Upon recently reviewing exactly how many hours I've plugged into Dead Rising (its sad really, you probably don't want to know) I was looking at the entire mall scenario and where it has flaws.
In 1978, George A. Romero released Dawn of the Dead, which as far as I know, was the first zombie infestation to be focused around a mall. You have to admit, malls have changed pretty drastically from the 1970's to today. For instance, there really were gun stores attached to malls, and specialty hardware was easy to find. Now we rely on Super Target to supply us with hammers, and needless to say, the quality is somewhat lessened.
There are a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a safe place to fortify and claim for your own – and as much as I worship the Zombie Survival Guide (by max brooks, go buy it) Individuality is a prime concern when choosing your spot.
-Do you like to be alone, or crave people time?
-Would you rather shoot, stab, or bludgeon the undead?
-How populated of an area are you in, and how far do you think you could get before the shit really went down?
-How do you believe the dead hunt (hearing, sight, smell – they're dead, its a valid question) and how do you plan to counter that?
-Do you have a green thumb (meaning grow your own food,) or manage to kill cactus?
-What about family?
-Would you hide out first, then raid cities for what you need, or grab and go?
There are so many different ways to go about finding your ideal fortress, and a lot of things to take into consideration. Do you hide out in a mall? A grocery store? Fortify a house? Or start now, take the 'crazy' ridicule, and build a bunker in your back yard?
I look at all these things, and I can honestly say I do not have a foolproof plan to get me through an undead infestation, though I have a pretty good idea.
But what I want to know, is what everyone else plans on doing. Where would you hide? Who would you take with you? What weapon would you bring? Clothing and other supplies?