posted by Mr_Fergus (PHILADELPHIA, PA) Apr 23, 2012
Member since Apr 2012
gamers (67%) found this review helpful
Dead Island takes some of the best things going on in the game industry right now (Open worlds, leveling systems, on-the-fly online co-op, weapon customizing, zombies!) and manages to combine them in the most unenjoyable way conceivable.
GAMEPLAY- Pretty standard affair. You control one of 4 characters each with different specialties in a first-person style melee/shooting adventure involving doing various quests for the poor blokes you meet. Though controlling your character isn't a problem, things turn sour when interacting with anything else comes to play. The "aiming" system is to inconsistent for precision fighting, melee combat (your main option for dealing with enemies) is a chore, and the leveling system seems to serve no purpose other than to force you to constantly look for higher-level weapons.
STORY- There is a lot going on in the story. A struggle for survival, the concept of the needs of many vs. the needs of few, human nature when pushed to it's limits. Unfortunately, the story and characters themselves do a great job of ensuring that you won't care even the slightest about any of it. None of them (main, side, background, villian, etc..) are memorable or slightly likable.
NOTABLES- There are two glaring flaws which caused me to immediately lose all interest in finishing this game.
1. The inventory system is buggy as sin. Picking up and managing consumable weapons in particular is frustrating in a manner that's clearly not intended for the final product.
2. Multiplayer as well as it's effect on your single player game is sloppy beyond belief. First, you can't decide who you join games with. That person has to be at the same relative spot you are in your game for you to join them. Second, wherever they are in there missions when you join them, that's where you are now when you leave their game and there's no way to go back.
OVERALL- The most enjoyable thing to come from this game is that trailer they released months ago. Go watch that.
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
It's a game that you will get suckered into and enjoy. The side quests are lame, but the game play is what makes this game tick. Running over, kicking, shooting, and enjoying many a kill, make this a good romp. The graphics are pretty good, but the variety of areas you come across doesn't make for that much change. It's the same thing everywhere you go. Find the infected and kill them. They respawn and it's the same thing. The variety of the undead doesn't really change. They level up with you, so it keeps you on your toes. Which makes things more challenging and sometimes frustrating. The infected they have are fun though. Creating and using new weapons is fun. Game play mechanics are pretty good, but can get glitchy at times. It's an all around fun play.
gamers (60%) found this review helpful
I am not exactly certain when Zombies became such a huge factor in the gaming industry, my guess is Resident Evil, but not many developers out there have really done a good job with the concept. The Zombies would always be too slow, or too numerous, and you would feel a bit frustrated at the pace of that game. Techland has really done a fantastic job at smoothing those rough experiences in the past out and made one of the best Zombie games I ever played.
Open world elements are what shines for me in any genre. I love exploring, finding stuff, upgrading, and all while kicking Zombie tush all over the island!! LOVE IT! Not only is blood flying all over the place, but every now and then you get to stop and look and say wow.
You have the option to choose four characters each with their own mini backgrounds and abilities. Throwing, Guns, Sharp, and (B)lunt Objects. Any character can utilize any weapon, but their are unique skill sets for each person that amplifies your weapon of choice. The weapons in game can be a bit confusing at first, but you will be falling in love with a the few that matter to you in no time and modding them to obliterate dead sacks of fleshies all up and down that white sand!.
Many, many side quests will keep you busy for a long time, though the main story kind of lacks in any direction. You are mostly just helping people out in both situations. Single player is where you will find your best experience with the game, getting online with three friends is a good time and laughing while you stomp Zombie face together kind of takes away from the scare. When you are alone, you appreciate the Zombie AI a little more, and will humbly be knocked on your backside on more than one occasion.
All of the flaws in this game in my opinion are personal grievances that should on no way stop you from renting this game. Yes it freezes, yes it glitches, but if you let this game pass you by because of popular review, you will Om nom your own brain for sure.