Frank West goes to the mall, has lunch, slaughters undead in a new Dead Rising 4 gameplay trailer

Frank West takes a quick trip to the mall in the new Dead Rising 4 gameplay trailer, appropriately entitled “Return to the Mall,” and it works out about as well as you'd expect: He gets in over his head, whips up some creatively-destructive armaments, pops over to the food court for a burger, finds a new outfit, and generally makes the best of a very bad situation. 

What I like about Dead Rising is the way it refuses to take itself too seriously. Most zombie apocalypses are dreadfully grim affairs—The Walking Dead is basically depravity turned into an Olympic sport—but Frank is somehow able to rise above it all. He still gets a lot of killing done, but he does so with joy in his heart and a festively-themed cannon in his hands. It's inspiring, really. 

Dead Rising 4 is set to launch on December 4, and is available for preorder now at the Microsoft Store. 

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.