Dead Rising 3 on PC is a bit of a mess

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Dead Rising 3 is no longer an Xbox One exclusive, and the fun zombie-slaying sandbox is now available for PC too. As we told you earlier today, the thing’s got some pretty meaty requirements if you want the maximum in visual fluidity and as a result, the maximum in fun – because frames per second and resolution are directly proportional to the amount of fun to be had. You may want to hold off on all that fun; Dead Rising 3 on the PC is a bit of a mess right now.

According to numerous reports on the game’s forums, Dead Rising 3 on the PC is – as you’d expect, really – a pretty shoddy, awful port that’s been poorly optimised.

Users are reporting horrible issues, like stuttering performance, unplayable lag, and irritating mouse acceleration. Frame drops seems to happen even when there’s nothing much happening on screen, and for some, the  game randomly crashes to desktop.

People with gaming systems that could power a supervillian’s Moon Base are finding that their very expensive, significantly-pricier-than-an-Xbox-One gaming PC’s just aren’t able to run the game well. Many claim they can’t play the game for more than 10 minutes before being booted out of the thing.

Others, as is usual for PC gaming, say it runs just fine. Still, many are taking to social media to shout at Capcom and insist on a patch to make game run just that little bit better. The game has yet to unlock for our friends in North America – so expect the probably justified whining and anger to ramp up significantly when it does.

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The game’s also locked to 30fps – though you can fiddle with some ini settings to change that. This new generation of consoles, and their PC-like architecture was meant to make games better for PC gamers – yet we’re stuck with the same shoddy ports of console games.

Last Updated: September 5, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Sageville

    Sorry for PC peeps!

    • Samuel Martyn Grayim Barriball

      yeah… I’m so pissed off

  • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora


    • Hammersteyn

      Yet they act like it

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        Yes because they have to. Can’t go around admitting they didn’t really try or test can they.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It’s sad to think I’m surprised when a console port DOESN’T have problems on the PC. It’s particularly noticeable with the “AAAs”.

      I played Blades of Time a while back, what a great console port that was – worked like a dream. Binary Domain? Perfect. Max Payne 3? The only game to make my PC bluescreen in 3 years.

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        It’s the world we live in

      • Sir Rants A Lot: On Pandora

        AAA’s are always the worst. I understand that they are technically more challenging but it’s not like they don’t have the know how

  • Jonah Cash

    I’m still sitting thinking how the hell MS is allowing Xbox One exclusives to jump to PC… It doesn’t make any sense to me!! I get that the install base on the One is not that big and for the developers to make money they need more buying power, but this make a circle of problems: See the PC guy is sitting there thinking I don’t have to buy the One because all it’s games will come to PC in any case which makes it less people who will buy the One. And with less people on the One to sell games to it just goes back to a PC port to try and make money… Stupid is as stupid does I guess!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Pieter said it was a good move by MS, go figure

    • Uberutang

      Nobody is going to buy a Xbone for Ryse or DS3… so this helps the dev/publisher a little bit.

    • FoxOneZA

      MS doesn’t own the IP’s, the studio’s do. It’s in the best interest for both parties to end the exclusivity deal so they can invest in more games or else you’ll be stuck with MS trying shoe-horn Ryse into every sales gap.

      • Jonah Cash

        I get that, but surely then just release your game on all platforms and have a better chance of making money???

        • Ibrahim Chhaya

          Maybe the agreement states that they can’t for a limited amount of time.

        • Samuel Martyn Grayim Barriball

          Exclusives are usually timed. Rarely do they make an exclusive on one console last forever

    • perdytang

      Consider the fact that PC gaming is largely done on Windows based OS’s and you have your reason.

    • Scarecrow

      A good PC setup for good gaming is more than $500. Even though nothing can beat PCs in terms of visual but I have to admit the compatibility is a huge problem. With consoles you don’t have that, so that is one good reason for people to buy XO.

  • Uberutang

    Most of the complaints come from people that hack the ini file to get 60fps (instead of the potato fps of 30fps). So yeah.. if you have something to run double the ‘locked’ fps and you get frame drops…

    • 1whiteguy

      Running the game @ everything stock and getting 10 min lock ups…’re wrong.

  • veggiesaurus ZA

    neogaf to the rescue…

  • Hammersteyn

    Next they have to port Ryse over, that should be fun

  • geelslang

    I would like to know if the PC version supports the rumble triggers for the xboxone controller?

  • 1whiteguy

    Can’t play for more then 10 mins on my rig…..rocking a GTX 780

  • help me


  • Jay

    Someone please sue capcom for this horrible mess. They take our money yet they have no response to this issue. Capcom need to know how to develop properly instead of making stupid resident evil remakes ffs.

  • Zander Boshoff

    When i heard consoles were basically becoming pcs i was looking forward to proper ports since they are so similar, I get that there are different configurations for gaming pcs but how hard is it to test it properly before releasing it?

  • Steve Brain

    “that’s been poorly optimised”

    that’s not optimised at all 🙁

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    I be playing dis and de installer twas in Russian… Aaarrrggh.

    Not that bad and not that good either. 5/10 Meh-d Rising

  • KevinM7

    Check tutorial for crashes here:

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