Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4, Xbox one game review.

“Dead Rising 4 is an action-adventure video game developed by Capcom Vancouver and published by Microsoft Studios for Xbox One. It is the fourth installment in the Dead Rising series. It was announced at Microsoft’s E3 2016 press conference on June 13, 2016. It features the return of Frank West, and is set in a Christmas-themed Willamette, Colorado. Released on 6th December 2016.”

7/10 from Gamespot & 74 from Metacritic. Trailer:

I bought this game in April 2019, last year. I played and completed the game within a week, not kidding. I spent a lot of time on it, working through the missions, without really exploring the map, any challenges or special locations. What I experienced was a fun, stay-at-home game that I overall enjoyed. It is a return for character Frank and the idea to set the game at Christmas with snow was really good, and added a lovable dimension to the theme, not seen before in any other zombie games.

It was however a short campaign and after completing it, I went back to the game for a few more weeks and then didn’t touch it again. I am however going to play it later on, briefly. The lack of missions and short game play really disappointed me. But, there were no cases with timelines and the save system worked well (compared to the original Dead Rising). This addition felt like it lacked substance, and ultimately you are left with a game in which you endlessly make weapons, kill zombies and then…repeat until you get bored.

Graphically the play through was solid, with one or two glitches in the game that were fairly easy to tolerate. Frank has a different look, is more cocky than ever and can take selfies with his camera – a welcome addition. The return to Willamette was fun, being able to explore the whole town this time, even if it is a small place. I just hope that the next game – Dead Rising 5 – brings us to a new, long campaigned, less mindless zombie killing fun.

Highlights of the game – Great vehicles, weapon combos, fun voice acting, interesting locations and graphics.

Downsides – Repetitive, short campaign, too many zombies, need to use multiplayer to really have fun.

I think the game tries too hard, working and thriving in few areas instead of overall. If the game was longer, bigger and less about mind numbing zombie slaughter, then I think I’d recommend it to fans of the first.

My Score: 3.5 / 5




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