Dead Rising

released on Aug 08, 2006

Frank West, a freelance photojournalist on the hunt for the scoop of a lifetime, pursues a juicy lead to a small suburban town only to find that it is being overrun by zombies! He escapes to the local shopping mall thinking it will be a bastion of safety, but it turns out to be anything but. It's a true struggle to survive the endless stream of enemies, but with full reign over an entire shopping center, Frank can utilize anything to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic.

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Average Vice Journalist back in 2006.

Save system + lack of checkpoints is terrible.

A pretty good game, hella early 2000s vibes coursing through its veins. I wasn’t too into the mission design and how tasks started to feel same-y after awhile, but the world and carefree B-movie mall atmosphere and characters kept things from getting too boring. The time limit is a cool feature too that’s adds more dimensions and difficulty to this game. I’d probably like this way more at the time than playing it now since the survivors constantly have a death wish and the controls are a bit dated yet still very playable. Shooting is awful but running around the mall chainsawing zombies and chomping down a baguette is fun. I might come back and finish this at some point even though I wasn’t super into it.
Also hate that I think of the game grumps whenever I turn this game on lol

the survivor ai is so laughably bad that it keeps the game interesting and hard

a really interesting game for the time the mission design is very simple and most of it is just fetch quests but the world itself and what u can do in it make it interesting

It’s a shame because this game could be rated so much higher. Idk if other consoles suffer from this but the PS4 version has an issue with the roll mechanic once you unlock it. And you do that around Level 10 automatically. It breaks the game in a bad way because you’ll auto-roll every few seconds. Other than that, I do love this game.