Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 50 out of 69
  2. Negative: 1 out of 69
  1. If it’s a true “next-generation” game you’re after, look no further than Dead Rising 3. Capcom Vancouver’s gory, over-the-top zombie thriller is a technological masterpiece that amply showcases the power of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console. But more importantly, it’s also immensely and outrageously enjoyable.
  2. Jan 16, 2014
    95
    Not only is Dead Rising 3 a must-play for anyone who's ever enjoyed a zombie game, it accomplishes a task I would have thought impossible six months ago - it's a launch title that makes buying an XBONE worth the money.
  3. Dec 4, 2013
    92
    Sure, we’ve seen it all before but not on this scale before thanks to the slick graphics and highly addictive gameplay.
  4. Nov 18, 2013
    90
    Easily Microsoft’s best launch title and the very definition of a killer-app.
  5. Nov 18, 2013
    90
    For once, I actually felt overwhelmed in a zombie outbreak, which is a real example of how next-gen technology can be used to do more than simply "make things look better."
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    88
    An impressive display of big, dumb fun, and a must-play for fans of the series. It’s also a great demonstration of the outstanding capabilities of next-gen hardware right out of the gate. Thinning out the undead of Los Perdidos is worth your time, but the bugs infesting the sandbox are an unwelcome scourge.
  7. May 11, 2014
    87
    Out of all the Xbox One launch titles Dead Rising 3 is definitely the most entertaining. There's no denying that mowing down crowded streets full of zombies isn't a guilty pleasure. What Dead Rising 3 lacks, though, is next generation visuals. The game could easily pass as a fancy looking Xbox 360 title. [Feb 2014]
  8. Dec 1, 2013
    86
    Dead Rising 3 is an impressive improvement on the series, especially for those who hated the time pressure in the first two episodes. Nightmare mode, however, is a huge tribute to the original gameplay. Multiplayer is a lot of fun. Only the graphics are not "next-gen ready".
  9. Nov 18, 2013
    86
    Bigger and better than ever, Dead Rising remains true to its conception, and becomes one of the most entertaining games of the Xbox One. It is not the most shocking game in the visual field, but it's very, very fun, and that's what matters.
  10. Dec 5, 2013
    85
    The online co-op mayhem is a blast, and I heartily recommend this to any new Xbox One owner looking for an M-rated way to kill time (and reams of the undead).
  11. Dec 1, 2013
    85
    Despite lacking the visual wow factor, Dead Rising 3 looks like the more next-geny game of the Xbox One launch line-up thanks to the impressive zombie hordes management and ubiquitous physics simulation. On top of this we get tons of hilarious, foolish fun: if you’ve got an Xbox One, you can’t miss it.
  12. Nov 18, 2013
    85
    The city of Los Perdidos is a bit too massive for its own good, but there is plenty to do and kill within its limits. And with an impressive next-gen presentation and endearingly spastic boss encounters, Dead Rising 3 is an easy recommendation to any new Xbox One owner.
  13. 83
    Sure, there is nothing incredibly original about the game but the sheer size and magnitude of this zombie outbreak is undeniably impressive and certainly gives us a glimpse of what we can expect from these next generation consoles.
  14. Nov 18, 2013
    83
    It's probably not the best game from a technical point view to be the perfect showcase of Xbox One, but it is at the same time a big, funny game with a lot of content.
  15. Nov 18, 2013
    83
    Dead Rising 3 doesn’t get by on its looks, but its meaty zombie-slaying combat and nearly endless supply of undead and ridiculous weapons go a long way.
  16. Jan 23, 2014
    80
    It's not the perfect sample of a "next-gen" game and the basic design has been slightly changed, but Dead Rising 3 is mindless fun, has tons of content and stays true to the Dead Rising spirit.
  17. 80
    The third installment turned out quite good and throws the series killing spree into an open world setting. It could use a little bit of tuning here and there but in overall, it’s so much fun! [Issue#238]
  18. Jan 15, 2014
    80
    As a package, Dead Rising 3 is probably the most fully-fledged first-party title for the Xbox One.
  19. Jan 3, 2014
    80
    This bloody sandbox rampage through the crowds of undead belongs to the most entertaining launch titles of the winter. Its no way amazing graphics along with its unimaginative story are saved by its great gameplay along with dozens of crazy weapons along with its entertaining co-operative mode. On top of that, there are no more frustrating moments from the previous installments.
  20. Dec 29, 2013
    80
    Some parts of the game come off as half-baked, but killing innumerable zombies is always fun. [Feb 2014, p.63]
  21. Dec 16, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 provides plenty of zombie killing fun and is a great game to pick up if you bought an Xbox One. Newcomers to the series will find an incredibly fun game with tons of replay value and co-op fun. Returning fans will find the same thing but may be turned off a bit due to the fact that the core game hasn't really changed all that much.
  22. Dec 4, 2013
    80
    With Dead Rising 3, the Xbox One has a great launch title. Expect hundreds, even thousands, of zombies on your screen who are all waiting to get mowed down by you. Still, the graphics are a bit clingy sometimes.
  23. Dec 4, 2013
    80
    From the very outset there are different play-styles offered up, including co-op if you fancy it: Capcom Vancouver want this to be your experience, and while it does stutter from time to time, this is a game well worth playing, so long as you can stomach the B-movie acting and gore.
  24. Nov 29, 2013
    80
    Luckily, the game gets close to finding a happy medium between Dead Rising's signature weirdness and a slightly more traditional open-world format that makes this by far the most approachable game yet in the series.
  25. Nov 27, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 offers a fun and cheeky experience that will be enjoyed by hardcore fans and newcomers alike. The implementation of customizable and powerful vehicles really makes navigating the streets a very enjoyable experience.
  26. Nov 25, 2013
    80
    Though Dead Rising 3 doesn't have the most detailed graphics nor the most groundbreaking gameplay, it's a thoroughly entertaining ride that anchors the Xbox One far from the grave.
  27. Nov 22, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 might be a little rough around the edges, but it’s unrelenting in its ability to keep you engaged and entertained.
  28. Nov 20, 2013
    80
    If I want serious adult drama, I’ll watch The Walking Dead. But for sheer, unadulterated fun, Dead Rising 3 has my thumbs, eyes, brain and heart. Or, as a zombie would call it, a well-balanced breakfast.
  29. 80
    Other open world games dabble with the undead, but none of them do it on such a scale. Dead Rising 3's technical shortcomings mean that it isn't a game that easily justifies the purchase of an Xbox One, but it absolutely won't cause you to regret it.
  30. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising's formula is not as fresh as it once used to be, but it still offers you many bizarre situations riddled with zombies and weird weapons.
  31. Nov 19, 2013
    80
    Capcom Vancouver has therefore given the Xbox One something that PS4 does not have right now: a strong triple-A exclusive. Dead Rising 3 dares you to dream about high the bar can be set for the open world game during this generation on a technical and creative level, even with its obvious flaws in mission design. Not bad for a launch title.
  32. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    None of Dead Rising 3’s issues will stop you from enjoying the ludicrous ways you can kill zombies. While it may initially appear to be a more somber game than before, after spending a few hours with Dead Rising 3 you’ll realize the spirit of the series is well intact.
  33. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 is an ambitious and frequently giddy open world brawler that allows players to indulge their silly side while creatively dispatching the undead. The story is a let-down and the missions become tedious, but the sandbox play here is magnificent, despite some technical overreaching.
  34. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Funny, big and inventive. Maybe it's not the next-gen gameplay revolution that many were waiting for, but Dead Rising 3 is sure to keep its fans busy for a long time.
  35. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Like a shuffling zombie with its eye on a hunk of meat, Capcom has stayed the path, offering a juiced-up Dead Rising experience that benefits from the next-gen hardware's added horsepower.
  36. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    From the moment it starts, subdued colour palette aside, this is the series as you know it. By the time you find and build the dildo gun, you'll wonder what the fuss was about.
  37. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 is more of the same, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t compulsive, time-absorbing and – most of all – fun...At best it’s an unoriginal concept well-executed, at worst it’s an Xbox 360 game hastily ported over to Xbox One. Ignore the technical limits, however, and you’re in for a good time.
  38. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    DR3 is a fun game with awesome amounts of zombie smashing but it also has a bunch of annoying things which distract from the aforementioned smashing.
  39. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Like its predecessors, Dead Rising 3 offers good, dumb, fun, with just enough story and structure to keep you moving forward and enough opportunities for zany antics to maintain your amusement throughout.
  40. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 is a sandbox in the purest sense, one that urges you to experiment with its innumerable toys at your leisure. The result is an open world that, in spite of its reanimated inhabitants, feels more alive than most.
  41. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 will likely go down as one of the quintessentially "good" launch titles seen when a new console releases. It's an exclusive title with a big open world and tons of zombies that demonstrates the power of the next gen console well.
  42. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    The graphics don't provide as much of a next-generation leap as we'd hoped, but the atmosphere and huge number of zombies more than make up for any other visual shortcomings. The weapon and vehicle customization options and the addition of Nightmare Mode give Dead Rising 3 the legs it needs to stay in constant rotation on your Xbox One.
  43. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Dead Rising 3 is a solid free roaming, with a lot of wicked weapons and many cool things to entertain the player. Unfortunately, the graphics are not something we can define as "next-gen".
  44. Dec 3, 2013
    79
    From a technical standpoint, Dead Rising 3 is not the pinnacle of how a next-gen game should look (or perform), but from an expanded gameplay perspective, and one of pure fun, it’s my favourite launch title among the lot.
  45. Dec 18, 2013
    78
    Dead Rising 3's biggest improvement is its accessibility. Graphically it's not a huge leap forward, but the amount of zombies displayed on your screen at once, is an achievement in and of itself. Dead Rising 3 might not push any boundaries, but it holds its own in the Xbox One's launch lineup.
  46. Nov 29, 2013
    77
    Los Perdidos certainly has its flaws – and so do some game design decisions that make this Zombie adventure feel more like Dynasty Warriors at times. But nonetheless it delivers undead splattering fun.
  47. Dec 19, 2013
    75
    It may shuffle along technically but there's no denying the fun to be had in Los Perdidos. [Jan 2014, p.54]
  48. Nov 24, 2013
    75
    Before you go and buy Dead Rising 3 ask yourself what you expect from the game. If you seek a fun sequel to Dead Rising 2, with some new things, then the game is for you, no hesitations. Still as fun as before and populated with a large number of zombies, it delivers a good dose of action. On the other hand, if you're hoping that this launch title stuns you with it's graphics or revolutionizes the franchise, you will be disappointed because it simply is not the case. If the fun is present, the "wow, that's unseen" effect is clearly missing.
  49. 75
    Dead Rising 3 is undoubtedly fun, and cleans up a lot of the messiness found in previous Dead Risings, but it’s still not the complete antidote to the series’ slowly decaying zombie antics. It also doesn’t take much advantage of the new hardware. Don’t blame the Xbox One, though — this launch-day release is limited primarily by the constraints set by the original’s creaky mechanics and gameplay clichés way back in 2006.
  50. Nov 18, 2013
    75
    Dead Rising 3 gets a lot of things right. It presents a massive open world filled with possibilities and features the first truly impressive use of scale in a game based on a zombie outbreak. But the game's difficulty spikes — due to its control and inventory issues — and boring, stereotype-laden writing can be difficult to swallow.
  51. Nov 24, 2013
    74
    It’s fun. It’s as fun, if not more, than any of the previous games. It’s not going to change the world ten times over, but for a launch title, this is where we should be.
  52. Nov 18, 2013
    72
    Dead Rising 3 expands the gameplay of the series to a big city, Los Perdidos. Nick Ramos is a mechanic who has to survive with others in a unoriginal sandbox, not innovative. Vehicles, commands with Kinect and a more open world with thousands of zombies, but little else.
  53. 70
    A fun, wild waste of time that doesn't really live up to its predecessors.
  54. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    Dead Rising 3 is a typical zombie game with an enormous world to get lost in, countless weapons and vehicles to play with and more than enough zombies to slay. That sure is entertaining. Unfortunately boredom sets in, in a matter of hours. The 'normal' running, driving and killing isn't broken up enough by interesting things to do or events and the open world might be huge, but that's also why it bores. Luckily the game is fully playable in coop, which makes everything more enjoyable.
  55. Dec 17, 2013
    70
    Dead Rising 3 is a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of zombies, a lot of cheesy story, a lot of uninspired graphics and a lot of crazy weapons and costumes.
  56. Nov 25, 2013
    70
    Dead Rising 3 is not the most beautiful game of the Xbox One launch, but still there is a chance that this game from Capcom Vancouver will entertain you big time. It is generous an fun, we have never seen so many zombies in the streets, the open world is full of activities, featuring stupid and hilarious ideas... Well, it is finally, one of the best games of this launch.
  57. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    A pretty good title, with solid gameplay mechanics and a lot of gore. Unfortunately Nick is a really anonymous character and the game presents some frame rate drops with a myriad of technical issues. A good start for Xbox One but from this new console we expect much more.
  58. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    Dead Rising 3 excels at what it does best, which is mainly killing zombies in deeper ways as your undead-slaying skills grow over the game. And it’s smoother than ever to maximize that quality time of chainsawing a zombie in half. Yet the lack of combat annoyances only amplify the flaws of the writing and the lack of mission variety. Dead Rising is closer than ever to realizing its full potential, but its many mistakes make it clear that it isn’t quite there yet.
  59. Despite its imaginative exterior, the game adheres to a surprisingly rigid design. After a while I felt as though I was just going through the motions, dispatching hundreds of zombies simply to get to the next waypoint on my map...But it takes a good while for the disillusionment to set in.
  60. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    The best Dead Rising so far and purveyor of some of the most entertainingly absurd weapons in all gaming – just don’t expect any depth or longevity.
  61. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    It knows that all you really want to do is discover and create new playthings to dismember the undead. As a vehicle for that, it's a comfortable ride.
  62. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    Dead Rising 3 is the weakest in the series, then...Just beware, once you get over the pleasure of the first few combo weapons, Dead Rising 3 is just a solid zombie brawler set in an open world, not the strange game of tender heart that used to be so funny and surprising.
  63. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    Dead Rising 3 is a fun but uninventive sequel that adds little to its predecessors' formula and certainly doesn't represent a true “next-gen” experience. Maybe it's time for Capcom to let the dead rest in peace, at least for a while.
  64. Nov 18, 2013
    70
    Despite a wonky presentation and obvious technical hiccups, Capcom has successfully made Dead Rising 3 a more welcoming experience than its harsh predecessors. It can be an inconsistent experience, but I choose to ignore the game's peculiarities and play Dead Rising 3 in the spirit that I believe it's intended: running around in shark outfit shooting zombies with deadly dildos fired from a leaf blower.
  65. Mar 5, 2014
    60
    The variety of weapons is once again Dead Rising’s biggest strength, but despite it being a sandbox game it quickly reveals all its secrets and becomes tedious. [03/2014, p.60]
  66. Dec 1, 2013
    60
    Simple fun will only get you so far and players who are looking for a truly “next generation” experience right now will find that Dead Rising 3 simply doesn’t deliver.
  67. Nov 22, 2013
    60
    A more forgiving proposition than its forebears, this is an enjoyable zombie romp that's lost some of its character in the lurch onto the next generation hardware.
  68. Nov 18, 2013
    60
    Capcom Vancouver shot for a much larger world and, in the end, that idea wound up taking away from the overall experience. In the case of Dead Rising 3, I feel like less would have been more.
  69. Jul 2, 2014
    40
    Get ready for a new generation of zombie-slaying thrills where there's only minimal gameplay to get in the way of the thrills!
User Score
6.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 739 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 25 out of 181
  1. Nov 24, 2013
    0
    Killing zombies is fun, as always.
    + There are A LOT of different weapons.

    - DR3 doesn't feel next-gen, because graphics don't look cool
    and the game runs at 30fps.
    - Frame rate drops (the game went down to 14fps once)
    - After a few hours you will get bored, killing zombies randomly without a reason is not fun
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  2. Nov 22, 2013
    10
    Huge open world, and a lot of zombies on your screen! The gameplay is the same as the previous Dead Rising games, but that was expected. The map is a bit smaller than I thought. There is an enormous variety of weapon you can build to slaughter the zombies... Full Review »
  3. Nov 22, 2013
    6
    If you played any of its predecessors, then you already know what to expect; lots of zombies, crazy weapons, and a lot of fun. However, just like its predecessors, slaying thousands of zombies get tiresome after a few hours. Furthermore, there is not much replay value outside of co-op, arguably its best feature. Unfortunately, even co-op won't keep you playing for that much longer.

    In terms of gameplay, its your basic third person action hack 'n slash with a fairly robust crafting/upgrade system. Executions show a lot of detail and are quite entertaining, however you will be experiencing deja vu rather quickly when you consider how many zombies you will be killing. The game also boasts 300+ weapons, but only a handful of "ultimate" fully upgraded weapons exist; its these weapons that you will ultimately be using over and over again. Vehicle crafting is a nice touch, but it fairly limited. Still, running down a large mob with a car will likely bring a bit of joy the first few times you do it.

    In terms of performance, the only thing next gen about this game is the shear number of zombies on screen. They did a great job on the number count, the variety of character models, and of course the models of the zombie "innards". Unfortunately, the fact that this game started on Xbox 360 shows, with poor textures and a stumbling 20 fps. In my opinion, Dead Rising 2 had more than enough zombies and they didn't need to sacrifice frame rate for three times the zombie as twice as many zombies would have probably been enough.

    In the end, if you like third person action games, love the idea of slaying thousands of zombie in unique ways, then I say give it shot. While it may not represent what next gen is capable of, it kept me entertained through most of the night (about 8 hours before I was bored of it). I'd say that's reasonable as many AAA only last about 8-12 hours these days to begin with (though DR3 could keep you busy longer than that).
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