Zombieland: The Video Game
If you’ve played the previous Dead Rising games, then you’re probably a fan of the franchise and know what to expect. I, however, haven’t played any of the prequels. So if like me you are one looking to dive into the world of Dead Rising, then read on. This Dead Rising 4 review is for you.
At its core, Dead Rising 4 is a third-person open world game where your objective is to kill all the zombies. Plain and simple. You don the role of Frank West a former photojournalist now working as a college teacher. You and your student Vicky Chu, are investigating a military compound which is the site of the first zombie outbreak. As always, things don’t go according to plan and you are accused of terrorism by the government, yada-yada-yada, zombies attack and you are there to face the day. That’s the short version of the story. The story isn’t the most compelling feature of the game and it’s there just to get you from point-A to point-B. Don’t expect a BioShock Infinite level of storytelling in Dead Rising 4 and it shouldn’t be expected from a survival beat ‘em up game like this.
Moving on to gameplay, this is where Dead Rising is a lot of fun. Kicking things off, there are a lot of customisation options available for the main character and the sky is the limit for how you want the protagonist to look. There are also a lot of collectables and blueprints to find scattered throughout the level. Finding the blueprints for new weapons can be quite fun. If you have played Ratchet and Clank or Sunset Overdrive and like the weapons in those games, then you will love what Dead Rising 4 has to offer. It looks like the developers have taken a leaf from the Batman Arkham game’s detective mode. You have access to something very similar which will help you solve puzzles through this journey. There is also an exo-skeleton suit that looks like the one from the movie Edge of Tomorrow and that isn’t a bad thing. Add a bunch of customisable vehicles to the mix and you have one zombie apocalypse game that you will be playing for hours to come.
Speaking of hours to come, it will take you well over 20 hours to finish one playthrough even if you aren’t going to collect everything or do everything there is to do.
Overall, the gameplay is a lot of fun and there is little to complain here. It is the ideal game to run through if you just got bullied, had a bad day at work or want to steamroll over some zombies to vent your frustration.
If there is one thing I’d like to see in the game, it’s split-screen co-op. It would be a lot of fun to sit on a couch with a friend and kill hordes of Zombies.
|Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Price: Xbox One: 3,999
Reviewed on: Xbox One S
Developers: Capcom Vancouver
Publishers: Capcom, Microsoft Studios
Moving to the graphics, the game isn’t the best there is, visually but it isn’t bad either. There are frame rate drops and texture pop-ins but all this can be forgiven when you see the number of Zombies that are rendered at a given point in time. If you have played ‘The Last of Us’, then this is the exact opposite. The Last of Us shows what the world would be like if the Zombie apocalypse became a reality. Dead Rising is the final battle from the movie Zombieland.
Coming to the sound, the voice acting is quite cheesy but not overly so. There is too much sarcasm and humour in the dialogue for you to take anything seriously and that’s a good thing. The weapon sounds are punchy and the gurgling of the zombies getting squished under your car or being destroyed by your weapons is … satisfying.
Verdict: Dead Rising 4
Dead Rising 4 is a fun game and one that you can play when you want to blow off some steam, or just lose yourself in the video game version of Zombieland. The weapons are interesting and the story though cheesy, something we like. The only two downsides are the dip in frame rate and the fact that the gameplay can sometimes get repetitive and boring. If you are looking for a serious ‘World War Z’-style Zombie game, then you’re better off playing ‘The Last of Us’.
Overall fun gameplay
|Inconsistent frame rate
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Sameer "Psycho Mantis" Mitha
I live for gaming and technology is my muse. When I am not busy playing with gadgets or video games I delve into the world of fantasy novels.