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Dead Rising

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Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, a freelance photojournalist after the scoop of a lifetime. In a small suburban town that's overrun by zombies, he escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be safe. Now it's a standoff, … see full wiki

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High on entertainment but low on substance

  • Apr 2, 2009
Rating:
+3
Dead Rising is an entertaining video game due to its fun third-person controls and all the options you have to kill your undead foes, but the plot certainly leaves something to be desired. If you aren't looking for any form of well-thought out story than you will enjkoy Dead Rising immensely as a bloody chop-til-you-drop game.

Gameplay: Very fun, easy to operate third-person controls that allow you to have fun and contain full control over your character. There is a wide variety of weapons you can use in the mall ranging from stuffed animals, shotguns, and giant battle axes and there are different ways of using each of these weapons (naturally some are far better than others). Also, you have your zombie essentials such as head shots being insta-kills. It's also fun to change the clothes and appearance of your character in the various shops.

Graphics: The graphics are not bad, but could have been better, but for the most part they work incredibly well. The cut scenes in this game are great. Gore for zombie kills is over the top, as is to be suspected in ANY zombie game, but I have to say it is some of the most fake looking video game you'll ever see (depending on your stance regarding gore in video games this may be a good or bad thing).

Story: There are lots of characters, but they're really worthless other than the fact that if you follow the story directly (you have the option to do WHATEVER you want in the mall) you can fight more bosses by following the primary story plot. No matter how far you stray from the game's central plot you're still going to get some boss battles in the form of random lunatics that happen to stroll the mall. The best part of the game comes when you get to cut scenes involving some of the loonies you must take down. I'd go so far as to say some of these mini-bosses provide the best, most chilling cut scenes in the entire game and they're still living!

Entertainment: The game is very entertaining, and will keep you glued to the screen for hours on end as you try to find new ways to get through the game, but you won't leave it feeling like you actually did anything. So this is a game of little substance but BIG on entertainment value.

My final verdict is that if you're feeling stressed out and feel that you need to batter and blast away countless numbers of living dead than there is no better game for you than Dead Rising for the Xbox 360...Actually, you don't even need to be stressed out! If you have a slow afternoon pop this in and the time will just fly on by!

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