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  • Summary: This is the holiday season in Willamette, Colorado. A mysterious outbreak has overrun the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall and surrounding town with dangerous and deadly predators. Join Frank West as you explore a vast, open world sandbox filled with dangerous new zombies and a myriad waysThis is the holiday season in Willamette, Colorado. A mysterious outbreak has overrun the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall and surrounding town with dangerous and deadly predators. Join Frank West as you explore a vast, open world sandbox filled with dangerous new zombies and a myriad ways to kill them as you seek to uncover the truth behind the outbreak - or die trying. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Apr 10, 2017
    92
    There is a story here and it is interesting… you can get the sense that Frank has a heart despite his bravado… but the fun is in the over the top ludicrousness of the whole experience. Grab your favourite Capcom branded outfit… suit up and get ready to shed some Zombie flesh. This serves as a much need giggle in the midst of so many dire Zombie themed games and is worth it just for the flexibility of how you play… well worth adding to your collection if you like your action with a bit of a smirk.
  2. Dec 18, 2016
    84
    Extremely funny with plenty of zombie blood splatter that doesn't take itself seriously at any moment.
  3. Dec 5, 2016
    81
    Dead Rising 4 has the best core gameplay the series has ever seen. Its inventive and humorous ways to put down the dead are something I still haven’t tired of, and its surprisingly interesting plot is more than just a zombie-killing delivery system. Despite the technical blemishes that come with the series, its lack of co-op story mode play, and the fun-yet-unreliable multiplayer, Frank West’s return brings the series some fresh ideas, a ton of bloody mayhem, and a whole lot of cracking wise. Here’s hoping he sticks around for a while.
  4. Mar 22, 2017
    75
    Despite a few new ideas, which don't always work as expected, Dead Rising 4 does not show huge improvements to the original formula: It's a fun game with a bunch of problems and nothing more.
  5. Dec 9, 2016
    73
    Though much too easy, Dead Rising 4 is sandboxy zombie-killing adventure that recaptures the series' fun.
  6. Mar 24, 2017
    70
    Simply put, Dead Rising 4 is going to upset the serious hardcore fans of the series who have enjoyed its quirky mechanics over the years. Signs began with Dead Rising 3 that Capcom was moving in an direction to simplify the game to allow more accessibility to the mainstream. Dead Rising 4 will not do anything for those people, but for anyone who did enjoy the previous title or would like a game that’s about dressing up in dumb clothes and killing zombies in stupid ways with bizarre weapons, while celebrating the wonderful festivities of massacre over a Christmas theme, then this title is for you. It makes an improvement over the third entry, offering a few hours of silly fun for a series that still manages to bring a unique experience like no other when it comes to dishing out the zombie violence.
  7. 40
    Dead Rising 4 has a bit of an identity crisis. It neither commits to the open-world aspect enough to be considered exemplary in the genre, nor does it deliver enough of the mainstays of the series to satisfy longtime fans. Unfortunately, Dead Rising 4 marks the low point in the franchise, and while you may get some mindless enjoyment from killing zombie hordes, the fun is dying, not rising.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 20
  2. Negative: 11 out of 20
  1. Jan 10, 2017
    10
    Everyone complaining is doing it because A.) It's sold on the Windows Store for the first year, B.) Their computer can't run it, or C.) It'sEveryone complaining is doing it because A.) It's sold on the Windows Store for the first year, B.) Their computer can't run it, or C.) It's not in **** VR or it doesn't make them fly in real life like they hoped the 4th install would do by now or some unrealistic **** like that.

    The GAME, which is what we're supposed to be reviewing here, is great. It's everything you love about Dead Rising, but smoother, and more of it. I've played since the first Dead Rising, and I love them. Especially part 2. They're just... fun. Zombie killing fun. This one is great, as well. It's also one of the better ones. It's worth the purchase, IMO.
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  2. Dec 30, 2021
    9
    After diversions with two other characters in Dead Rising 2 and 3 it was nice to see the series return to the first protagonist Frank WestAfter diversions with two other characters in Dead Rising 2 and 3 it was nice to see the series return to the first protagonist Frank West with such clever and believable writing that pulls him back into the fray. Making it to a fourth entry in any series takes an understanding of your bread and butter and what has your audience coming back for more. In this case it’s the over the top creativity and mayhem with which you dispatch hordes of the undead and the occasional human. Series mainstays like combination weapons are here and can now be crafted on the fly. Gone are the mission timers and with them a rushed narrative that plays out over a specific time limited duration. While this does free up time for exploration and experimentation within the world it is certainly a diversion from the celebrated formula of past entries and does ramp the intensity and pressure down considerably. New to the series are military exo-suits which give you time-limited abilities that greatly increase your effectiveness in combat (however, not traversal) allowing you to smash more zombie bodies - sorry about your face, hope you didn't spend too much on those teeth!

    The game continues to shine with mayhem that feels uniquely creative resulting in over the top moments that truly feel player driven. It is truly a delight to see each weapon's special move. Capcom has also nailed a balance where Frank West feels very effective and powerful while also remaining human and vulnerable to attacks, especially when overwhelmed. Intelligent use of weapon degradation keeps OP weapons from making the game too easy and forces the player to improvise with weapons that are weaker or less appropriate for the situation. Health, while plentiful in the world, is also scarce enough to make some situations dicey and overall it takes a lot of grind for the game to feel stale!

    This reviewer’s primary complaints are centered around sections where Frank has to use his camera. Although Frank is a photojournalist and elements of the photography are part of the story these sections are a slog and not particularly enjoyable. If the photography had been more related to combat or implemented outside of very sterile areas perhaps the momentum of combat would not have been completely lost. Furthermore, some doors and exploration sections are only accessible with the camera, again impacting exploration negatively.

    Overall, chaos reigns over finesse and the Christmas setting leads to a very holly and jolly slayfest that you - ho ho hon’t want to miss.
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  3. Dec 6, 2016
    9
    After loving the first two games and absolutely hating the third, this one is a pleasant surprise. Going into it I wasn't expecting much, soAfter loving the first two games and absolutely hating the third, this one is a pleasant surprise. Going into it I wasn't expecting much, so that may have made it a better experience.

    Overall, the timer is gone which is going to bother a lot of people. Personally, I'm conflicted as I thoroughly enjoyed it in the first game but at the same time wished there was a mode without the timer that would give me plenty of time to do a perfect run. Putting it behind a DLC paywall is what they opted with which is dumb, but it's still there if you really want it.

    The game overall runs well on PC and looks great compared to past Dead Rising's. Texture clipping is still an issue in cutscenes but that's been an issue for as long as I can remember. Lot's more zombies on screen and varied environment from town streets, sewers, and a mall.

    Pros:
    * Story is prob the best of the series besides DR1. And it ties in well enough with DR1 to make it interesting and engaging through the first playthrough.
    * Weapon variability is as good as it's ever been. Lot's of combo weapons and funny items to use throughout the world.
    * Exo Suit. Pretty cool when you get to use them.
    * Special Zombies - Won't go into spoilers but there's more than just the standard zombies that were present in past games.
    * Fun - Game is just fun to play in my experience. Not game of the year by any stretch but still a fun game to sit down and play.

    Meh:
    * Psychopaths have been replaced with Maniacs. Not a huge issue since Pyschopaths have been forgettable since the first game, and Maniacs are pretty close. Simply put they are groups of crazies vs just a single pyschopath. Pyschopaths were a favorite aspect of DR1 so it's sad to see them really go, but tolerable.
    * Game is too easy. Very rarely do I feel like I'm even close to dieing. They can change this easily in a patch or two after getting feedback for now there is very little challenge. Very different from the first DR.

    Cons:
    * Zombies all look the same. They are all seemingly wearing the same outfits/colors so it just looks like a copy/paste job.
    * Some people may be bothered by the Christmas Theme. May be a bit off playing this during the Summer
    * Aiming is atrocious with a controller. Tried it out and it's just as bad as ever, feels like the aiming moves in chucks of 50-100 pixels so lining up headshots is hard.
    * No Multiplayer. Essentially just a single player only game with a multiplayer mode that is really just a min-game. I hardly played with friends but this will turn some people of the series off.
    * Kinda short. If you are only doing the missions you'll blow through this in under 10 hours. I recommend taking your time saving survivors and killing maniacs unlike I did, perhaps because I was so used to the timers in DR. Still have New Game + so you can always go back but just realize there is no rush to the end.

    Also worth noting they changed the voice actor for Frank, but I honestly don't mind the change. No idea why people are freaking out, the voice actor fits the character quite well. Lot's of long time fans of the series are stuck in the past and don't realize they need to expand the fan base to keep the series alive, which means changing the formula a bit here and there to reach a wider audience. All things considered, this is a really good game. Would rate it an 8 but rating it a 9 for now since fanboy's are unfairly rating the game lower than it should be.
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  4. Jan 25, 2022
    4
    Not a bad game, As long as Frank West doesn't talk. Mother ♥♥♥♥♥♥ sounds like a ♥♥♥♥♥. Just pull the ♥♥♥♥ out and bring back the Manly ManNot a bad game, As long as Frank West doesn't talk. Mother ♥♥♥♥♥♥ sounds like a ♥♥♥♥♥. Just pull the ♥♥♥♥ out and bring back the Manly Man Frank West. DR2-1 Frank Expand
  5. Dec 6, 2016
    3
    Capcom doesn't support Xbox Play Anywhere, you cannot play the Campaign with Friends anymore and it now has another Multiplayer Mode, theCapcom doesn't support Xbox Play Anywhere, you cannot play the Campaign with Friends anymore and it now has another Multiplayer Mode, the Campaign can be finished in around 7 hours which makes it the shortest Dead Rising Game of all, it only includes one Ending now and other Endings will be provided via Season Pass DLC's, etc. etc. Expand
  6. Apr 9, 2017
    3
    I have been playing this game for some time, i have to say its a clear recycle of dead rising 3 but fails even more,bugs and glitches areI have been playing this game for some time, i have to say its a clear recycle of dead rising 3 but fails even more,bugs and glitches are everywhere,clunky on foot controls and vehicle(the worst in the last years) the game made me so mad i wanted to rip my hair off, i tried multiple times to finish a quest but its so broken its practically impossible, can someone please explain me why there is no quality control???
    worst game of 2017.

    i give this game a 3/10 for making my follicles die.
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  7. Jun 20, 2017
    0
    Enjoy the most broken game of all times. If you manage to play this so get ready to get killed only by touching your enemies. I wish to thoseEnjoy the most broken game of all times. If you manage to play this so get ready to get killed only by touching your enemies. I wish to those devs the most refunds on this game as possible. Expand

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