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Not ready for primetime...
, November 24, 2013
The 3rd installment of Dead Rising made officially as an XBox One release day game, is full of issues. The story takes over as Nick and his friends look to escape the city infected with a mass zombie horde. The zombies in this game are slow and stupid, not nearly as silly as some like seen in World War Z or as incessant as the ones in Day Z. Now if you follow my YouTube channel you will see I am big Zombie fan. I did a whole series where I played some 30 zombie games. Getting this game for the Xbox One was almost a no brainer for me. I was soon disappointed with the game I got day 1.
The main issues I have with this game are these. When you have a brainless slasher combat game you need simplicity of control.
Often I would be fighting and accidentally hit a button that would throw my weapon away. Or when in the midst of combat I needed to eat some food the devs decided that picking up a bag of chips and then eating it should be 2 separate buttons. While from the outside it seems so common sense that it should be easy to remember, in the midst of combat its anything but intuitive and a real chore to remember the keys. Sure with enough muscle memory you might get it but its really difficult in the beginning. Ok so your amazing with muscle memory.
Ignore that part of my review if you will. Instead the physics are laughable at best. Several times I would bump into another object to have my car explode and I flip no less than 300 times down the road to stand up unscathed. Once I bumped into a parked tow truck (a side rescue mission to clear out the zombies around this girl) The car became damaged but I kept on clearing out the Zeds.
What happened next was hilarious if it wasn't so sad. The car blew up, I flipped 300 times in the air and flew into a building a block away. When I stood up I had killed all of the Zombies around the girl and every car in the area was on its roof. Its not just when the car blows up that the physics are laughable its most things you hit/run into when driving.
Shooting in this game seems a bit off too. Its hard to describe, but the camera angles are all wrong. You never get to really aim well. Its just a sloppy mess and your better off not using a gun at all.
+ A day one zombie release for Xbox One
+ Lots of carnage
+ Silly situations are fun
- Controller a mess (too many functions for a hack & slash game)
- Camera following is terrible when shooting
- Physics are atrocious with regard to explosions and damage
- Feels really sloppy
- Graphics are for Xbox 360
Overall I was not happy with the gameplay/controls/physics. Also this is an obvious 360 game ported to the One. The graphics are decent at best. I realize its a release title and they didn't write it for the One but it still feels old.
Skip this for now and get it in the bargain bin next year.