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Round Up: Dead Rising 3 Reviews Are Pretty Killer

Posted by Dave Letcavage

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Reviews of select Xbox One launch games began rising from the internet yesterday afternoon, and as of right now, it looks like Dead Rising 3 may be a must-buy on launch day. When the game first debuted, fans were worried that the series may be starting to take itself too seriously, and that the playful spark that made the first two entries such a success, may be scarce. Well, after glancing over a handful of reviews, it looks like those concerns can be put to bed.

Currently sitting at a 78 on Metacritic, Dead Rising 3 has received scores ranging from perfect to the lowest being a 6/10. The main culprit of the lower scores appears to be technical issues like occasional drops in frame rate and other open-world oddities, but most reviewers still had a pretty darn good time slaughtering hordes of zombies and crafting zany weapons, regardless.

Here are some snippets from reviews across the web.


Game Informer - 8.75/10

An impressive display of big, dumb fun, and a must-play for fans of the series. It’s also a great demonstration of the outstanding capabilities of next-gen hardware right out of the gate. Thinning out the undead of Los Perdidos is worth your time, but the bugs infesting the sandbox are an unwelcome scourge.

EGM - 8/10

Like its predecessors, Dead Rising 3 offers good, dumb, fun, with just enough story and structure to keep you moving forward and enough opportunities for zany antics to maintain your amusement throughout.

Gameplanet 8/10

Dead Rising 3 is an ambitious and frequently giddy open world brawler that allows players to indulge their silly side while creatively dispatching the undead. The story is a let-down and the missions become tedious, but the sandbox play here is magnificent, despite some technical overreaching.

Eurogamer - 7/10

Dead Rising 3 is the weakest in the series, then...Just beware, once you get over the pleasure of the first few combo weapons, Dead Rising 3 is just a solid zombie brawler set in an open world, not the strange game of tender heart that used to be so funny and surprising.

Metro GameCentral - 7/10

The best Dead Rising so far and purveyor of some of the most entertainingly absurd weapons in all gaming – just don’t expect any depth or longevity.


Regardless of its shortcomings, Dead Rising 3 seems to be packed with enough mindless fun to warrant a purchase on launch day. What do you guys think? Do the technical issues have you in a bother, or are you thoroughly pleased to know that the elements that have made the series such a success all seem to be intact? Flesh out your thoughts below.

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User Comments (4)

mastodona7x

#1

mastodona7x said:

Think I'll be getting this, depends a bit on how ryse reviews though. Quick question why is there PS adverts throughout this site? Just seems a bit odd, on a pure xbox site...and looking at your sister site they don't return the favor ;)

Gamer83

#2

Gamer83 said:

I think my expectations for both this and Killzone: Shadow Fall were too high. I expected each to be the best showcase launch games for their respective consoles and to be pulling in high 8's to mid 9's... clearly not the case. None the less it looks like this is a good game and a worth entry to the series, so that's a good thing. Looks like the first true 'must-have' next-gen game though is ironically coming out this Friday for the Wii U.

tabris95

#4

tabris95 said:

Lol One review says it's the best entry in the series while another calls it the worst :P

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