Christmas time is usually a time for family, gifts, snow, and toys. If your name is Frank West, it’s a fight for survival against the hordes of zombies that want to feast on your brains. The Dead Rising 4 demo is pure insanity and absurdity from the get-go and I wouldn’t have it any other way. When you first take control of Frank, he is wielding an electrified axe. There is an overwhelming horde of zombies in front of you, but after a few successful attacks, your combo meter will allow Frank to execute a special move. The ability in question has our hero raise his axe in the air (like Thor raises his hammer) as lightning shoots down from the sky and obliterates every zombie in sight.

Over-the-top moments like this are what make the Dead Rising games so memorable. This franchise rarely takes itself seriously and for that, these games set themselves apart from the myriad of zombie titles on the market today. I had around 10-15 minutes with the game (the time limit was on the screen) before the demo ended in order to do whatever I felt like doing. Throughout my hands on with the game, I picked up various items, helped fellow survivors fight off the ravaging zombies and I killed my foes in some truly creative and destructive ways.

There are a few cool new features in Dead Rising 4. One of them is the ability to enter an exoskeleton which gives Frank an overabundance of strength that allows him to do things that normally cannot be done. While in an exoskeleton, Frank can wield a minigun that mows down hordes of zombies. He can also lift up zombies and rip them in half and Frank can also grab structures from the environment such as stop signs to use as a melee weapon.

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Another solid addition is the fact that Frank can hold a melee weapon, projectile weapon, and throwable at the same time. With the push of a button, players can seemingly switch between the any of the three types of weapons. You can also open up a weapon wheel and customize your load-out which can be helpful in tight situations.

While I didn’t get much time to try out this much loved feature, I was able to equip Frank’s camera and take a few pictures which definitely brought back some great memories of the original Dead Rising. There were many different and diverse missions to take a part of during the demo. It’s great to see a game with such life in its world (pun intended) compared to many of the empty open world games available now.

Capcom is going to launch Dead Rising 4 in December. This should be the game that every Xbox One owner should be asking for come Christmas time. It’s gory, funny, over-the-top and absurd, but that’s Dead Rising 4 in a nutshell. It’s a game that will put a smile on the face of many gamers. Regardless if you’re a fan of horror or not, Dead Rising 4 is a light-hearted, albeit, violent romp through a snowy town that I couldn’t get enough of.

Written by Andrew Gonzalez

Andrew Gonzalez has been playing video games since the NES. He’s owned basically every console since the Super Nintendo. When he’s not playing video games, Andrew is usually listening to music. Follow him on twitter @VersaVulture89 if you want to read about video games, movies, music, and comic books.

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