When it comes to industry practices we despise, "On-Disc DLC" is right up there. Ever since Capcom came under fire for including content on retail discs, locking it off and then selling it back to us, gamers became aware of what was essentially a scam and dredged up the whole sorry mess, and quite right too.
So you'd expect that publishers and developers would do their best to stay well clear of this nasty business, but you'd be wrong. On-disc DLC has just evolved into a new form over the last few years, and is more insidious than ever.
Though technically, we now ought to refer to it as 'on-disk DLC.'
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I have a soft spot for Ryse. It's super dumb and fairly repetitive, but it also scratches an itch for cinematic swords and sandals action, and Dead Rising 3 takes Capcom's zombie-killing formula to epic new levels, leveraging the power of the Xbox One to really ratchet up the number of shambling flesh eaters and expand the scale of the game.
You can nab them both for under £20 over at HMV right now and save yourselves a pretty packet. Nice spot WatchThisSpac3!
Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Is "less pointless than usual" a compliment? It's hardly the most glowing endorsement of a DLC pack, but compared to the rest of Dead Rising 3's noxious season pass content, The Last Agent manages to claw itself into the giddy heights of mediocrity.
Don't misunderstand me: the fourth and final season pass offering is still fairly pointless and a waste of £7.99 on paper. It lasts roughly two hours, contains recycled missions, starts with yet another vehicle driving section and doesn't bring anything new to the core experience.
Except railguns. And a jet engine turbine that fires gems. And a laser cannon. And a hydraulic power fist. Come back, The Last Agent, because much is forgiven.Click here to read more...
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This week, we discuss Microsoft's Xbox One UK price cut and Titanfall bundle -- is it a big middle finger to Day One buyers? We also chat about Nintendo entering the mobile space in the wake of hedge fund manager Seth Fischer's open letter to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, we have a gander at Sony Santa Monica's cancellation of their four-year, new IP, and we hand out our Winners and Losers of the Week as per usual.
Strap yourselves in, folks; this one's a good 'un!
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Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
You've got to feel sorry for Hunter Thibodeux. Before being pummelled and burned to a crisp by Nick Ramos in the first Dead Rising 3 boss battle, the hapless motorcycle gang leader spent his last hour on Earth undertaking fetch quests, smashing up emergency telephone booths, then doing another few fetch quests for a fistful of extra PP. Beneath his posturing and facepaint, he's basically a golden retriever with a mohawk, wagging his tail as he does everything his masters tell him.
It's such a waste, because this was Capcom Vancouver's golden opportunity to finally give us a decent slice of DLC. The groundwork's laid perfectly: you play as a boss character who's well-placed to enjoy the zombie carnage. He's out for a rip-roaring revenge story. You get to ride the outrageous offspring of a Harley Davidson and the Sea Drill from Tomorrow Never Dies. What could go wrong?
Pretty much everything, as it turns out. If you needed further proof that season passes are an idiotic waste of money, here's Chaos Rising with a textbook example of rushed, rehashed content that was pushed out to order with the minimum possible effort.Click here to read more...
I've been rather underwhelmed by the exclusive offerings of both Sony and Microsoft up to this point, but Dead Rising 3 has given me a hefty hook and provided some much needed excitement. With more news each day of further game delays, and the wise choice looking like patience and prudence this Christmas, Capcom Vancouver have turned up with a game that I really, really want. I don't know how good it's going to be, I don't know just how deep all of the systems run, but I do know this: that game put the biggest smile on my face at Microsoft's Xbox One showcase yesterday, and it still hasn't come off. It's funny, it's empowering, it's expansive and ambitious, there's reams of choice and customisation. This is how you craft catharsis.
Dead Rising 3 is one of the Xbox One's flagship launch titles, carrying a hefty amount of expectation upon its shoulders. It's had a bit of a rough year in terms of reveals to the public at E3, framerate issues and Gamescom , and the stuttering, see-sawing marketing messages from Microsoft, but njow, close to launch, it looks like it's coming out of the gates hot. - Dead Rising 3 Preview
We sat down with executive producer Josh Bridge at a showcase event earlier this week to chat about how the power of the Xbox One is being used to propel the franchise forwards with this third game.Click here to read more...
Platforms: Xbox One
Developers: Capcom Vancouver
Publishers: Microsoft Studios
In line with Microsoft's seeming inability to get their PR and marketing messages straight earlier this year, I don't think any of us were particularly thrilled by Dead Rising 3's appearance at this year's E3. The trailer looked dour and grim, anathema to our memories of a series that has often been characterised by over-the-top, hilariously creative undead bashing.
Then Dead Rising 3 turned up in playable form at Gamescom, though we didn't have time to see it sadly, and all of the reports there were of dodgy framerate issues, but there were hints towards the freeform, anarchic nature of the older games, lashings of crafting and customisation, and Chinese whispers of yes it is pretty grey and brown, but I carved zombies up with a nitrous-boosted digger.
As it turns out, we can have our cake and eat it too. Alan Jarvie's art direction for this game might lean rather more towards the gritty, realistic end of the spectrum, but that's ok. The zombies in Dead Rising 3 do feel a little bit more fearsome, the tone is set a little darker, there's actually a bit of a horror feel to things this time around. But that doesn't mean you can't have hilarious, side-splitting moments of emergent brilliance and rampant hilarity. Dead Rising 3 is looking like a game that gives the best of both worlds, with enough variety in terms of game modes, customisation, and crafting to play the game however we want.
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Dead Rising 3 is one of the Xbox One's most promising launch exclusives, but Capcom Vancouver have come under a fair bit of flack for a seemingly inconsistent frame rate in public appearances and trailers. Producer Mike Jones has spoken out to set the record straight, promising that they're still working on optimising the ambitious open world game as their last major priority.Click here to read more...
Capcom Vancouver have revealed some nice little tidbits regarding Dead Rising 3's open world, not least the fact that it's so huge that the maps for the first two games could fit inside this one several times over.Click here to read more...
Early Xbox One adopters will be able to download special Day One versions of Forza 5, Ryse and Dead Rising 3, including extra DLC and bonuses.Click here to read more...
Capcom have thrown together a montage of Dead Rising 3 gameplay footage, which frankly looks excellent barring an inconsistent frame rate (which could be down to the video). Well worth a watch if you're thinking about getting involved in the Xbox One launch title, since you can see an enormous range of ridiculous guns, silly costumes and outrageous combo vehicles in action.
Before you ask, Capcom have reiterated that Dead Rising 3 won't come to other platforms. Ever.Click here to read more...
According to Capcom, Dead Rising 3 will not be coming to PS4 or PC, ever. So stop asking.Click here to read more...
Dead Rising 3 plans to take weapon modificaton to its most welcome and illogical conclusion: ridiculous jury-rigged vehicles to splatter the zombie hordes as you drive around the enormous open city. Examples include the RollerHawg: a hybrid between a motorcycle and Steamroller with flamethrower attachments.
Oh baby. We've got the screenshots below. Dead Rising 3 releases in November as an Xbox One exclusive launch title.
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Capcom have published a new trailer for Dead Rising 3, which is currently exclusively available through IGN. Though it's entirely CG, it brilliantly encapsulates the silly shenanigans we've come to love from the series, and helps to assuage our fears that the Xbox One exclusive may have lost its fun factor.
We'll likely see more of Dead Rising 3's enormous open city at Gamescom. Matt and Carl are packing their last few bits as we speak.Click here to read more...
Did anyone else pass out through boredom while watching Dead Rising 3's brown E3 debut? Luckily Blue Castle haven't forgotten the most important thing about Dead Rising - running around in hilariously inappropriate clothes - and have issued a few screenshots to prove it.
Dead Rising 3 is out this year as an Xbox One launch title, featuring a seamless open city that's larger than both previous games combined. And servbot hats.Click here to read more...
When Dead Rising 3 debuted at E3 we were of the opinion it was a bit on the brown and ugly side. And it still is. But thanks to this latest dev diary we're a little bit more optimistic as we get to see lots of different ways to dismember the undead masses and a few glimpses of humour along the way.
Dual-wielding triple barrel machine guns, nail guns, axes, exploding baseballs and more will be at your disposable. Taping together ridiculous combinations of items will also once again be actively encouraged. You'll also get a better look at some of the different zombie classes you'll come up against. Charging football jocks, trigger happy cops and inmates. All fairly vulnerable to a chainsaw to the guts it would seem though. A luchadore outfit dresses you for the occassion of wrestling zombies in the ring too, just in-case you were thinking the series was looking a bit 'normal.' There'll have to be a severe financial incentive involved to get us to fight them dressed in a banana hammock though.Click here to read more...
Capcom Vancouver have revealed the third Dead Rising at Microsoft's E3 press conference, which they suggest could be the "ultimate open-world zombie game." Touting no load times whatsoever, Dead Rising 3 will feature an enormous city to explore, alongside plenty of DIY weapons to bodge together. Next-gen hardware has allowed the team to massively increase the number of simultaneously-rendered zombies yet further, resulting in truly insane hordes to mutilate or distract.
SmartGlass functionality has been worked in, allowing you to access a dynamic map or even call in artillery strikes with your tablet.
To be honest, it looks a bit on the drab and brown side to us, at least compared to the first two Dead Rising titles. With luck the gameplay will speak for itself when Dead Rising 3 launches this holiday season as an Xbox One exclusive.
We're due an absolute boatload of surprise announcements on Saturday when Geoff Keighley's well-spent
ass-licking contacts pay dividends at the trailer-fest that is the Video Game Awards. However, might Capcom have clued us in as to what they've got in store via their official Facebook page for Dead Rising? Where series protagonist, Frank West, reveals he's "packing for my new adventure".
It would seem as if Capcom is whetting our appetites for a Dead Rising announcement in the imminent future, and the VGAs would be the obvious choice. However, is this truly Dead Rising 3 or another expansion pack, ala Off the Record? We can't be sure until Capcom whisk back the proverbial curtain, but I wouldn't be surprised if West and undead co made a VGAs appearance. [Facebook]