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Sunday, September 10, 2006
"Dead Rising" is gory fun
I've never really played games in the horror genre before. In fact, I got so creeped out by the XBOX 360 demo of Condemned: Criminal Origins that I didn't even finish it. However, "Dead Rising" looked like it had a nice blend of over-the-top gore and humor (plus it got great reviews), so I decided to give it a try.

What I really like about the game is that it feels very cinematic. You don't jump right into gameplay (which may annoy some people). Instead, you get a little backstory that helps you understand what you're getting yourself into. There is even a little minigame during the backstory portion that lets you take pictures (you play the game as a freelance photographer who wants an exclusive on the strange events that are taking place in a small town) as you arrive in the zombie-infested town by helicopter. This was a nice way to give you something to do while you are learning about why you're there.

Once you get to the shopping mall, which is completly overrun with the undead, is when "Dead Rising" kicks into high gear. Your mission is to survive 72 hours and return to the helipad to get a ride out of town.

You can spend that 72 hours pretty much however you'd like. You can hide out in one of the mall's offices (which isn't any fun) or you can splatter zombies with random objects that you find around the mall. These objects include boards, sickles, TV sets, trash cans, and my personal favorite, the lawn mower.

One thing that you will notice right away is that zombies are filled with lots (and lots) of blood. So hitting them with a board will result in them almost exploding and splattering blood everywhere. Hitting several of them at a time with a lawnmower results... well, you probably can imagine in what that results in.

If you're a fan of the horror genre, you will definitely enjoy "Dead Rising." I would even recommend it to non-horror fans who are looking for a fun (although very bloody) change of pace.

About Shawn Morton

Married father of 6; VP of Social Media at JPMorgan Chase; gluten-free; gadget enthusiast; hair metal aficionado; #Movember man View more on LinkedIn.