7 Day Survivor achievement in Dead Rising (Xbox 360)

7 Day Survivor

TYPE: 1 Play REQ: Survive for at least 7 days.

7 Day Survivor+0.4
10 guidesOffline Game ModeSingle PlayerMultiple Playthroughs Required

How to unlock the 7 Day Survivor achievement

  • jaganshihieiyyhjaganshihieiyyh337,012
    28 Aug 2009 28 Aug 2009 28 Aug 2009
    147 2 27
    Go here: http://strategywiki.org/wiki/Dead_Rising/Infinity_Mode

    The page contains all the information you'll need to plan out an efficient 7 Day Survivor run. It features:
    A schedule of every survivor and psychopath's appearance and disappearance, and the food they drop.
    A list of all food that can be found around the mall
    A list of safe places to hide in every area.
    A list of clocks so you can tell the time – Frank's lost his watch in Infinity Mode.

    You'll notice by reading the schedule that the survivors tend to spawn and despawn in groups (That is, at the same time, not the same place). So your plan of action should be, every time a new group appears, go around killing them and collecting their food. Once your inventory is full, wait until your health depletes and then use the food before moving on. If you've killed all of the survivors currently available, wait somewhere safe until a new group spawns, and only leave when you've recently healed yourself.

    In order to get the most out of your food you will need the 3 health books, whose locations are listed in the article. You also need to know how many squares of health each item restores so that you do not waste anything. To find out, go here:

    (multiply all values by 3 if you are carrying the books – which you absolutely should be)

    If you are killing enough survivors and not getting hit excessively then you will be accumulating full-heal items faster than you use them. I am not very good, getting grabbed by zombies fairly often, but I ended up hauling around three pizzas I got on day 1 for the entire game. So don't panic about running out of food. In fact, don't feel that you need to kill absolutely every survivor, either. Many of them only drop a 1-health item, which is hardly worth the trip depending where they are. The guide helpfully highlights the ones carrying a significant amount of food.

    Make sure you don't pick up larger healing items that are lying around the mall unless you really need to. As I just said, your inventory will likely be well stocked with the spoils from killing survivors. Picking up the static items just means you have to schlep them around with you instead of having them waiting for you in a predictable place. Picking up the smaller things that only heal 1-2 blocks (sans books) is okay. You'll use them more quickly so they won't clog up your inventory too much.

    Special notes:
    1.Heed the schedule's warning about the Food Court bug. You don't want to lose your progress half way through.
    2.As it says, when you unlock 5 Day Survivor the laser sword is there right away, so use it. If you quit the game without dying you will not be able to use it in future games, though.
    3.The page is wrong about this at least: you can kill people more than once. I've done it with at least Kent and the sniper family.

    Anyway, this isn't too hard, just time consuming. Good luck and I hope the information is useful to you. Armed with exact knowledge about where and when every enemy spawns, I'm sure you'll agree this mode is a lot less intimidating than it might have otherwise been.

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    Octobot SuperIs the real mega buster absolutely 100% required? I unlocked it, my save got erased, then I attempted to get it again and lost about an hour and a half of zombie killing progress so I'm pretty fed up at this point trying to unlock the damn thing
    Posted by Octobot Super on 17 Aug 19 at 10:32
    peeveen@October Super: I wouldn't want to do it without it.

    I would suggest that the "non-confrontational" bit of this guide is slightly alarmist. Most psycho's or survivors are dispatched with 1-5 shots of the Megabuster, which is like 2 seconds of fighting. Even if they get a few lucky shots into you, the food they give out (tripled in effectiveness with the books) is usually way WAY more than enough to make it worthwhile. I only fought about six of them and got the achievement with a full day's worth of OJ in reserve, and I didn't even need to go into the park to risk a run-in with the convicts.

    In ascending order of threat, the biggest dangers in getting this achievement are: survivors, psychos, zombies, boredom.
    Posted by peeveen on 01 Nov 19 at 10:05
    Callsign ReconThis was far, far less difficult than i thought it would be. With a mega buster and a level 50 character, You shouldn't have any issues. Just for perspective, i didn't touch a single food item in the mall until 8d - 22h - 20 min since that's when the psycho food ran out, and then off of the mall food i lasted until 14d - 0h - 2 min but then died after falling asleep on my keyboard since i had been awake for 28 hours (I didn't even get to the food in the north plaza/tunnels). The hardest part is finding the time to do it, along with trying to stay awake.
    Posted by Callsign Recon on 27 Jan at 13:26
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  • MakeMeACoffeeMakeMeACoffee1,101,019
    21 Jul 2012 08 Mar 2009 02 Jan 2021
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    Loosely follow "DrNewcenstein's Non-Confrontational 5 & 7 Day Survivor Guide for Dead Rising" which can be found here

    That guide will enable you to get all of the static food with minimal confrontations.

    Use Hoddans Survival tool, a mirror of which can be found here

    Use it to check off the food as you collect it, and keep easy track of the in game time (you don't have a watch in infinity mode). By selecting food from the drop down box, you can see how many health blocks you will gain from consuming it (remember to to put a tick next to the health books you collected).

    Additionally, you can see which psychopaths and survivors are active in what location at what time and tweak the Non-Confrontational guide accordingly. The psychopaths in particular give out huge amounts of food, so even if you take a beating from them, the reward should far outweigh it.

    Lastly, use the dead rising alarm timer by dyxtra, which can be found here

    I would advise setting a conservative time to ensure you have the food ready and don't die a silly death. You could also use a wireless controller, which should switch off with plenty of time to spare, BUT ONLY IF you are at full health when you put the controller down!

    This achievement will take 14 hours of real time to obtain, there is no way to save, but you can pause.
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    If you use the Survival tool with the Dr's playthrough your guaranteed success..
    Posted by ShadowPanda#3487 on 30 Oct 10 at 00:20
    Pedle ZelnipI just got 5/7 day survivor mostly using this guide, however, I'd agree with the others who say that following the non-confrontational guide to a T is definitely not the easiest.

    I followed the NC guide for the first 3 days or so, and then started using the list of survivor's/psycho's at:


    Whenever there was an easy survivor/psycho who had a big payoff I'd venture off to get his/her stuff. In the end I had over 12 hours of food left after 7 day survivor popped, and I never entered the park to take on the convicts (this is the part of the NC guide I think is the most problematic: on day 7 it'd suck to get killed by the convicts).
    Posted by Pedle Zelnip on 23 Dec 10 at 11:50
    Hunter KahnI know some people have been critical of DrNewcenstein's Non-Confrontational Survivor Guide in the comments, but I personally found it to be very helpful. I agree that it should be followed loosely and you should feel free to pick off the occasional psychopath here and there to get a little extra food, but having a loose guide that could help me find all the food in such a way as to avoid the chance of getting killed in some fluke moment was really helpful to me. I was a little stressed about whether I was keeping up with the right time, but found I didn't have to constantly keep watching the clock, just follow the guide loosely and I was always a little AHEAD of the specific times in the guide. It worked for me, anyway!
    Posted by Hunter Kahn on 17 May 16 at 13:14
  • Mr FiddlerMr Fiddler455,805
    12 Sep 2009 13 Sep 2009
    54 1 12
    This guide will require that you battle some psychos, but will avoid the Food Court crash that occurs on day 5. You should be level 50 and have the mega buster from the getting the “zombie genocider” achievement.

    Print out these two guides (or be near a PC to access them).

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    [Don't eat any food until you have all the books]

    Get the mega buster from the security room.
    Go onto the rooftop, kill Otis then pick up his raw meat.
    Head back into security room then into the entrance plaza and pick up the health book from "The Sinister Read".
    Head back to the security room, through the rooftop and into the warehouse.
    Grab all food in the warehouse (including Susan's cookies).
    Head into Paradise Plaza and go cook the raw meat in "Jill's Sandwiches".
    Take the bathroom shortcut to Wonderland Plaza.
    Pick up the other health book from "Sir Book A Lot" on the upper floor.
    Head to North Plaza via the lower level passageway.
    Loop around North Plaza counter clockwise collecting all the food and the final survival book (in the room next to Crislip's). I didn’t actually bother getting the food in Crislip’s itself.

    [It's now ok to eat food so if you need a top up eat something of low value first like the cookies. Chances are you will need to eat at least one item in order to be able to carry everything at this point.]

    Once you have all the food, head back to Wonderland Plaza and climb on top of the beauty kiosk (there are two in front of the bathrooms), drop most of your food in this safe spot and then use the food map to go around the rest of Wonderland Plaza, collecting everything and returning it to this safe spot with your other items.

    Stay here on this spot eating only when you need to - I would recommend eating the smallest value items first, but keep at least one low or medium item value (e.g. an apple or cookies) in case you need to heal when you are travelling from one area to another (less likely to waste the valuable items that way).

    Once you have eaten enough such that you can carry all your remaining items then move on to the next area: Food Court (we're going in a counter clockwise loop around the map BTW).

    When you enter you should be faced with SMG Carlito, but he’s pretty easy to kill with the mega buster. You can try and shoot him from afar or just climb up the crates around the back onto his level, keeping the other side of the corner from him and wait for him to stop shooting before popping out to kill him. Carlito is actually located in the safest area here so drop your food items there and go collect all the food in Food Court and return them back here like you did for Wonderland Plaza. Sometimes Carlito’s box will throw things over the ledge when it opens so be sure to check you have gathered all three items.

    This will form the basis of the pattern for each area we will visit, i.e.

    - Deal with any psycho(s)
    - Collect all the mall/dropped food
    - Camp in a safe place until you can move on to the next area

    To keep this guide brief (since it’s mostly just a pattern to follow) I will just list the subsequent areas that I went to and who I fought there:

    Al Fresco Plaza [Isabela – camp in fountain or “Flexin”]
    Entrance Plaza [(nobody) – camp in “Ned's Knicknackery”]
    Paradise Plaza [Ross – camp on Blue ledge by stairs over “Kids’ Choice Clothing”]
    Movieland [Heather – camp behind behind counter in concession area]
    Entrance Plaza [Hall family – camp in “Ned's Knicknackery” again]

    You can find the specifics of where to find each of those psychos in the list at the top. Timing can be important and if you don’t fancy taking on the Hall family for example, there are other decent alternatives on day 6 such as Carlito, Kent or Cletus, but the advantage with the Hall family is that they are there all day. Chances are you’ll gain more time that you lose from the odd sniper shot. Brock might be a good target on day 7 should you find yourself short of food having avoided them.

    You will also probably need to get a new mega buster from time to time. I think I went back twice. The first time I went to Entrance Plaza I went right through to security room (via second level shortcut) and came straight back. Another good opportunity would be either just before or just after you go to Movieland.

    I didn't end up needing to go into Crislip's, the Leisure Park or the Maintenance Tunnels, but after fighting the only the above additional psychos I had enough food to not need to do anything on day seven and had three wines left at midnight.

    Thanks to “DrNewcenstein” for the maps and list and “G0NE R0GUE” for the original idea for basis of the map loop.
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    RecentRealityI love you, Mr Fiddler. This is a perfect solution.
    Posted by RecentReality on 10 Jul 14 at 02:08
    HYBRID HIVEAwesome guide! Got it with no trouble at all using this!
    Posted by HYBRID HIVE on 26 Aug 14 at 16:31
    BRARROWused this today, went for the kill Kent not the snipers on day 6, then just hung around the warehouse, security room, rooftop areas...no sweat even though I got grabbed a lot in the beginning and ate a couple things early by mistake. Seems like this guide leaves a lot more leeway in it, no clock watching at all, I like.
    Posted by BRARROW on 22 Sep 14 at 02:34
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