There's not much new in Dead Rising 3, but it's a name that is sure to drive attention to the recently released Xbox One. Players will get another shot at surviving the zombie outbreak in Los Perdidos, this time filling the shoes of mechanic Nick Ramos. The goal? Get out of the city before the U.S. military carpet bombs the entire place.
Dead Rising 3 lives and dies by a now-standard formula of exploration and weapon-crafting. This time out, there are more outdoor environments, which is a nice change that gives you more variety in locales to investigate. The franchise's signature element -- bizarre weapon combinations -- continues to get weirder and weirder. You can transform a handful of gems and a flashlight into a laser sword, for example. Or turn a
gun-toting teddy bear into a port- able turret. Dead Rising has never been a serious series, which makes it a nice alternative to most horror video games. In DR3, weapon-crafting now extends to vehicles, so you can put a steamroller wheel on your motorcycle and mow down tons of zombies in quick fashion.
While Dead Rising 3 does little to change the formula of the series, the new touches make this a nice showpiece title for your Xbox One. It looks great and runs smoothly, but it is ultimately the same old undead song and dance. If this series keeps on at this slow pace, one day even a shambling zombie will be able to outrun it.
PLOT Zombies, you say? Get out of town.
BOTTOM LINE It needs a major upgrade to be the living end.