Is Dead Rising as great as it used to be?
Dead Rising 4 doesn't have the impact of its early predecessors, but the thrill of screwing with the undead before slaying them still hasn't faded. The story is forgettable, and there are plenty of gameplay frustrations and glitches; meanwhile, the graphics are jaunty like a shambling zombie. But those are old annoyances, and they fit the game's B-movie-like feel and flow.
Really, the game's biggest issue, aside from leaning on a lot of the same concepts established in 2006 and now spread across five entries, is that it just doesn't give you a very exciting location for its mayhem. You can play in another shopping mall, sure, but I've spent a lot more time away from that welcoming beacon of commerce, instead running around a vacant city or through military facilities and abandoned labs -- totally average, generic game settings.