What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this game is based on the 1978 Dawn of the Dead zombie splatter flick and is not for the faint of heart. This game is ultra-violent and gory, featuring plenty of shotgun blasts, chainsaw dismemberment, and hand-to-hand combat as the player takes on legions of the undead. It's another rated-M game that is definitely for those over 17. Other possible concerns for parents include profanity (the character may utter curse words including "hell," "damn," "s--t," and "bitch"), some nude imagery on paintings and T-shirts, and the ability to carry and consume wine.
What's it about?
Available exclusively for the Xbox 360, DEAD RISING is best described as an interactive version of George A. Romero's 1978 zombie horror flick Dawn of the Dead. You play as the rugged Frank West, an ambitious freelance photojournalist who arrives in the small, fictitious town of Willamette, Colo., and discovers that the Army has mysteriously quarantined the area: The town's residents have turned into the undead. West makes his way to a shopping mall, where he must survive by working with others to ward off this relentless mob and get the story before the rescue helicopter comes back for him in 72 hours.
Is it any good?
Over the top? Indeed. Fun? If you're into zombies, you bet. The action can get quite violent and gory, earning its M rating. By giving you an open-ended action-adventure game, Dead Rising lets you go virtually anywhere and interact with the more than 80 survivors, and lets you use anything found in the game environment, such as a box to climb over a tall barrier, a golf club or frying pan to whack zombies, or an air duct to travel to other areas of the mall.
Think of Dead Rising as a guilty pleasure. The premise is campy, and the action is over the top, but Capcom has succeeded in creating a good-looking, fun, and addictive game for mature Xbox 360 owners.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about the campy appeal of old horror movies and zombies. Do you think they are good source material for a video game? If you were to remake a classic monster movie or make a favorite movie into a video game, what would it look like? Who would the heroes be?