Pros Lots of gore, fun to kill zombies
Cons cant read most text unless you have a hd tv, timed missions, very hard bosses, few save points, loads too much
Summary At first i thought this was a fun game. it was fun killing zombies, and using the various weapons at your arsenal. Then it started to get annoying when you die and pretty much have to go to the beginning of the game because you didn't save. When you level up, you cant choose what you want to level up in, so you get a lot of something when you don't need it.
Pros Swarm effect = many zombies on screen at one time; original weapons (i.e. excavator); lots o' blood:-)
Cons Small text; save system; & annoying transciever that you must answer.
Summary Upon purchasing my 360, I could only think of two games worth buying: Far Cry & Oblivion (I'm not much of a gamer, but waiting out for Halo 3). No other titles grabbed my interest, until this one. IT IS FUN! I've read complaints about the save system, and small text which I agree with, but if your unimpressed because the bosses require more than 1 gun shot to kill than your looking for something else. I'm currently a Level 40, and find that the game just gets better. You learn cool new moves (i.e. pulling a zombies intestines out of their belly, grabbing them by the legs and swinging them into thier buddies, or putting them in a plain old suplex) and can start carrying more inventory. In regards to holding weapons for a limited time, well I think it was a good idea on Capcom's part; this encourages one to scope out new weapons, and remember if you find a book in one of the book stores that relates to a weapon of your choice (criminology=allowing you to hold a blade weapon 3x as long)your all set. Finally I am quite impressed with the story line. It has substance (considering it's a zombie game) and even that campy comedy associated with zombie flicks. All in all, if you think you might like this game, I bet you will once you've played it. If Capcom comes out with another, I'm sure they'll fix the smaller issues, and hopefully impress us with the town as a setting, instead of being limited to the mall (which btw is big enough; especially if your brave enough to venture in the underground parkade = Hell on Earth).
Pros Incredible crowds of zombies
Cons constant transciever calls from a mentally challenged janitor character, confusing structure and level design, very small text
Summary The device of the benevolent janitor who constantly calls while you're trying to play the game is really annoying. It might not have been so bad if there was voice acting for this instead of tiny text (which I can't read). The zombie hunting part is awesome, but the structure of the game is stifling and doesn't allow for extensive exploration of the environments. It's a shame because there's cool stuff to explore.
Maybe capcom will turn this into a franchise and the kinks will be worked out in the next iteration.
Pros It has some of the best melee around.
Cons Poor shooter, inaccurate and cumbersome aiming and firing. No save feature, so go back to beginning of the previous set each time you're killed and sit through the madatory, tiresome videos again. Survivors accidentally kill you all the time.
Summary Not at all a Shooter's cup of tea. If you're primarily a shooter, you're better off playing HALO, Godfather 2, or Left for Dead 2, all excellent, and the latter being a much superior zombie game. It takes two buttons and a toggle just to aim and shoot in Dead Rising. And you must be close for shots to be effective. So those lighting quick readies and accurate shooting of multiple targets we see in the Godfather games won't happen with Dead Rising. Just about impossible to break free if more than one zombie grabs you. No combination of buttons breaks you free. When they grab you, your gun will not function. And when your armed companions rush up to help you, they're worse enemies than the undead. Your own friends will bash your head in and then back to beginning to sit through the videos all over again. No button will short cut you out of the videos. And there's tons of them. You can play for 1 hour and if you get killed you lose your progress after sitting through those monotonous videos. Really tiresome. The only way to trigger an Auto Save is to finish a set with out being killed. Dumb. And I've never liked a game with a time limit. I like to take my time and have fun if I'm playing just the AI. But Dead Rising is creative and clever, and some of the best, goriest melee available. Novel contrivances of transportion are cleverly added. You can choose modes of dress. And just about anything is a melee weapon. Clever, but not for me. I'm going to go play HALO. For a shooter, that's the shizzy.
Pros Really fun game, pretty good story line. The idea of being trapped in a mall filled with zombies is pretty original but delivers amazingly. The variety of weapons you can use is absolute insanity.
Cons The saving system is really annoying. The best tactic to actually save is to do a mission go all the way back to where you started and save. The controls are sloppy and a good bit of times the computer makes the game really unfair.
Summary Over all its a pretty good game. Now that its twenty dollars its not that bad of a deal. I suggest you buy it if you have twenty bucks that need spending.