Watch and win as we livestream Dead Rising 4 tonight on Beam

Every weekend, Windows Central livestreams an Xbox One or Steam game for 1-2 hours and gives out free games to the cool people who join us during the stream. It's like a live podcast, only you also get to watch a game while chatting with our awesome readers and viewers!

Tonight on Beam, we played Dead Rising 4, the Xbox and Windows 10 exclusive from Capcom and Microsoft. Dead Rising 4 pits Frank West against thousands of zombies, with only silly weapons, vehicles, and outfits to protect him. It's a silly, bloody good time. Read on for quick impressions, contest winners, and video replay of the livestream.

Dead Rising 4

Dead Rising 4

The Dead Rising series has always been about fun. Dead Rising 3 launched alongside the Xbox One, but suffered from technical issues and an ugly color palette. It was still a lot of fun, but those issues prevented some players from giving it a fair shake.

Now Dead Rising 4 has arrived, and it's extremely good! Although the lighting is often too dark, the actual visuals have received a massive upgrade. Hundreds of zombies can swarm the screen at once, and the game never stops looking great.

Returning protagonist Frank West has received an upgrade as well – he looks quite a bit handsomer than in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record, but you can still tell he's Frank. This Frank quips and jokes like Ash in Army of Darkness, perhaps a result of the game's new writing staff. The story they've crafted mixes humor, horror, and craziness to great effect.

The real fun of Dead Rising is fighting hordes of zombies with wacky weapons, and Dead Rising 4 doesn't disappoint. The new inventory system makes equipping and wielding melee, ranged, and thrown weapons easier than ever before. Combining weapons to make ultra-powerful (and silly) combo weapons is a snap as well. And you can even combine vehicles, the better to plow through hundreds of zombies with ease.

Dead Rising 4 features a massive single-player campaign with seven replayable chapters and lots to explore and collect. The multiplayer mode allows 4 players to team up and tackle smaller co-op missions. Watch us play both co-op and single-player, and be sure to support cool exclusives by picking up Dead Rising 4 for yourself!

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The Contest

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We streamed Dead Rising 4 for ~90 minutes. During that time, we gave out a total of 9 game codes:

Xbox One prizes

  • 1 Dead Rising
  • 1 Dead Rising 2
  • 1 Dead Rising: Off the Record

PlayStation 4 prizes (North American accounts only)

  • 1 Dead Rising
  • 1 Dead Rising 2
  • 1 Dead Rising: Off the Record

Steam prizes

  • 1 Dead Rising
  • 1 Batman: The Telltale Series
  • 1 Stikbold: A Dodgeball Adventure

See the winners at the end of this story.

How to watch Beam livestreams

Dead Rising 4

We're now streaming on Beam, Microsoft's interactive livestreaming platform. It provides some welcome improvements over Twitch, such as a cleaner website layout, built-in stream interactivity, and extremely low latency.

You can follow our channel at Beam.pro/WindowsCentral. From there, you'll be able to watch the stream and participate in chat directly from any web browser, including the Xbox One and Windows Phone browsers.

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  7. We highly recommend that you set a recurring alarm on your phone. Our weekend stream always starts at the same time (9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific), so the phone reminder can be very helpful.

Beam does not offer Xbox One or Windows Phone apps yet, so watching from the browser is the only option on Microsoft platforms. But Beam does offer apps on Android and iOS. Yes, that's a strange inequity. Native Xbox and Windows 10 support is coming though, so stick with us!

Future streams

Dead Rising 4

Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekend Beam programming? We stream a different game every Saturday (and sometimes Sunday). The stream always starts at the same time: 9pm Eastern (8pm Central, 6pm Pacific, 2am GMT). Over the next few weeks, we'll be streaming the following (schedule not finalized):

  • December 17: Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2. Watch us team up in this family-friendly third-person shooter and you could win the game for Xbox, PlayStation 4, or PC!
  • December 24: Jackbox Party Pack 3. Join us for this special holiday party stream. Everyone can play along without owning the game, and we'll have extra prizes to give away!
  • December 31: Little Acre, the beautiful adventure game coming to Xbox, PlayStation, and PC in December. Win a copy of your own!

We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.

Winners

Dead Rising 4

These viewers ain't afraid of no zombies.

Xbox One prizes

  • 1 Dead Rising – Winner: jsblumen
  • 1 Dead Rising 2 – Winner: Yup84
  • 1 Dead Rising: Off the Record – Winner: Jonno107

PlayStation 4 prizes (North American accounts only)

  • 1 Dead Rising – Winner: Globalwebsurfer
  • 1 Dead Rising 2 – Winner: rogannn
  • 1 Dead Rising: Off the Record – Winner: Razdek

Steam prizes

  • 1 Dead Rising – Winner: alexkywalker
  • 1 Batman: The Telltale Series – Winner: ezio007
  • 1 Stikbold: A Dodgeball Adventure – Winner: Torquey1994

Tonight's prizes provided by Capcom, Telltale, and Curve Digital. Thanks also to our stream moderators for keeping the peace and giving away the prizes!