The popularity of video games such as the Resident Evil and House of the Dead series have shown that people sure love to kill zombies. Imagine unleashing your arsenal at hundreds of zombies coming towards you.
It's enough to excite any zombie fan. But what if you let your imagination go wild, and use a bench, a lawn mower, or even a shopping cart as your weapon of choice? Dead Rising fulfills that fantasy.
You play as Frank West, freelance photojournalist. Frank gets a tip that the small (fictional) town of Williamette, Colorado has been blocked off by the National Guard. Intent on breaking the story, Frank flies in Williamette via helicopter.
During his flight, he catches a glimpse of what appears to be rioting in the streets. The chopper drops him off the rooftop of the local mall, and Frank asks the pilot to return in three (in-game) days. Once inside the mall, Frank quickly finds out that the people outside aren't an angry mob.
They're the undead, and they're hungry for tasty, live flesh - like the survivors barricaded inside the mall. Naturally they break in, and all hell breaks loose. Hmm, survivors stuck in a mall being chased by zombies... I don't care what Capcom says, this game has Dawn of the Dead written all over it.
Frank has three basic objectives in the game. His primary objective is that he must return to the helipad in three days, or he'll be left behind. The second is that, by meeting certain characters and uncovering clues, Frank has to get the story behind the impending zombie apocalypse. The third objective is optional, but extremely beneficial. Frank has to save various survivors trapped in the mall.
Each person that Frank rescues is worth a huge number of points that go toward leveling him up. Speaking of earning points, another way of doing so is to take photos. Frank gets points for taking photos of certain genres, such as Horror or Drama. Frank can take up to 30 photos; older ones get deleted when he takes new ones. Don't forget to replace the camera battery often.
The best part of Dead Rising is that it's lots of fun to play. There are zombies everywhere, plenty for you to kill. The outdoor areas are especially cool, with hundreds of zombies milling about. And as I mentioned earlier, just about anything Frank can get his hands on is a potential weapon.