The original was fresh, something fairly new so you'd think the sequel would address the problems faced in the first installment....wrong! If anything Dead Island: Riptide is headed in the wrong direction. Everything from the repetitive mission types to leveling up (which oddly enough seems to do very little for your character) is totally frustrating. If the game did not belong to Gamefly I'd most likely set it on fire. Bottom line, steer clear from this game unless you have a ton of free time...and patience.
The first games was so unique that you could forgive its flaws, glitches, and overall awkwardness. With this sequel, almost nothing was improved upon. Same blurry lo-res looking graphics, stilted animations, cheap deaths. All they did was come up with new maps and quests and maybe some new weapons. A lazy sequel. Would give the first an 8. This gets a 6. Still enjoyable, but where's the effort?