Dead Rising 3: The Xbox One’s Current Killer App

Dead Rising 3 for Xbox One

Still reeling from the colossal releases of Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One in November, we’ve managed to give all the major games a spin on each system. We’ve already gushed about how much we’re enjoying the PS4’s visually entrancing and now it’s time to give the next-generation Xbox some love.

Microsoft can boast some impressive games exclusive to their new console like Ryse: Son of Rome and Forza Motorsport 5, but the one that we can’t pull ourselves away from is the Capcom-developed zombie thrashing survival action game, Dead Rising 3. We’ve got a concise rundown of what makes this game so fun and engrossing below.

Impressive

+ Open World Survival. The fictional city of Los Perdidos, California is a sprawling urban sandbox with a map that’s many times larger than the first two Dead Rising games. You’ll have to explore a fair amount of the city’s four main sections to complete the game’s campaign and numerous side quests, but it’s rarely a chore.

+ Persistent Tension. What’s quickly evident playing Dead Rising 3, is that it’s impossible to kill every zombie in Los Perdidos. You can clear the room you’re in or the street around you, but the undead continue to emerge from every crack, crevice, and grate around you. You’re forced to be swift as you loot the surrounding area for weapons and sustenance because you’re vulnerable unless you’re in safe zone or a multiplayer friend is watching your back.

+ Crafting and Customization. The Dead Rising games are known for over-the-top weapon crafting and wild player customization, and the third game lives up to its pedigree. You now have the option of creating combo vehicles like a zombie-mulching truck or steamrolling motorcycle that add an entirely new element of fun.

+ SmartGlass Integration. As developers struggle to find a way to meaningfully integrate the second screen experience into their games, Capcom Vancouver has clearly figured it out. Pairing your mobile phone or tablet with your Xbox One via the SmartGlass app will turn the device into a faux-cellphone that the Dead Rising 3’s fictional in-game survivors can use to communicate with you as you play. In addition to opening up new missions and enabling access to additional weapons, the SmartGlass feature truly heightens the immersion.

Less Impressive

– The graphics aren’t exactly mind-blowing. The graphics in Dead Rising 3 aren’t bad by any means, but as a game launching alongside the likes of Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5, and Battefield 3 the visuals appear lacking. That said, the technical feat of putting thousands of zombies on screen combined with the game’s impressive draw distances make it clear that Dead Rising 3 is comfortably beyond what the Xbox 360 is capable of.

 

Bottom-line: Dead Rising 3 is an impressive addition to the Xbox One’s new and expanding portfolio and an exciting preview of what’s on the horizon for Microsoft’s new machine. It’s comforting to see that despite the formidable grunt of the hardware that it’s running on, the real strength of the game rests in its addictively fun, over-the-top, zombie smashing gameplay. For Xbox One owners with a penchant for eradicating the undead, Dead Rising 3 is a must-have.

See a few more screen grabs of the game below.

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The Nerdcotics Staff

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