Dead Rising 4 Ending Explained
(Last Updated On: December 7, 2016)

Dead Rising 4 still offers a tongue-in-cheek take on the whole zombie apocalypse fanfare, but this time it’s a lot more mellowed out. The timer restrictions are gone, creating a less stringent focus on completing objectives, and the story is loosely interwoven between a variety of side-quests, sometimes making it difficult to keep track of what the main plot is. Well, if you’re kind of curious how the story unfolded and what led to the ending being the way that it is, here’s a guide for that.

The game starts with Frank West getting a call from his journalism student, Vick Yu. She promises to take him minigolfing but it turns out she brings him back to Willamette, Colorado to investigate a secret laboratory run by a military group known as Obscuris.

Inside the base they’re experimenting on zombies and continuing research based on what was accomplished by Dr. Barnaby from the previous Dead Rising games.

Vick and Frank sneak into the base, snap photos and end up getting spotted by the guards after Vick tries to “help” a zombie by shooting it in the head. During the escape Vick ends up leaving Frank behind and driving off after they both escape from the base.

Weeks later Frank is visited by Homeland Security agent Brad Park, who informs him that Vick has headed back to Willamette to discover what Obscuris is doing there and to get evidence to finally bring down the Pentagon. Brad also mistakenly shows Frank some gay porn on his phone.

The two head back to Willamette but the Commander of Obscuris, Fontana, has the chopper shot down, forcing Brad and Frank to battle through hordes of zombies while in the mall.

Dead Rising 4 - Brad & Frank

Frank eventually makes his way out of the mall and toward a small group of survivors led by a man named Tom. Tom informs Frank that Vick has already been through there weeks earlier and learned everything she could about the resistance fighters attacking Commander Fontana’s troops, and then fed the information to Fontana, allowing Fontana to set up an ambush on the rebels.

Frank is forced to help the rebels pinned down by Fontana. The group under duress is led by Hammond, a city engineer. However, after rescuing them Tom blames Hammond for getting ambushed by Fontana, and proceeds to remove her eye. Hammond leads a small group of the rebels on an insurrection against Tom, but they end up failing in the process.

Meanwhile Frank follows the trail of info given to him by Hammond that leads him to Dr. Blackburne, an accomplice to Dr. Barnaby. Blackburne directs Frank to their old lab where he discovers that one of Fontana’s men, Lt. Calder, was turned into a monster after Obscuris sent men to investigate Barnaby’s lab. One of the canisters for his secret project was knocked over and Calder ended up getting trapped in Barnaby’s special device while the green toxins invaded his body, fusing him with his exo-suit and turning him into an ubermach zombie.

Obscuris managed to catch Calder at one point, but unfortunately for them, they were unsuccessful in keeping him contained and he managed to escape from them during the convoy transport.

Frank learns that Barnaby had plans on evolving zombies since he felt it was the key to human immortality. However, Commander Fontana battles Frank and explains that the research wasn’t viable for immortality but it was good for cheap labor, and hence Obscuris’ task was to recover the data and use the super zombies for cheap manual labor, since they would never get tired or run out of energy and big corporations wouldn’t have to pay illegal immigrants slave wages anymore.

However, before Frank and Fontana can finish their battle, the monstrous Lt. Calder burst into the room and Fontana dies by priming a grenade and attempting to sacrifice herself to kill Calder. Much to her dismay, Calder doesn’t die from the grenade blast.

Dead Rising 4

Frank then proceeds to go rescue Hammond and the rest of the insurgents from Tom and his looting psychopaths. Tom has turned completely psychotic and attempts to behead Hammond, but Frank stops Tom. Hammond kills Tom by pushing him off the building, and then she helps Frank access the sewer lair where Lt. Calder is building up his army of super zombies.

Frank invades the lair in hopes of getting the data receiver on Calder’s arm that contains all of Dr. Barnaby’s research and notes. Frank successfully manages to retrieve the data by using brick to knock it out of the hand of Calder and then grabbing the data and running out of the sewer. Frank loads the data into his camera but Vick arrives and steals the data from Frank, leading to a chase through the mall that ends with a showdown against Calder, who destroys Frank’s camera with the data receiver attached.

Vick helps Frank defeat Calder and managers to show that she loaded the data onto the SD card and retrieved it before Calder destroyed the camera.

Vick decides to go fifty-fifty with Frank, suggesting she would write the story but it would feature his pictures. Vick hopes to bring down the government using vigilante journalism as a social justice warrior, which was her intent all along.

Brad informs them that he has a rescue chopper inbound and that they can escape, prompting for Frank, Vick and Brad to battle their way through the mall and to the rooftop to get to the chopper. However, during the escape only Vick and Brad make it onto the helicopter, and Frank manages to grab onto the helicopter but several zombies grab his legs, pulling him down and forcing him to fall into a pile of zombies. Vick and Brad escape while a pile of zombies eat and tear into Frank.

Vick wraps up the epilogue of the game by explaining that she would complete the story and bring justice to those who were experimenting on people and the research being conducted by the government who was attempting to turn zombies into a cheap labor force.

Based on the ending, some people believe either Frank’s fate will be further detailed in DLC or Vick could end up being the likely protagonist of the next game. They showed Frank being eaten from several different angles after he fell into the horde of zombies, but die-hard fans of Dead Rising believe that Frank may have simply been bitten and that he may need to get his hands on some Zombrex to cure the infection. It’s intimated quite clearly from Vick in the final case voiceover that Frank West died from the zombie attack.


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  • Arch Stanton

    Says it doesn’t have a time mode then what are the limitations to just keep playing this for a year?

    You run out of food or something?

    I wish there would be one Zombie game….The Walking freaking Dead or whatever. Where you wander a GTA V type city and survive as long as you can.
    Grow Food, whatever.

    They get close to it then ruin it with running Zombie or Zombies having the ability to break down your barriers.

    sigh,,,,

  • Anthony Lindo

    Yes the zombrex theory is impossible but you know how games are they will come up with some other story. You know because it is a fictional game and anything can happen.

  • Nicicoolio The coolest

    Yeah I’m pretty sure they don’t have a cure for the old Santa cabana strand of zombies I think maybe not too sure

  • Nicicoolio The coolest

    You forgot something in a cutscene showing off the fresh zombies they bite the random guy and he turns instantly also it could be like an assumed dead thing maybe he is alive but they are things that make these ideas confusing on what is right

  • Yeah it’s looking like Frank is really dead.

    • Dave

      Nah, he’s alive, he’ll be back. You never clearly saw him die, they really made it look like he was dead but you never saw him die. When the time is right, he’ll be back.

      • I hope so man. I would be pretty terrible having to trudge through a Dead Rising game as a humorless SJW.

        • HelloMrKrinkle

          I fuckin hated Vick and hated even more when Frank didn’t take the SD card and decided to go 50/50 but I don’t get how she is a SJW. She was an insane asshole stopping at nothing to secure the deeper truth to the story at the expense of other people’s lives.

          I thought it would’ve been amazing to see her officially become insane and turn into a maniac that you have to fight. She only would’ve SJW’d had she Facebook’d the entire affair while screaming at Frank and Fontana for being meanies.

          • She was an insane asshole stopping at nothing to secure the deeper truth to the story at the expense of other people’s lives.

            LOL what do you think most SJWs are? Self-centered ego-maniacal crazies. She was all about social justice activism at the expense of EVERYONE else when it suited her. Sounds like BatWu to me.

          • HelloMrKrinkle

            The key to that statement was “at the expense of other people’s lives.” Vick got people killed. SJW’s are ridiculous but I think it’s a tad bit overboard to connect an almost murderous pyscho with a group of self-righteous victim wannabees.

          • SJW’s are ridiculous but I think it’s a tad bit overboard to connect an almost murderous pyscho with a group of self-righteous victim wannabees.

            Lauren Southern getting assaulted on multiple occasions, Milo getting pretty serious death threats, media cultivating riotous violence in connection with BLM… I don’t really think that’s too overboard at all. Lot of those actions were like standing right there at the edge, peering over into the abyss where that final step is made.

  • Silhouette

    So, is this a reboot/remake of the first game? Or a sequel?

    The article mentions that he “goes back to Willamette”, and Brad Garrison shows up (who is canonically dead in the first game), so it is kind of hard to tell.

    • Totally my bad. Typo’d his named. It was supposed to be Brad Park not Brad Garrison. It’s a sequel.