Dead Rising 3 is the third game in Capcom's Dead Rising series. Set in California, it stars a mechanic named Nick Ramos. He lives in a town called Los Perdidos that's come under siege by zombies. Nick must survive long enough to fix a small plane he's been working on and use it to escape the town before the U.S. military firebombs it.Initially announced in 2010 following the sales success of Dead Rising 2, Dead Rising 3 made its debut at E3 2013, where it was announced as an exclusive launch title for the Xbox One.
Dead Rising 3 Provides Examples Of:
Action Girl: One of the trailers introduces Annie, who saves Nick from a horde by blazing away with a machine gun. Nick's boss Rhonda, a heavily-tattooed mechanic, is also likely to kill a zombie or two.
An Arm and a Leg: Rhonda gets her arm cut off when she is tortured by Hemlock's men. Luckily, she replaces it with a hand-made flamethrower.
Another Side, Another Story: The DLC for the game will allow you to play as four other characters in Los Perdidos at the time of the outbreak, one of them being one of the bosses fought by Nick during the main game.
Artificial Brilliance: The zombies' intelligence is said to have improved from previous games. They are now attracted to sound, they can use weapons effectively, and can even latch onto the vehicle Nick is in and attack him while he's driving!
Authority Equals Asskicking: General Hemlock, who becomes the de-facto dictator of the United States, is also a surprisingly skilled combatant, being the final boss of the main storyline.
The Man Behind the Man: And the Big Bad behind the Big Bads is Isabela Keyes. She was responsible for the outbreak, and thus the events of Dead Rising 3, in the first place, having set it up to make a name for herself should she find the cure.
Call Back: Slappy appears again as a face on the front of the "Party Slapper" combo vehicle and on a poster in a toy store.
After Nick defeats Diego, the two enter a room in the museum filled with information and artifacts (such as the Chuck Greene standees) about the two previous games. This becomes more significant.
Conspiracy Theorist: One survivor named Kylie believes the government is behind the zombie outbreak, but somehow comes to the conclusion later that aliens were behind it all.
Cowardly Lion: Unlike Frank West and Chuck Greene, who usually keep their cool around zombies, Nick gets nervous and panicked when surrounded by a horde of the undead and his first instinct is usually to run away from them. That won't stop him from fighting his way through crowds of zombies anyway.
Create Your Own Villain: Kenny is first encountered as a survivor sobbing on a rooftop that he is powerless to defend himself and is going to die. Nick's well-meaning attempt to give him a little self-confidence directly leads to fighting him as a Psychopath later in the story.
In a downplayed example, the fight with Jherii probably could have been avoided if Nick hadn't kept accidentally calling her "sir".
Cutscene Incompetence: In one cutscene, Nick tries to fight one of the Spec Ops in hand-to-hand and gets instantly curbstomped (as you'd expect from an untrained mechanic going up against a professional soldier). In gameplay, you'll slaughter those guys by the dozens.
Darker and Edgier: If not to previous entries in the entire series, then it definitely is to Dead Rising 2: Off the Record.
Death from Above: Teddy decides Nick is a problem when he asks for the armory key and sics several robotic drone helicopters to kill him.
One of Diego's tactics during his Psychopath fight is to grab planet and asteroid models from the ceiling and throw them down at Nick
Defeat Means Friendship: Similar to Paul in the first game and Bibi in the second, you can recruit Kenny, a nerd envious of Nick's skills, after you defeat him, or leave him to die at the hands of zombies.
Depraved Bisexual: Dylan, the psychopath of Lust, seems to be attracted to both genders, as he picks on both male and female victims, and even hits on Nick when he comes in, asking him to "lick his lollipop".
Doppelgänger Spin: Albert, the psychopath of Greed, injects Nick with a fluid that makes him hallucinate other survivors as a clone of Albert. Nick has to figure out which is the real Albert to avoid harming regular survivors. The key is to look for the one that attacks the others.
Escort Mission: Subverted for the most part; many survivors no longer require to be escorted after they are rescued as they simply go their own way after you kill all the zombies surrounding them, and some don't even need to be rescued from anything and simply ask you to do favors for them. Some survivors are even strong enough to be used as allies in battle.
Fat Bitch: Darlene, an overweight competitive eating champion, is a psychopath who represents the sin of Gluttony. She hoards a large supply of food (at an all-you-can-eat buffet, no less) and kills anyone who tries to take it.
Fighting Your Friend: Diego, an old friend of Nick, goes temporarily crazy at one point, and Nick has to fight him while he's dressed as an astronaut.
Foreshadowing: When Nick opens the garage where Red left the fuel car, he finds a king zombie waiting for him inside. This hints that Red is The Mole and most likely put the zombie there to kill him.
When Nick claims that he knows the truth about being immune to the zombie infection, Hemlock yells that he knows nothing, indicating that there's more to the story that Nick hasn't found out about, like Isabella being behind the whole thing.
There are some small things that hint to a connection to Dead Rising 2.
The walkie talkie Gary uses to talk to his boss looks and sounds exactly the same as the one Chuck Greene had in Fortune City
The girl Gary was looking for in the Morgue, Nicole White, looks extremely similar to Annie, whose real name is Katey Greene, and both names follow a pattern of having a color for a last name.
Four Is Death: As discovered in the exhibit that covers the events of the two previous games, the first post-Willamette outbreak was caused by Carlito's Laser Guided Tyke Bomb marked with a "4" tattoo.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: Nick is shown to be hesitant over taking a human life after indirectly causing Hunter's death, but this can be potentially contradicted by having Nick kill random survivors earlier in the game without a second thought.
Surprisingly, the "being bitten without becoming infected" mechanic is actually integrated into the story by having Nick be The Immune, although he doesn't figure this out until later.
Guest Star Party Member: Some survivors can be recruited as temporary back-up to help Nick fight zombies or scavenge for weapons.
MacGyvering: Nick has a talent for creating handmade fusion weapons, just as Chuck Greene did.
Meaningful Name: The city name "Los Perdidos" translates as "The Lost Ones" and the game features a few characters who are orphans (most notably Nick and Annie). This gains another meaning when anyone marked with numerical tattoos like Nick's turn out to be a Laser Guided Tyke Bomb scattered by Carlito prior to the events of the game.
The Mole: Red is revealed to have been working for Hemlock the whole time, for money. Also, Isabella Keyes has been working with Marian of her own will.
Multiple Endings: 6-10, according to a producer on the game. Overtime Mode is also confirmed.
Putting on the Reich: Gen. Hemlock and Hilde's outfits are very reminiscent of SS officers' uniforms. In fact, Hilde looks almost exactly like Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS.
Practical Taunt: Using the Kinect, one can shout at zombies to goad them into coming towards you, or shout phrases like "You're crazy!" at psychopaths to make them mad and temporarily vulnerable.
Psychological Horror: Albert's psychopath battle has elements of this. Nick is put under the influence of some drug injected into him, and starts to hallucinate other people as clones of Albert and sees them twitch about creepily.
Put on a Bus: Frank West and Stacey Forsythe are briefly mentioned as still being alive, but having cut all ties with the other main characters over the course of the 10 year time skip.
Real Is Brown: While previous games have kept a madcap pace and are known for their bright and glitzy locations (a mall and an ersatz Vegas strip), the third game has become much browner, and is supposed to contain more realistic gameplay and physics.
Series Continuity Error: Neither Nick nor Diego's names appear in the list of orphans◊ that Carlito infected, unless they changed their names, which Isabella implies when she says, "Nick? Is that what they call you now?"
Slept Through the Apocalypse: Teddy pretty much spent the entire time gaming, sleeping, and feeling his ass grow as the city fell to zombies outside. He's not even aware that there was an outbreak until Nick points it out to him.
Isabella Keyes turns out to be the mastermind behind the Los Perdidos outbreak, having caused the death of thousands to locate the Immune One (Nick), in order to go down in history as the real hero of the Zombie Wars. The hell of it is, barring DLC that continues the story, she gets away with it.
Also, in a more minor example, Chuck Greene became a crime lord sometime after Fortune City in order to be able to obtain enough Zombrex for Katey. This is subverted when you meet him towards the end of the game, as he's still basically a decent guy, and his minions are more loveable rogues than the straight out murderous psychopaths.
Take Over the World: General Hemlock's plan is basically to use the threat of the king zombies to impose martial law on the U.S., forcing the entire population submit to his authority.
Too Dumb to Live: One survivor named Hank gets himself blown up by messing around with a propane tank and acetylene to fix his RV despite Nick's warnings on how dangerous it is to do so.
An old woman who was accompanying Nick's group in the beginning gets herself killed by running out of the deli they were hiding in out of panic and into the crowd of zombies.
The Unfought: Theodore, the psychopath of Sloth, is not directly fought, as he is too lazy to fight you himself. Instead, he sends his toy helicopters to do the fighting for him. Likewise, Marian is not fought directly, she instead uses machinery to attack you.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The fate of the rest of the Illegals aside from Annie and Red are unknown after Annie is captured by Gary.
You Monster!: Nick often calls psychopaths out for their crimes.
Zombie Apocalypse: Well... yeah. Though since then it's still pretty controlled. The government has even gotten involved by having infected people have Zombrex chips installed to keep an eye on the infected. Though many aren't happy with such a decision.
Zombie Infectee: Annie is shown to be infected, as one of the "Illegals" who don't have the government-mandated Zombrex chip implanted in her. This in fact is a hint towards her actual identity.