Dead Rising (2006)

Video Game  |  Action, Comedy, Drama  |  8 August 2006 (USA)
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Photojournalist Frank West finds himself trapped in a shopping mall overrun by flesh eating zombies.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank West (voice)
Kim Mai Guest ...
Isabella Keyes / Additional Voices (voice)
Jessica McCarney / Additional Voices (voice)
Brad Garrison (voice)
Carlito Keyes (voice)
Russell Barnaby (voice)
Gregg Berger ...
Brock Mason (voice)
Susan Silo ...
Lindsay Harris (voice)
Cliff Hudson / Roger Hall / Additional Voices (voice)
Philip Tanzini ...
Thomas Hall / Additional Voices (voice)
Peter Renaday ...
Sean Keanan / Additional Voices (voice)
Adam MacIntyre / Additional Voices (voice)
Paul Carson / Additional Voices (voice)
Adam D. Clark ...
Steven Chapman / Additional Voices (voice)
Kent Swanson / 'Fantastic!' Photo Shot Call / Additional Voices (voice)


Photojournalist Frank West finds himself trapped in a shopping mall overrun by flesh eating zombies.

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Due to the fact that this game takes place almost entirely in a shopping mall, there is a warning on the front box cover of the game that states: This game was not developed, approved or licensed by the owners or creators of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978). See more »


When you fight Carlito a second time, he uses a .50 bolt action rifle, but he fires it like a semi-automatic rifle (continuously). See more »


Russell Barnaby: Instead we accidently made zombie livestock.
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Followed by Dead Rising 2: Case West (2010) See more »


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Fun and gory as hell.
25 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's really refreshing sometimes to play a game that doesn't take itself too seriously nor does it provide any philosophical, deep, moral messages or even thought-provoking. What it does is entertains and sometimes that's all you want.

Inspired by the likes of the George Romero zombie flicks of yore, Dead Rising tells the tale of Frank West, a no-nonsense photographer who has landed, quite literally, into a living hell of a story. And that hell comes from the mindless hordes of zombies that seek to devour nothing but human flesh as well as generally moaning and groaning. He gets more than what he bargained for as he uncovers a conspiracy that goes far deeper than he has expected.

With that premise in mind, it's easy to see the parallels to past zombie flicks and here it works really well. The Resident Evil games without a doubt are MUCH more intense than this game, but Dead Rising spices things up by game-play variety. Not only do you get to take pictures, but you also must time them right to get the perfect shot which earns you points that level up your character. You can also take on side missions ranging from rescuing civilians and killing bosses. And man, some of the boss fights are really good and inventive with a wide assortment of lunatics to defeat and once you defeat them, you get rewards like key cards and even new weapons. Some of the weapons are really cool; especially the ones that impales zombies and have them spinning around and around are darkly humorous and you can even use a lawn mower!!! Add to the fact that you can drive vehicles to mow down zombies and you have yourself one entertaining game.

The controls are tight and sound effects are top-notch, crisp and clear. Nothing is more pleasing than bashing the living daylights out of zombies with the sound of gushing blood and it helps to have a rocking sound system that adds to the experience. And it looks really good too; with detailed graphics that are so real looking, you'll be left agape with mouth in tow. As for the story, I thought it was pretty good although it doesn't really offer anything new in terms of plot, but the character development got me invested in the proceedings as things went along. There are some hilarious moments, though not in a lighthearted sense. All in all, stellar production values make this one a treat.

However, the biggest flaw in this game is the save system. Simply put, it is not well-developed or though out in any way shape or form. You can't save anywhere nor are there any multiple save slots for saved games; I found myself very frustrated by not being able to save anywhere. There are some moments where the game saves automatically and it lessens the frustration somewhat, but the save system really sucks the life out of this otherwise stellar game. I also found it rather short. I beat it in a couple of hours which is a little disappointing but the amount of variety in zombie disposal makes up for this in some ways than one.

So is Dead Rising the best zombie game? it's quite close but Resident Evil is much better. However, If all you want is a nice, entertaining zombie game that doesn't take itself too seriously, isn't very deep and offers a variety of killing zombies, then get this game. Just don't expect Resident Evil-like quality and you're all good.

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