In Dead Rising, gamers assume the role of Frank West, a freelance photojournalist constantly searching for the scoop of the century. In pursuit of a surefire lead, he makes his way to a small American town only to find it has been overrun by flesh-eating zombies. Looking for somewhere to hide out, Frank flees to a nearby shopping centre (in a nod to George A. Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead) only to find it anything but safe. If anything, there seems to be more zombies inside the mall than outside.
Dead Rising is set over a three day period and offers gamers the full reign of a realistic shopping centre. It is up to you to help Frank find out who is behind this deadly epidemic. There are many different stores in the mall that offer players an endless supply of resources, including makeshift weapons, vehicles and much more. If you can pick an object up, you can use it has a weapon - there are over 250 items that will help create mayhem, including circular saws, skateboards, electric guitars and severed arms. It is important to remember that the zombies become more powerful by night. They may move like a snail with a limp throughout the day, but as the sun goes down they become faster and much more dangerous.
There will be encounters with various survivors throughout the game and by helping them, you will glean important clues that will ultimately help Frank solve this horrendous puzzle.
Dead Rising 2
Two years after the first Dead Rising, it is clear that Frank West was not completely successful in containing the zombie outbreak, and Zombiefication has been occurring all over the United States. Dead Rising 2 delivers more of the action adventure/survival horror thrills of the first game. Dead Rising 2 has as its main protagonist Chuck Greene, a star Motocross Rider, and as a result the photography aspects of the first game are gone, but the rest of the gameplay remains similar - a mission-based zombie slaying fest.
The game is set in Fortune City - a fictional pleasure capital, reminiscent of Las Vegas. Dead Rising 2 takes the same gameplay route as its predecessor, but ups the ante with exciting new environments, more zombies to be killed and more blood than ever seen before. This being a gaming city, there's plenty at hand to use to attack the undead - baseball bats, electric guitars, even roulette wheels and slot machines can all be used in your defence. There are more creative weapons too, a moose head can be worn and used to barge zombies out of the way, a drill bucket combines three power drills and a bucket to make a very uncomfortable item of headwear.
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record
Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, sees the return of sort of heroic photojournalist and original hero of Dead Risings original Willamette incident, Frank West, in a strange and twisted tale that reimagines the of Fortune City outbreak from Dead Rising 2.
Off the Record has a different narrative to the previous Dead Rising 2 (Case Zero) though. For a start, Chuck Greene is replaced by Frank as the character under control of the gamer.
Frank must fight and photograph his way around the the sci-fi themed Uranus Zone - Fortune Citys very own theme park. As expected from a Dead Rising title, the Fun park is packed with deadly rides and fatal attractions, and, of course lots and lots of zombies.