i was blown away, I loved it, about a bajillion zombies and weapons that made me laugh and/or feel like a bamf. But then i started noticing things. The main thing was the aiming system, it's pretty terrible, and the fact that you can't move while firing makes it worse. Another thing, those convicts in the jeep...why won't they die? The last thing, for the love of our vision, why couldn't they make the type bigger? I do enjoy this game, a lot, but i could never push myself to complete it. It's a shame. Expand
  6. TomG.
    Aug 11, 2006
    Lots of interesting weapons make killing zombies a blast.escorting absent minded npc's through a sea of zombies isn't quite as fun (it sucks).to save the game you have to find a bathroom or security room. while this is an interesting approach, it is a continual pain when you get killed right after completing a mission. Expand
  7. DanI.
    Feb 3, 2007
    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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