The Dead Rising Triple Pack | Review
The work that developers put into remastering their old games varies an exceptional amount. This Dead Rising collection offers a perfect opportunity for someone’s first time, but won’t do much to lure back long term fans.
The Good
  • + The original Dead Rising finally makes a jump to PlayStation
  • + Increased frame rate produces silky smooth gameplay
  • + The same wacky, ridiculous gameplay returns…
The Bad
  • -…but everything still looks near-identical after being ‘remastered’
  • - No changes to gameplay or camera mechanics results in a half-hearted return
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Start Replay: “A Lackluster Remaster”

 

The Dead Rising collection offers a trip of nostalgia, not one of incremental upgrades. Instead of improving upon original gameplay mechanics, Capcom has decided to spruce up the graphics and call it a day. In what seems to be common practice amongst most developers looking to remaster older titles, this Dead Rising trio (Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record) accompanies all downloadable content and a slightly shinier display. Textures have been improved to help showcase characters and environments in a little bit more detail, plus the frame rate has been bumped up to 60 frames per second alongside 1080p presentation; ensuring that everything looks sharper without any stutter. Whilst I don’t own the original titles to make a direct comparison, a closer inspection through videos on Youtube clearly shows minimal improvements.

It would be hard a push to say these ‘newer’ versions look dramatically better than the originals, because they are pretty much near-identical. It would’ve been far nicer to see these games rebuilt from the ground up, perhaps even running on a entirely new engine. It’s certainly enjoyable to have the original Dead Rising appear on a PlayStation platform for the first time, but given its wrinkled appearance and clunky gameplay, don’t expect to have a modernised experience. Its old frame work and lacklustre controls tend to dampen the fun.

 

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Joshua Ball
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Meet Josh. As the head of Start Replay his overall objective is to keep things moving. Alongside ensuring that content is made on a regular basis, Josh loves attending and organising the many press events and expos that crop up. His favourite video games consist of the Arkham series and Metal Gear Solid, but there’s always room for a bit of horror. Follow Josh’s sparse tweets on Twitter or, alternatively, be sure to catch him in the crowd of the next big gaming event.

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