Dead Rising Triple Pack (PS4) Review
Title: Dead Rising Triple Pack
With Dead Rising 4 almost upon us, what better time to revisit the mall that started it all? Enter the Dead Rising Triple pack which includes Dead Rising 1 and 2, as well as Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. Dead Rising was not everyone’s cup of tea: with it’s extremely constraining timed gameplay and incredibly difficult boss battles, as well as more escort missions than any game in the history of ever, somehow it still managed to be an incredibly fun experience. The second game in the series did a much better job by increasing the amount of time you had.
In the first game you play as the smarmy photojournalist Frank West who is trying to get to the bottom of the zombie invasion occurring in the town of Willamette, all while saving as many survivors as he has time to from the shops around the mall. He’s also busy fighting off crazed lunatics as well.
While the jump in graphical fidelity and better framerate makes fighting the mass of zombies look better than it did a decade ago, it does little to alleviate the less-than-stellar controls of a game definitely showing its age. While that does diminish the fun a bit, there is still plenty of entertainment to be had from gameplay like swinging a hockey stick at zombies while drinking orange juice.
The second game in the series takes place in Fortune City, the series equivalent of Las Vegas. You play as motocross champion Chuck Greene. Chuck must scour the surrounding area for Zombrex, the medicine needed to keep the bitten from turning so he can save his daughter from an undead fate. While doing this he slowly uncovers the mystery of the outbreak.
Off the Record is a reimagining of the second game but with Frank West as the protagonist and with a few changes to the storyline, as well as a new area. It also brought back the entertaining photography side quests from the original. I would have much rather that they had included the Case West missions as they are directly related to the storyline and are not an alternate universe “what if,” but Off the Record is still a fun aside.
Having been made more recently, these two games look even better spruced-up to 1080, and with the jump in framerate the giant groups of zombies move flawlessly. The controls of these games also stand the test of time better making for a much more enjoyable experience overall.