Dead Rising (Pre-E3 2006)
Players: 1 Player Game | Genre: Action
With E3 fast approaching, the folks at Capcom are eager to get more and more details out about Dead Rising. This action game may seem a bit silly--but it is shaping up to look a lot better. In the recent build, Capcom has noticeably improved the framerate, added more depth the to the gameplay, and still allows you to have all the Zombie killing fun you were hoping for.
In Dead Rising, you control a photo journalist, named Frank, who must use his skills to complete quests and side-missions to gain new abilities. Quests are known as Cases--while the side-missions are referred to as Scoops. You receive Cases and Scoops via your phone by a friend named Otis. By completing Cases and Scoops, Frank will be given Prestige Points. Using these points, the player will then be able to upgrade their abilities to better attack the masses of zombies. Unlike previous builds, players will no longer start with multiple attacks. Instead, they will need to upgrade their character with the Prestige Points in order to jump kicks, roundhouse kicks, etc. You will also be able to upgrade your health and other vital stats using these points.
Besides completing Cases and Scoops for Prestige Points, the player can utilize Frank's skillset as a photo journalist to take pictures of Zombies. The more Zombies in the picture, the more points you earn. Do you see someone in danger and about to get eaten by Zombies? If you want to score mega points, take a picture of it and don't worry about saving them! It is a good thing Spider-Man never was forced to upgrade his abilities by taking pictures of people that needed his help.
Capcom is also encouraging players to customize their characters by changing outfits at various stores in the mall. From clothing for little kids, T-Shirts, the infamous horse head from the original trailer, players will be able to make their Frank look completely unique. I wonder if I can unlock any Achievement Points by dressing up as Mega Man...?
Utilizing the environments, Dead Rising still allows the player to take advantage of anything and everything lying around to inflict damage upon the mass of zombies. While it may seem a bit shallow at times, the upgrade system via the Prestige Points, should help ensure that Dead Rising has a little bit more depth than we first thought.
With a much improved framerate, Cases, Scoops, Prestige Points, changeable costumes, and mass zombie killing action, Dead Rising could end up being much better than we originally expected. It won't be long until we find out because this game ships in late June, 2006. If needed, we will bring you more Dead Rising coverage at E3.