Exactly a decade ago, gamers were treated to an intense open-world zombie apocalypse experience with Dead Rising. Capcom celebrated a decade of the best zombie shooter in existence, Resident Evil, with a sandbox zombie shooter following a journalist protagonist on a quest to solve mysteries while smashing zombie skulls. Ten years later, Capcom is bringing out anniversary edition re-releases for a new generation of players and platforms. Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record were updated to 1080p with 60 frames per second and were all released in September. The original Dead Rising will be available on PC through Steam along with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The sequels are only available on console, and console players can get a sweet bundle pack with all three titles for as much as a brand-new game would today.
Dead Rising was a fun but flawed sandbox game with firm roots in the minds of gamers of the age. I have a vague memory of playing the original and definitely enjoying it at the time, so playing it once again with refreshed graphics brought a welcome dose of nostalgia. Dead Rising is a colourful and fluid expedition into a town taken over by zombies for reasons not at all obvious at first. Reporter Frank West choppers into the town hoping to get an exclusive scoop on the zombie outbreak and ends up trapped in a local mall with survivors and zombies surrounding him on all sides.
The first true sandbox game of the time’s console generation, Dead Rising was well-equipped with story quests, side missions, weapons, customisation options and hordes of zombies all over the place to get through. Playing it today makes it hard to ignore how corny the game was but also serves as a reminder to how much fun it was. Your main goal is to survive, help whoever isn’t a zombie trapped with you, kill as many zombies as you can, take some fantastic pictures and level up. All the quests given are timed so you need to be careful with how you go about it.
The zombies you face are of the extremely slow and dumb variety. There’s a lot of them everywhere you go but only pose much of a threat if you’re in their direct line of sight and can be easily dodged and ran away from. However, you need to take care not to be grabbed because once that happens, the surrounding brain-eaters jump on you and that pretty much spells it for your non brain-dead days.
Weapons are littered across the environment to help fight them off. Ammo is hard to come by so you want to save as much of it as you can. Baseball bats, fire hydrants and even footballs can serve as weapons though their effectiveness obviously varies. The insane factor kicks in thanks to work benches that allow you to create your unique weapons like strapping a chainsaw to a boat paddle. Dead Rising made sure not to take itself too seriously, which is why it’s a classic today and die-hard fans will happily pay for re-releases.
New-generation gamers will definitely appreciate the absurdity of the franchise even if it’s just the original Dead Rising. Fans of the series will appreciate returning to the game on new platforms with game running on full HD and at a crisp 60 FPS. I’ve spent a good few hours on the original and can’t wait to get through Dead Rising 2 and Off the Record as well.