Dead Rising

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a game by Capcom
Platforms: XBox 360, PC
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews, 4 reviews are shown
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See also: Xbox 360 Zombie Games, Dead Rising Series
Dead Rising
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Dead Rising

I remember what a big deal it was when Dead Rising was released on the original Xbox 360. It was touted as one of the first “next-gen” video games and it was awesome. The version I am looking at today though is the re-release that Capcom did for PC kept the fun of the original and added a few extra things in there too.

This Is Not Dawn of the Dead!

Let’s start with the story, clearly, this game is inspired by the legendary Dawn of the Dead! It has zombies running amuck in a mall! The game sees you play as a journalist called Frank West. He is reporting the hell that is breaking loose when he finds himself down and stuck in the middle of it all at one of the largest shopping malls in the world. I think that the story of Dead Rising is a lot of fun and it certainly has some of that Capcom cheese that they like to do. There are some great characters in the game and more than a few twists that will keep you on your toes. Plus, there are actually multiple endings for you to get, depending on what you do in the game.

The HD Remaster

In terms of the gameplay. As someone who has played through the original Xbox 360 version multiple times. I feel that not much was added and that the main updates to the game were the slicker more HD visuals. The frame rate is pretty fantastic and if your rig can handle it, you can pretty much have it at whatever you like. While some things are not super detailed, I do feel that Capcom did a solid job in giving the game a shinier look.

Stand Back I Have A Bowling Ball!

There were two things that caught people’s eye when Dead Rising was first released. First thing was the sheer number of enemies that were on the screen at the same time. Even all these years later it is a pretty crazy site to see what feels like a thousand zombies all standing before you. The other thing that people took notice of was the insane number of weapons that the game lets you use. If you can pick it up, chances are you can use it as a weapon and as this is a mall a huge part of the fun is finding stuff to smack the undead around with. Some things like a mower, for example, can be really bloody and a lot of fun to us. Weapons in Dead Rising do not last forever so you will have to keep an eye on them as well as your health. Thankfully there are plenty of weapons for you to grab in pretty much every location in the game. There are guns that you can use, but as you cannot walk and shoot at the same time these can actually put you in a lot of danger if you are in a pretty crowded area.

It Is Still Good……But

I had a blast playing through the game again, but this is a game I played back when it was fresh. The control system that Dead Rising uses can take a little while to get used to and, in some places, it can feel a little clunky. It is not game breaking or anything like that, but if you never experienced this game when it was first released you may have a hard time getting used to the game’s controls. One thing that some may find frustrating is that the game has an active time system. This means that certain events will happen even if you are not there. So, it can be annoying if you get caught on your way somewhere and miss out on a scenario.

While I enjoy the story some of the voice acting is pretty bad. This was released at a time when some games were getting more serious with their voice acting so it does stand out. Still, some of it is so bad that it is kind of good.


I loved Dead Rising when it was first released and I actually had a lot of fun with it playing it again on PC. I do think that the game holds up well if you played it before, but as I said new players might be put off a little by the old school control scheme. As I write this the game is currently 18 bucks which I do feel is a little high, but if it drops to about 10 do not hesitate, just snap this game up!


  • Frank West is cool
  • You can take pictures that give you bonuses
  • Different endings to experience
  • The number of weapons is pretty crazy
  • Capcom did a good job in making the game run smoothly on PC


  • It feels like an old game
  • The way things can happen even if you are not there is frustrating

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XBox 360

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely zombies. That's what Shakespeare would've said if he'd seen a zompocalypse. I'm sure of it. If he could've played Dead Rising, he might've understood what it means to be surrounded by hundreds of walking dead. Then he would've bitched about the save system, but until then, he'd be good.

As you've no doubt heard, you get to see (and kill) a lot of zombies in Dead Rising. I think the engine itself is capable of displaying up to a thousand on screen, and that's only where the fun begins. Pickup novelty heads to stick on zombies. Dress in all manner of costumes. Play out a 72 hour storyline full of standard Capcom cheese. Your character is a photojournalist, so you even have a way to use a camera in gameplay.

You're free to use a wide variety of hand to hand moves, melee weapons, and firearms, all of which can kill zombies in all degrees of efficiency. Although you get a lot of options for killing zombies, the combat system can at sometimes be annoying, requiring some quick timing and good practice to really excel at. Plus, human beings in cars suck to fight, much like they would in real life. Funny thing that. Moving on, one of the most brutal game elements is the save system. You get one save slot, and that's it. That means you can straight up lose the plotline at any point, requiring you to restart. At least you get to save your character progress, so you start out with a more powerful character after a clean start. Don't let this cynic steer you wrong though. These problems are problems, but man, they don't outweigh the sheer fun of chopping a zombie in two with a chainsaw.

The presentation of Dead Rising is close to being the best I've ever seen. Massive amounts of zombies, store shelves that are completely stocked with goods (the supermarket is especially impressive), and a creepy soundtrack frames the game well. Unfortunately, like most Capcom games, the voice acting and storyline, while not poorly delivered, seems at times laughable. If only they'd make a game that was a tad more serious or well designed, like their recent accomplishment in Resident Evil 4.

Dead Rising has merits and flaws, but for the most part they balance each other out. In the end, the game is pretty much fantastically fun and is worth purchase at full price.

The basics:

You're a down-on-your-luck photojournalist trapped in a mall with thousands of zombies. This, however, isn't a key-finding, herb-eating adventure. Grab a chain saw, golf club, potted plant, baseball bat--anything you can get your hands on--and send the living dead to their new linoleum-floor graves.

How was it?

Needing a lot of work before anyone can call it fun, that's for sure. I was excited by the concept: a beat-em-up game where everything you see (including the zombies themselves) is a weapon. And the Dawn of the Dead stuck-in-a-mall setting is straight out of a nightmare--perfect for a videogame. But everything's just plain ugly and clunky. Your character looks like the love child of Jay Leno and Grand Theft Auto Ill's nameless antihero, and the bland and lifeless stores aren't any fun to explore. It's hard to tell why this is a next-gen Xbox 360 game, other than seeing one stage that was filled with hundreds of zombies at once (that'll be the new gaming cliche for the next generation of games: hundreds of anything onscreen at the same time).

To be fair, the developers haven't yet figured out what they're going to do with the photojournalist side of the game. They're considering having you take pictures in a hunt for a virtual Pulitzer Prize, trade photos on Xbox 360's online marketplace, and more. Anything that would spice up the gameplay would be welcome.

Gainers today have become real know-it-alls at dealing with the undead: always aim for the head, burning them works like a charm, etc. Yep, we've gotten quite good at killing these things, which is why Dead Rising might just be a welcome change-up for survival-horror junkies. For starters, instead of a haunted mansion or a derelict fortress, this game drops you smack-dab in the middle of a zombie-infested mall. "Hopefully, gamers will start playing it, and when they start to see what it is--a more lighthearted sort of zany gorefest--they'll get a few chuckles out of it and walk away with a smile on their face," says Producer Keiji Inafune (who's also the brains behind another game on our Top 50 list, Lost Planet).

Yet while the game trades screams for laughs, Dead Rising's main draw is that it allows you to use practically anything in this shopping complex--cash register, bench, umbrella, even a freakin' ficus plant--on these flesh-eaters. And that's where this one changes the whole zombie-combat paradigm: spot a shotgun on the floor, but instead you grab the "Blue-Light Special" sign in front of a music store and bash a group of ugly SOBs to the ground. You'll find yourself running around, passing up effective weapons like a pistol because you know it's so much more satisfying taking out a zombie with, say, a shopping cart. As so many titles today try to scare the bejeezus out of us, it's a refreshing change of pace to see a game like Dead Rising that isn't afraid to poke fun at itself and offer countless (and often humorous) ways to slaughter the undead. Now, cross your blood-drenched fingers that the game-play here can match the variety in its weapons closet.

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