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Zombies... THOUSANDS OF THEM! That's exactly what you're up against in Dead Rising. You take on the roll of Frank West, a photojournalist who's got his eye on one big scoop. Dead Rising takes place in town of Willamette, Colorado. Bypassing the national guard's barriers via helicopter, Frank finds himself in a whole lot of trouble once he gets inside the mall. As you play through the game, the dark and disturbing truth of the zombie outbreak becomes all too clear. Frank encounters literally thousands of zombies, as well as a crew of obligatory psychopaths. You'll never feel quite as safe while at the mall again, with the knowledge that these lunatics are roaming about...

I suggest that you do not read too far ahead, as this guide does CONTAIN MAJOR SPOILERS!I hope you can find the answers you are looking for... now on to the FAQ!

- Michael Monette, author

The Basics


R Trigger - Hold to aim gun, aim object for a throw.
L Trigger - Hold to switch to camera.
R Bumper - Switch to next object in your inventory.
L Bumper - Switch to previous object in your inventory.
L Thumbstick - Move Frank around.
R Thumbstick - Move the camera around.
A Button - Jump, context sensitive confirmation.
B Button - Open doors, speak to people, etc.
X Button - Press to attack, hold to perform weapon's secondary.
Y Button - Order survivors to follow you.
Dpad Up - Put away object and switch to fists.
Dpad Down - Drop selected object.
Dpad Left - Look at watch, current list of active scoops.
Dpad Right - Answer a transceiver call.
Start - Pause the game and bring up the pause menu.
Back - Pause the game and bring up the map of the mall.


At certain levels, Frank will master a new skill that you can then use.

You cannot use a skill until you have mastered that skill by leveling up.

Jump Kick - Press X in midair.

Zombie Ride - Press A while pushing LS towards nearby zombies.

Kick Back - Repeatedly push LS in the direction Frank is facing.

Flying Dodge - Press LS in the same direction twice in rapid succession.

Power Push - When grabbed by a zombie, repeatedly push LS left or right.

Football Tackle - Press A while pressing down on LS.

Judo Throw - When grabbed by a zombie, push LS down repeatedly.

Double Lariat - Press X while pressing down on LS.

Roundhouse Kick - Press X at the exact moment you contact the ground.

Lift Up - While facing a zombie, simultaneously press X and A without pushing LS. Press X again.

Knee Drop - During a jump, press X while pushing downward on LS.

Suplex - Facing a zombie's back, press X and A simultaneously without pushing LS.

Wall Kick - Press X while pushing LS in the opposite direction of a wall at the moment you make contact with it.

Hammer Throw - Press X and A simultaneously while standing at a zombie's side.

Neck Twist - Stand near head of fallen zombie and press X and A simultaneously.

Giant Swing - Stand near a fallen zombie's feet and press X and A simultaneously.

Face Crusher - Press X and A simultaneously while pushing LS toward a zombie from behind.

Disembowel - Push LS toward a zombie from the front while simultaneously pressing X and A.

Somersault Kick - Press A to jump, then immediately press X.

Karate Chop - Press X to unleash this attack on zombies behind Frank.

Zombie Walk - Continuously hold X.


General Tips

The Sledgehammer: This powerful, durable weapon can be obtained each time you leave the security room. Instead of taking the elevator on the rooftop, always go through the door on the left side of the area. Hop down off of the walk way, move to the end of the shelf and then jump over to the shelf with the sledgehammer on it. This weapon is great for cutting down a crowd of undead. Simply hold the X button and Frank will swing the sledgehammer around, knocking any zombies it connects with down. Make a habit of grabbing this weapon whenever you leave the security room!

Colombian Roastmasters: A restaurant on the second floor of the Paradise Plaza. This restaurant has an unlimited supply of orange juice, which will replenish your health by three squares. You can also find a katana on the orange awning to the right of the fridge with the juice. Just jump out the window, land on the awning and take the katana, then jump down below. Make a habit of visiting the Colombian Roastmasters restaurant when you are in the Paradise Plaza, if only to restore your supply of health items.

Look out below: Though this may not happen often, if you ever find yourself being forced to jump down from a high place, you can use the Knee Drop skill to avoid taking damage and staggering Frank. If you jump down from a high enough place, Frank will take some damage and stagger about, allowing zombies below a clear shot at grabbing hold of him. While you are falling, press X while pushing downwards on the left thumbstick.

Zombies? In my elevator? It's more likely than you think: When you are making the journey back to the security room, you will unavoidably have to ride the elevator up to the rooftop. The elevator, of course, is absolutely packed with zombies. This can make things difficult if you yourself or any survivors are injured. There are a couple of mannequins just outside of the elevator. Pick one of these up, press the button to open the elevator and give those zombies a face full of mannequin! While the zombies are knocked down, you can press the switch to take the elevator up to rooftop. Any survivors with you do not need to be in the elevator, they just need to be near it to travel up with you.

Zombies keeping you down: When you first start Dead Rising, Frank is quite weak. The game is much harder when you are at a very low level such as 1 15. If you are having a lot of trouble progressing, you can get to a certain point that you are stuck on and then when you die select "Save Status and Quit." When you do this, you will have to restart the game, but Frank's stats will carry over. You can get some easy points in the beginning of the game, such as the rooftop survivors and their PP photograph.

Save the queen: If you see a zombie standing on the spot with its hands flailing up in the air looking like it's in agony, apparently this isn't normal zombie behavior. Kill zombies that fit this description and a queen will appear from them. If you catch this queen and use it, all the zombies in your immediate vicinity will fall down dead. These are very useful items, try to save any queens that you obtain for dire situations as well as high zombie population zones such as Al Fresca Plaza. These work great when esco rting someone as well, since you can use it to clear a small path for the survivors you're working on rescuing.

Escort Tips

Don't lead, follow: Unfortunately, the AI in Dead Rising isn't the best. This can make things a little frustrating while you are trying to save some survivors and they continuously get attacked by zombies. In most cases, you can't really count on a survivor to follow you, they frequently get trapped in the middle of large packs of zombies which they can't handle, this ultim ately leads to their death. Unless you backtrack and help them, but this can waste some valuable time, especially if you are in a rush. What you can do is use the goal command to tell the survivors where to go. To use this hold RT and press the Y button on the location you want them to go, such as a door leading into the next area. Now help them get to this location by foll owing them and attacking the zombies in their path.

Masochist: There is an item called Zombait that you can use to attract the zombies towards you. This way they will ignore the survivors and simply go after you. To make Zombait, take some Pie and Snacks, find a blender and mix the two items. You should get some Zombait, keep this to use if an escort mission is getting hectic. Though you are likely to take some extra damage from all of the extra attention, you should be able to survive longer than the survivors could ever, since you can swerve rather easily between the zombies. Basically run to the entrance of the next area, fight off all of the zombies that are coming for you until the survivors are close, then take off into the next area.

Zombies ate my survivors: If you are escorting a large group of survivors, you really need to keep an eye on them because if you are running past a group of zombies the survivors might get surrounded trapped in the middle of a mob of them. Some survivors seem to be dumber than others, if you are running past zombies and reach a relatively clear area, look back and see one or more survivors surrounded by zombies being attacked, press and hold the RT button and tell the survivors to stand on the clear spot. Now that the survivors that made it through won't follow you, run over to aid the helpless survivors. When you have cleared the zombies surrounding them, they run to the spot where the other survivor(s) are waiting. This time you can help them get to this location.

Braindamage: Sometimes when you have several survivors with you and you are just outside the duct that leads back to the security room, the survivors will bump into each other, unable to take turns climbing up the ledge. Instead of jumping up and waiting for them to follow, as soon as you reach the rooftop via the elevator, hold RT and press the Y button near the duct. They should get up this way without any trouble. When they are all up, climb up yourself and go through the duct to save the survivors. **This page, along with all pages at Lunabean.com, is copyrighted. You may not reproduce any portion of this page anywhere without the express written consent of Lunabean, LLC.
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