Excerpt: The first thing I have to say is that I am not madly in love with zombies, I am not a follower of all things zombie but I quite like the zombie concept. When “that” trailer blew everybody away a few months back I think I can safely say that everybody’s ears pricked up, their eyes widened and Dead Island had cemented itself as one of the most anticipated releases of the year so far.
Conclusion: Dead Island serves up some choice zombie-thrashing thrills in a gorgeous environment, but a weak story, tedious fetch quests, pacing issues, and some multiplayer issues keep it from greatness.
Excerpt: After six years in development, Techland has come up with a nuts-and-bolts zombie experience simulator. Somewhere in its genetic code is a shade of Left 4 Dead's zombie types, a bit of Dead Rising's crafting system, and Borderlands' preference for co-op. But beneath all that design is just a sustained rumination on what it must really be like to hit somebody in the face with a paddle.
Summary: If you have kept up with any news on Dead Island, you would think that the game is the epitome of being infested with bugs, and an unfortunate release. People who purchased the digital copies of the game were given the developer version that had features, which made the game a mess, and some of those buggy and poorly implemented themes are still present in the patched version.
Summary: Ambition can only take a game so far. The inconsistent experience in Dead Island is testament to that, with a selection of surprisingly good gameplay mechanics somewhat overshadowed by technical issues and a bad story.
Pros: Deep and enjoyable Crafting System, Fun with friends, Quests don't get repetitive
Cons: Pervasive technical issues, Weak story with offensively racist characters, Boss fights are rare and uninspired
Excerpt: This was a fun game. I know you''''re probably thinking "What''''s so fun about another zombie FPS?" Well truth is, it''''s not your average FPS. You actually level your weapons, upgrade your weapons, and even create your own weapons. With the right supplies and weapon parts of coarse. Take on side quests as you venture through the island paradise. And besides, how often do you get the chance to run over a zombie with a car or bash it''''s head in with a boat oar?
Excerpt: Dead Island is Borderlands meets Left 4 Dead set in Far Cry with the melee of Condemned . I wanted something less abrupt to start with, but this game is a Normandy beach landing away from hitting the FPS singularity (not to be confused with the FPS titled Singularity ). No doubt the story of how a design team brainstormed their way to this is one for the history books.
Excerpt: Ever dreamed of a vacation on a tropical island paradise? Ever dreamed of a vacation consisting of bludgeoning, shattering, stabbing, slashing, shooting, burning, electrocuting, and exploding hordes of bathing-suit clad zombies? Well, then Dead Island is the place for you! Dead Island, the latest from Polish developer Techland defies simple classification. It is instead defined by the many games it seems to lovingly, if not shamefully, pull inspiration from.
Pros: Brutal, satisfying combat; huge, detailed world; tons of loot; fun co-op multiplayer.
Cons: Poor UI and control; numerous performance and stability issues; gets repetitive.
Excerpt: You remember that trailer, right? The one that told the harrowing story of a small family torn apart by a fleshthirsty zombie infestation. The one with the slick editing, beautiful music, memorable imagery and emotional resonance we so rarely see in video games. The one that took the internet by storm and re-introduced us all to Dead Island; the zombie game that might just pull at the heartstrings, offering more than just a comical bash of undead slaying.
Excerpt: Imagine you’re on holiday with your family. It’s a gorgeous beach resort, you’re staying in a villa with a sweet pool, a short walk from the beach bar or the hiking trails inland. Your family are all sat in the sun, reading or splashing around in the pool. Everyone is completely at peace.