Ahhhh zombies. We all know that there's two things that make *everything* better; zombies, and lasers. And let me tell you, Dead Rising 3 has tons of zombies. Literally hundreds of individually rendered and animated zombies on screen at any one time. And whilst there aren't any lasers, the ability to combine items to create your own individual implements for dismembering the zombie horde is back, and better than ever.
And when i say hundreds of zombies, i mean it. You will often find yourself rounding a corner on the way to a mission objective, only to be confronted by a veritable wall of the undead. Find another way, or better yet, find car (or steamroller), and mow 'em down!
Dead Rising 3 treads the line between a more sombre, serious tone, and the goofy craziness of the prior two Dead Rising games. Whilst this is classed as an open-world game, the world itself isn't really that big, but it still crams a lot of variety into the smaller-than-expected environments. Not only can you craft new weapons from the items you scavenge, you can also combine whole vehicles to create new death-machines for dealing out the car-nage (lame pun intended). There's nothing cooler than ploughing into a huge crowd of zombies riding a motorcycle with a spiky attachment on the front that also spits fire; blood, guts and limbs flying everywhere.
The cut-scenes are nicely rendered, the voice acting of the other characters is top notch, the graphics superb, and the much-maligned save system of the previous games has been revamped so you can now save anywhere (there is a nightmare mode for the hardcore fans of the original Dead Rising save system). My only complaints would be that the boss battles can get a bit tedious (no-one ever thinks "Oh yay! A boss battle!"), but they aren't so tedious as to become deal-breakers, and the camera can sometimes be a bit unwieldy, making it difficult to focus at times on which direction you're being attacked from.
Combine Dead Rising 3 with the Companion App delivered via Microsoft's SmartGlass application (available on Apple and Android tablets and smartphones), and you have the definitive zombie-slaying experience.