gamers (94%) found this review helpful
"Dead Island" is a pretty neat idea: Take an island paradise, make it an open-world sandbox in which to run around in, and add zombies. Mix in some RPG elements and weapons crafting, and the result should have been a fun game. Sadly, the execution of the final product was not as fun as it could have been, marred by slippery controls, inconsistent enemies, and an endless supply of repetitive quests that are often more mundane than exciting. In the single player campaign, you get to pick from one of four characters (two male, two female) which are more or less carbon copies of each other. You begin in your hotel, where things go very wrong as the undead are on the loose. From there you meet up with various bands of survivors, who put you to work taking care of varying tasks for them. Problem is, they don't bother to help, preferring to let you deal with the zombies, as for some reason you're immune to their bite. That doesn't mean you're immortal: You can die, and you will do so often. And here's where some of the frustration begins to set in, as when you die, you're respawned 5 seconds later. That's not the bad part, however. The bad part is where you respawn, which gets quite inconsistent. Sometimes it will be right where you were felled, and other times it will be far from your objective that you were going for, necessitating a long trek back to where you died, often passed respawned zombies. Yes, they respawn- clear an area out, and when you return later, that same area will be overrun again. There's only an autosave, but you should've had a save anywhere feature in a game like this. The 1st person view, while immersive, doesn't always work well with a camera that can get very unfocused during combat, is in melee form mostly, and the camera makes things harder than they should be. Graphics are fairly good and the voice acting is competent. Your weapons are varied, but they degrade quickly, making you find a place to repair them often. I'd rent this before buying.
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I like the idea of this game, it's probably the closest thing to what you would experiance during a real zombie outbreak. I've read reviews of how the zombies reappear in cleared out areas but thats just natural with zombies; they multiply like rabbits so it really puts you under the stress of an outbreak that makes you think fast on how to better assess a situation. Previous zombie games I have played were always in third person and would just ruin the experiance of what a zombie game should be; frightening, intense, fast paced. This first person experiance pits you in the point of view of a survivor trying to cleave their way through a horde of undead. The best horror games in my opinion cause you to look over your shoulder and in the case of undead roaming free, you'll do just that. I look forward to this game and I plan to play multiplayer with friends. So my expected rating of this game is to be an 8. I will give a more solid, reasonable rating when i experiance the controls
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
If you like borderlands and if you like zombies, you might find this very enjoyable. It kinda has the same concept except instead of just guns, you can come up on machetes, samurai swords, bats, hammers, pretty much anything that you think could be used as a weapon.
Has the same kind of looting concept to it and of course you can upgrade you items to make a dope flaming baseball bats and the such.
I really enjoyed the game, but to be honest I did lose interest towards the end. I recently picked it up again to finally finish it before the 2nd one comes out (which I am going to get).
The multiplayer is fun, and helpful, except it can get a little annoying when the random guy your playing with is doing his own thing and not helping you finish your quests.
The story is pretty much what you'd expect from a title named "Dead Island". Your on a island with a very high class resort and then one day everything goes to fudge. The adventure starts off on the resort, but the island is so much bigger than just the resort and you of course get to explore pretty much all different areas. I won't give away too much, but they're all uniquely different to the horror experience.
All in all this game is pretty freaky to play by yourself. Seriously when hear the infected scream and don't see them, it'll make you mess up your pants when they start attacking you from behind, which in my opinion is fun. I don't play too many survival horror games, but this sure is way more fun than resident evil 6. IMO.