Dead Rising

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Dead Rising
Dead Rising logo.png
Genres Survival horror
Beat 'em up
Developers Capcom (2006-9)
Blue Castle Games (2010)
Capcom Vancouver (2011-)
Publishers Capcom (2006-11)
Microsoft Studios (2013-)
Creators Keiji Inafune
Platforms Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One, iOS
Platform of origin Xbox 360
First release Dead Rising
August 8, 2006
Latest release Dead Rising 3
November 22, 2013

Dead Rising is a series of survival horror beat 'em up video games set in an open world created by Keiji Inafune. It was originally developed by Capcom until Blue Castle Games (now known as Capcom Vancouver) took over developing the franchise.


Aggregate review scores
As of November 19, 2013.
Game Metacritic
Dead Rising (X360) 85[1]
Dead Rising 2 (PS3) 80[2]
(X360) 79[3]
(PC) 78[4]
Dead Rising 3 (XONE) 78[5]
(PC) 70[6]

Dead Rising (2006)[edit]

The first game in the Dead Rising series. The game centers on Frank West, a photojournalist who ends up trapped in a shopping mall in the fictional town of Willamette, Colorado, that is infested with zombies.

Chop Till You Drop (2009)[edit]

A remake of the original Dead Rising for the Nintendo Wii.

Dead Rising 2 (2010)[edit]

Main article: Dead Rising 2

The second game in the Dead Rising series. Set in the fictional casino town of Fortune City, Nevada, five years after the events of Dead Rising, the game follows former motocross champion Chuck Greene trying to clear his name after being framed for starting the outbreak in Fortune City, while simultaneously trying to keep his infected daughter alive with "Zombrex", a drug that lags the zombification process.

Case Zero (2010)[edit]

An Xbox 360-exclusive download, available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The download serves as a prequel for Dead Rising 2.

Case West (2010)[edit]

A second Xbox 360-exclusive download, available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The game sees the return of Frank West, the main character from the first Dead Rising game, and is set after Dead Rising 2, with Frank teaming up with Chuck.

Dead Rising Mobile (2010)[edit]

A spin-off released on iOS in December 9, 2010. It received poor reviews.[7]

Off the Record (2011)[edit]

A reimagining of Dead Rising 2, with that game's protagonist, Chuck Greene, replaced by Frank West of the first Dead Rising.

Dead Rising 3 (2013)[edit]

Main article: Dead Rising 3

The third game in the Dead Rising series. Set ten years after Dead Rising 2, the story follows a young mechanic named Nick Ramos and his attempt to survive a massive zombie outbreak in the fictional city of Los Perdidos, California.

Dead Rising 4 (2016)[edit]

Main article: Dead Rising 4

The fourth game in the Dead Rising series. The game features the return of Frank West, and goes back to Willamette, Colorado during the holiday season, which has fallen under another zombie outbreak.


In 2010, a Japanese film based on the Dead Rising universe titled Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun was released directed by Keiji Inafune. The film featured a new cast of characters set in the same world as Dead Rising.[8]

Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)[edit]

Legendary Digital Media released a digital feature film titled Dead Rising: Watchtower directed by Zach Lipovsky. Crackleconserved the initial US rights of the film and while it was internationally distributed by Content Media Corp.[9][10]

Principal photography began in Vancouver on September 30, 2014 with Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Virginia Madsen and Meghan Ory joining the cast.[11] On October 20, 2014, Rob Riggle was announced as Frank West, along with Harley Morenstein as Pryo, Aleks Paunovich as Logan, Keegan Connor Tracy as Jordan, and Carrie Genzel as Susan.[12]

Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)[edit]

Main article: Dead Rising: Endgame

The sequel, Dead Rising: Endgame was released on Crackle in Spring 2016 with Metcalfe, Haysbert and Tracy returning for their roles from the previous film, with Victor Webster as Dead Rising 2 hero Chuck Greene, and Billy Zane, Marie Avgeropoulos, Ian Tracey, Jessica Harmon, Camille Sullivan as new characters.[13][14][15][16]


  1. ^ "Dead Rising Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Dead Rising 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Dead Rising 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Dead Rising 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dead Rising 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dead Rising Mobile for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "IMDB Page". 
  9. ^ Graser, Marc (June 19, 2014). "Legendary to Bring Videogame ‘Dead Rising’ to Life". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  10. ^ Barton, Steve (August 20, 2014). "Dead Rising Feature Film for Crackle Finds a Director". Dreadcentral. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Cast Announced for Dead Rising: Watchtower". September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Riggle, Morenstein, Tracey and Paunovich to Lead Dead Rising: Watchtower". October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Timeline Photos - Dead Rising Watchtower - Facebook". 
  15. ^ "DeadRisingWatchtower on Twitter". Twitter. 
  16. ^ Petski, Denise (February 18, 2016). "‘Dead Rising: Endgame’: Billy Zane, Jessica Harmon Among New Cast For ‘Watchtower’ Sequel". Deadline.