Zero Punctuation: Dead Rising 3

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Dead Rising 3

This week, Zero Punctuation reviews Dead Rising 3.

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Well that was a much more satisfying video than Ryse's was. Yeah I agree the combo weapons seem a little bit weird, and the survivor system needs a little bit of work. The map's a bit weirdly designed too, especially since one bridge literally has a blocked exit meaning that you have to drive down a completely different route. I'm surprised that there was no mention of Nick's little traits like telling himself to calm down after escaping a zombie crowd or randomly spurting out "oh god" when surviving a zombie attack. I didn't really see the car issue, though. Unless you waited that long for the survivors.

The story's a bit stupid but besides the plot twist I don't really see how it's Resident Evil levels of dumb. And I only counted about two people out of the ten or so characters turning evil. Still, zombie killing fun.

Still, at least the 'lack of colour' and 'airstrikes' aren't an issue, especially the last one which they cut out of the game.

True what you said at the beginning, I am surprised so many people rushed out to get the new consoles when there's still very little worth getting on them yet. Still, we need those early buyers to support the market right, so not going to knock them.

I loved that joke about the steamroller motorbike, that made my day.

I'm not sure if I like the prospect of making the item crafting changes he mentioned. While being able to craft on the go may be a welcome addition needing blueprints rather than experimentation takes away the mystery and making it too easy to get the good weapons does suck some of the fun out. I don't have to use them though so I guess it could work if I only used what I could find and craft...

I too sat far away from the next gen consoles, at my PC, wondering what on earth this fuss about "current gen" hardware was, when most of it is just cobbled together laptop parts of days gone by.

But I digress;

ZOMBIES WHOO! Said nobody but Strazdas

If you could actually bludgeon zombies with 2 zombies on a stick, I'd probably buy it right now.

So it features a mechanic that can't figure out how to build things without being told to? Given that they could have made him literally anything else and it would make more sense, why did they go that route?

kailus13:
If you could actually bludgeon zombies with 2 zombies on a stick, I'd probably buy it right now.

So it features a mechanic that can't figure out how to build things without being told to? Given that they could have made him literally anything else and it would make more sense, why did they go that route?

I think the mechanic part is just to justify that he's your average Joe and the vehicle combos. But I think the gameplay mechanic was there to make things simpler seeing as you don't often spend much time in one place.

This is what confuses me...The main character can craft things on the spot because he's a 'mechanic', but he can't do fuck all unless he has the Argos instruction manual. That surely is a position of pure juxtapose, is it not?
Anyhow, you have reminded me that i have dead rising 2 and case west on my hard drive to complete still because every time i play it, i forget it doesn't bloody well auto save and just rage quite each time i get into an inescapable boss fight.
Sorta like dark souls i guess.
Wait. That's on my hard drive too!!
Screw the next generation, i got turd loads of stuff yet to do!

You know Yahtzee, with the XBox One you could plug the console you had to remove from your TV in through it's pass through HDMI port. Or you could do it with you cable box, 360, PS3 or whatever else you have lying around. =)

Thanks for ripping this piece of shit a new one
I'm not usually petty about things like this but when I am I get extremely petty.

Last gen Dead Rising 1, Case Zero, 2 Case West and Off the Record amounted to my favorite series. Mostly because Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 ended up shitting themselves half to death and expected me to clean up the mess.

Now I'm at least glad that Dead Rising managed to escape the generation barrier unscathed. But seriously how do they take a series that up to now could be described by the words "fun, vibrant and challenging" and decide that "monotonous, bland and piss easy" was a good direction for the series?

SkarKrow:
But I digress;

ZOMBIES WHOO! Said nobody but Strazdas

Aw, you've pre-empted a badly thought out attempt at satire I was working on...

thaluikhain:

SkarKrow:
But I digress;

ZOMBIES WHOO! Said nobody but Strazdas

Aw, you've pre-empted a badly thought out attempt at satire I was working on...

We were talking in the Injustice League chat, as we do, the other day and he's baffled by how the rest of us are sick of zombies in popular media.

But yes! For once I am the ninja :D

Edit: Also we discussed dominating The Escapist. As is mandated by the creed. > >

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Wow another zombie game.....
don't they know we're sick of them already!?!

I know I said last week, the more I hear about the xbox one the less I want it but over the weekend my mood changed. I did more research as to was the system could do over the ps4, and mostly I couldn't think of anything else to ask for Christmas this year so yeah call me indecisive.

FYI, there is a nightmare mode that makes the game harder. But form what I've seen the game looks like the dead rising I've been waiting for since it looks more streamlined.

Online dating? But Yahtzee can't get a girlfriend; how will he provide us with our weekly stream of pent up bile if he's...you know...happy? Mind you, online dating does have a kind of Russian roulette feel to it so who knows, maybe this could unlock a kind of cynicism the like of which this world has never known. I wouldn't like to speculate on what will happen to the dick jokes if he's getting any though. Oh, and the review was pretty good...I haven't played the game but it sounds like I'm better off sticking to DR2.

Boulder punching is a pretty solid draw, mind. It's just not enough to carry a game on its own.

JoJo:
True what you said at the beginning, I am surprised so many people rushed out to get the new consoles when there's still very little worth getting on them yet. Still, we need those early buyers to support the market right, so not going to knock them.

Or the market could start providing reasons to buy in, rather than begging us for support or else it'll unlike us on Facebook.

SkarKrow:

ZOMBIES WHOO! Said nobody but Strazdas

I like zombies....:(

Not enough to buy this game, and especially not enough to buy an Xbone for it, but still.

kailus13:
If you could actually bludgeon zombies with 2 zombies on a stick, I'd probably buy it right now.

With all the Aliens avatars on here right now, I have this urge to bludgeon zombies with a pair of A:CM discs on a stick. EPIC WIN!

Xsjadoblayde:
This is what confuses me...The main character can craft things on the spot because he's a 'mechanic', but he can't do fuck all unless he has the Argos instruction manual.

Bah. Mechanics can't figure things out! Especially nothing so complicated as "duct tape these two things together!"

Doctor Proctor:
You know Yahtzee, with the XBox One you could plug the console you had to remove from your TV in through it's pass through HDMI port. Or you could do it with you cable box, 360, PS3 or whatever else you have lying around. =)

Doesn't that harm the signal quality AND require the bone to be on?

putowtin:
Wow another zombie game.....
don't they know we're sick of them already!?!

They're trying to create a shambling legion of games featuring shambling legions of monsters. It's sort of like zombieception, only the ending makes less sense because it's Capcom.

Albatross727:
Online dating? But Yahtzee can't get a girlfriend; how will he provide us with our weekly stream of pent up bile if he's...you know...happy?

I don't know. Five minutes with the Xbone seems to be enough to last a week.

I can't help but feel like a larger, more polished and multiplayer-supported State of Decay would trounce Dead Rising. Even with the game we do have, it still feels like a better zombie game that's doing really well and not being talked about much.

Boulder punching you say? Sign me up.

putowtin:
Wow another zombie game.....
don't they know we're sick of them already!?!

Nah, I won't be sick of them until someone finally produces the dream zombie survival-'em-up sandbox game that everyone's always wanted. We keep getting real close (DayZ and a few other indie titles), but never quite get there.

I don't want a story or even multiplayer. I just want to survive in a zombie apocalypse for as long as I can in an FPS game.

So is this another case of Lugoscribblenauts Discombobulance? (ludonarrative dissonance)

Did anyone have the Dead Rising 3 ad play before Yahtzee's review? Just wondering.

Not really surprised this latest installment sucked. The one thing that bugs me is the glut of zombie-based games, shows, comics, etc. This is one trend that needs to go on an indefinite hiatus. Practically everyone and their mother is doing something zombie related and its getting very weary.

This video content has been brought to me by Dead Rising 3.

Also, YZ tried online dating? I wonder how that went. You should tell us about that sometimes.

Zachary Amaranth:
Snip

I like Zombies just fine, the amount of Zombie content out there is insane though.

I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one to notice the cover art from going to a colorful and "vibrant" blue to murky brown right...?

Funny you should have that little RE5 reference at the end there. I heard from somewhere that RE5 has recently become Capcom's highest selling game.

Clearly the reason behind this is the boulder punching. I suggest Capcom put more boulder punching in future games to win back revenue and fan trust! A boulder punching simulator, maybe? Hmm....

Sheva died once or twice because I insisted on looking for a less stupid means to move that damn rock. Tried not hitting the buttons that made him punch it in the hopes a "Press X to stop being such a tit and PUSH the fucking thing" button would appear, tried shooting it with my shotgun, I think I even knifed it once or twice thinking he'd wedge the blade under the boulder and use the leverage to move it.
No such luck, preposterous testosterone-poisoning solution it was.

OT: I'm almost glad to hear DR 3 doesn't apparently have anything I'd want that I couldn't get from the previous game, partly because I don't have to hear the 'new' conspiracy story, partly because I'm probably not going to bother with getting either new console any time soon.

Mikeyfell:
Thanks for ripping this piece of shit a new one
I'm not usually petty about things like this but when I am I get extremely petty.

Last gen Dead Rising 1, Case Zero, 2 Case West and Off the Record amounted to my favorite series. Mostly because Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3 ended up shitting themselves half to death and expected me to clean up the mess.

Now I'm at least glad that Dead Rising managed to escape the generation barrier unscathed. But seriously how do they take a series that up to now could be described by the words "fun, vibrant and challenging" and decide that "monotonous, bland and piss easy" was a good direction for the series?

It's not as bland or easy as you think. The story mode is easier, yes. But if you long for the more challenging Dead Rising style of play, it has that too in a special mode called NIGHTMARE (open from the beginning). And while the location itself is less colorful, it feels natural to the world of Dead Rising. Remember, this isn't a closed in area like a mall or casino where an outbreak just occurred, it's a huge section of a city where the outbreak has been ongoing for a few days. So it's natural that it would be a bit less colorful and run down. And dressing Nick in silly outfits is as fun now as it was in 2006 when Frank got the same treatment.

Plus there are plenty of store and shop interiors that have clever designs and more of the classic color and feel. This is a Dead Rising game through and through.

I get the complaint about the combo weapons. In theory. But in practice, the locker system just means that it's easier to stock up if you're there. You still have to find the pieces, you're still hardly ever near a locker when your mini-chainsaw whirling dervish breaks amidst the horde and you need to improvise something fast.

Dead Rising is my favorite game franchise. I've played each of them multiple times. And 3 is a worthy addition to the lineage offering plenty to do for new fans or old. After completing it for the second time I immediately started over and am still playing it almost daily (when I'm not having a Forza binge).

daxterx2005:
Boulder punching you say? Sign me up.

At this point, boulders are a more interesting enemy type than zombies. Are Capcom punching boulders as part of their job, or headbutting them?

mysecondlife:
This video content has been brought to me by Dead Rising 3.

Also, YZ tried online dating? I wonder how that went. You should tell us about that sometimes.

I got Ryse: Son of Rome as my pre-video ad.

canadamus_prime:
So is this another case of Lugoscribblenauts Discombobulance? (ludonarrative dissonance)

That's what I thought too, about the "mechanic" who can't even duct-tape two random objects together without a blueprint. then again, I'm a Computer Engineer and I work better on them when I at least have the circuit diagram, if not the whole manual.

captcha: Nokia Lumia 925
I'm leaning toward the Samsung phone with the watch, so I can do a more convincing Venture Brothers cosplay.

"Dead, But not Dead enough"

<3

canadamus_prime:
So is this another case of Lugoscribblenauts Discombobulance? (ludonarrative dissonance)

Well it is kinda. But much less so than Dead Rising 2 was. Though really I don't see how Nick wanting to help people is countered by his rampant slaying of Zombies. Nick's not stupid, he knows that the Zombies can't be saved. It's nowhere near as bad as Chuck having sympathies with C.U.R.E but then he immediately goes out and destroys the Zombies (some of which are C.U.R.E members).

Edit: The Mechanic thing is an example, too. I'd say it's pretty much the only example and it's only limited to the weapon combinations. I doubt a mechanic can just look at two cars and go "yep, I'll know how to blend them together".

You know a genre has gone stale when even the game assumes you know the deal and is bored with it.

Man I can't wait to get this game and probably be disappointed after how much I loved Dead Rising 2. At least then I'll hopefully never need to buy another Capcom game new again though. Also, anyone know if they kept the Time Limit thing in? I heard that they made it optional and was wondering if I could just go and turn that on before I started the game.

I can see it being more fun to run over the survivors when they can't figure out how to open a door.

If the AI is this stupid, could there be a mode where we play as the zombies? I mean, they're kind of asking for it, might as well join the crowd and survive by merit of them shooting at Zombie #349,778.

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