Is Capcom Making Dead Rising 3 Too Serious?

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The Dead Rising franchise was fun because the series didn’t take itself too seriously. Much like the Saints Row series, the wackiness of the game appealed to fans and made it stand out from all of the serious looking shooter games out there. However once Dead Rising 3 was revealed, it seems like the humor is now gone.

If you are unfamiliar with Dead Rising, I will give you a brief overview. The first two games were set in a mall and pretty much any weapon could be used to attack the zombies. I remember in the first game, I attacked zombies with a huge plush bear. Sure it didn’t damage the zombies in any way, but I couldn’t help but laugh at the end result.

Another thing I loved about Dead Rising is that I could dress up any way I wanted to as well. I made Frank West bald and even made him wear women’s clothing he found at the mall. I even made him wear kid’s clothing too. Again, this may sound ridiculous but it made the game unique and funny. The sequel itself retained these features and many people like its wackiness too.

The multiple endings is also one of the best features about the series too. If you haven’t played the games before, I won’t spoil it for you. All I will say is that some of the endings are funny too depending on the choices you make.

However when Dead Rising 3 was revealed at E3, I couldn’t help but be disappointed with how the game looks. For one thing, the graphics look drab even though it’s on the Xbox One. This is because the setting has changed s thea zombies have now ravaged the city and everything looks brown and boring. It would have been nicer if they took a page from The Last of Us and actually made the city look a little brighter at least.

Looking at Dead Rising 3’s gameplay, it looks too serious now too. It appears as if the game is trying to appeal to the “Call of Duty” crowd because guns can be used to full effect. I remember guns were useless in the previous games and you were better off finding other weapons to use. Not to mention all of the weapons that were seen in the E3 video were all “realistic” weapons like a wrench and chainsaw. I don’t think you can chuck a bunch of plates and zombies like you could in the first game, or other unworldly items.

Hopefully, Capcom reveals more about Dead Rising 3 soon since it will launch later this year exclusively for the Xbox One. As it stands right now, I feel the game is becoming too serious and generic for my taste.

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Damian Antony Seeto

Game reviewer from New Zealand. Been writing since 2009.


  1. John Gomez
    June 22, 2013, 8:06 AM

    I really hope this game is still wacky like Dead Rising 1 and 2. It really differentiated the series from most zombie games. Nothing like wearing Blank mask, a sun dress, and riding a tricycle in Dead Rising 2 or blasting zombies with the Real Mega Buster.

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  2. Eric
    June 22, 2013, 8:39 AM


    The demo they had behind closed doors still had Servbot heads you can put on zombies and were you not impressed by the number of zombies on screen at any given time?

    DR2 and its expansions did not sell well. They are producing something a little more different so that we, the fans of the game, can at least still see more DR games developed.

    GD Star Rating
  3. Joey
    June 22, 2013, 3:53 PM

    Watch this, skip to 16:18 and tell me that this game is too serious.

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