When the Xbox 360 launched, Dead Rising was at the forefront of the show: high definition mayhem with an army of zombies that had never before been seen in a video game. Now, after our great leap to the next-generation of console gaming, Capcom and Microsoft teamed up again to showcase the Xbox One with Dead Rising 3… and to be honest, it really wasn’t that impressive.
Now, it’s important to keep in mind that Dead Rising 3 was originally being developed for the Xbox 360 before they moved over to the Xbox One. On a technical standpoint, the game runs at 720p with 30 frames per second and is often plagued with pop-in textures/objects at low resolution. So, purely on a technical level, Dead Rising 3 isn’t the game to ‘wow’ you into the next generation. It’s just fun.
Comparatively, Dead Rising 3 is the ‘plain Jane’ of the series. The original Dead Rising was set in an extravagant mall, an environment that’s near and dear to the hearts of zombie fans. Dead Rising 2 took place in a vibrant casino filled with ridiculousness and vibrant environments. Dead Rising 3 takes place in a post-apocalyptic city that’s been subjected to a viral outbreak of zombie fever (or whatever it is you want to call it). It’s a true to form post-apocalyptic environment, but it bears strong resemblance to any run-of-the-mill apocalyptic scenery.
The narrative is an engaging aspect though. Despite being a carbon copy of its predecessors, the characters you meet in Dead Rising 3 are just as ridiculous and grotesque in nature as they were in the previous titles. The gameplay barrels down to a main quest and side quests, but unfortunately, due to the scale of the city, you’ll be running back and forth over the same streets to complete your objectives. Nevertheless, there is always hope.
Along with the storyline, there is a co-operative feature. You and a buddy can go bathe in the blood of the undead within the story till your heart’s content. Utilizing the ridiculous and lethal inventions, you and a friend can wipe out the zombie horde with the strangest of weaponry and vehicles. My personal favorites being the Super Massage, a leaf blower that shoots dildos, and the RollerHawg, a motorcycle with a steamroller attached to it
DEAD RISING 3: APOCALYPSE EDITION (PC)The newly released Apocalypse Edition for the PC, combines the base game along with the Untold Stories DLC and the Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha. The key benefit of the PC version is the fact that you can finally run the game at full 1080p and at higher than 30fps, well with a little tweaking. But don’t expect the game to run at 60fps without a heck of a gaming system. The game also still suffers from various issues that plagued the Xbox One edition, most notably graphical pop-ins and fuzzy textures at times. You will also probably want to skip the keyboard and mouse and use an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, or spend a significant amount of time re-mapping keys.
All in all, Dead Rising 3 isn’t a ‘bad’ game, it’s just a disappointing sequel. Its technical issues can be overlooked, but it’s still a generic, carbon copied, yet enjoyable experience.
Dead Rising 3 and Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition were reviewed on the Xbox One and Windows respectively. Both games were purchased by the reviewer.