Capcom has re-released Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, reintroducing the action-packed, zombie killing game that put series icon Frank West and co. on the map. Featuring 1080p resolution and 60 fps, all the DLC costumes, and more zombies than you can shake a bloodied baseball bat at, are these remasters worth your time?
Dead Rising Triple Pack
Developed by Capcom Production Studio 1 and Blue Castle Games / Published by Capcom
Available on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Reviewed on the Xbox One.
*Review code provided by Capcom
The short answer is yes.
The Dead Rising Triple Pack contains all of the adventures (save for Dead Rising 2 DLC chapter Case Zero) crafted by developers Capcom Production Studio 1 and Blue Castle Games (now known as Capcom Vancouver) before Dead Rising 3. As such players will play as Frank West and Chuck Greene as they take on the legions of the undead in a shopping mall and a casino town in three fantastic and bloody adventures.
As before, it’s all about completing missions while wrestling with the zombie threat and the constant ticking of time. Players will bash zombies with nearly everything they have around them, which is the best part of the game, as players can visit the various shops and grab anything available to kill zombies in bloody and often creative ways. The second entry and Off the Record allow players to get even more creative, as that’s where players can gather two pre-existing weapons or materials and combine them for even deadlier weaponry.
The missions are entertaining, and will have players save survivors and accompany them to safe areas, fight off crazy people in challenging boss battles, and learn of the conspiracies that led to these places getting overrun by zombies by the first place. The games are also pretty difficult, as players level up by completing missions, side quests and killing zombies, but if players are under leveled and face off against tough foes or missions, it can quickly spell doom. And then there’s the time limit, which if players don’t do certain things on time, like reaching a destination or gathering Zombrex, it can also mean game over. Thankfully, death doesn’t mean a full restart, as players will retain their experience levels, taking on subsequent playthroughs as a stronger character.
The biggest addition to the Dead Rising Triple Pack is the new 1080p resolution, which don’t really add much to the experience, but it does sharpen up the graphics, making the games look fantastic on newer TVs. The textures haven’t been updated as well as the visuals, but all three titles still look solid, both in cutscenes and in gameplay.
Since these are ports of existing games however, they do bring the flaws and faults that plagued the original titles. Dead Rising’s A.I. partners are horrendous, and they often make taking them to the safe point a challenge, preferring to be zombie chow rather than live another day. The sequels however fix this issue a bit, bringing much more capable survivors that are willing to wield weapons and fight off the undead as they run around malls and shopping areas. There are also some animation glitches here and there, slowdown when there’s a lot happening on screen, and more. Most of these can be overlooked, but don’t expect these re-releases to be free of their original problems.
When it comes down to it, the Dead Rising Triple Pack is a great compilation of Capcom’s classic survival horror action series. While it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table, and the gameplay has been untouched – meaning all the glitches and problems from the original games are here, all three games are fantastic and highly replayable adventures that every fan of the genre, both new and old, will love.
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