10 Hugely Influential Games that Turned 10 in 2016

From 'The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion' to 'Brain Age', see the games that set standards a decade ago

'Dead Rising'
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'Dead Rising' Capcom10/10

10. 'Dead Rising'

A few things marked Keiji Inafune's Dead Rising (recently remastered for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One) out from the glut of zombie games at the time. First, it was the first game to see its huge infestation of zombies became nastier at night, an idea Dying Light would build on nine years later. Second, it was happy to let you dress up photojournalist hero Frank West however you wanted – ugly suit or a Mega Man costume – and have that show up in the cutscenes. Most significant though was how it imposed a completely unrealistic time limit that made the game pretty much impossible to play on the first play through. Much like The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, you played Dead Rising by failing and then starting again, carrying game knowledge over so that next time you would know the fastest routes and where the best weapons were. You also kept experience points, letting you play it less as Groundhog Day and more as Grindhog Day if that's your thing.

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