Top positive review
The franchise fully realized.
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2015
Dead Rising 3 is a great current gen game that still ranks up there with the titles being produced two years later since the new consoles launched.
I had a love/hate relationship with the first two games in the series. They were so fun but some technical aspects, like a crappy save system and lacking controls, kept me from enjoying them for the long haul. Dead Rising 3 either fixes or greatly improves upon all these deficiencies, and in my opinion finally adds up to an all-around great game.
With more horsepower than last gen, a system like the Xbox One is capable of putting far more zombies on the screen and accurately representing all the craziness you can perform in the series. The series has always been about campy zombie genocide with a ton of humor thrown in. A typical scene involves your character wearing a mascot shark's head as a helmet and a tuxedo while riding a motorcycle with a steam roller attachment on the front. It's insane to the point of being cartoony, and you'll love every second of it. The map is very large and you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore and find new items, perform side missions, and complete challenges along with the normal campaign.
Some slight knocks: The inventory system could've been better. You'll be dropping items and picking them right back up because you had to briefly make room for an item to help you build something. Also, after awhile any super crazy weapons you've built are accessible in lockers any time you need them. I actually would've preferred having to make a new one each time I found the components. It's hunting down the right parts that makes finally wielding a good weapon rewarding. Also some of the markers on the map are confusing. I have yet to complete some challenges/achievements because I found the last icon, stood right on top of it, and still couldn't find what I was looking for.
There's a ton to do in this game and its looks are pretty good for this gen, launch title or not. There's a ton of replay value and the DLC is worth a purchase as well if you're looking for more. It carries the torch for the series admirably and is the first installment where I feel they got everything right. As solid as it gets if you're looking for an Xbox One game.