I literally feel the exact same as you Mitchell Davis. I just watched Totalbiscuit talk about Dead Rising 3 for the PC and it got me thinking about DR 3 again. I bought the Xbox One almost exclusively for DR 3 when the Xbone came out. And thats because i FUCKING LOVED Dead Rising 1 and 2. To me the original was a game i seriously fucking dreamed about. Having an open world where I just pieced my way through hordes of zombies where death was moments and humans were a threat and i had to scrap together what i could from my environment. I pictured a more serious game initially but after playing Dead Rising 1 i fell in fucking love with its style and humor as much as anything else. Dead Rising 2 was to me an almost perfect follow up and expanded where it needed to but not too much.
So when i played DR 3... i found myself having fun... at first. Then it seemed as if something was off but through the entire game, multiple playthroughs, i couldn't place my finger on what it was. It was like Dead Rising without its heart and this review literally put what i felt into words. The challenge was gone, the humor a shell of itself, the boss fights were more miss than hit, the combo weapons seemed OP/easy to get and by level 20 i felt invincible, everything was off. You can almost break the game with the right skills unlocked in DR3 when in 1 and 2 you couldn't control it and nothing you ever got made you overly powerful until your health got near to maximum which didn't happen till at least 2 or 3 playthroughs. By then it was rewarding, you earned it, in Dead Rising 3 theres little risk and little reward. Its literally as he said you just find the combo weapon(s) you enjoy, kill zombies, repeat. And you literally wouldn't need to find any of the other ones, theres no need to search after that. Oh you can but theres no reward to it because you hardly earn anything you don't already have and that's power and or powerful weapons. The cars i felt were interesting, and Combo cars could have been well done but some of them are just way overpowered again and you find yourself favoring them. The collectible's were weak, I completely miss the escort missions (something a lot of people hated but i loved), and the new missions are fuck all and pointless.
All in all there's just was no reward for me from playing Dead Rising 3 and in my opinion it was the weakest in the entry. It was the worst game ever but for a DR game it felt like a shell of itself. It's literally as if Capcom, a company i fucking loathe for what's happened to Resident Evil and for their underhanded, anti-consumer business practices, just seemed to be going for a different audience on this one. This is admittedly one of the last franchises from Capcom i still like, and it honest to god happens to be one of my favorite video game series of all time. But they are going in the wrong direction and it has me heart broken because if this is what Dead Rising will be from now on... it'll end up just like Resident Evil... something it wasn't supposed to be. With all that said... I STILL ENJOYED THIS GAME A LOT!!!
But maybe, just maybe saying where they went astray will help more than if i just swallow my tongue and don't say a word. REALIZE YOUR FUCKING MISTAKES CAPCOM... (asking for a miracle here)