I’ve had the game for about a week and a half now and just finished the 72 Hour mode. It took quite a bit longer than I expected and without giving anything away, there’s still lots of game left. I’ve really enjoyed playing it thus far, and considering I wasn’t even sure if I was going to play it again after my initial sit-down, this is quite a feat. So how did my experience get turned around as it did? Let me first explain a little about what Dead Rising is and is not…

First of all, I’m not really sure what I was expecting, nor am I sure what you’re expecting. Whatever the case may be, I’m pretty certain no one was expecting it to play out as it does. The first thing anyone who plays this game should be told – is that you are meant to play it through more than once. If someone told me that from the get-go, the first few hours would have been much more enjoyable.

Another super important point is the save system. It sucks. I’ve heard some rave about it, calling it ingenious. It is nothing of the sort. Anyone who develops a game that can lead gamers to a dead end after hours of play only to start over from the very beginning should be flogged on a daily basis for the rest of their days. There is one save spot and you can only save your progress in the security room (your safe house) and public washrooms. And occasionally later on in the game, you are prompted to save after something major happens. But in just about every case, you’re standing in the security room when it happens. A word of caution – watch your time and plan your saves wisely.

Now, to set the stage – you play a photo journalist named Frank. In the opening scene, Frank gets dropped off on the roof of a zombie infested mall by helicopter and told his ride will return in 72 hours to pick him up. It doesn’t take you long to wrangle up some allies and start unravelling the great mystery, but it’s how things play out that’s sort of bizarre. There’s 8 main case files that you have to complete at certain times over the 4 days in order to be on the helipad at noon when your ride is set to return.

One of the people you come across is a guy named Otis. If you’ve played the game, you’re no doubt cringing right now. You will learn to loathe Otis. You see, Otis has nothing to do but watch the security cameras and call you on the transceiver whenever he spots someone. Which just so happens to be when you walk through every other door, or when you’re fending off hordes of zombies or trying to get back to the security room with a survivor before they get their face chewed off or fighting a boss or… well, you get the picture. He doesn’t leave you alone, ever! The problem here, is that the first time you play the game, you should really be focusing on the main case files and the odd side mission if time permits. There just isn’t time for much else. To make matters worse, there’s no way to ignore Otis. If you pick up and have to end the call to engage in some fisticuffs, Otis will call back in a huff bitching you out for hanging up on him. And if you just don’t answer, he simply keeps calling until you do. Fucking guy! But the final straw that will bring you close to the brink of insanity is the ridiculously tiny text captions you have to read. HDTV users shouldn’t have much to complain about here. But on my 27″ Sony Trinitron using the Component video cable, they’re still very hard to read. So, to sum it up – while you’re trying to play through the main case files, you have a dude calling you every couple minutes with mostly irrelevant information that you can’t ignore and appears as teenie-tiny text that will no doubt induce a few headaches from squinting.

Basically, if you understand that you will be playing the game through again, make sure you’re always on schedule as far as the main case files go and can learn to live with Otis, you’ll have a good experience with Dead Rising. It is tough and I dropped the f-bomb more times than Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction. But there’s lots of fun to be had here and the replay value of this single player game is surprisingly high.

Now, I’m onto Overtime mode and trying to score me the remaining 500 points.

8 Comments

I picked this one up yesterday, and it wsa totally different than what I was expecting. I had played the demo and figured that it was just a zombie-killing game (which it is for the most part), but I was surprised to find out that there was more to it.

I couldn’t believe it the first time I died (fighting Carlito) and I had to start all over from the beginning, I was pissed to say the least and nearly packed up the game and headed to ebgames to trade it in.

But I gave it a second chance, and I’m glad I did. The game is fun as hell, probably the most fun I’ve had with a game in a long time.

I agree that it sucks, but I honestly think they did it because it raises the despiration of the game. Like the goes so well with the "zombie movie" genre. You never have enough ammo, theres never enough time and things always go wrong.

Also it could be a sneaky trick to raise memory card sales:P

Regardless I loved that game.. and crap dude! your tied /w me in achievements!

@Jeff: Sounds like your first experience was spot-on with mine. I ended up dying shortly after beating Carlito in the food court and had to do the about 45 minutes worth of game over again. Not cool.

@Andrew: Yeah, I can see your point. But I still don’t like it. Oh, and did you ever run out of things to bash zombies with? 😛

And yes, we’re neck and neck and I’ve got some more coming to me soon. You’re goin’ down, sucker!

I don’t know why but I really wasn’t turned on to this game. But I needed a new play so I picked up Prey. That game rocks. Absolutely love it! I hear Gears of War is going to rock. I may just rent this one to give it a go, glad you had fun with it Matt, thanks for the heads-up.

I know your gonna think i’m a noob, but oh well. I picked up the game a couple days ago. Its pretty cool, but like with most games i suck and it. Its a great game tho. I’d like to get further but i can’t get past carleto. any tips please.

The save system is horrible, the AI is terrible, your weapons keep breaking (somebody explain to me please how a heavy sword would break after you used it about a dozen times) It is extremely frustrating especially if you try and do all the missions (if you are like me you don’t want to leave people behind)

I just can’t forgive the shoddy save system. I have to get this off my chest before I break something.

I’m so pissed off at this game that I googled "Dead Rising Sucks" and found this review. I’m very attracted to the concept, totally into fighting zombies in overwhelming numbers, love it! But the awful, aweful save system and the crappy AI has totally ruined what could’ve been a really positive gaming experience for me. Often something that is close to being so great can suck that much worse by failing, if only because you can see the potential. That’s what this game has become for me, a huge let down. After more than five hours of gameplay I’ve come to hate it. I understand that you have to play it through more than once, but that sucks. A lot of these missions are lame and boring and I don’t want to have to do them again. I’m glad people enjoyed it, I wish I did.

this game is fun but i cant stand having to fucking restart the dumbass game over and over and i just bought the game on steam 3 days ago and now i hate it and requested a refund

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