Why Dead Rising 3 is the worst Dead Rising

Title Why Dead Rising 3 is the worst Dead Rising
Author Tom Chick
Posted in Game reviews
When July 2, 2014

Part of the point of zombies is their overwhelming numerical superiority. For this reason, Dead Rising 3 is an amazing piece of technology. It crams its streets gloriously full of zombies..

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Oh Tom, you could have saved yourself some trouble by waiting a few months. http://store.steampowered.com/...
Of course it would probably still be a bit rubbish anyway. At least the bonkers DLC looks somewhat promising.

I don't know that holding out until September would have made much of a difference. :(

As for the DLC, it's pretty terrible. It adds more storylines when that's already the weakest part of the game. And it further marginalizes the usefulness of all the weapons and vehicles in the game by throwing in superpowered stuff.

Is the game at least still timed? I know a lot of people complained about that, but the way Dead Rising was so clearly built around regular replays until you knew what you were doing made it really stand out. (In a good way.)

"Don’t have a Kinect? Well, that didn’t seem to occur to anyone making this game."

I'm a developer. To be fair to my career twins at Capcom, Microsoft pushed the fact that Kinect was an integral piece of their platform and would be sold with every console before there were dev kits. The idea that there would be a Kinect-less console is not something that was seriously considered until after Dead Rising 3 was released.

You're absolutely right, Mr. Dodo.

But Capcom definitely hopped on board with the agenda of building Kinect gimmicks into the game that can't be circumvented. I guess a more accurate way to put it is that it didn't seem to occur to anyone making the game that you might not want to use the Kinect Microsoft made you buy with your Xbox1.

It is timed. Very generously. Nightmare mode just means you can't do as many side quests, which have little impact on the game if you've already leveled up your character and unlocked a bunch of blueprints (most of which you won't bother using).

Is this guy a moron? Dead rising 3 is a more serious zombie killer game then dead rising 1, or 2 was. And u don't need to use the Kinect to change your clothes or attract zombies, I play the game without the Kinect. The graphics are way better then part 1, or 2. Less comic like. And also, cap on only came out with game for Xbox one because cap on was broke. Microsoft gave the money to capcom studios so they could afford to make the game. The same way Microsoft did for killer instinct. So is this guy stupid? Get your facts first before talking. Sony didn't get this game because they couldn't afford it. Look at how bankrupt Sony is getting and look at how less AAA games they are releasing? They can't afford it. Why do u think all u see is indie games come out? Because Sony is broke, Sony TVs failed, Sony phones failed, and u can thank Samsung for that.

I haven't played any of the Dead Rising games other than about an hour of the first one, which quickly turned me off of the game (I sucked at the rescue missions...really, really sucked). Knowing that they made the game a little easier entices me to pick it up the next time I see it on sale. I do agree with you that making anything 'Kinect Dependent' is a bad idea and I hope that it's not the case with this game as you said it was, or a patch could be forthcoming that would remove that particular requirement:)

sassy [sic]s are my favorite type of [sic]s. I can't wait until you review a game bad enough that you feel comfortable in adjusting the copy to say "Vogon Poetry Simulator is a video game [sic] in which the player..."

Preach on, brother!

Yes that's certainly true. I think the success of the Kinect feature implementation in Dead Rising 3 is certainly open to debate. The other people in a player's living space may not want to hear them repeatedly yell, "You're crazy!" or "Calm Down!"

lovely satire, friend.

This guy! Amiright?!

Different horses for different courses..... I can't agree with a lot of these criticisms, I loved it

I can't really disagree with any of the criticism but I still like it. :-) Even pre-ordered the pc-version on Steam.

Funny, we yell things like that at my house all the time! Don't own a Kinect though.

about the lockers, the items dont respawn like in the first and second game, furthermore you act like you can just take 2000 items at once. It needs resource points wich generate very slowly over time. to get a combo weapon you need twice the amount of points and to get super combo weapons you need twice the amount of points the normal combo weapons cost.

I just finished this game and couldn't quite pinpoint why I didn't love this game. I then went online and searched for negative reviews of Dead Rising 3 and came across this review. You did an excellent job Tom articulating some of the problems with the game and helped to explain why I didn't love this game, but only 2 stars seems a little harsh. I believe that Metacritic interprets this as 40%- which is really bad.

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)