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Gamescom 2013: Hands on with Dead Rising 3

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Dead Rising’s  has, since it was shown at Microsoft’s E3 press conference, been the game that’s made me want an Xbox One. I’ve now had the chance to actually play it – and I’m happy to say that it still the thing that’ll get me to shell out for the console.

It still, like it was at E3, has a bit of a sluggish frame-rate and some nasty screen-tearing, but producer Mike Jones assured me that when the games launches alongside the Xbox one it’ll run at a much less headache-inducing solid 30 fps. It’s still, he says, a pretty early build. Why then, am I so excited for game that as it stands right now, is hardly a poster child for the next-generation?

Because it’s still the same crazy, irreverent and completely madcap nonsense that Dead Rising’s ever been – just with many, many, many more of those undead things on screen. The sandbox demo I played took place at night, when the zombies are at their most ferocious, and it all takes on the tone of a more serious horror; atmospheric thanks to the incredible lighting and deliciously gory effects.

I got to tinker a bit with the game’s robust crafting mechanic; combining a shock-stick with a blunt instrument to produce a mighty electrical hammer, or blending the same stick with some gems to create a lightsword – not a lightsaber for obvious legal reasons – but a lightsword, complete with the sound effects you’d expect. What got me most excited though, is the new vehicle crafting; which allows you to combine two vehicles to make an ultimately sillier and more violently menacing one.

I created a multi-wheeled instrument of zombie torture by combining a steamroller with a motorcycle, to create some sort of flame-spewing, zombie-mulching hybrid death machine. It was, frankly… glorious. Driving that thing around, turning thousands of zombies into mincemeat or bits of well-done steak.

Dead Rising 3, despite grim appearances, has its offbeat humour very much intact. It’s made all the more engrossing thanks to the next-gen tech that powers it; with thousands of the brain-hungry bastards on screen pretty much all the time you’re never out of playthings to annihilate with just about everything else on screen.

Last Updated: August 21, 2013


  1. TiMsTeR1033

    August 21, 2013 at 09:14

    when did zombies learn to use guns?? this land of the dead all over again?


    • Pieter Kruger

      August 21, 2013 at 09:17

      It’s awesome! They still have some brain function left of their previous lives. So zombie cops will walk around firing off a shotgun round every now and then and zombie football players will tackle the crap out of you etc. LOL!


      • TiMsTeR1033

        August 21, 2013 at 09:23

        in a way thats cool but also takes away maybe…. Make the game flippin hard! I still prefer my walkers like in walking dead..


  2. Pieter Kruger

    August 21, 2013 at 09:14

    So deliciously wonderfully funny and gruesome!! Day ooooooooooooooone purchaaaaaaaaaaase -Oprah voice!


  3. Gavin Mannion

    August 21, 2013 at 09:24

    that looks AWESOME


  4. Umar Kiiroi Senk?

    August 21, 2013 at 09:26

    30???? ……. I love Dead Rising, Had to replay the it on PC, the frame rate on the console version is just so horrible …. I couldn’t play it for more than an hour ……


    • TiMsTeR1033

      August 21, 2013 at 09:28

      Makes you wonder if the xbox one indeed does have the power…. dead rising 1 only came out on xbox 360 so how you play it on pc? only 2 came out on pc.. Framerate was abit shitty I admit…


      • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

        August 21, 2013 at 09:30

        Meant 2 sorry, and Im sure it has the power but 30 ?? god, 30 is unacceptable for next gen


        • TiMsTeR1033

          August 21, 2013 at 09:36

          gonna be dead rising 1 all over again… in all honesty Ms pulling same style launch line up.. DR was my first xbox 360 game.. and I loved it even know felt abit slow.. should be like 60 fps, I mean wont the driving feel slow then


          • Umar Kiiroi Senk?

            August 21, 2013 at 09:42

            Indeed, but DR is still a great launch title, it would honestly sway me too, I LOOOOVE Zombies. but 30 fps is just bad….hopefully it is just an early build ….you don’t really feel 30 that much, but seriously once you play with 60 you can’t go back, MGS revengeance is just so mind-numbingly fast paced, you would wonder why all games can’t be 60fps

          • TiMsTeR1033

            August 21, 2013 at 09:59

            I still gotta get that MGS Revengence, Btw The walking dead se 3 is really good can wait till end on ep 13 now, gonna have to wait till Se 4 airs in october before I can find A way to get it hehehe

  5. RinceThisandbacktoreality

    August 21, 2013 at 09:54

    30fps? I thought the whole damned reason we were wetting our pants for the next gen was for 60? Anywho, game looks like a hella load of fun! Will definitely be picking it up in 3 years…


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