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.

Protagonists[edit]

Frank West[edit]

Frank West, the main protagonist of Dead Rising 1 & 4.
Voiced by Terence J. Rotolo (Dead Rising series, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3), Peter von Gomm (Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars), Rikiya Koyama (Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Project X Zone)
Portrayed by Rob Riggle (Dead Rising: Watchtower)

The protagonist of Dead Rising, Frank West is a freelance photographer and photojournalist who has covered many world events, wars, and other big stories. Looking for the next big scoop, he stumbles onto some strange events happening in the small town of Willamette, Colorado. While not the most polished and professional person in his field, he is strong, genuinely kind and decent, and always operates on instinct. Not your typical journalist, Frank is capable of handling himself in combat and helping other survivors to safety.[1]

Chuck Greene[edit]

Voiced by Peter Flemming
Portrayed by Victor Webster (Dead Rising: Endgame)

The main protagonist of Dead Rising 2. He is a former motocross champion and an extremely resourceful mechanic, able to repair and construct anything he can imagine. Chuck is frequently under pressure to find the money to buy Zombrex (a daily medication that suppresses the zombification process) for his daughter Katey, who was bitten by her zombified mother during a previous outbreak in Las Vegas. Chuck arrives at Fortune City, Nevada, to take part in Terror Is Reality, a controversial sports entertainment game show where contestants kill zombies for cash prizes.[2]

Nick Ramos[edit]

Voiced by Andrew Lawrence

The protagonist of Dead Rising 3. Nick is an orphan-turned-mechanic who works for Wrench O' Rama in the city of Los Perdidos. While he has excellent mechanical skills, Nick has difficulties formulating plans and acting under pressure. Many details of his life remain a mystery, but a distinctive physical trait is a tattoo of the number 12 on his neck. Despite his shortcomings, Nick is a friendly young man who holds his friends in high regard, especially his boss Rhonda, who is about the closest thing he knows to a mother. Nick also has a crush in a girl named Annie.[3]

Games[edit]

Aggregate review scores
As of November 19, 2013.
Game Metacritic
Dead Rising (X360) 85[4]
Dead Rising 2 (PS3) 80[5]
(X360) 79[6]
(PC) 78[7]
Dead Rising 3 (XONE) 78[8]
(PC) 70[9]

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.

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. The Main story can be played in 2 player Co-op Online Mode. Downloadable Content:

  • Case Zero (2010):

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

  • Case West (2010):

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 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. Like in the previous game, the main story can be played in 2 player Co-op Online Mode. It is exclusive for Xbox One. Downloadable Content:

  • Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha (2013):

It features four-player co-op, players can control Frank West, Chuck Greene, Katie Greene, and Nick Ramos, it also features exclusive costumes whom serve as an homage to other Capcom franchises.[10]

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. Camera mechanics from Dead Rising 2: Off the Record will return. Unlike previous games, the main story can be played in 4 player Co-op Online Mode, instead of just two players.

Remakes[edit]

Chop Till You Drop (2009)[edit]

A remake of the original Dead Rising for the Nintendo Wii. Many things were cut from the original game, due to the Nintendo Wii's limited console capabilities.

Off the Record (2011)[edit]

A remake of Dead Rising 2, with that game's protagonist, Chuck Greene, replaced by Frank West of the first Dead Rising. Camera mechanics from the Dead Rising 1 return. It adds a new section to Fortune City called Uranus Zone, it also features a new Sandbox mode not featured in the Original game where the player can explore Fortune City without a time limit, and complete challenges by crafting the necessary weapons. Like in the previous game, the main story and the sandbox mode can be played in 2 player Co-op Online Mode. It's highly recommended for people who liked the original Dead Rising 2.

Compilations[edit]

Dead Rising Collection[edit]

Dead Rising Collection is a compilation for Xbox 360 containing all the games from the Dead Rising franchise released on Xbox 360: Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2 and it's downloadable content Case Zero & Case West, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. It was released on March 7, 2014 exclusively in Europe.

Dead Rising Triple Pack (2016)[edit]

Triple Pack is a complication pack featuring the original Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. It is set to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 13, 2016. Physical copies of Dead Rising are set for release on September 13, 2016 and Dead Rising 2 is set for release on September 27 2016 (North America Only). [11]

Mobile Game[edit]

Dead Rising Mobile (2010)[edit]

A spin-off released on iOS in December 9, 2010. It received poor reviews.[12]

Appearances in other game franchises[edit]

Frank West is a playable character in the fighting games Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 , with his special moves revolving around the use of zombies and the makeshift weapons from Dead Rising.[13] He has special dialogue with Nova, the Hulk, and Spider-Man, the latter of which he tries to compete with as a rival photographer.[14] Frank 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.[15] West also appears as a multiplayer character in Capcom's Lost Planet: Extreme Condition,[16] and in the sequel, Lost Planet 2.[17] In Valve's add-on content "The Passing" for Left 4 Dead 2, a message from Frank directed to Otis appears among other pop culture messages graffitied on the wall of a bar.[18]

Film[edit]

Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun[edit]

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.[19]

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.[20][21]

Principal photography began in Vancouver on September 30, 2014 with Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Virginia Madsen and Meghan Ory joining the cast.[22] 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.[23] The film takes place between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3.

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.[24][25][26][27]The film takes place between Dead Rising: Watchtower and Dead Rising 3.

Future[edit]

Jesse Metcalfe told Digital Spy that depending of the success of the second film Crackle is debating, between continuing the franchise with a third film or developing a Crackle Original series, whom would be in real time action, in the style of 24, but with zombie drama like The Walking Dead.[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ http://deadrising.com/dead-rising-2/#characters
  3. ^ http://deadrising.com/dead-rising-3/#characters
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  5. ^ "Dead Rising 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Dead Rising 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dead Rising 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Dead Rising 3 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved November 19, 2013. 
  10. ^ http://news.xbox.com/2014/06/11/games-dead-rising-3-dlc-e3/
  11. ^ Sarker, Samit (August 9, 2016). "Last-gen Dead Rising games coming to PS4 and Xbox One next month". Polygon. Retrieved August 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Dead Rising Mobile for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  13. ^ Henry, G. R. (October 9, 2009). "The 28 characters of Tatsunoko vs Capcom". GamesRadar. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 roster leaked". GameSpot. Archived from the original on July 22, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Project X Zone Recreates Resonance Of Fate's Opening Scene As A Special Attack". Siliconera. April 26, 2012. Retrieved May 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ Branwell, Tom (July 16, 2007). "Lost Planet PC getting Mega Man". Eurogamer. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  17. ^ Dan Webb. "Frank West spotted in Lost Planet 2". Xbox360Achievements.org. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ "IMDB Page". 
  20. ^ Graser, Marc (June 19, 2014). "Legendary to Bring Videogame 'Dead Rising' to Life". Variety. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 
  21. ^ Barton, Steve (August 20, 2014). "Dead Rising Feature Film for Crackle Finds a Director". Dreadcentral. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Cast Announced for Dead Rising: Watchtower". September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Riggle, Morenstein, Tracey and Paunovich to Lead Dead Rising: Watchtower". comingsoon.net. October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 21, 2014. 
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  27. ^ Petski, Denise (February 18, 2016). "'Dead Rising: Endgame': Billy Zane, Jessica Harmon Among New Cast For 'Watchtower' Sequel". Deadline. 
  28. ^ http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/news/a798188/dead-rising-could-get-an-ongoing-tv-series-on-crackle-reveals-endgame-star-jesse-metcalfe/?utm_content=buffer32394&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=TVTwitterpost