Dead Rising 3 Review
Dead Rising 3 Box Art
System: Xbox One
Dev: Capcom
Pub: Microsoft
Release: November 22, 2013
Players: 1 (2 Online)
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Alcohol

However, one big thing was changed this time around: the use of the in-game clock. When characters say they have stuff to do or tell you, in previous games, you only have a certain amount of hours or whatever to get it done. This is no more, and it’s something fans have long wanted from the series. Some of the side-quests still run on a specific timeline and therefore give you a little bit more tension to how you play. The plus of having the clock gone still outweighs any minus. In addition to this, the game no longer requires you to find half-dead survivors that you have to lead back to a safe house. Having this annoyance removed from the game mostly makes up for all other issues, big or small.

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Graphically, Dead Rising 3 is a nice-looking game. There’s a lot more texture than before, and the insane amount of zombies populating the screen adds a sense of overwhelming circumstances to an already desolate world. As much as I can praise the grim and gritty look of the world, there are also a few hiccups that bring into question Dead Rising’s next-gen acceptance: There are several instances of environmental pop-in during cinematics; the characters occasionally don’t look quite as realistic as they normally do, and my major pet peeve–the blood is shiny. Glistening in the wind shiny. It detracts from the realistic approach Capcom set out with this title. Because the characters in the game look damn good.

Much like other titles on the Xbox One, the character emotions come across hyper realistic on their faces. Couple this with the voice work, and we have some campy, horror-movie action firmly locked into place. Even with the voice acting being a little vacant in parts, you find yourself wondering if this was done on purpose. The other golden nugget in Dead Rising 3 is the score. It is hauntingly ominous. The score really succeeds in adding several layers into the context of the story.


Dead Rising 3 is exactly what I wanted. I wanted a game that focused on some of the issues the previous entries had and tried to fix them while staying true to the series. In some cases, this is done perfectly. In others, well, let’s just say we might need to revisit the old drawing board. Are those things bad enough to prevent you from having a good time with the game? Absolutely not. It’s fun. It’s as fun, if not more, than any of the previous games. It’s not going to change the world ten times over, but for a launch title, this is where we should be. Dead Rising 3 might not be the game everyone wanted, but it is a game we needed. I, for one, am thankful it is here.

Matt Walker
Date: November 22, 2013

The graphics are nice for the most part.
Controls are the same as in previous entries into the series.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
This is a B-movie script and sound effects. Depending on who you are, this is a plus or minus.
Play Value
Always a fan of the series, this is exactly what I expected.
Overall Rating - Avoid
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Featuring a massive and dynamic world, Dead Rising 3 represents a new benchmark for open-world gameplay.
  • Xbox SmartGlass offers a more connected Dead Rising 3 experience. Use your SmartGlass-enabled device to connect to the Zombie Defense and Control network and gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, powerful military support features, and more!
  • With the all-new Kinect, the zombie horde can hear beyond the screen and respond to noises inside your living room, so go ahead and flip off the lights...if you dare.
  • One of the largest cities in Southern California, Los Perdidos is a leading national center of business, culture and the center of the entertainment industry.
  • The zombies of Los Perdidos are smarter and deadlier than ever. With intelligent AI and shared awareness, players will be forced to employ all of their cunning, combat skills, and creativity to stay alive.
  • In Dead Rising 3, players can create their tools of zombie destruction, enabling unique and unforgettable gameplay moments. The action is gorier than ever as players survive and strike back at their undead attackers in new and imaginative ways. Dead Rising 3 also places a new emphasis on vehicles. But watch out--zombies cling to cars and attack you while driving!
  • In Dead Rising 3, vehicles not only help you navigate the world of Los Perdidos, they are a weapon against the zombie horde. Players can choose from 26 different high-fidelity vehicles to navigate the world, including Nick's muscle car. Dead driving has never been this much fun--or effective.

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