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In Case You Missed It – Dead Rising 3

Sometimes a game just slips under the radar. Whatever the reason for this occurring, be it bad marketing, classification problems or a strange concept, some games just fail to find their audience. Here at Player2.net.au we want to highlight these rough gems and that is where “In Case You Missed It” comes in. Some games just deserve a second chance.

In Case You Missed It – Dead Rising 3

Launch titles are usually pretty ordinary. I mean look back at any console launch and the titles that come out with this system are usually forgotten within 6 months. Most of the time they are rushed or lacking in gameplay so after the initial wow factor they are quickly relegated to bargain bins everywhere. Unfortunately this means that when a game is actually quite good it can be lost in the shovelware. Sadly This is what seem to happen with Dead Rising 3.

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The 3rd entry in Capcom’s Zombie funfest is easily the best. The first two games were ok but they had some serious issues. Wonky firearms and an annoying save system were the two biggest problems. The 3rd game fixes these annoyances while keeping the same wacky sense of humour and zombie killing fun that fans of the franchise have come to expect.

The game also looks stunning this time around and the sheer number of zombies on screen at any one time is clear testament to the increased power of the current generation. Rolling through hundreds of zombies on a flamethrowing steam roller is something special to behold. PC players have also been treated to an excellent port with the full suite of graphical options and all the bells and whistles PC gamers have come to expect.

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The biggest addition to the game over previous versions is the increased focus on custom weapons and the introduction of custom vehicles. Combining two items into one death dealing weapon of awesome is now much easier as it only requires the right components and a few seconds, not a workbench like previous games. Also the ability to combine two different types of vehicles to create zombie destruction on wheels is amazingly enjoyable. Discovering the plans for these concoctions is one of the best implementations of collectables I have ever seen in an open world game and something that kept me playing long after the story was at an end.

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All in all Dead Rising 3 is an excellent zombie game with an emphasis on wacky, over-the top-fun. The improved save system and aiming should bring back people who got frustrated with the first two games and it is the perfect entry point for new players to the series. The game can be found on Steam and on the Xbox One in a beautiful “Game of the year” style package that includes a bucketload of DLC and further gameplay improvements. If you are looking for something to tide you over until the big AAA games of the year come out and you missed it upon release then Dead Rising 3 may just fit the bill.

Matt Hewson

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