An almost perfect blend of action and adventure, on Blu-ray it looks nearly new.
An almost perfect blend of action and adventure, on Blu-ray it looks nearly new.
One of the best co-op games on the 360 is now FREE until the 14th of December, The other games in the series have also been discounted, Gears of War 2 is about £7.
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Another Bruce Willis hidden gem. Has a really good title sequence too and a brilliant setup. A nice blend of action and drama with some good twists and turns.
If you have never played a Dead Rising game I advise you to go play at least Dead Rising 2 on Xbox 360, if you can’t do that then just be aware there are story references to 1 and especially 2. Dead Rising 2 was free recently so if you snapped it up go play it FIRST!
To sum up the whole Dead Rising story in a paragraph there is a zombie outbreak in a Mall in 2006 (Dead Rising 1) Frank West being the main character. Then in 2011 there is another outbreak at a Casino (Dead Rising 2) with Chuck Greene being the character. His daughter had been bitten so Zombrex, a 24 hour only cure is needed to keep her from turning. There was also an alternate sequel (Dead Rising 2: Off the Record) where Frank West is the hero doing most of the same story except he is the one taking the Zombrex. Dead Rising 3 is set in 2021! with a new hero Nick Ramos living in the City of Los Perdidos when another outbreak occurs.
Dead Rising 3 is a launch title for the Xbox One and it really shows off the power of the new console, it has also been mentioned that it was originally going to be a 360 title until they realised it wasn’t powerful enough. This means future games in the series should look even better as the developers get used to the hardware.
Graphics are great and the amount of zombies on screen, all moving, all doing something is incredible. I recommend playing it on normal first than going straight to nightmare mode it would be super hard and would also strip away the fun of a second playthrough. On closer inspection of what’s on screen I can clearly see it’s using the same Dead Rising 2 engine with all graphical querks. Blurring as you spin round and strange object loading, the resolution of the textures and the ingame cutscenes are really impressive though.
The weird thing about the series is fans loved the time limits but also wanted the ability to just wander with no restrictions. Capcom flat out ignored the request in Dead Rising 1 and 2, with them finally caving in on the alternate sequel Dead Rising 2: Off The Record. This added a free roam mode with no story but had challenges like killing 100 zombies in a minute etc. In 3 this mode is sadly gone but instead you get 6 days instead of 3 so about 24 real life hours to play before it’s game over, the challenges are now scattered around the map and are part of the main game. Hopefully a DLC mode will remove all time limits just for fun but on normal mode at least you never feel pressured to keep moving and my completion of 1 playthrough clocked in about 23 hours of real game time.
I am a huge fan of the series, it can’t be taken seriously other reviewers just don’t get it and give the series poor scores because the didn’t like it. 3 is no different as it has a fun story with some choice dialog and weird characters, if you are expecting a Walking Dead style survival game this won’t be for you.
There is lots to do and the game has been designed around having fun, it isn’t overly difficult and I probably only died 3 times in the whole playthrough. The saving is also a lot more forgiving and the plot is decent but clearly wasn’t a huge focus. If I were to be picky taking away elements of the 360 games has made this weaker. From aboout 30 minutes in you can build a tank like car which is great fun but removes nearly all danger, only when it breaks down do you panic a little. Same goes for the weapons, you can combine them anywhere now instead of key locations so it’s easy to make a great weapon, later on you can spawn as many as you want. These features are clearly appealing to the masses but it would have been nice for a 3rd hardcore mode like the XCOM games where you can strip away features and add extra difficulty. I would also imagine the story makes as much sense if you haven’t played ALL the games including the arcade mini episodes.
Overall with some added content in the future this will become an even greater game than it is now, can’t wait for a true next gen sequel.
A proper crime/horror game that did everything right, except the 970 gamerscore amiright? Dark and gripping, a overlooked and superb masterpiece. Best played at night with some good headphones, scary stuff.
9: The Orange Box
Bit cheeky as this is 5 games in one and actually Halflife 2 was out before the Xbox 360, for sheer value this is an incredible collection of games. Again i would still recommend PC but if an Xbox is all you have you will get a lot of gaming for your £15.
8: Rainbow Six: Vegas
Before the endless Call of Duty games this was THE shooter on the Xbox, the multiplayer was nailbiting and many Attack and Defend games were played. This was also the first game where i met xbox friends who i will probably never meet in real life. The story is proper Tom Clancy terrorist stuff and had some fun Xbox Live Vision Camera functions.
7: Red Dead Redemption
Best Western game ever made, was well supported after launch and looks stunning. One of the finest stories too, especially the ending. Some of the best memories come from the multiplayer which until GTA V haven’t really been beaten. Forming a posse and riding through towns is great fun. I just hope the next gen sequel can make it support more players and have stage coaches.
6: Fallout 3
The best bethesda game this gen in terms of dlc, it was a great experience leaving the vault for the first time. It doesn’t feature higher on the list because of the AI, once you reach a certain level you are pretty much a god and it takes the fun out of it a little. The story is great, funny and has landscape changing choices which is rare to find. The combat is a bit marmite though so it’s not for everyone.
5: Dead Rising
This is the game that made me buy an Xbox 360. It basically gave this generation zombie games, Resident Evil is survival horror and it changes between the undead and infected. Dead Rising puts you in the middle of a zombie outbreak, it has bad acting, fun story, great characters and huge replay value. I love the achievements because if you try to go for them it requires an entire playthrough. Each playthrough gets slightly easier as you learn when events happen and where you need to be.
4: Resident Evil 5
Sheva! Chris! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on! Come on!
A graphical feast with some excellent co-op, you really can’t play it any other way. Like Dead Rising it has so much replayability to it, supported well with DLC and a great suvival mode. Even the dreaded quicktime events are funny if not a bit pointless.
Could have been number one if it had multiplayer and some obvious little changes. If you have a gaming PC i actually recommend playing it on that instead because the graphics on PC are incredible. Spent well over 300 hours on this game, i would have loved to be a farmer, find a plot of land, build a house, grow crops, ride a cart to the local town to sell my stuff. I just hope the next gen sequel is even bigger and more detailed.
2: Mass Effect Trilogy
Almost like playing a giant sci-fi movie trilogy. The 2 year wait between each game, the cast, the graphics, everything about it was almost perfect. My favourite game was 2 because it had probably the best intro and ending of any game i have played, really edge of your seat stuff. I am craving for the next mass effect to be more open world (galaxy) driven.
1: Gears of War 3
This could apply to the series but picking one game it would be 3 because of the content and game modes. 1 has the best story, 2 has the best multiplayer maps, 3 has the best multiplayer/co-op experience.
There are at least 20 other games i could have put in this list but the ones that gave me the most enjoyment or that i remember the best made the cut. Below are some that would easily fit in the top 10 of someone else.
Bioshock, Dead Space, GRID, Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, Grand Theft Auto IV, Hitman Absolution, Hitman Blood Money, Halo Reach, Left 4 Dead, Amped 3, Lost Planet 2 and Dead Island.