16 years after the events of Dead Rising, the journalist Frank West returns to uncover the truth of the government conspiracy that lead to the outbreak of zombie virus. However, this extraordinary situation is complicated even more by additional aspects: a rogue ex-student, a secret military operation and the discovery of new zombie species. The player in put into Frank’s shoes, who need to uncover the truth or die trying.
The playing experience is amplified by two new classes of zombie. Fresh zombies, victims that were infected only a few hours prior, will change in front of Frank’s eyes and will be even more dangerous because of their nature– they are faster and more vicious than any other type of zombie. The second class, Evo, is more like predatory animals during the hunt with their superior strength and mobility.
As in all previous Dead Rising, the player will have a wide variety of weapons and vehicles to use in order to survive and complete the mission. Depending on the purchasing style, the player may either got an additional X-fists character (Microsoft Store), Slicecyle, a motorbike with a chainsaws (Amazon buyers), Candy Cane Crossbow (Best Buy retail stores buyers) or Snowman helmet (GameStop buyers). Also, the Exo Suit can be customized in any way wanted, allowing the players to protect themselves with super strength or incredible fire power.
The players may also scavenge the world around them for any upgrades or new weapons. In the Willamette Memorial Megaplex they may find any supplies needed to protect themselves before going out to the town for clues. Additionally, Exo Suit allows players to use the parts of fictionalized world to protect themselves from the horde of zombies by using metal pipes or parking meters.
One of the greatest improvements in Dead Rising 4 is the multiplayer mode. Up to three players can join forces in order to complete the missions by using the Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service. It was confirmed that the players won’t need to wait until one match is over to join. Now they are able to do it while the match is still in progress.
Dead Rising 4 Standard Edition costs 60$ in Microsoft Store. Microsoft confirms that a season pass will be offered with the game, however the final price is still unclear.