By Robert Workman
Video Game Reviews
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
When the first two "Dead Rising" games came out, we were introduced to some unlikely heroes as they took on hundreds of zombies using everything from typical objects to full-on weapons. Along the way, these characters could also change outfits, ranging from a bad-ass motorcycle jacket and pants to ... a Mega Man get-up. Yes, we like that, too.
Now the third go-round is coming, with "Dead Rising 3" set to launch on Xbox One, leading Capcom into the next generation of gaming. This time around, you're a mechanic, Nick Ramos, working his way through the fictional city of Los Perdidos, Calif., dealing with the growing zombie horde that has infested the place. He'll need every bit of cunning and killer instinct if he wants to live another day.
Like previous games, "Dead Rising 3" comes with a kill counter, allowing you to mop up hundreds of zombies at a time using whatever weapons you can get your hands on. However, how you get those kills can open up quite a bit. You'll get to load into a car and run zombies over; but you'll want to watch out for stragglers that try to drag you out of the vehicle if they get too close. You can use assault rifles and other typical weapons, as well as, and this is our personal favorite, you can make your own.
This game introduces a simplistic crafting system, one where you can put together cool combination weapons, provided you have the right tools. For instance, the Boomshot requires you to have both grenades and a shotgun. Duct tape these together, and you're able to wipe out enemies with exploding shots. Same goes for the sledgesaw, which combines the power of a cement saw with the thunderous "oomph" of a sledgehammer. It's as sweet as it sounds, and just wait until you throw it.
You'll lose these weapons over the course of the game, but you can access storage lockers to utilize them again, along with any others you pick up throughout your journey. The game also lets you choose different outfits to change into on the fly, whether it's sexy lingerie or a shark costume, which is rather fitting when it comes to dropping an air strike on an armada of zombies. Because SHARKNADO!
The gameplay resembles the classic "Dead Rising" mantra, with its go-anywhere, cause-any-kind-of-chaos style of logic. However, it's all put together with the help of a new engine that runs on the Xbox One, one that brings the city to more vivid life than ever before. Of course, that also means more zombies. And good luck with that.
However, not everything is perfect with this build of the game. It often slows down a bit, even if there's hardly anything happening with zombies entering your field of view. This is something that could use a little clean-up before the game's final release. We do like some of the visual effects, though, like the flashlight feature when you head into underground caverns.
"Dead Rising 3" should be a good addition to the Xbox One launch library when the system finally arrives this fall. Its technical performance may be questionable in spots, but when it comes to zombie carnage, its heart is in the right place!
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