Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α Review (Xbox One)

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Title: Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α
Platform: XBOX ONE
ESRB: M
Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Rating: [4 of 5]
Review by: Kevin Haverty

At E3, Microsoft debuted a bunch of games that won’t hit the shelves for at least a year and showed more footage of games that were announced in previous E3s. It’s hard to get excited about something months or years down the line. During Microsoft’s press conference, they showed off a short trailer for Dead Rising 3 DLC that was crammed with Capcom fan service. Aside from its full title, the best part was that it was available immediately. This was kept secret until the very moment, then everyone could go play it.
Once Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α is selected from Dead Rising 3’s main menu, gamers are treated to a boot up similar to an arcade cabinet booting up from the original Capcom chime to a satirized ‘winners don’t do drugs’ screen. The nostalgia storm starts and doesn’t let up.

Los Perdidos is broken into four districts, each with four missions sandwiching a bonus stage. A district can be cleared in about 30 minutes and there is replay value in unlocking all costumes. Oh man, the costumes. Players take control of one of the four main characters in the Dead Rising series. Each character has five different costumes, each costume has its own attacks. Each character has three costumes that come from other Capcom properties. Nick can dress up as Ryu and Annie as Chun-Li from Street Fighter. Some of the costumes are deep cuts like Chuck dressing up like Shoma from Rival Schools and some are just unsettling like Nick dressing up like Felicia from Darkstalkers.
It’s not all sunshine and Tron Bonnes. The difficulty doesn’t scale for co-op games. The game can be completed solo, so adding players just shortens the time it takes to complete a mission (with the assumption that the additional players are competent and being cooperative). In Dead Rising 3, when a gamer is invited to a friend’s game, the invited gamer gets yanked out of his game without warning. Capcom Vancouver never got around to resolving this.
Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α is short, sweet, and leaves a big, stupid smile on the face of anyone playing it. It’s a delightful change of pace from all the previous dreadful DLC offerings and comforting in that Capcom hasn’t completely forgot that franchises like Power Stone and Rival Schools exist. It is a perfect example of what DLC can do to depart from the core game.

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