The third instalment of Capcom’s open world survival horror was shown off at E3. Looks dead funny.
When I saw Capcom take the stage, I sat on my bed wondering: Will it be a new Resident Evil? Are they finally reviving Mega Man? Maybe it’s a new Street Fighter game? But the one game I had forgotten about was Dead Rising. When I saw the logo appear I suddenly entered a state you’d expect a five-year-old to be in after handing them a fiver and pushing them into a sweet shop.
Dead Rising has been on my mind since the first game came out in 2006. After I completed Dead Rising 2 I made many a theory about who you’d play as next and where it would be set. I was right about one thing – it is indeed set in a city. The protagonist isn’t female though, so I was wrong about that.
The cinematic trailer introduced us to the game’s new protagonist, a mechanic called Nick. The great thing about the protagonist being a mechanic is of course, crafting. Crafting combo weapons was a huge part of Dead Rising 2 and the three spin off games that went alongside it. Now it’s back and better than ever. You can create your combo weapons on the go, so no more running back and forth between workbenches every time you find something you think would make a great combo. “Yes, this sword and some gasoline would make a terrific flaming instrument of zombie slaughter.”
The developers have confirmed that the comedy elements present in previous games are still there, despite the serious tone of the E3 demonstration. You can wear a mankini – ’nuff said. A neat feature that takes advantage of the Xbox One’s Kinect system means that if a zombie suddenly grabs you from behind and makes you shout out in shock in real life, the microphone picks up on this and brings any nearby zombies to the party. This feature can be turned off of course, but I’m viewing this as a rehearsal for the real zombie apocalypse so will be getting the best training I can.
Something else that really grabbed me was the colossal size of the world. Capcom claim you could fit the worlds from both other games in there and still have plenty of room to spare, and with no load times at all. This is great news, as now not only do we get a huge world to explore and raid for zombie survival loot, it also means vehicles have a much greater role to play. You can drive trucks, sports cars, and rather aptly, a hearse to help rebury the dead.
The game also makes good use of the Xbox Smartglass app but isn’t necessary to play, so you don’t lose out on too much if you don’t have a smartphone or tablet. It gives you access to exclusive side missions, and can be used as a map to locate useful items and areas within the game. It can also be used to call in air strikes, flare drops and drone scouts, seemingly via Nick’s friend/acquaintance in the military. This also allows for a co-operative experience where one player takes control of the game and the other offers guidance and advice through Smartglass.
Capcom’s impressive E3 trailer shows off all the things that made Dead Rising 3 my personal winner of this year’s show. With a release date set for November this year, it should definitely be on your most wanted list.
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Photo Credit: Capcom, Microsoft