Dead Rising Collection Articles RSS Feed | Dead Rising Collection RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Crazy Video Game Cameos -- Game Characters Edition Fri, 07 Apr 2017 20:00:02 -0400 Ricardo melfi

Whenever you're playing a game and you see a character inside from a different game, it really gets your juices flowing. After noticing how many celebrity cameos have been seen in games over the last 20+ years, we noticed that there are even more cameos from other video game characters. Cue the second part of our issue.

Welcome back to the second part of Crazy Video Game Cameos. Earlier, we covered movies and celebrities which appeared in a multitude of video games. In this issue, we will be taking a look at all the video game characters that have appeared in other video games!

Duke Nukem - Blood & Bulletstorm: Full Clip

The Duke, and his developers 3D Realms, have pulled no punches when they decide to make fun of other video games, so it's only fitting that the Duke cops some insults of his own. Play long enough into 90's shooter, Blood, and you'll find a secret entrance. Continue down this path and there's poor, old Duke. Hanging upside down and horribly mutilated but it's him, no doubt. Hit him enough times and your character will steal Duke's line, "Shake it baby!"

For another (current), weird cameo, the Duke is appearing as a playable character in cult classic, Bulletstorm: Full Clip. Check out the trailer below!

Mega Man- Dead Rising Series

Capcom love to throw characters from other universes in their games. Evident throughout all the Dead Rising games, every protagonist can eventually find Mega Man's outfit and become the titular hero himself. Sure, it may just be a costume that you put on but we still get to act like Mega Man, arm rockets and all. Poor guy... it seems he always finds himself in apocalyptic situations. I'm pretty sure you can find a Blanka outfit too (from the Street Fighter series).

Creepers - Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2 is a great game full of inside jokes and some very crude humor. With the success and popularity of Minecraft (even so many years later), the developers must have thought, "Ah, f**k it. Let's throw a creeper in as a bad guy." Either that or they were running out of enemy creation ideas. While making your way through some of the mines in this game, you will eventually come across a few block built, familiar characters. A nice little touch. A least they didn't throw griefers in there...

Jill Valentine & Nemesis- Under the Skin

Body snatching sim, Under the Skin, is a novel little piece to play. Similar to Destroy All Humans, this game has you playing as a blue little alien sent to cause as much chaos on earth as possible. At a certain level, you'll notice that it is called Raccoon City. Well, you get to play as Jill and the Nemesis in this level, set with locales from the first two Resident Evil games. Suffice to say, this was enough to get me to play the game.

Claire, Leon & Zombie Cop- Trick N' Snowboarder

Yes, another game that sees cameos from one of the biggest franchise of video game history. Look, it was the 90's and Resident Evil was a global smash, with everyone talking about Raccoon City and the T-Virus. It only makes sense that not so great games tried to pick up on their success, by including certain characters as unlockable players. Claire Redfield and Leon Kennedy reporting for snowboarding duty, dude. The developers even threw a zombie cop from Resident Evil 2 in there, just for good measure.

Doom Marine - Duke Nukem 3D

One of those moments in a Duke Nukem game where 3D Realms just couldn't help themselves. With Doom being much more successful than Duke Nukem 3D, they decided to take a jab at the shooter that started all shooters. Get far enough into Duke Nukem 3D and you'll come across a hell-like portal, complete with inverted crosses. At the base of this portal, you'll find the torso of a mauled Doom marine. Guess he didn't have the guts...

Chun Li - Breath of Fire

Timeless RPG, Breath of Fire, by Capcom threw in yet another one of their famous characters somewhere they don't belong. During one of your quests, you meet a master who talks about an amazing fighter. Someone who can kick at the speed of light. Sound familiar? If you thought of Street Fighter alumni, Chun-Li then you'd be correct. Sure, you can't play as her and it's only a 10 to 20 second cameo but it still counts!

Lara Croft & TMNT - Shadow Warrior

Doom and Duke Nukem rip-off, Shadow Warrior, is your average cult classic, FPS. Run around, kill some monsters, blow s**t up. Pretty simple, until you come across a cameo from Tomb Raider's very own, Lara Croft. The protagonist actually mentions that, "She won't be raiding anymore tombs." Nice touch but continue further on into the game and you can find another cameo from 90's sensations, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Dead, but still a cameo.

Spider-Man - Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2

The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series has always had fun with including random cameos in their games but none stands out more than the web-slinging, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Neversoft could have just used a normal character dressed as the titular hero but I love them for going the extra mile. Definitely the best skater in the game, Spider-Man web slings, flips, and does whatever a spider can while racking up hundreds of thousands of points. I might jump back on after writing this article...

Donkey Kong - Wii Punch Out!

 In the Wii remake to Super Nintendo's, Super Punch Out!, there's a new boss character that you have to take on and boy, is he one of the most difficult! In Wii Super Punch Out!, you don't have to take on Mike Tyson anymore. Now you have to take on a 900 pound gorilla with boxing gloves. Don't be fooled as Donkey Kong is the hardest character to fight in the game. Good luck, it was nice knowing you...

Wesker, West, Marcus & Dom - Lost Planet 2

Mega cameos are starring in Capcom's sci-fi, 3rd person action-shooter, Lost Planet 2. An average game when it was released and unfortunately lost the test of time, this entry had a few cool cameos as unlockable players. Up to four different universe characters appeared to play with, being Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago from the Gears of War series, Albert Wesker from the Resident Evil series, and Frank West from the Dead Rising series. The game didn't change much but being one of these bad-asses sure made me think so.

Scorpion, Reptile, Sub-Zero & Raiden - NBA Jam

Not content with throwing in one of the most powerful, political couples of the time (Bill and Hillary Clinton), Midway decided that they wanted to see what b-ball skills some of the Mortal Kombat roster has. Including Raiden, Reptile, Sub-Zero and Scorpion into the fold made for some pretty awesome basketball games. The only problem was arguing with your friends over who would play as Team Netherealm.

Tanner - GTA III

One of the biggest franchises of the time, Grand Theft Auto, decides to take the mickey out of another large franchise of the time. Everyone remembers Driver,  one of the best driving games to ever come out on the original PlayStation. Well so do the developers at Rockstar, when one of your missions has you dealing with a detective who 'runs funny' and also drives a muscle car. Now they don't ever say his name but the running funny and muscle car part? Definitely a rip on Tanner and his later installments when he has the ability to get out of his cars.

Heihachi & Xiaoyu - Smash Court Tennis Pro Tournament 2

Heihachi has appeared numerous times in a number of different games but who knew the billionaire CEO could use a racket? It seems that when he isn't planning on killing his son and ruling the world in Tekken, he's working on his serves. First time cameo for Ling however, which makes me wonder why they included her and not, say, Kazuya or Jin? The Mishimas could put their rivalry to the side for a few doubles games...

Solid Snake - Evolution Skateboarding

One of the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater imitation rip-offs, Evolution Skateboarding was pretty much a simple, skateboarding game. Complete with challenges, time limits, decent graphics, and an amalgam of different tricks to pull off, this game wasn't so bad when you got into it. Unfortunately, the THPS franchise completely overshadowed any skateboarding game that tried to release. One way to put your game on the map is to include a cameo as a playable character. None other than 90's stealth-hero, Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid.

Samus & Link - Super Mario RPG

In the 90's, RPG attempt at putting Mario in a genre he definitely didn't belong, Super Mario RPG was a surprisingly great game. Taking on RPG roots, a level-up system, and turn-based battles, this game happened to also include some cameos from other Nintendo icons. In one part of the tavern/inn, Link can be found sleeping in one of the beds. Approach him to try and talk and he will just sing one of the iconic Legend of Zelda songs. Samus from Metroid is also sleeping in a bed but this time it's in the Royal Mushroom Castle, where she lets you know that she is "Resting for Mother Brain." We'll just leave you both there until your game time comes around.

Altair Ibn-La'AHad - The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings

You wouldn't expect to see it in a serious RPG like The Witcher 2, but it does give you a small hint in the game's title Assassins of Kings. Approaching one of the destroyed barns in one of the towns will have you come across a broken hale bay cart. You even notice a dead person in a white, hooded outfit, so you move in for a closer look. At this point, it's 100% clear who the developers are trying to mock. It seems Altair (from Assassin's Creed) was attempting to assassinate one of the kings in the game but failed to land one of his famous eagle drops correctly. Oh yeah, you know he's dead.


Proving that video games and cameos are a fantastic mix, even when it doesn't make sense at all, cameos are the stuff of much conversation. I hope you enjoyed and probably even learned about some cameos you didn't know where there. Thanks for reading our latest listicle!

So what did you think? Did I miss any major video game character cameos you think should have been included? Don't forget to leave a comment below!

Dead Rising HD: Tips on Surviving the Zombie Outbreak Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:30:46 -0400 Richard Sherry

The dead walk again as the Dead Rising HD remaster shambles onto consoles today. Trapped in an infested shopping mall, photojournalist Frank West must survive for three days and uncover the mysterious source of the zombie outbreak.

With Dead Rising 4 on the way, this is a fantastic opportunity to get into the series for the first time; or to return to an old favorite.

Dead Rising can be quite a tough game and can take some getting used to, especially if this is your first experience with the franchise. Willamette Mall is literally crawling with zombies and psychopaths looking to rip you to shreds in all manner of ghastly ways, and there’s a cocktail of unusual mechanics to take stock of.

But never fear! We’ve got five top tips that will help you avoid becoming zombie food while you find your footing. 

1. Understand the Timer

Dead Rising’s whole story campaign takes place over a three-day period, and the clock is constantly ticking whilst you play. One in-game day is two real hours long, so to some extent you’ll need to keep your eye on the clock over the course of a six-hour playthrough.

If, like me, you hate timed sections in games, this might be enough to put you off Dead Rising altogether; but start to understand the timer and you’ll grow to love it. The game is all but built for multiple playthroughs and your stats will carry over if you restart (more on that in a bit).

The key here, however, is that you can spend those 72 in-game hours however you like. Follow the story-driven Case Files to discover the truth behind the outbreak, or ignore that completely and run around collecting silly outfits and weapons for whacking zombies in style. Heroically rescue survivors stranded around the mall or coldly stand by and watch them get devoured by the undead -- it’s all up to you.

This timed system also means that many events and missions have an expiration date and will only be available for a certain window of time. As such, you might find yourself prioritizing one hostage rescue over another. Thankfully the game alerts you to each new mission and displays handy countdown bars to show you how much time you have left for each event.

However you choose to spend your time in Willamette, just remember that your timer will end after 72 in-game hours (or six real hours) – so plan ahead if you have certain goals. 

2. Level Up Early

Sometimes it's nice to have the chance to grind for experience points and get ahead of the curve early in a game. Dead Rising’s leveling system calls XP ‘Prestige Points’ (PP), and PP is awarded for completing all sorts of activities from slaying hordes of zombies to rescuing survivors and taking good photos (and a hundred other ways to boot).

Dead Rising can be extremely tough, and the skills you can acquire by leveling up will make the whole process much less painful. Increased health, inventory space and crowd-clearing skills are just some of the invaluable benefits from gaining levels. These boons can mean the difference between laughing your way through the game and tearing your hair out (or is it the zombies doing the tearing?)

As I stated above, in Dead Rising you can maintain all of your hard-earned PP, skills and level progress across playthroughs. If you die at any point you’ll be given the option to revert to your last save (“load game”) or start over (“save status and quit”). If you choose this second option, you’ll restart the game with your current level and abilities.

This is hugely useful and exploitable early in the game. To get a good repeatable run going, start the game and do the following:

  1. Snap photos of big crowds of zombies in the opening helicopter sequence. Be sure to get action shots when you see people involved as well -- and have your camera ready when you get to the gas station for a huge PP boost.

  2. Once you reach the mall entrance for the first time, head straight upstairs and take a picture of the big clock with a bee on it. You can photograph the survivors for some easy PP too, but if you want some serious bonuses then be sure to get pics of the carnage once the zombies break in.

  3. After leaving the safe house to venture into the mall for the first time, you'll come to the roof. Instead of continuing straight downstairs, you'll be able to find your first survivor to rescue standing behind the large elevator to the right. His name is Jeff and he's looking for his wife. 

    With him in tow, simply stroll around to the left side of the roof to see his wife Natalie standing in the corner. Their apparent inability to walk a few 
    meters to find each other makes this the easiest rescue you're going to get in the whole game. You'll get 5,000 PP for finding and talking to each of them; then simply jog back into the safe house for another 10,000 PP each. That's 30,000 PP total -- more than enough to jump a whole level in the early stages.

  4. If you want even more PP, have your camera ready when you reunite Jeff and Natalie. If you're trained on them you'll be notified of a "photo opportunity" as they hug. Snap a sweet pic of their heart-warming embrace for a bonus of up to 10,000 PP!
  5. "Save and Quit", then rinse and repeat to your heart's content (or until you get bored).

All of this shouldn't take much more than 20 minutes and can be done with ease once you know what you'e doing, giving you a super useful PP advantage before tackling the game proper.

Trust me, the skills and bonuses you'll get for doing this will really help you enjoy the rest of the game! 

3. Geography Lesson!

If you've ever watched The Walking Dead, you'll know how dangerous it is to be unaware of your surroundings when there are zombies about. And when you've just survived a horrific encounter with a psycho and can't bear to face going through it again, it pays to know where the save points, shortcuts and safe house access points are.

The safe house his your hub for this open world. It acts as a save point and one of the few places where you can take a breather knowing you’re not going to get chomped on. Bathrooms/public toilets also act as save points, so take note when you find one of the four or so in the mall as you’ll want to be saving often.

You’ll get a nice handy map in your menu, so get to grips with it to start learning how the mall connects together and the shortcuts that will save you time and sanity.

Most weapons and food items also respawn in the same locations in Dead Rising, so when you find a good one it’s worth remembering where it was, so you can grab another later. This leads on to our final two points. 

4. Armed to the Teeth

This is possibly the most important step of all if you want to succeed in Dead Rising.

At its heart, Dead Rising is all about killing thousands of zombies, and to do that you’re going to need quite an arsenal. Thankfully the mall is packed with instruments of destruction, from baseball bats and chairs to lawnmowers and lightsabers.

Weapons have limited durability and will break after a certain amount of use -- not to mention your starting inventory is small -- so having powerful instruments and knowing where to go to find more is tantamount to success.

Being properly equipped is vital. There’s nothing worse than being mobbed by zombies or unexpectedly running into a chainsaw-wielding psychopath with nothing but your fists to defend yourself. Thankfully there are some powerful weapons available to you fairly early on and snagging these (with that awesomely expanded inventory space you got from leveling up) will set you up to take on any horror.

Paradise Plaza is a great area for this. Located just to the right of the main safe house entrance you’ll be using for most of the game, it has a number of cool weapons:

  1. Go upstairs and to Colombian Roastmasters café. If you look over the balcony you’ll see a yellow-orange awning, and if you jump onto that you’ll be able to pick up a Katana. Whilst its durability isn’t great, the Katana does huge melee damage making it invaluable against dangerous psychopaths.
  2. As you walk towards Paradise Plaza from the safe house, you’ll notice that there’s an overhang above the shops on the right. There’s a submachine gun (SMG) up there that you should grab. You can get up there by going up the stairs to the right. Turn around halfway up and jump and climb onto the first overhang, then make your way across past a huge teddy bear by hugging the wall/jumping gaps when necessary. The SMG is another damage-dealing weapon that you’ll find very useful early on in the game.

While you’ll soon learn that Dead Rising’s variety of weapons is one of the game’s greatest features, there’s only one more you need to worry about getting early on, and that’s the small chainsaw. This thing is one of the most powerful weapons in the game and with it in hand, you’ll be able to carve through even the toughest opponents.

In order to get the small chainsaw, you’ll need to kill Adam MacIntyre, a psycho clown (yes, he's terrifying) in Wonderland Plaza. Keep your eye out for a scoop mission titled Out of Control which becomes available on your first night during the mall -- and make this mission a priority as it’s the only chance to get the chainsaw.

Adam, like most of the psychos, is one tough cookie to crunch. He’s fast, he has chainsaws, and he’s a clown. Urgh. If you’ve got your SMG and katana though, it shouldn’t be much of a problem. Wait until he starts blowing up a balloon. When he does this, shoot him. The balloon will burst and he’ll choke on the gases inside, stunning him and giving you a chance to slice him up with your katana before dodging out of the way and repeating.

Once Adam’s dead, you’ll have a nice shiny small chainsaw with which you’ll be able to kill any enemy with just a few hits; and what’s more, the chainsaw will respawn at that location for the rest of the game!

With these weapons in your inventory, you’ll be in the best possible position to dominate Willamette Mall through sheer firepower. 

5. Choose Your Poison

Alongside weapons, food and drink items are littered around the mall. As you might expect, these can be consumed to restore varying levels of health.

However even more potent than this are drink combinations. Bars and restaurants often have blenders which can be used to combine foods into mixed drinks with special properties. Not only will these drinks make you right as rain, they’ll give you temporary bonuses like super speed or invulnerability.

Again, these can mean the difference between success or failure in boss battles.

The easiest of these can be made in Paradise Plaza (I told you that place was awesome!) Head back to Colombian Roastmasters where you’ll find a whole case of pies which can be hoarded infinitely. Blend two of these pies in the blender on the counter and you’ll get an “Untouchable” drink which will prevent zombies from being able to grab you. This is extremely helpful when you’re trying to navigate the mall without having your health chipped away by the hungry undead and their annoying clingy hands.

Take these tips to heart and you'll have no trouble in Dead Rising. No matter how you choose to play the game, keeping yourself well-equipped and aware is a recipe for success. Now go and enjoy the hell out of this awesome, gruesome and often hilarious game!

Dead Rising Endgame. New Clip and Character Posters Thu, 16 Jun 2016 06:19:57 -0400 Dennis Adame

Sonny Picture and Crackle have released the first movie clip from the upcoming Dead Rising movie. The movie is called Dead Rising: Endgame and is based on the series of Dead Rising games. A full trailer was released at the beginning of this month and can be found below in case you missed it.

The movie will star Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Dennis Haysbert (24), Keegan Connor Tracy (Bates Motel), Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Jessica Harmon (iZombie). 

Endgame will follow Chase Carter (Metcalfe), who is a well-known TV journalist. Chase will go underground to put a stop to the military operation and get a break on the story of his career. Chase, along with his camerawoman (Connor Tracy) and producer Jordan Blair, will attempt to stop the military operation led by General Lyons (Haysbert), who is a crooked military intelligence officer. He also appeared in the first film. 

Endgame is directed by Pat Williams, the director of Continuum, written by Michael Ferris, writer of Terminator Salvation, and will be produced by Legendary Digital Media and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

This is the second Dead Rising movie that has been made by Sony Picture and Crackle and can be streamed for freeDead Rising: Watchtower (2015) was met with mixed reviews.

Steam sale for Borderlands and Dead Rising franchises ends today Sun, 20 Mar 2016 07:03:14 -0400 Chrisator

This week's Steam weekend deal features two well known franchises; Dead Rising and Borderlands. The best part of the package is its ability to take the games you already have in your steam library out of the bundles, thus decreasing the price and ensuring you don't buy duplicates. So if you've been waiting for the right chance to buy the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass or the Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition, now's your chance.

The Borderlands Triple Pack, containing Borderlands, Borderlands 2 and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel -- as well as an assortment of Borderlands DLCs -- comes to $19.80 (£13.41) at 45% off. If you already own the first 2 Borderlands games, you could go for the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and Season Pass bundle for $20.99(£16.49). 

As for the Dead Rising franchise, you could get Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition, Dead Rising 2, and an assortment of Dead Rising 2 DLCs and bonus packs for just $26.99 (£20.99) at 70% off. Or, if you're just missing the Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition, you can get it at $14.99(£11.99) also 70% off. 


If you're looking for an entirely different experience, you should check out Offworld Trading Company -- yet another game that is available on sale for $19.99 (£14.99), at half price. Offworld is still in early access, and is definitely an interesting game to look into. It is a very unique RTS, based entirely on trade on Mars. With a variety of resources to trade, produce to, and ever-changing prices that are affected by those same factors, the game produces an experience unlike any other. Check out their Steam page, for more information.

Finally, if you're a racing fan, you could purchase the F1 bundle, which includes F1 2010, F1 2011, F1 2012, F1 RACE STARS, F1 2014 and F1 2015 for $40.07(£28.47) at 67% off. Or, simply buy the latest edition for $21.99 (£15.99) at 60% off. You can also play F1 2015 for free throughout the sale, and buy it only if you like it! 

For more details, and to buy the items, check out the Steam store.

Top 5 Hispanic Characters In Video Games Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:21:18 -0400 Angelina Bonilla

Hispanic characters aren’t always represented well in video games. They are there, but they don’t always get the treatment that other groups tend to get. When asked, most people can’t even name a few Hispanic characters, let alone think of any prevalent ones in gaming culture. However, when they are recognized, even a little bit, it can be seen as a beautiful thing, reminding us that representation is important in video games. Here are the top 5 Hispanic characters in video games.  


5. King - Tekken Series


King has always been a subject of discussion among players, with his Jaguar Luchador mask being the most striking part of him. Unlike other Luchadors in fighting games, King has a very interesting backstory, and most of the time is fighting in the tournament for the right reasons.

His need to build an Orphanage for the orphans is awfully endearing for a man who looks so intimidating, and his storyline is heartbreaking at times throughout the series. King even died at one point, and one of his precious orphans took up the mantle to become the new King.  For a fighting game character, King has a very good cycle of character development, and it is nice to see a game focus on a male character who is doing something for children rather than normal “Video Game Protagonist” motivations.  

4. Vega - Street Fighter

Ever since Street Fighter Alpha 3, Vega has been a force to be reckoned with when it came to fighters. He’s been an assassin for quite some time, and despite his slightly tragic backstory of his mother dying, Vega is not someone you love as much as he’s someone you’d fear.

He takes great pleasure in murdering those whom he considers ugly, and will not stop until they are permanently taken out of commission. Out of all the villains in the series, next to Bison, he’s the one that has the most notoriety due to his effeminate appearance and sadistic personality. He’s a deadly assassin that will stop at nothing until he gets his way. Vega is one Spanish lover that you should never turn your back on, especially at the risk of being torn asunder by his massive claws.

3. Isabela Keyes - Dead Rising


The only female character on this list, Isabela Keyes is probably one of the best developed characters in the Dead Rising franchise. A villain at first and an ally later on, Isabela was one of the more well-rounded characters. Out of all the characters on this list, her storyline is probably the most interesting - she’s just not given enough time to explore it fully. 

Her progression overall is very well done and unlike some other female characters that are Hispanic, she actually wasn’t just used as a plot device for the male character to get motivated.  Even if we don’t always know where her allegiances lie, Isabela is a great representation of a morally ambiguous Hispanic woman in a zombie Apocalypse.

2. Dominic Santiago - Gears Of War


Dom is one of those characters that just pulls at your heart strings the entire time you play with him. For being such an absolute beast of a character, Dominic comes off a lot more like a big squishy teddy bear compared to the other characters in Gears Of War. He has the best development out of all the characters in my opinion . When Dominic hurts, you really feel him hurting.

The guy has been through a lot with all the events throughout the Gears series, and just when we think he’s going to get a break, he doesn’t. Dominic added such a great emotional aspect to a game that could have just been about burley men shooting guns. It’s nice to see a male character have such an emotional range, especially in a game pumped full of testosterone as much as Gears of War is.

1. Rico Rodriguez - Just Cause

The Just Cause franchise might just be known as one of the most chaotic sandbox game series ever created, but it wouldn’t be nearly as fun if it wasn’t for Rico.  His development over the course of two games was interesting, and it was fun to hear how his humor changed throughout the series. 

The comments he makes always end up funny in some way.  It’s just that sort of dry sardonic wit that only works for certain characters do it, and it rolls off Rico’s tongue, giving him such a great demeanor. He comments on so many things, you’d think he’s Let’s Playing his own game. Rico is a great protagonist to such a fun series, and that’s why he’s number one on this list.


Hispanic characters still aren’t as well represented as they should be in games. When they're mostly represented by Luchadors, it’s easy to see what issue there may be.  Nothing is wrong with Luchadors of course, but it does get annoying that they seem to in the majority of an already small population of characters.  

It makes matters worse when some people consider characters from adaptations such as Puss and Boots and Bane viable for these sort of lists. Hopefully, in the future we will gain more notable Hispanic characters so those characters won’t even come to mind when a Hispanic character is mentioned. Until that day comes, keep on the lookout for more interesting stories here on GameSkinny.

5 Tips Video Games Teach About Surviving Against Zombies Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:46:57 -0400 Chris_Lemus


The zombie apocalypse never stops (Call of Duty franchise)

For researchers trying to discover the zombie strain source, look no further than the zombie game mode included whenever Treyarch develops a Call of Duty game. It seems like the outbreak stems from the first-person shooter franchise, as the endless game mode turns human brains to zombie mush. Countless hours mindlessly playing various zombie maps will have gamers asking “how many levels are there?” “How many levels can I survive?” “How many levels can friends help me out with?” Before they know it, they join and chase other zombies mindlessly across the screen. The zombie apocalypse never ends, it just infects more gamers.


Have a green thumb (Plants Vs. Zombies)

Getting ambushed by a coordinated group of mindless zombies? Plants Vs. Zombies is the perfect app that provides a list of useful vegetation to defend against the undead. Not only are vegetables good for you, but they can also ward off icky zombies. Try a row of fist flailing bok choy, and checkerboard some corn. Add pea-shooting plants, and the only green thumb you will need is to shovel dead zombies off the lawn.


Learn how to play baseball (Dead Rising)

Dead Rising was a visual representation of when men like Frank West, the main character, go to the mall - it is a horror story. Luckily for West, the zombies he must fight are a good reason to be scarred. The game offers guns and knives to ward off waves of zombies, but weapons require bullets and knives need precision cuts to be effective. Give West a baseball bat, and one simple swing has enough blunt force trauma to crack open a zombie cranium and spill its brains.


Befriend - or date - cheerleaders (Lollipop Chainsaw)

Sure, some zombie games feature cops and former athletes battling zombies, but Lollipop Chainsaw teaches to never count out the cheerleader. Juliet Starling, the pigtailed main character, may wear a uniform that leaves little to the imagination, but she is a zombie hunter. While the only thing about this game that is a ten is Starling, Lollipop Chainsaw is a hack-and-slash that satisfies with the combat and controls. If a hyper, spirited high school girl can take on entire teams of zombies, then maybe cheerleading is a sport after all.


Check online reviews for potential zombies (Dead Island)

Techland’s best selling game includes a successful combination of zombies and gruesome melee weapons, all of which are scattered throughout the open-world, fictional island of Banoi. In this game, players must survive long enough through quests to escape, all of which could have been avoided if they just checked the online reviews about zombies at their resort.


The undead have been living healthy throughout various generations of consoles and franchises of games. While it is fun to mindlessly hack, whack, and sack through massive amounts of zombies in the virtual world, it cannot be ignored that even the Centers for Disease Control recognizes people should take steps against the undead in real life. Here is a list of five different video games that teach valuable tips about surviving the zombie apocalypse.

Euro Gamers Get the Dead Rising Collection in March Thu, 23 Jan 2014 11:04:07 -0500 Fathoms_4209

It's one of the more popular zombie-themed franchises out there. If you're late to the party, you might want to consider this new compilation.

Capcom has announced the enticing Dead Rising Collection, which will launch exclusively in the European region for the Xbox 360. The collection features the original Dead Rising, Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, Case West, and Case Zero. The launch date is March 7.

Interestingly enough, the publisher did not provide pricing details. I'm not sure how much consumers would be willing to pay; it all depends on what's included. Maybe if Capcom tossed in some extra goodies, particularly for collectors, they could charge a bit more. The timing is just about right, though, as Dead Rising 3 just passed one million copies sold. The hit title helped to solidify the Xbox One software launch lineup.

There's no knowing if they'll bring it to North America. They just said to "stay tuned for updates," so for the time being, we have to say it's exclusive to Europe.

A little too much zombie craziness for me

Hey, I like zombies. Don't get me wrong. I've just never been that enamored with the Dead Rising games. They felt a little too repetitive and as time went on, they didn't exactly innovate. Still, I get the appeal and I'm glad it's selling well. Might try out the Collection if I have the time.