Dead Rising 4 is a beautiful, gorey, holiday themed game.
You play Frank West, the professional journalist, from the first Dead Rising game. Frank teaches at a local University now, and one of his students had pressured him into investigating a “refugee site”, but clearly there was more shady stuff going on there. It doesn’t take long for the zombie outbreak to occur, and Frank West is the only one who can fix it.
Dead Rising’s Story has never matter as much as the weapons, characters, gore, and many other things that happen in the game. Dead Rising 4 is no exception to that. The story does have a few twists, and turns, but really the story is there for a lot of the one-liners said in the game. Frank West is sarcastic, and completely casual to the fact that there is a zombie apocalypse happening around him. This really pays off with the fantastic writing, and great voice acting. With a lot of the recent zombie games taking a more serious approach to storytelling, it’s always good to see a story where the character isn’t bawling his eyes out at every death, and is able to still keep the story moving forward.
Dead Rising 4 is set back to Willamette, which was also the location of the first Dead Rising game, but this time around the mall isn’t the only place you can go. Instead, Frank is able to roam around the town of Willamette, and it is one of the largest maps that the series has seen. The town looks, and has this very nice christmasy charm to it.
The main point behind Dead Rising 4 is all about killing zombies, by the thousands with the most ridiculous weapons, vehicles, explosives. Just about everything around you can be used to keep your killing spree going. The vehicle combinations are very unique, and they all feel different enough to each other. You’ll see yourself driving a electrified golf cart, and killing people with the power of Zeus. The ridiculous weapons, and insane amounts of gore have always been a hallmark of the series.
There is plenty of things to unlock, and find in Willamette to aid Frank in his fantastic slay ride. Blueprints are scattered all around Willamette, which teach Frank new ways to create deadly weapons/vehicles with the resources around him. Skills are unlocked regularly, which make Frank more powerful, and more fun to play. Frank can also gain access to new venders, by rescuing survivors, and building up the various shelters around Willamette. Searching for the schematics is fun, because every new schematic is unique, and fun to collect.
Dead Rising 4 looks amazing, character models are realistic, the gore is very detailed. That said this isn’t a game that will impress you like Crysis did when it came out. The sound design is superb, the sound effects for some of the weapons are hilarious. The soundtrack is also great because of the christmas theme most of the music you’ll hear is christmasy.
The CO-OP mode also adds it’s own separate multiplayer campaign, which consists of four episodes. You level up a character separate from your SP one. The 4 players are tasked with things like disarming bombs, surviving waves of zombies, and killing bosses. You level up as you go, and because it’s CO-OP you also have a points scoring mode, the way the game was build works perfectly in multiplayer, and mainly it feels like a more scaled down version of the main game.
In conclusion, Dead Rising 4 doesn’t build much farther than it’s predecessors, but it lays down a foundation for more games to come. The setting is great for the genre it’s in and it helps build up the world around it. It’s very fun by yourself and with friends, doesn’t matter if you are trying to rack up the highest score, or if you’re running zombies over in a tricycle. You’ll enjoy the game both ways. There were some points where it didn’t shine, being the technical aspects, and there wasn’t much of an improvement compared to the other games in the franchise.