Dead Rising

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 06 March, 2009, 12:00am

Grab anything - a baseball bat, a chainsaw - and start swinging away. Capcom is back with armies of living dead. This time they are looking to snack on human flesh in the Nintendo Wii game, Dead Rising: Chop Til You Drop. So either run or get chopping, because zombies only have one thing on their brain-dead minds, eating you alive!

Like the Xbox 360 Capcom hit of 2006, gamers take on the role of Frank West, a veteran freelance photojournalist who thinks something smells in the city of Willamette, Colorado - and it's not the fish.

The city has been sealed off from the rest of the world by the National Guard and you've flown into town in a chartered helicopter with instructions for the pilot to come back and pick you up in 72 hours.

You are dropped off on the roof of the Willamette Parkview Mall and the clock is ticking. It's your job to get to the bottom of the things and find out why Willamette's population of 53,594 people has turned into zombies.

The game uses the same engine as the Resident Evil 4 Wii edition and adds a new dimension of game play thanks to the Wii's interactive functionality. This gives the action a super-real touch. There's a big area within and outside the mall for you to explore and plenty of vehicles for you to use.

Anything and everything can be used as a weapon, including golf clubs, lawnmowers, frying pans, umbrellas, traffic cones and more. Your health is easily restored by going down to the food court and getting a burger and some fries - just avoid the burritos: never a good choice in real life or virtual.

The game is intense and literally pulse-pounding at times - especially when you're surrounded by hundreds of zombies. Thankfully Capcom has improved the save functionality, so you don't have to start again as much as you had to in the Xbox 360 version if you become dinner.

Whether you played this on the Xbox 360 or not, give it a Wii whirl, and get interactive with the zombies.