Dead Rising 1 (and all of those other regrettable sequels)

This was some of the edgiest shit back when I was around 10 years old. My older brother Jesper introduced me to this game by showing me this trailer. I was hooked. I was later surprised to find that my dad was perfectly OK with me playing a game this violent.

One day I was playing the XBOX 360 demo version for the umpteenth time. My dad walked in and asked me what I was playing. I explained to him that it was one of the newest and most interesting games around. Dead Rising. He watched me run around Paradise Plaza, splattering zombie heads with my handy dandy shotgun, chucking CDs at crowds of the undead, whilst occasionally downing an OJ or two in order to replenish my health.

He seemed somewhat uninterested in the game, but perfectly fine with me buying it after I had gotten my next allowance.

Would a Dead Rising/Bully crossover be too much to ask for? Probably. I’d still love to see it.

My brother and I ended up picking up Dead Rising at a local Gamestop a few weeks later. We eagerly placed the game’s disc in the XBOX 360 disc tray. We ended up playing the game for hours on end. Rescuing survivors, going through the main plot, and exploring the game’s massive shopping mall.

Escorting survivors was a bitch, but that didn’t stop us from having a blast. When we entered Leisure Park and heard that dreaded Lifeseeker line “WEEEEELL!!! He ain’t my boy, but the brotha is heavy!”, followed by our party of survivors getting quickly taken out by those fucking convicts we still managed to have a lot of fun.

The frustration was always there with the AI, but it weirdly added to a sense of accomplishment whenever you managed to escort a group of survivors to the security room. Yeah, the survivors were complete and utter retards, but they were retards that I, Frank West, had rescued from certain doom. Hell yeah!

“Defend myself? With what? All I have is this strange metal thingamabob.”

Dead Rising 1 still remains one of my favorite games of all time. I feel like this trailer really shows the appeal of the first game. The concept was unique and fresh, and the gameplay was really addictive. Not to mention how much beautiful gore and violence there was to be seen. Crislip’s Home Saloon had it all! Axes, chainsaws, lawnmowers, and much more. Everything a slasher villain could ever want!

The soundtrack was also killer. I still occasionally find myself bobbing my head to ‘Gone Guru’, ‘Slave’, ‘Fly Routine’, and ‘Justified’.
Celldweller was a good choice for Dead Rising 2’s soundtrack, but it really didn’t meet the same level of intensity as the nice variety of rap, rock, and raprock the first game had.

It saddens me to see how much of a disappointment the later games became, but I do think that it helps when you choose to not consider DR3 and DR4 canon.
Dead Rising 2 is where it ends for me. And even in DR2 there are some parts that I just dismiss as stupid bullshit not even worth considering as part of the series.

Chop ’til you drop.

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