Developer: Capcom Vancouver
Publisher: Microsoft Studios
Release Date: February 25th, 2014
Available On: PC, Xbox One
Reviewer’s Note: I played this game on an Xbox One. There may be differences between versions.
Every Dead Rising game has psychopath boss fights, but few actually explore them in depth and show how they got there. Chaos Rising seeks to try and do that. Yet is this cry of insanity worth listening to, or is the only insane people being those who buy the DLC?
Chaos Rising follows the story of Hunter Thibodeaux: the psychopathic leader of the Kings of Chaos biker gang (and the main game’s first major boss fight). Well, at least, Hunter was the leader of the gang until he was framed for a crime he didn’t commit and tossed in jail. Using the apocalypse to break out, Hunter swears revenge on current gang leader Spider and plans to take his gang back. Unlike the other tales, Chaos Rising actually feels like a complete story rather than an unconnected series of events. Hunter, despite his psychopathic tendencies and assholeish behaviors, is painted in a somewhat sympathetic light. It works well enough as a quick stand alone story and it made me care more about a character that otherwise would probably have never crossed my mind again.
Chaos Rising also feels the most unique to play of the four DLCs. Boss fights are finally back and the second half of the DLC is actually overflowing with them. Spider and his three lieutenants need to be taken on, and each of them feels pretty different. There’s quite a few foot chases through apartment buildings and over rooftops, and a couple of all-out brawls. It’s well done and I’m happy that this DLC embraces some of the elements from the main game. That said, it still has a lot of similar objectives to the last few and even one point where the game just told me to “go do whatever” for a little while until it decided to load up the next story segment. There’s also still the collectathon side quests and a lack of co-op. Arguably Chaos Rising’s motorcycles are the worst collectable as I had to find each one and then drive it all the way back to the shop. It took far too long.
Like before there’s several new weapons, a new combo weapon, and a new vehicle. The “psychopath” theme carries into these weapons and vehicles as they have an almost Mad Max feel to them. The Sawtooth is basically the love child between a sword and a chainsaw while the Razorback is just a spiked helmet that Hunter uses to headbutt people. The combo weapon, a combo between a shovel and a Sawtooth, is basically a shovel launching gun that is entertaining but ultimately forgettable. On the other hand, Chaos Rising’s new vehicle is probably the best of the bunch. The Thrasher is a hilarious motorcycle made up of sawblades that also launches sawblades as projectiles. It’s a beautiful thing, and it never failed to bring a smile to my face.
Of all the Untold Stories of Los Perdidos, Chaos Rising is probably the best of the bunch thanks to its coherent stories and actually somewhat varied gameplay. It’s not amazing, and I still question if it’s worth $10 like Capcom wants, but if you’re only getting one story from Los Perdidos then make sure it’s this one.