Dead Rising 3 Review Roundup

The embargo has been lifted and here are the various reviews for Xbox One’s launch title, Dead Rising 3. The game will be available for purchase on November 22 alongside the console.

Videogamer – 8/10
For all these strengths, however, there are some glaring weaknesses. Picking up items is fiddly, due to them being generally grouped together: infuriating when you’re trying to navigate a zombie rush. The game also relies too heavily on fetch-quests for most of its narrative and side missions, which are lacking any real drama or drive.

Polygon – 7.5/10
Dead Rising 3 gets a lot of things right. It presents a massive open world filled with possibilities and features the first truly impressive use of scale in a game based on a zombie outbreak. But the game’s difficulty spikes — due to its control and inventory issues — and boring, stereotype-laden writing can be difficult to swallow. There’s a very good game lurking inside of Dead Rising 3 — but it feels a little unsteady on its feet.

Eurogamer – 7/10
Dead Rising 3 is the weakest in the series, then. It’s no kind of technical showcase for Xbox One, although that didn’t really bother me once I got into it, and if all you want for a launch title is something passably entertaining to plug away at for a few long evenings, it will suit you fine.

Gamespot – 7/10
Despite a wonky presentation and obvious technical hiccups, Capcom has successfully made Dead Rising 3 a more welcoming experience than its harsh predecessors. It can be an inconsistent experience, but I choose to ignore the game’s peculiarities and play Dead Rising 3 in the spirit that I believe it’s intended: running around in shark outfit shooting zombies with deadly dildos fired from a leaf blower.

Destructoid – 9/10
Although it sacrifices a tad of its loveable camp factor and neon style in favor of a few other advancements, the outcome is a much stronger, more involved Dead Rising game. For once, I actually felt overwhelmed in a zombie outbreak, which is a real example of how next-gen technology can be used to do more than simply “make things look better.”

Shacknews – 6/10
Ultimately, Dead Rising 3 lives up to certain aspects of the series. Going MacGuyver on weapons and vehicles remains as fun as it’s ever been and there’s still satisfaction in finding new and creative ways to dispatch the undead.

Joystiq – 3.5/5
Dead Rising 3 is a worthy entry in the series and, for the most part, gets out of your way. It knows that all you really want to do is discover and create new playthings to dismember the undead. As a vehicle for that, it’s a comfortable ride.

Game Informer – 8.75/10
Capcom Vancouver’s latest entry in the Dead Rising saga is an impressive display of big, dumb fun, and a must-play for fans of the series. It’s also a great demonstration of the outstanding capabilities of next-gen hardware right out of the gate.