It may not be the most recent game, but it is definitely one of my long standing favourites, especially for the current gen. Dead Rising sees you step into the shoes of Frank West, a photojournalist who has heard rumour of a scoop that he cannot miss. So he hires a private helicopter and pilot, and heads out to the quiet city of Willamette, population 53,594… And finds it bursting at the rim with the living dead.
As Frank, you play through the game exploring the spacious Willamette Mall, filled with various stores and passages, temporary home to dozens of survivors. Not all of the survivors want to be saved, however – some of them have snapped under the pressure. But we’ll get to them in a minute.
In the mall, made up of several different areas, are a number of different stores – there are music shops, restaurants, a cinema, bookshops, toy stores, DIY supplies… The variety in the game is amazing, and to match it is the number of items that Frank can use. He can collect anything from sledgehammers and katanas to water pistols and golf clubs and use them in the fight against the zombie horde, as he tries to unravel the mystery of how it all started.
Armed with his trusty camera, Frank can take photographs of all manner of things – but some reap greater rewards than others. There are special actions that reward you with a high-value photo-opportunity, in several different genres, such as horror, brutality, outtakes and even erotica, and you will receive Prestige Points for each successful photo.
Prestige Points (or “PP” for short) are the experience points system for the game. Frank will level up every so often, to the maximum of level 50. Each level will bring him something new, whether it is a boost to health, speed or damage, or even a new attack skill, he will be able to survive the mall with greater ease with each gained level.
Along the way, Frank will find a number of survivors who will want to be saved – not as skilled as Frank, they will need protecting as they traverse the Mall. Frank can give them weapons, but they aren’t always the most skilled fighters. Frank will also encounter psychopaths along the way, ranging from deranged clowns to a misunderstood teenager with a molotov cocktail. Whatever you do in the mall, whether it is just killing zombies, fighting psychopaths, saving survivors or just taking pictures, you will earn Prestige Points.
The game is fantastic. It is packed with the action that we have all come to expect from a Capcom game, and has a “hero” that is no knight in shining armour, but is far more interesting and just feels real. I recommend this game very highly, and as it is a little older, it’s not an expensive game to own either.
Interested in the game? Purchase the game on Xbox 360 from Amazon.