Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Campy zombie shooter remake isn't as good as the original.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive messages

Player uses all kinds of weapons to kill people in a shopping mall, but the overwhelming majority of enemies are zombies in this over-the-top slasher game.Playing as photojournalist Frank, you are also trying to rescue survivors of the zombie attack.

Violence

While chopping, bashing, and shooting zombies, blood splatters out of victims in a gory manner, plus enemies can be dismembered, impaled, and decapitated. It doesn't look realistic, but killing is the name of the game. Cutscenes show zombies ripping flesh off of humans and a clown being shredded by a chainsaw. A counter on the screen keeps track of the number of kills.

Sex
Language

One or two instances of the word "sh-t" and a few "damns" and "bitches" but nothing that pushes the envelope.

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a M-rated killing game that lets players get creative with dozens of weapons while taking down zombies in and around a shopping mall. It's quite gory and bloody. Enemies can be dismembered, impaled, and decapitated. The cutscenes show closeups of gruesome things like someone getting impated through the eye and zombies ripping flesh off of humans. The game encourages the killing by keeping a counter on the screen to record the number of deaths. Since this game is on the Wii, players do the motions to mimic the killing which vary depending on the weapon being used.

User Reviews

Adult Written by2happy2na February 14, 2011

It's not THAT bad...

The game is not as mature as you think. In DEADRISING: chop till you drop, there is a very small amount of swearing. The only time the game says anything "...
Parent of a 10 year old Written byFriendofme January 9, 2010

Tweeny game

This game isn't bad at all. My ten year old son loves this game. I watched him play the game, and wow, I could say the only thing bad is the trailer - it...
Teen, 16 years old Written bydinesh276 March 7, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 January 15, 2012

Wow.How could this be not for kids?

Date of review:29 February 2009 Yep,I've just got this game for my wii a few weeks ago and I've completed it.not as good as...

What's it about?

If it's zombies you crave, it's a good time to buy video games. Between Sega's House of the Dead: Overkill and Capcom's Resident Evil 5, you'll have plenty of undead blasting in your future. And then there's the campy DEAD RISING CHOP TILL YOU DROP, a remake of Capcom's popular 2006 horror game for Xbox 360 that now takes advantage of the Nintendo Wii motion-sensing controls to hack, slash, and shoot a flesh-eating mob.

In case you haven't played the original adventure, players assume the role of Frank, a photojournalist, holed up in a zombie-infested shopping mall. You must get out alive by finding and using real and makeshift weapons (from shotguns to bowling balls, respectively) to keep enemies at a distance while trying to find an exit -- and an answer as to what happened here in the fictitious suburb of Willamette, Colorado.

Is it any good?

The Wii remote adds some variation to the zombie killing as you can swing it like a bat, aim and shoot it like a pistol towards an oncoming enemy, or hold it like a chainsaw to take down the hoards. A ticker in the bottom right corner of the screen keeps a tally of how many baddies you've killed. It's gory, bloody and over-the-top -- like a B horror movie such as Dawn of the Dead (which also takes place in a mall). Plus gamers will face boss characters, rescue survivors, dress up Frank in a variety of costumes, solve some puzzles, and watch entertaining cut-scene cinematics.

But the Wii doesn't have the same horsepower as the Xbox 360 -- and it shows. The graphics are pale in comparison to Microsoft's machine and there aren't nearly as many enemies on the screen at once. What's more, Frank doesn't use his camera to take pictures in this version, which was very much a part of the original game-play. Despite these shortcomings, this "Mature"-rated zombie playground proves fun and silly for Wii gamers age 17 or older, but it might be best as a weekend rental as opposed to paying $40 to own this slasher.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether the motion-sensing of the Wii controls make the killing seems more real than games played on other consoles. Or is this campy game less realistic because of the subpar graphics compared to the other version? Is this game less offensive because you are killing zombies who are fictitious than games where you kill humans.

Game details

  • Platforms: Nintendo Wii
  • Price: $39.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: March 3, 2009
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language

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