I played it co-op and I have to say, it really did a great job of portraying a zombie setting. The sheer amount of zombies is insane, and the combat is fun. I did not really care for the ending, but the gameplay beats out most I can think of. I enjoy Left 4 Dead 2 is small doses, so I would not consider that a contender.
TLOU is a great game for it's story. I made a post on how I felt about the ending, I really did enjoy it. http://www.gamefaqs.com/boards/652686-the-last-of-us/68026561 I felt the story was really good and the writing was great, but the gameplay was not very good; especially the gunplay. The ending was fantastic IMO, but I do not think it can come close to beating out DR3 in gameplay. Also, DR3 does not stutter as reviews say, it seems like it must have been patched because it runs smooth, and the graphics really do not get enough credit. Its's not next gen AC, Ryse, or Killzone, but it looks better than most games on last gen. The details up close are really nice, and I think it is sorely underrated in that department.
TLOU relied more on a story than gameplay. I enjoyed the bond between Ellie and Joel, however, I feel if you want a story driven zombie game; Tell Tale's the walking dead is better.
So it's in my opinion that DR3 is the best zombie game. Some missions may be annoying, but the customization of weapons, the great combat, and the frantic amount of zombies make it insanely great. Running around looking for a key while zombies come out from all places brings the kind of stress a zombie game should have.
10/10, my favorite xbone exclusive so far. Ryse is an 8 for me, but I understand why others feel differently. I wish I were good at Killer Instinct, because it looks and plays fantastic. :P Unfortunately, I have to button mash.
I think a lot of people who opted for the PS4 for whatever reason missed out on some great games. Even the "Not as good" looking CoD is really great. The xbone's controller is still the best for FPS games, and the trigger rumble really adds more to the immersion.
PS4 is not really a good launch system if their best offerings are last gen games.
I'd definitely say there's a lot in this Dead Rising I loved more than the others, but there were definitely things I adored more in earlier Dead Rising games.
For example, Dead Rising 3 really upped the ante in terms of items, weaponry, exploration and theming the psycho survivors, but I preferred the slightly more campy, colourful (both visually and thematically) tone of the other two - it's the difference where wearing a big clown mask and wielding a katana looks hilarious, and the same thing looking a little dark and mentally-disturbed.
Of course, there's a degree of attachment anyway - the fact that Nick always seems to confused and upset during cutscenes and then immediately picks up a axle grinder to mince swathes of undead the minute you get control back - but what I mean is, it loses a lot of the humour when boxing glove Wolverine claws look like a blood-smeared prop from Saw instead of a stupid set of knives duct-taped to childrens' boxing gloves.
But yeah - cracking game. And the little revelations at the end - including the little cameos - were excellent.
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