Figured it's time a thread started for this, Capcom's latest attempt to make the Dead Rising franchise break out of its niche and into the mainstream. I'm working my way through the Windows 10 version of the game and it's been fairly solid so far. As with most of the Windows 10 games put out it has multiple setting options but mostly runs like it would on Xbox One bar the ability to drive up the settings. I've had it running to have a frame limit of 60fps which I don't think it holds at as quieter indoor areas are noticeably smoother but I think it's running comfortably higher than 30fps no matter how much is going on and hasn't had any major dips despite also being run at 4K resolution.
So, it's Christmas time and Frank West finds himself drawn back into Willamette, the setting of the original game, where a new outbreak has occurred on the opening day of the new Memorial Mall. This time though you get to roam all of the town as the game builds on the more open world approach of Dead Rising 3. DR3 proves to be an important cornerstone for the new game as DR4 is very much a crowdpleaser project. It borders on coming across like a big fan teaser expansion pack for DR3 as much of the approach is the same but with a big emphasis on simplification.
-The timer is gone
-Zombies do much less damage
-Vehicles are more durable
-Psycho's have been replaced by Maniacs who are effectively themed normal enemies with a bit more health
-Weapon/Vehicle modification just requires you to hold B
-Survivors just need enemies to be killed off around them, no escorting etc
The game has seven cases (0-6) and without all the restrictions the series is known for it speeds up the play time with a standard run through in 7 or so hours looking to be the expected time. What you make of those changes depends on your view of the past games, if you adored them then DR4 is likely to come across as dumbed down. If they wound you up and put you off then DR4 is a lovely tonic that lets you just enjoy the zombie mashing gameplay at your own pace. I'm in the latter camp so I'm enjoying this entry the most in the series. It's very, very similar to DR3 but Frank is handled really well and the Xmas setting is nice and not overdone. Combat is still a bit clunky and vehicles still handle poorly but whilst the game doesn't offer anything new (and Capcom seem to be running out of ideas of what to do with it) it's so far been just nice laid back, non-too serious fun.