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Dead Rising 3 is the seventh installment in the Dead Rising series, released on November 22, 2013. It was developed by Capcom Vancouver, and was published by Microsoft for the Xbox One. In June 2014, Steam advertised the "Apocalypse Edition" for pre order on the PC, and was released on September 5, 2014.

The game was officially announced during Microsoft's E3 press conference on June 10, 2013.[1] A sequel, Dead Rising 4, was released on December 6, 2016.


Main article: Story Mode (Dead Rising 3)

Dead Rising 3 takes place in 2021, ten years after Dead Rising 2. It follows the game's protagonist, a young mechanic named Nick Ramos as he desperately attempts to find a way out of the city of Los Perdidos.

In 2017 the government began using Zombrex chips - a required chip that is placed inside infected people and administers Zombrex daily. This chip, however, also tracks them via GPS, which makes many refuse to have it administered.

During the events of Dead Rising 3, the Zombrex chips implanted in those infected malfunctioned, which causes this newest zombie outbreak. This outbreak forces Nick and other survivors to escape the city alive before the military performs a firebombing.


Main article: Endings (Dead Rising 3)

There are a total of five known endings that can be achieved depending on player choices. Ending S is the best ending, followed by C, D, and F. There is also an alternate ending to Chapter 8 that is not lettered in game (In the files it's labelled as "Ending E"). Ending S is considered to be the true, canon ending.

Game Modes

Story Mode

  • The "72 Hour Mode" of the game. This mode features a six-day time limit, utilizes checkpoints, and the player can save in the open world and do not have to visit a bathroom. With this mode, the player can complete every mission and master all content with no pressure.
  • There are 8 chapters in total (0-7).


  • Team up with a buddy for endless zombie-killing mayhem through online co-op over Xbox Live, with asynchronous matchmaking that allows you to jump in or out of the game at any time. Not only will you help your friend advance, you'll also contribute to your own story progression and earn experience points that will carry back into your own game.
  • Keep your progression! With Dead Rising 3's co-op system, you can jump into a friend's game and finish chapter three. If you jump back to your game and you're only in chapter one, you will already have chapter three completed, despite not being at that point yet.

Chapter 8

  • The "Overtime Mode" of the game. This mode ads an additional day.
  • Filling up the King Zombies Harvested Bar in this mode will result in a different ending; however, you are able to start from a previous checkpoint after receiving this ending.

Nightmare Mode

  • In this mode, players get to experience a more "classic" Dead Rising experience. The 6-day time limit remains, there are no checkpoints, and players have to save in bathrooms or port-a-potties.
  • Time passes by four times faster than in the regular mode. 
  • Zombies and psychopaths are tougher and more aggressive. They can withstand more damage and will also deal more damage to Nick and survivors.
  • Days are shorter and nights last longer.
  • Weapon lockers and garages will only allow half the amount of weapons/vehicles to be generated at one time. 
  • By leveling up the 'smarts' attribute category, players can receive a PP bonus which allows them to gain more PP. 
  • More PP is awarded for good endings, especially Ending S! 

New Gameplay Features

  • Unlike previous games, Dead Rising 3 features a longer time limit, but features a Nightmare Mode for players who want the more traditional Dead Rising experience.
  • The game's world is immense, being able to fit the map from both Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2 inside of Los Perdidos with room to spare. There are no loading screens and virtually no loading time, making for a sleek transition between the various areas.
  • Zombies now have more intelligent AI. With Kinect, the zombie horde can hear beyond the screen and will react to you calling out for a more immersive experience.
  • All zombies have been uniquely modeled with great detail, and accessories (such as earbuds or skirts) have been randomly generated onto pre-existing models. No two zombies look alike!
  • Use motion controls to point and command your survivor posse and even yell insults to taunt your enemies.
  • Anatomically correct gore, allows you to tear into zombies and see parts of them you have never seen in a Dead Rising game before.
  • New driving physics and tons more vehicles. Combo Vehicles can be created with blueprints, and if zombies are on your car while you're driving, it will affect your driving ability and will try to pry you from the wheel.
  • Nick no longer needs to use a maintenance room to make combo weapons. He can combine weapons anytime, anywhere, granted that he has the materials and there are over 100 combinable weapons!
  • The game features a clothing locker to try on and customize clothing and accessories. Any clothing the player has tried on will go into the clothing locker. The clothing can be mixed and matched to create a custom look.
  • In addition to a clothing locker, there is also a weapon locker which will store any of the weapons that you've found or created.
  • Combo Weapons are created using blueprints instead of Combo Cards.
  • Larger items are able to fit into Nick's inventory, although some items will still not be able to be stored in the inventory. Heavy items will cause Nick to walk slower.
  • Money has been removed from the game.
  • Nick does not wear a watch like the previous protagonists, and the notebook is also not used. 
  • The saving system is greatly improved and it only takes less than a second to save game progress.
  • There are seven psychopaths who each represent the "seven deadly sins".
  • 'Saveable' survivors that don't join your posse have been introduced. They save themselves after you clear out the zombies around them, similar to Case West. There are some survivors that are part of missions; even if you do what they want, when the mission is over they stay where they are and won't follow you. Some survivors even become hostile and must be killed to complete the mission.

Downloadable Content

  • Protagonist Bundle: Content that goes to those who pre-order the game, Nick will be able to dress up as Frank West and Chuck Greene from Dead Rising 1 & 2 respectively, along with two custom skill moves each, and two new combo weapons, the Zombie Slugger and the Paddlesaw.
  • Season Pass Bundle: for $28.99 players will get four new playable characters including an anarchist biker, an illegally infected survivor, a special forces agent, and a military operative each with four new missions, combo weapons, vehicles, and costumes!
  • Operation Broken Eagle: A DLC package available for individual purchase for $9.99, but is also included in the season pass. This DLC follows Adam Kane, a Special Forces Commander who is tasked with hunting down and capturing the president. This DLC package includes five new weapons, one new combo weapon, a new vehicle and a new costume.
  • Fallen Angel: A DLC package available for individual purchase for $9.99, but is also included in the season pass. This DLC follows Angel Quijano, an illegally infected survivor who tries to stop the special forces from killing survivors. This DLC package includes five new weapons, one new combo weapon, a new vehicle and a new costume.
  • Chaos Rising: A DLC package available for individual purchase for $9.99, but is also included in the season pass. This DLC follows Hunter Thibodeaux, an anarchist biker who is out to seek revenge on those who put him in jail. This DLC package includes five new weapons, one new combo weapon, one new vehicle and a new costume.
  • The Last Agent: A DLC package available for individual purchase for $9.99, but is also included in the season pass. This DLC follows Brad Park, a ZDC agent who attempts to uncover the truth about the zombie outbreak. This DLC package includes five new weapons, one new combo weapon, one new vehicle and a new costume.
  • Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α: Xbox One exclusive. A DLC package for $9.99. It is an arcade DLC featuring various Capcom media such as Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, and Power Stone. The DLC features classic a beat-em-up arcade gameplay with power-ups, bonus stages, and arcade boss fights.[2]

Apocalypse Edition

On September 5, 2014, the Apocalypse Edition (entitled Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition) was released for the Xbox One and PC. It includes Dead Rising 3 along with the Season Pass.


  • Dead Rising 3 is the first game in the Dead Rising series to feature the f-word in dialogue. However, Tyrone King in Dead Rising 2 said "effing" and in Dead Rising it was used multiple times in the soundtrack.
  • Similar to Dead Rising and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, hostile survivors are present in Dead Rising 3. However, while they attacked you at first sight and were meant to be killed for their items in the other two games, in this game, they are involved in some of the story mode missions, and their reasons for attacking you will be revealed as you complete the mission. Just like any other survivor, when killed, the only item they will drop is whatever weapon they were using.
  • This is the second game of the series that does not have an Ending A, the first being Off the Record.
  • It is the first game in the series that doesn't occur in the month of September; Dead Rising 3 occurs in the month of March and Dead Rising 4 occurs in December.
  • If you leave the "Press Enter" screen alone for 3-4 minutes, you will learn what happened on the plane that crashed in Chapter 0. There were two pilots, and one was stung by an infecting bee on the tarmac. He begins to cough, thinking that he is allergic to the sting. He then proceeds to attempt a landing in Los Perdidos, with his partner telling him to stop because of a number of zombies in the area. The co-pilot realizes that the captain pilot is infected, so he pulls out a gun. The scene ends with the co-pilot pointing the gun at the captain pilot's head.
  • In Dead Rising: Watchtower, during the scene where Amy bites the biker gang leader, another gang member is momentarily seen playing Dead Rising 3.
  • This is the only game in the series that isn't available for the PlayStation 4.




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Dead Rising 3
Weapons - Locations - Characters - Endings
Game Modes
Story Mode - Co-Op - Nightmare Mode - Untold Stories of Los Perdidos - Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α
Chapter 0 - Chapter 1 - Chapter 2 - Chapter 3 - Chapter 4 - Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 - Chapter 7 - Chapter 8
Side Missions
A Question of Law - All You Can Eat - Blood Barter - Contraband Conditions - Craven Consultant - Darker Gods - Dog Gone! - Don't Look Now - Eat the Rich - Family Style Dining - Fashion Victim - Garden of Peace - In the Cards - Kin & Comfort - Memory Lane - Lesser Evil - Let's Blow This Town - Look in the Mirror - Love Thy Neighbor - Love's a Drag - Making a Killing - Play Time - Remotely Helpful - Signs of Safety - Single White Male - Speed Freak - The Hunted - Time for a Hero - Under Armed - Will or Away - Zombies Gone Wild
Timeline - Achievements - Attributes - Combo Weapons - Combo Vehicles - Skills - Transceiver - Waypoint