Dead Rising 4: Six Months Later
Frank West is dead. That's the ending of Dead Rising 4, but never fear because he comes back as a zombie in the DLC. Yeah, that's the kind of game we're dealing with here.
Much like the overused "it was all a dream!" trope in cinema and TV of yesteryear, this decision has left a bad taste in many people's mouths. Unfortunately that's not the only part of the game with that sentiment. Having done away with the traditional countdown timer and cooperative play in the campaign, a lot of people question whether this is really a Dead Rising title at all as those components are so key to the experience.
The overwhelming feedback from players, even as recently as today in the Steam reviews, is that Dead Rising 4 is a buggy mess that suffers from constant lagging, freezing, and crashing.
"Incredibly disappointing. This game is so buggy it becomes unplayable. I have a high end system that doesn’t struggle with anything above 60fps normally and this game constantly stutters and additionally just crashes."
"This game... Always crash... I have Intel I7 7700k, 32Gb Rams and Nvidia GT 1080... but it always crash without any reason... so if you want to buy it... I think you must thinking about this."
"Bought the game because it was on sale, having loved the first two of the series back in the day. Was really hoping to like this one but it was completely unplayable."
Despite six months of damage control and a handful of updates, you're still best off to watch this space and hold off on purchasing for now. The game has the writing and humour we've come to expect from a Dead Rising game, while taking a risk with the changes in game mechanics.
If you've gotten this far into the article and you're thinking to yourself "it can't be THAT bad" then feel free to grab it as part of the Steam Summer Sale for $30USD (50% off). Newcomers to the series are likely to enjoy killing hoards of zombies if nothing else, as long as you can get it to run.
It's just a shame that a lot of people can't get far enough into the game to enjoy it.