E3 2016: It’s An Early Xmas with Dead Rising 4

Monday, June 13th, 2016

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While someone crept down and peaked at their present early this… er June… the whole package was finally unwrapped this Microsoft E3 presentation, and we were all given the gift of Dead Rising 4. ‘I’ve covered wars, you know‘ Frank West is back for this new sequel that looks like it wants to go back to the craziness that was the first game. The mall returns along with insane weapon combinations, costumes and some new tricks. Vehicular zombie-slaughter is also back and more gonzo than ever. And, at the center of all the action, our hero is hanging out by a tree with grotesque ornaments playing with social media on his phone and taking selfies. Maybe this hints at a lot of mobile apps in-game that you can use to record and help your massacre of the undead.

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What is clear is that this will be a holiday game through and through. Christmas settings, an end-of-2016 release window for Xbox One and Windows 10, and fake snow falling in the theater while the trailer played in Los Angeles all wrapped this overused metaphor with a neat little bow.

About Leif Conti-Groome

Leif Conti-Groome is a writer/playwright/video game journalist whose work has appeared on websites such as NextGen Player, Video Game Geek and DriveinTales. His poem Ritual won the 2015 Broadside Contest organized by the Bear Review. While he grew up playing titles such as Final Fantasy VI and Super Double Dragon, he doesn’t really have a preference for genre these days except for Country; that’s a game genre right? Leif’s attention has been more focused on the burgeoning communities of niche Japanese titles, eSports and speedruns. He currently resides in Toronto, Canada and makes a living as a copywriter.




  • azariosays

    I’ve never been a fan of this series, but this trailer was pretty good.