HoG Review Score: 77%
Dead Rising 4 is an open-world survival horror beat ’em up game developed by Capcom Vancouver for Microsoft Windows and Xbox One.
A year after the zombie outbreak in Los Perdidos, California, Frank West – a former photojournalist now working as a college teacher – is approached by one of his students, Vicky “Vick” Chu. Vicky convinces Frank to help her investigate a military compound, situated on the outskirts of Willamette, Colorado – the site of the first zombie outbreak. Once inside, they find that the place is being used for zombie research, but are discovered and forced to flee, with Frank labelled a fugitive after he is falsely accused of terrorism by the government.
A few months later, near Christmas, Frank is found by Brad Park, an agent of the ZDC, who convinces him to help investigate a new zombie outbreak that started in Willamette during the Black Friday sales, in exchange for the means to clear his name and having exclusive rights to the story, revealing that Vick has already left for there to investigate the matter herself.
Dead Rising 4’s gameplay is open-world beat-em-up style, with Frank using (and creating) melee weapons and then taking on 10s of zombies at a time.
Dead Rising 4 received generally favourable reviews from critics upon release. It’s not a game style that’s ever likely to get elite scores, but Dead Rising is heaps of fun to play.