Trivia / Dead Rising

  • Fan Nickname: Players tend to call psychopaths by epithets rather than their names. We've got the clown, the gunshop owner, the fat cop, the pyro, the shopkeeper/stooooore guy, the butcher, and the Shell-Shocked Veteran, and the Halls particularly are much more commonly called the sniper family than the Hall family.
  • Permanent Placeholder: Dead Rising was the working title of the game, but was liked so much by the dev team it became the final title.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Shadow of Rome, or at least Agrippa's action parts. Dead Rising initially started off as a sequel before the first game was even released, but poor sales figures resulted in a complete shift. From the core combat gameplay to the excess Gorn, to even the durability setup and encouragement to use a variety of different items (albeit for different reasons), the influences that carried over are easy to spot.
  • "Take That!" Tit-for-Tat: The "Zombie Genocider" achievement in Dead Rising requires the player to kill 53,594 zombies, or the equivalent of the entire population of Willamette. Left 4 Dead 2 includes an achievement called "Zombie Genocidest", which requires you to kill 53,595 Infected. In response, Dead Rising 2 added the "Z-Genocider 2: Genocide Harder" achievement for 53,596 zombie kills. Some other games have also referenced this, like "Trail of Corpses" in [PROTOTYPE] note , a note in the credits for Bioshock 2 that claims "53,596 zombies were killed during the making of this game", and the "HOPO-cidal Maniac" achievement in Rock Band 3 for "killing" 53,596 hammer-ons and pull-offs.
  • What Could Have Been: Early alpha and beta copies of Dead Rising arranged their events differently: survivors were found in different places, a couple have different names, and the mall was slightly different. Most notably, Isabella had a sequence where she held off zombies with Carlito's rifle, which is why some promotional shots of her character render show her holding it.