posted by Spirituous (EAST STROUDSBURG, PA) Sep 22, 2011
Member since Dec 2008
gamers (61%) found this review helpful
Deep Silver (the creators of this game) must have steelies the size of canon balls, because that's exactly what you'd need to have to release a retail game in this state.
Multiple game breaking bugs such as:
1. Game will not auto save properly, and your progress is lost. (There is no way to manually save in this game, how insane is that!)
2. Game saves get corrupted frequently. (IE you lose all your progress)
3. Multiplayer games hard lock your PS3, PC, and Xbox360 at completely random times. You have no choice but to power off your system and turn it back on. (Happened over 5 times to me just in one day on the PS3 version)
4. Items disappear from your inventory for no reason whatsoever.
5. NPC's just up and disappear with no warning. You can still hear them, but you can't see them.
6. Screen Tearing, Pop In's Abound, Frame Rate is all over the place (PS3 version)etc.
7. Online Lobby's that do not work properly, game joining function that does not work properly, and massive lag in online games.
How a company can have the gull to put out a product in this condition is beyond me. They clearly rushed this product and did not care about Quality Assurance at all.
And how these mainstream gaming sites like IGN, Gamespot etc can just flat out lie and put up praise for a game full of massive game breaking bugs, while scoring the game high 8+ is beyond me. Did they even play the game, or did they just take money from Deep Silver and took their word for it, that the issues where minor.
Do yourself a favor and do not buy this bug ridden game in it's current form. Do NOT SUPPORT ANY developer who put bug ridden beta copies of their games out, and charge people $60.00 bucks a pop to do the job that their Q&A department should have done.
If you still want to buy the game even with all the issues I've mentioned, then wait until the game is patched up first. Even then I'd suggest renting it first, just to make sure the issues are taken care of.
I've been playing this game for almost a month now, and I'm still working through the single player campaign. The missions are solid with a good mix of side missions that help level up your characters. In the game preview, it's suggested that you'll need help getting through some of the areas in the way of co-op, but so far, I've found that playing through enough of the side missions allows you to make it easily through all of the mission areas.
In short, this is a good solid zombie game, with a solid gameplay style and a campaign back story that stays engaging. Get it, and play it!
gamers (64%) found this review helpful
short review this game was glitchy, repetitive, long, frustrating, non revolutionary, hack and slash with a dash of gun play in a sandbox.
For a longer review read below. The hype of the trailer from E3 created expectations this game could not deliver. Although Dead Island is not a revolutionary game, simply adding features from previous blockbuster games (fallout 3 and left 4 dead) does not create a solid hit. The amalgamation of different games combined into one resulted in an average forgettable game. From rendering issues to the inability to complete missions when items were obtained, there were so many glitches it became frustrating to play.
The seemingly endless missions playing errand boy for the hoard of helpless npcs became repetitively tiring and dull. The majority of the game comprised of quests where you are forcibly conditioned to open everything you can to search for items in hopes you will be rewarded with that essential item you need for a weapon modification. If you are a player who thrives in treasure hunting/looting and playing fetch this game is for you. Otherwise, stay clear of side quests if you just want to finish the game.
Dead Island focuses on attacking with up close and personal bash and slash methods, going against conventional zombie defensive tactics by attacking from a distance to prevent from getting bitten. That being said, guns in this game do not play a great factor against zombies.
One issue about the game which bothered me was the weapons selection system. Picking up new weapons inadvertently changes your current use weapon to the weapon you just picked up, thus making it painstaking to go to the menu repeatedly to set back your configuration to your weapons of choice. In a sense this forces the player to examine the statistics of the new weapon, however in later stages of the game it just gets annoying.
Overall, this game frightening enjoyable at first, but after the 4th hour I was playing like a zombie.