Beat 'em up
Blue Castle Games (2010)
Capcom Vancouver (2011-)
Microsoft Studios (2013-)
|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.
- 1 Setting
- 2 Protagonists
- 3 Games
- 3.1 Gameplay
- 3.2 Dead Rising (2006)
- 3.3 Dead Rising 2 (2010)
- 3.4 Dead Rising 3 (2013)
- 3.5 Dead Rising 4 (2016)
- 3.6 Remakes
- 3.7 Compilations
- 3.8 Mobile Game
- 3.9 Appearances in other game franchises
- 4 Film
- 5 References
The games in the franchise take place in fictional cities, although real cities are mentioned, the first game happens in small Mall in the town of Willamette, Colorado. The prequel expansion for the second game "Case Zero" happens in Still Creek a small town near Las Vegas, while the main game happens in a Fortune City, a Casino Mall, the epilogue downloadable content "Case West" happens in a Phenotrans Facility nearby. The third game takes place in Los Perdidos, California. "Dead Rising 4" happens in again, in Willamette with a zombie outbreak happening in the "Willamette Memorial Mall" which was constructed to honor the victims of the first game outbreak.
"Phenotrans" is a farmaceutical multimillion dollar company, which creates and distributes "Zombrex", a medicine which can if taken daily can prevent a zombie infected person from turning into a zombie, the medicine is sold at highly expensive prices forcing, causing a high strain in the infected, not knowing if they will be able to afford it on the next day. The company serves as the main antagonist of the series. There are also organizations like C.U.R.E. (Citizens for Undead Rights and Equality) which fought for the right of the zombies. And reality shows like "Terror Is Reality" where the contestants compete to see who kills more zombies, and the winner gets great amounts money.
|Dead Rising Fictional Timeline|
- 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.
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.
- 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.
Character appearance summary
- ^1 Frank West is the main protagonist of Dead Rising: Chop till you Drop a Non-canon Remake of Dead Rising 1 for Wii.
- ^2 Frank West doesn't appear in Dead Rising 2, but is the main protagonist of its Non-canon Remake Dead Rising 2: Off the Record .
- ^3 Frank West is a playable character in the downloadable content Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha which is Non-Canon.
- ^4 Chuck Greene appears on the main game, but only is playable in the downloadable content Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha which is Non-Canon.
|1||2:Case Zero||2||2:Case West||3||4||Watchtower||Endgame|
|Dead Rising||(X360) 85|
|Dead Rising 2||(PS3) 80
|Dead Rising 3||(XONE) 78
The games work within a 72 hour schedule which happens in in-game time, every event happens within an specific hour, similar to The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. The story happens within a city infected by hordes Zombies, each subsequent game has allowed for more zombies to be displayed on screen, at the same time.
The melee combat system, consists on using everything as a weapon, most of the items in the game can be used, as a weapons some are very effective, but others are comedically inefficient, weapons constantly break forcing the player to constantly use different weapons. "Dead Rising 2" introduced a Combo Weapons system, player can combine certain items into more powerful weapons, some of which are over the top. (Ex: A lightsaber is made by combining a flashligth and jewelry.) "Dead Rising 3" enhanced the mechanic by introducing "Combo Vehicles" allowing players to combine items with vehicles and even vehicles with other into more powerful vehicles. (Ex: A motorcycle with a chainsaw creates the slycycle a motorcycle with 2 chainsaw at the sides.) Players can Level up by performing mission objectives, which consist on the main story, rescuing and leading survivors to the safety by guiding them the safe-house, and also fighting psychopaths whom are civilians who went crazy after the Zombie Outbreak. All games feature multiple endings, completing all the missions in the main story is the only way to get the true ending. Since the second game all games feature online 2 player coop multiplayer, although "Dead Rising 4" introduces 4 player co-op.
Customization allows the player to use different clothes, spread all around the mall, whom vary from a sports fan attire, to pajamas, to dresses, to a male stripper outfit, to a Megaman cosplay.
The game displays the Health bar, the Level, the number of zombies killed, depleting bars telling how much time until each mission becomes unavailable, the current item (which turns red when the weapon is about to break).
Dead Rising (2006)
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. Players can use everything as a weapon. The rescue survivors, the game story works in a 72-hour clock.
Dead Rising 2 (2010)
- Case Zero (2010):
An Xbox 360-exclusive download, available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. It was released a month before, the main game. The download serves as a prologue for Dead Rising 2, set a few years before the main game.
- Dead Rising 2 (2010):
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 "72 hour" system returns. The major gameplay improvement over it's predecessor is the Combo Weapons system, allowing Chuck to combine certain items by using crafting tables, survivors A.I. was also improved, making them able to receive weapons and help. The Main story can be played in 2 player online co-op, where the second player controlling a second Chuck. Players can earn money by playing the online multiplayer mode "Terror is Reality". Downloadable Content:
- Case West (2010):
A second Xbox 360-exclusive download, available on the Xbox Live Marketplace. The download serves as a epilogue for Dead Rising 2, Chuck with the help of Frank West, go to a phenotranx facility to get evidence to clear Chuck's name.
Dead Rising 3 (2013)
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. The "72 hour" system returns. Combo Weapons can be fused anywhere, as crafting tables were removed, the crafting system was also expanded by introducing "Combo-Vehicles". While there is no sandbox mode, like in "Off the Record", similar challenges can be found during the Story Mode. Survivors were upgraded to use "Combo Weapons". Like in the previous game, the main story can be played in 2 player Co-op Online Mode the second player controls a character named Dick. It is exclusive for Xbox One.
There are 5 downloadable contents, the first 4 are known as The Untold Histories of Los Perdidos each focuses on exploring the zombie outbreak in Los Perdidos depicted in the main story, trough the point of view a different survivor, Nick met during during the the main story. The player controls those survivors instad of Nick. The fifth expansion, is the non-canon Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX Plus Alpha, it focuses on beat'em up action.
- Operation Eagle (2013):
The story of Adam Kane, a Special Forces Commander on a mission to capture the president. He is psychopath, whom Nick kills in the main story.
- Fallen Angel (2013):
The story of Angel Quijano an illeagally infected survivor. She seen on the main story as part of Annie's group of survivors.
- Chaos Rising (2013):
The story of Hunter Thibodeaux a biker seeking revenge on he people who incarcerated him. He is a psychopath, whom Nick kills using a molotov cocktail in the main story.
- The Last Angel (2013):
The story of a ZDC agent, searching for the truth about the outbreak.
- 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.
Dead Rising 4 (2016)
The fourth game in the Dead Rising series. The game features an older Frank West, returning to Willamette, Colorado during the Christmas season, where the newly constructed "Willamette Memorial Mall" has fallen under another zombie outbreak. "Combo weapons" and "Combo Vehicles" return, Camera mechanics from "Dead Rising 2: Off the Record" also return. The game will introduce an exo-suit Unlike previous games, the "72 hour" time system has been dropped, in order to encourage exploration. The main story can be played in 4 player Co-op Online Mode, instead of just two players.
Chop Till You Drop (2009)
A remake of the original Dead Rising for the Nintendo Wii. Many things were cut from the original game because of the Wii's limited console capabilities. It features motion controls.
Off the Record (2011)
A non-canonical remake of Dead Rising 2, which replaces "Dead Rising 2" protagonist Chuck Greene, with Frank West of the first Dead Rising and also features a "new" plot with some slight alterations. Fortune City remains mostly the same, but now adds a new place, a small alien thematic park called "Uranus Zone". The "72 hour" system returns, but the game also adds a "Sandbox Mode", where Frank can explore Fortune City without a time limit, and also complete challenges which require the players to use their creativity and crafting the necessary weapons to succeed. More Combo Weapons were added. Camera mechanics from Dead Rising 1 also returned improved. Both the main story and the sandbox mode can be played in 2 player Co-op Online Mode, with the second player controlling Chuck.
Dead Rising Collection
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 its 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)
Triple Pack is a compilation pack featuring the original Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record. It was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 13, 2016. Physical copies of first two games were released on September 13, 2016 and September 27, 2016 (North America Only) respectively. It includes all DLC costumes with the exception of the "Dead Rising 2" expansions "Caze Zero" and "Case West".
Dead Rising Mobile (2010)
A spin-off released on iOS in December 9, 2010. It received poor reviews.
Appearances in other game franchises
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. He has special dialogue with Nova, the Hulk, and Spider-Man, the latter of which he tries to compete with as a rival photographer. 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. West also appears as a multiplayer character in Capcom's Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, and in the sequel, Lost Planet 2.
Zombrex: Dead Rising Sun
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.
Dead Rising: Watchtower (2015)
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.
Principal photography began in Vancouver on September 30, 2014 with Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert, Virginia Madsen and Meghan Ory joining the cast. 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. The film takes place between Dead Rising 2 and Dead Rising 3.
Dead Rising: Endgame (2016)
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. The film takes place between Dead Rising: Watchtower and Dead Rising 3.
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, that would be in real time action, in the style of 24, but with zombie drama like The Walking Dead.
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