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Dead rising beginning of game zombie breach (3)

A horde of zombies enters the mall

The second part of the introduction in Dead Rising begins after Frank West arrives at the mall following the helicopter ride, and takes place in Entrance Plaza. The mall is overrun with zombies, and Frank must make his way to the security room.

After the introduction is complete, the scoop Love Lasts a Lifetime begins just outside the security room air duct entrance, and Case 1-1: A Dangerous Encounter is started by taking the elevator down to the warehouse and heading to the Paradise Plaza exit.

Landing on the mall roof[]

Frank spots a heliport on the rooftop of the Willamette Parkview Mall and asks the pilot, Ed, to drop him there and to come back to get him in three days. Before the helicopter can touch down, three UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters appear and attempt to push the helicopter away from the mall. Ed gets close enough for Frank to jump out before flying off.[1]

Franks meets Carlito[]

On the heliport, Frank encounters Carlito Keyes for the first time, a mysterious man who is not very forthcoming with information.[1]

Security room[]

After speaking with Carlito, head through the gray doorway to Carlito's right and go down the stairs to the mall's security room.

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At the bottom of the stairs is a green couch where you can save your game when the "save" (Save icon) action icon appears.

Dead rising secruity room

The security room is comprised of a set of smaller rooms. For the duration of the game, this area is a safe house where Frank can return survivors and get a temporary respite from the zombies in the mall. At the moment, all the secondary rooms are empty and devoid of any useful items.[3]

Dead rising secruity room janitors room

Walk through the red door at the end of the small hallway, which is labeled "Janitor's Room" on the glass.

Dead rising monitor at beginning of game caught womans death by zombies

Examine the surveillance monitor for a short cutscene.[4][5]

Dead rising secruity room yellow door

Now, walk through the yellow security room door.

Dead rising secruity room door to entrance plaza hallway
Dead rising secruity room warning on door to entrance plaza hallway

Warning on door to Entrance Plaza hallway

Go through the door on the right marked "Staff Only."

Dead rising hallway to entrance plaza beginning of game

This door opens into a long hallway, which takes Frank out into the Entrance Plaza of the mall.[4]

Zombie breach in Entrance Plaza[]

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Panorama of Entrance Plaza showing 11 survivors. To fully enlarge, click this picture, then click the image again

Building the barricade[]

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Frank sees Isabela for the first time

Inside Entrance Plaza, there are more survivors barricading the front entrance to keep the zombies out. The leader of the group, an older man named Ryan LaRosa, informs Frank about the zombies and orders Frank to help by gathering large items for the barricade in the back.[6]

Taking photos of the survivors earns Frank extra prestige points. If Frank approaches each of the eleven survivors, he can listen in on their conversations.

Walk toward the back of the Entrance Plaza near the gate, where there is a pile of furniture for the barricade.

Introduction to Dr. Barnaby[]

Before Frank picks anything up for the barricade, an old man on the other side of a shutter yells at Frank, but Frank doesn't have any time to respond as the crazy old woman opens the main doors to get to her dog, letting the zombies into the mall. A man shows up on the floor above and orders everyone to run and follow him to safety.

The mall is breached[]

Running to the stairs[]

Dead rising weapons for beginning entrance mall

The weapons that Frank starts next to after the cutscene

For an introduction to weapons and combat, see Dead Rising Weapons.

As soon as the cutscene ends, grab as many of the food and smaller, one-handed weapons that Frank can hold, and start running through the horde of undead to either staircase.


  • Run along the walls, as there are often fewer zombies along the walls.
  • As Frank approaches a zombie, Frank can jump to avoid being grabbed.
  • Focus on running to the stairs instead of killing zombies. Frank is weak at the start of the game and there are too many zombies that can quickly surround Frank.
  • Frank cannot kill all the zombies because the zombies will continue to respawn when Frank moves away from a section of the entrance.
  • Brian Reynolds will drop his shotgun. Picking it up is recommended, as it will be useful later on. Take caution, however, since there are a lot of zombies near his body.

Note: None of the eleven survivors are savable.

Return to the security room[]

Frank is introduced to the main characters here, Otis Washington, Brad Garrison, and Jessica McCarney. The entrance plaza door is welded shut, and cannot be reopened until September 22, 10 am, the last two hours of 72 Hour Mode.[7]

Frank can save his game on the green couch, before leaving through the air duct to the rooftop.

Frank loses all his health[]

If Frank loses all his health in Entrance Plaza, he will be knocked unconscious and will wake up in the security room on the couch. It is implied that Otis was the one who got him to safety, and Frank expresses his thanks to Otis for saving him.


  • Before the zombies breach the mall, Frank can walk up the stairs and explore the entire Entrance Plaza, although all the shops are locked and there are no additional items to pick up.
  • In the cutscene, Ryan LaRosa is seen carrying a small propane tank, but there is no propane tank outside of the cutscene.
  • More than 300 zombies populate the Entrance Plaza once they break in. Even if Frank kills all of the zombies, more zombies will keep spawning throughout the enclosed space, making it impossible to fully clear out the plaza.
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Dead rising beginning saving survivors (10)
  • Frank can push Ryan away from the door so that his hand is not on the glass anymore, but it is still up.

Rescuing Alan and Kathy[]

When the zombie breach occurs, Kathy will slowly stumble to the stairs with Alan following her. Alan and Kathy can get up the stairs past the zombies, but their profiles will still show dead when Frank returns to the security room.



  1. a b Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 33
  2. a b c d e Hall, Kevin (January 5, 2009). "Dead Rising - Game Script by Berserker". GameFAQs.
  3. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. 
  4. a b Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 34
  5. Mangold, Mike (November 26, 2006). "Dead Rising Walkthrough - Intro". Visual Walkthroughs. Archived from the original on June 14, 2017.
  6. Off, Greg (August 7, 2006). Dead Rising Official Strategy Guide. BradyGames. , p. 35
  7. "Dead Rising - Featured Guide". Cheat Happens.
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