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Dead Island

Rating: 18+ (BBFC)

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  Shallow but Fun Co-Op Experience

| | See all deanlowdon's reviews (468)

Thanks in large part to the misleading trailer released a few months before the games arrival Dead Island has come in for a lot of criticism. Leading gamers to believe that it was going to aim for a more mature and emotional narrative than other games in the genre it becomes apparent with five minutes of actually playing it that this is simply not the case. In typical unimaginative video game style virtually every mission is little more than a glorified fetch quest, most of which are set up by poorly scripted cut-scenes, and even more disappointingly the overall plot involves little more than trying to escape from the titular 'Dead Island'.

For those willing to overlook this blatantly untruthful pre-release marketing however there is a fairly decent co-operative experience to be found. Much of the combat, particularly in the games first half, is of the hand to hand variety with guns and ammo initially hard to come by and often of little use when overwhelmed by the undead. Early reviews and forums seemed unhappy with the consistency of the collision detection during said combat but if there were problems they seem to have been patched and the impressive variety of weapons available, as well as the special moves and combos that can be unlocked, allows for some hard hitting melee encounters. Unlike a number of 'action-horror' titles that have recently seen the light of day you rarely, if ever, feel overpowered and wandering alone down the wrong alleyway can lead to a quick death. It would have been preferable had the punishment for dying been more severe than losing a small proportion of your money (It could have for example followed the Dark Souls route and forced the player to return to the spot to receive lost experience points) but, rightly or wrongly, Dead Island seems intent on remain as accessible as possible to a mainstream crowd.

There are a few other issues including the odd bug that prevented us from completing a couple of side-missions and zombies occasionally seemed to spawn behind us despite there not being anywhere for them to have come from but overall, especially now that it can be found for around 15 quid, Dead Island may be worth a look for those after a game to play with a few mates.

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  Shallow but Fun Co-Op Experience

| | See all drlowdon's reviews (468)

Thanks in large part to the misleading trailer released a few months before the games arrival Dead Island has come in for a lot of criticism. Leading gamers to believe that it was going to aim for a more mature and emotional narrative than other games in the genre it becomes apparent with five minutes of actually playing it that this is simply not the case. In typical unimaginative video game style virtually every mission is little more than a glorified fetch quest, most of which are set up by poorly scripted cut-scenes, and even more disappointingly the overall plot involves little more than trying to escape from the titular 'Dead Island'.

For those willing to overlook this blatantly untruthful pre-release marketing however there is a fairly decent co-operative experience to be found. Much of the combat, particularly in the games first half, is of the hand to hand variety with guns and ammo initially hard to come by and often of little use when overwhelmed by the undead. Early reviews and forums seemed unhappy with the consistency of the collision detection during said combat but if there were problems they seem to have been patched and the impressive variety of weapons available, as well as the special moves and combos that can be unlocked, allows for some hard hitting melee encounters. Unlike a number of 'action-horror' titles that have recently seen the light of day you rarely, if ever, feel overpowered and wandering alone down the wrong alleyway can lead to a quick death. It would have been preferable had the punishment for dying been more severe than losing a small proportion of your money (It could have for example followed the Dark Souls route and forced the player to return to the spot to receive lost experience points) but, rightly or wrongly, Dead Island seems intent on remain as accessible as possible to a mainstream crowd.

There are a few other issues including the odd bug that prevented us from completing a couple of side-missions and zombies occasionally seemed to spawn behind us despite there not being anywhere for them to have come from but overall, especially now that it can be found for around 15 quid, Dead Island may be worth a look for those after a game to play with a few mates.

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  Stunning

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Absolutely amazing game. I have played other zombie games but this one is so much better. The difficulty of zombies grows along with your level so the game remains challenging. The graphics is just stunning and I can confirm "it is a hell in heaven". I wish there were more games like this.

  not impressed

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Wasted opportunity for an amazing idea of a game. The biggest problem is that killing zombies just isn't satisfying. I have done about 3 or 4 missions and am just so bored with it.

Played coop online which always seems to devolve in to 3 players waiting for the 4th player to finish messing about.

Seamless multi-player (I wish they would ban this phrase). It isn't.

You get booted back to your single player checkpoint if you leave the mission or they do.

Driving again is a flat experience. So basic, and from what I can see, there is only a cockpit view... so I can't see if my team mates are on the back or not.

You get sent on errands all over the island and I found myself getting bored on the way there.

Maybe it will get better later on, but if I'm not impressed within 5 mins, the game goes the journey.

Just a flat,dull and incomplete experience, compared to the blind panic of Left4Dead.

  good!

| | See all SwissTony1's reviews (1)

I am a big fan of zombie games, so i brought this game last week. I started playing it and it was weird i am not saying its rubbish but it is weird, bad things about it is that the conditions on the weapons go down really quick. When you hit something in a car it doesn't fall down, like lamp posts, good thing about it is that it has different types of zombies like left 4 dead. It has good graphics but not the best, and you can upgrade. I would say get the game if you got the money.

  Zombie bashing at it's very best!

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This game is huge! I loved every minute of the 40+ hours it took me to finish the multitude of main and side quests.
Taking elements from Fallout, FarCry2, Codemned and, dare I say it, some of the better ideas from Alone in the Dark, all mixed up with a giant dose of George Romero, Techland deliver the definitive tool to quench your zombie slaying thirst. Lots of variety, an enormous landscape and the ability to modify and upgrade some of the most brutal instruments of undead mangling available, all contribute to a game that's gonna have you coming back for more, not for the great story, but just because it's so much fun!!

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  Amazing

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I'm a huge fan of the undead/zombie genre and Dead Island fitted in perfectly! The combat is very engaging (although occasionaly zombies called "the infected" become annoying as they charge towards you at every instance) But the wide range of weapons are amazing and well thought out, as well as the feature of upgrading them and enhancing them. The graphics are very good, not the best I have ever seen, but very good. The story line is also very good, and what makes this game better is that you don't have to follow the main story but rather, you can do side quests which often fill your time, so the game isn't over quickly.
The array of locations is very good and it keeps you guessing as to what will happen next, and each location is big enough for you to keep exploring if you want to.
Overall, an amazing game and if your a fan of zombies, it is certainly a worth while purchase.

  Flawed ........ but brilliantly addictive!!!!

| | See all Battlestar007's reviews (10)

I am a massive fan of Zombie games (lost count of the hours spent playing the Zombies on Call of Duty) So when i heard a game about killing Zombies was a little bit dubious. Shouldnt have been.

Yes the game has massive flaws (the duplicating of weapons was such a laugh and yes i did use it before they patched it!!) missing weapons and weapons of same type inflicting different damage and lasting only a couple of swings. I can overlook these as its such a good game.

After playing hours on this game i still want to visit Banoi Zombies or not. The graphics ar enot in the same category as COD but the deaths, way you kill zombies and array of weapons upgrades easily counteracts that (you can see why its been banne din Germany).

Not going to go through the story or characters but to say that im now on my third play through of this game and just want to get a better and better score and pick up all the weapons etc i missed on the first two go throughs.

Only disappointment was the ending. When you meet the final 'challenge' it is all to easy to defeat it I tooled up all my special weapons and med kits expecting a huge fight and it all ended too quickly.

Havent really played online as yet as im a real loner when it comes to these type of game I want to inflict damage on as many of the undead as possible and dont want to share... selfish i know!
Really chuffed to find out that the company behind this have copy righted or something similar another concept called Dead World which is rumoured to be a sequel which I will definately buy. The biggest praise i can give this game is that i have stopped playing COD MW3 and BF3 for this and they are both excellent games.

One final word of warning......... try playing this in the dark, with headphones on and the volume turned up when one of the screamers starts running at you......... you have been warned - Class

  Never seen a zombie run before

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Once you get to grips with the menu system ( it is akin to Fallout 3's ) this is quite an interesting game and how you approach the different levels adds a statigic element to the way you play,make sure you stock up on weapons as they have a life span ,you are in it if you are surrounded by zombies and your paddle breaks ! As you progress you can enhance your skills ,there are energy drinks scattered around and you can find work benches where you can repair and modify your weapons,I think the game should have started like Shaun of the dead,with people turning one by one into zombies( I haven't found a cricket bat yet ) Also what's an Australian doing with a Mauri face tattoo ?

  Never seen a zombie run before

| | See all russnutter's reviews (239)

Once you get to grips with the menu system ( it is akin to Fallout 3's ) this is quite an interesting game and how you approach the different levels adds a statigic element to the way you play,make sure you stock up on weapons as they have a life span ,you are in it if you are surrounded by zombies and your paddle breaks ! As you progress you can enhance your skills ,there are energy drinks scattered around and you can find work benches where you can repair and modify your weapons,I think the game should have started like Shaun of the dead,with people turning one by one into zombies( I haven't found a cricket bat yet ) Also what's an Australian doing with a Mauri face tattoo ?