Excerpt: A couple of years ago there was a trailer for a game called Dead Island, and everybody was excited. Then the game was released…and a lot of people were disappointed. Now we have Dead Island: Riptide; a sequel that’s not really a sequel and yet it seems to show more potential than its predecessor. The question is, “Too little, too late?”, and for many of us – fans of Dead Island included – the answer may very well be, “Yes”, before all is said and done.
Excerpt: Dead Island: Riptide is a follow up to the original Dead Island that continues the story on a new, though equally not alive, island. Though the game has its moments, a number of issues with the mechanics combined with a majority of areas having boring level design hold Dead Island: Riptide back. Without much real challenge and not much new for returning players, there's not a lot of motivation to dig into this RPG.
Summary: If you liked the original, Riptide stays faithful and adds so much more. If you’re new to the franchise, this is a great place to get your feet wet and draw first blood. The co-op is a lot of fun and will long outlast a single playthrough of the campaign. So stop reading; get out there and join the fight for survival on Palanai! Dead Island: Riptide gets a 9 out of 10.
Pros: More of the fantastic gameplay & melee combat that put the original on the map, Lots of innovation from the first game to set, More weapons, more weapon mods, more explosives!, Very lengthy campaign and ‘New Game Plus’ mode for a $40.00 title, I was having too much fun exploring & tackling side-quests to finish the main story and focus on my review!
Cons: Frustrating deaths can be frequent, either by being overwhelmed or attacked by ‘off screen’ foes
Excerpt: There’s trouble in paradise. The world as we know it is about to be changed forever. In 2011 the original Dead Island was released and it took the gaming community by storm. Featuring a four-player zombie survival action game mechanic which has more in common with Borderlands than it does with Left4Dead, Dead Island changed the way gamers see zombie action games.
Excerpt: Dead Island Riptide , the pseudo sequel to Deep Silver's 2011 tropical zombie killing game is a lot like its source material. It shambles along, attempting to reach its goal, but frequently stumbles over its own stupidity and lack of inspiration.
Excerpt: ' It starts promisingly enough: a mad dash off a sinking ship, a military coup, and a zombie horde just aching to be shown the business end of a shotgun. And then, just like that, the promise is taken away. Dead Island: Riptide teases far more in its opening minutes than it ever manages to deliver across its lengthy campaign. There's no drama, and little excitement.
Excerpt: To enjoy Dead Island , and subsequently its successor Riptide , one has to embrace the absurd, and quite often, the stupid. Iron pipes will break after a handful of uses; high level meat cleavers will be too advanced for your low level character to wield; and every survivor of the exotic zombie apocalypse has disgustingly fat wads of US currency on-hand. Absurd, it’s really the only word that properly encapsulates Techland’s series.