I really like Dead Rising. Spoiler alert, in case you’re sensitive to these things. I’m now trying to figure a solution to the final fight in the sweetly apocalyptic (Day of the Dead -ish) last scene, with the sea of undead wallowing around the tank you’re fighting on. I admit that it’s frustrating, since you have to go through the throwaway-easy run to the jeep and the machinegun-fight with the tank before getting to the bare hands showdown with the enemy commander. These take easily some five minutes of going through the motions. And the final boss is just hard, whereas each and every psychopath before him has fallen on the second try – at the most.
I dig the preceding (and sensible checkpointed) run through the zombie tunnel with the chick, really a suitable finale and a change of pace from before.
The game was weird to begin with, as the demo gave such a different impression of the gameplay proper. You thought it was a sandbox kind of game, while in reality it’s a pretty tightly timed, linear narrative, even though you have the option of running free and spoiling your chances at completing the game. Completing the narrative opens up different options though, and the Overtime mode, unlocked at completing the so-called 72 hour mode, is loosely timed.
As I completed the main storyline, I was starting to feel really at grips with the game and I am tempted to go through it again, this time perhaps saving more than ten survivors (out of some fifty or so), and maybe taking down all of the psychopaths. I love it because you get to know the mall: where the necessary items respawn, like the mini-chainsaws, the orange juice, the katanas and the submachine-guns, where it’s dangerous (the North Plaza), how much time you need to get across the mall and what weapons are the most effective. In the end, I used machineguns and katanas exclusively. Oh, and cars…
Dead Rising definitely comes recommended. It’s the only really original kind of game I’ve played on the Xbox 360, I think, and even though you need to learn how to play it before you can appreciate it, it’s a taste I’d advise you to acquire.