Frank West (Dead Rising)

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Frank West
Dead Rising character
Frank West DR.jpg
Frank West as he appears in Dead Rising
First game Dead Rising (2006)
Created by Keiji Inafune
Designed by Keiji Inafune
Voiced by (English) Terence J. Rotolo (Dead Rising, Case West, Off the Record, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3)
Peter von Gomm (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars)[1]
Voiced by (Japanese) Rikiya Koyama (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Project X Zone)[2]

Frank West (Japanese: フランク・ウェスト Hepburn: Furanku Uesto?) is a fictional character from Capcom's Dead Rising video game series. He first appeared in the 2006 video game Dead Rising as the protagonist. In the series, West is a freelancer photographer and photojournalist turned a zombie hunter.

The character has been well received by video game publications as well as by the fans, mainly in the West. This lead Frank West to appear in several games out side the Dead Rising series.

Concept and design[edit]

Keiji Inafune, designer of Dead Rising, wanted the main character Frank West to be different from the usual Japanese main character. Instead of having a young and beautiful protagonist, he wanted an everyman that looked average rather than beautiful or ugly.[3] He also stated, in the beginning, the staff considered making the character ugly and fat. His creation was aimed primarily to attract the Western audience.[4]

Appearances[edit]

In Dead Rising series[edit]

Introduced in the first Dead Rising game, Frank West is the player character, a famed freelancer photographer and photojournalist who has covered many world events, wars, and other big stories. Lately, however, his career has begun to fizzle out. Looking for the next big scoop, he stumbles on to some strange events happening in the small town of Willamette, Colorado. There, he winds up in a barricaded shopping mall and attempts to rescue a host of human survivors from the zombie hordes laying siege to the mall, while also covering the story.

Frank makes a return in Dead Rising 2: Case West and fights alongside Chuck Greene after rescuing him from Fortune City as they tackle Phenotrans at one of their facilities. In the end, Frank escapes the facility with Chuck, though Isabella Keyes was kidnapped by Dr. Mallon, he has successfully retrieved evidence to help clear Chuck's name in the Fortune City disaster.

Frank reappears in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, which is an alternate version of the Dead Rising 2 storyline in which Frank is the protagonist. In this version of the story, Frank became an overnight celebrity for his actions in exposing the Willamette incident. Cashing in on his success, Frank released a memoir, hosted a talk-show, and used his fame and money to treat his zombie wounds from Willamette with Zombrex (among other perks). Unfortunately, between his squandered money and a series of scathing scandals, Frank's show was cancelled and his stardom quickly plummeted. In desperation, Frank goes to Fortune City to appear on "Terror is Reality" as a competitor and make some quick money, but is trapped in the city when the zombie outbreak begins. Though at first Frank sees the outbreak as his big comeback, he gradually learns of the terrifying conspiracy behind it and becomes more determined to uncover the truth.

Other appearances[edit]

For better or for worse, [Capcom of] Japan has understood that 'the West' likes Frank. So maybe that's why he's called Frank West? I don't know... Rightly or wrongly [Capcom of] Japan is convinced that Joe Six pack here in America love God d*mn Frank West. He will be making appearances in as many games as they can get him into.

Seth Killian, Capcom community manager[5]

West is a playable character in the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars fighting game, with his special moves revolving around the use of zombies and the makeshift weapons from Dead Rising.[6] He is one of six Capcom characters added to the fighting game Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, a standalone updated version of Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.[7] He also appears as one of the characters at player's disposal in the tactical role-playing game Project X Zone, where he is paired with Hsien-Ko from the Darkstalkers series.[8]

West also appears as a multiplayer character in Capcom's Lost Planet: Extreme Condition,[9] and in the sequel, Lost Planet 2.[10] In Valve's add-on content "The Passing" for Left 4 Dead 2, a message from Frank directed to Otis appears among other messages graffitied on the wall of a safehouse.[11]

Reception[edit]

In 2008, The Age ranked West as the 22nd greatest Xbox character of all time,[12] while GameDaily ranked him as the 17th best Capcom character of all time in 2008.[13] In 2012, GamesRadar ranked him as the 76th "most memorable, influential, and badass" protagonist in games.[14] UGO Networks included West among the "Top Heroes in Entertainment", placing him as 68th.[15] In 2013, GamesRadar staff included him among the 30 best characters in the three decades of Capcom's history, noting that "Frank has been a fast-rising star within Capcom, appearing in multiple fighting games and cameo roles in the handful of years since his debut."[16] GamesRadar's staff also placed him at number 48 in a list of the 50 best game characters of the generation.[17]

He was list on Game Informer's "Ten Faces We Won't Soon Forget", with Meagan Marie emphasizing the fact of he is an everyman, saying "Frank West represents that little part in all of us that hopes to survive a zombie apocalypse some day."[18] In 2009, IGN's Jesse Schedeen inclued Frank West in an "Ultimate Zombie Strike Team".[19] IGN also listed Frank as one of characters they wished to see appear in a future Marvel vs. Capcom title, adding that he "should definitely come equipped with some of the more eclectic toys he picked up in the mall, including his Mega Man gear and lightsaber."[20] He was also featured in a 2010's "Gaming's Most Inappropriate Outfits Ever" by NowGamer.[21] UGO Networks ranked him as fifth "awesomest hidden character" for his appearance in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, noting the difficulty to unlock the character[22] while West's guest appearance in Left 4 Dead 2 was ranked as first in GamesRadar's 2010 list of best character cameos.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Tech Info". GameSpot. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Characters - Frank West". Capcom. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ Villoria, Gerald (2006-02-21). "Keiji Inafune Interview". Gamespy. IGN Entertainment. Retrieved May 5, 201. 
  4. ^ Sliwinski, Alexander (June 21, 2010). "Interview: Keiji Inafune on Dead Rising 2, character design and difficulty". Joystiq. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Capcom Wants Frank West in as Many Games as Possible". 1UP.com. April 28, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Henry, G. R. (October 9, 2009). "The 28 characters of Tatsunoko vs Capcom". GamesRadar. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster leaked". GameSpot. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Project X Zone Recreates Resonance Of Fate’s Opening Scene As A Special Attack". Siliconera. April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ Branwell, Tom (July 16, 2007). "Lost Planet PC getting Mega Man". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  10. ^ Dan Webb. "Frank West spotted in Lost Planet 2". Xbox360Achievements.org. 
  11. ^ Glasser, AJ (April 22, 2010). "Frank West makes a cameo in L4D2 The Passing". GamePro. Archived from the original on August 29, 2010. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ "The Top 50 Xbox Characters of All Time". The Age. September 30, 2008. Archived from the original on October 6, 2010. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top 25 Capcom Characters of All Time". GameDaily. Archived from the original on April 8, 2009. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "100 best heroes in video games". GamesRadar. Retrieved April 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Best Heroes of All Time". UGO Networks. January 21, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The 30 best Capcom characters of the last 30 years". GamesRadar. 2013-06-25. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  17. ^ "Best game characters of the generation". GamesRadar. Retrieved May 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ Marie, Meagan (September 28, 2009). "Creating Character: Ten Faces We Won’t Soon Forget". Game Informer. Retrieved July 24, 2013. 
  19. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (September 28, 2009). "Ultimate Zombie Strike Team". IGN. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (April 20, 2010). "Players Wanted: Marvel vs. Capcom 3". IGN. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Gaming's Most Inappropriate Outfits Ever". NowGamer. June 28, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  22. ^ Jensen, K. Thor (December 7, 2010). "Frank West - The 25 Awesomest Hidden Characters". UGO Networks. Retrieved July 8, 2013. 
  23. ^ "55 awesome character cameos". GamesRadar. January 1, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2013.