Worried that Dead Rising 3 might be a bit... serious? Don't be. From the moment it starts, subdued colour palette aside, this is the series as you know it. By the time you find and build the dildo gun, you'll wonder what the fuss was about.

It's as fundamentally silly as it was before, with most of the game's systems having been designed for the sole purpose of Dicking Around™. The new combo mechanic enables players to create some outlandish weapons (oversize teddy bear + assault rifle = automated sentry gun) which are as much fun to use as they must have been to come up with. These items need to be crafted by first obtaining blueprints dotted around the city. They make for a great incentive to explore, and their sheer absurdity turns Los Perdidos (a stylised reimagining of LA) into a playground of death. You'll be laughing for about 90% of the time you're playing.

Speaking of the city: it's a sprawling mess of a place. Not the biggest environment, but certainly one of the densest. Among the hordes of zombies – an ocean of the bastards await in every direction, an achievement that is both as intimidating as it is impressive – are downed jetliners, hastily-erected quarantine zones, and incredible amounts of junk. A surprisingly large number of buildings are freely accessible, and inside is just as detailed (and rammed with snacks, weapons and other toys) as outside.

For all these strengths, however, there are some glaring weaknesses. Picking up items is fiddly, due to them being generally grouped together: infuriating when you're trying to navigate a zombie rush. The game also relies too heavily on fetch-quests for most of its narrative and side missions, which are lacking any real drama or drive. Well, on 'normal' mode, at least – playing on Nightmare, with its strict time limits, super-tough zombies, and paucity of save zones, ratchets the tension no end, and is recommended. The city's many blocked-off roads, too, make vehicular navigation a chore.

I get the feeling, though, that you'll be having too much fun to worry about it...

Played for 12 hours.

8 / 10

  • One of the best games to simply mess around in.
  • The zombie tech is impressive.
  • Normal mode a little too easy.
  • Narrative and missions missing the spark of Frank West's adventure.

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igetmoney707

why the f*** would they make it for xbox one only?! dr2 was made for both ps3 and xbox 360, and was released for both AT THE SAME TIME. so what the f***?!
Posted 20:37 on 25 November 2013
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X2Eliah

Interesting. Also, apropos of nothing in particular, thank you for putting up the "hours played" indicator. It is very helpful and should really be a far more common thing in the gamesjourno circles.
Posted 11:44 on 19 November 2013
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pblive

It certainly looks fun. Not much chance of me getting a copy at launch, though. May rummage through more tradable stuff just in case!
Posted 19:57 on 18 November 2013
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cul25

Apparently there is a day one patch to stabilise the framerate issues
Posted 15:09 on 18 November 2013
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VGSteve@ NickTheSwede

It's not a solid 30 all the time, but any performance dips had no impact on my enjoyment of the game.
Posted 15:04 on 18 November 2013
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Karlius

From everything I have seen it looks and plays fantastically. I don't care about FPS and Pixel formalities, if the game play and look is good then everything else is irrelevant.
Posted 14:54 on 18 November 2013
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anialator136@ NickTheSwede

Disappointing visually but seems like quite a fun game. Nothing compared to the original set in Willamette mall though
Posted 14:41 on 18 November 2013
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neill94

Properly going to be the best xbox one launch title
Posted 14:35 on 18 November 2013
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NickTheSwede

How is the fps? They put it as 30fps with 720p but did read it Went below 20 at times. Not really next gen feeling..
Posted 14:21 on 18 November 2013
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Clockpunk

This game alone is making me want to pick up an XOne ASAP - going against every other instinct in my mind... and the review hasn't helped one bit! :p Reads like it is indeed the system seller Microsoft hoped it would be - so good on the team. I loved just messing about in the world of DR2, exploring every nook and cranny, finding hidden stashes of interesting items and makingdaft combo weapons - which sounds like it has been expanded upon here, and is what would keep me happy.

Sounds like the best launch title in memory.

Just a crying shame there isn't a 360 version... :-/
Posted 14:10 on 18 November 2013

Game Stats

Dead Rising 3
8
Out of 10
Dead Rising 3
  • One of the best games to simply mess around in.
  • The zombie tech is impressive.
  • Normal mode a little too easy.
  • Narrative and missions missing the spark of Frank West's adventure.
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Release Date: 22/11/2013
Platforms: Xbox One , PC
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Action
Rating: PEGI 18+
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