Conclusion: I think it's much easier than the TA ratio implies. If you enjoyed Dead Island and you're looking for more of the same, you'll find it in Riptide; otherwise, you're much better off playing the original. My Rating: 4/10 - mediocre.
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.
Summary: Dead Island Riptide is a fun game in short bursts before the repetition kicks in. While there are some admirable inclusions such as the challenges system, it’s difficult to overlook that this is one of the most unimaginative and unashamedly rehashed games in recent years.
Excerpt: In 2011, Dead Island released during the crowded Fall season. None was more skeptical than me about the game. I was sick of zombie games, and I had no belief that the final product would be as gripping as its viral reveal trailer.
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-q...
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...
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’s seldom that a game review causes me trouble. I play ALL kinds of games so I can be called on at a moment’s notice give a review from the standpoint of an everyman. I’m not bragging, I am simply admitting that I am a video game addict and have used my addiction to the benefit of others.
Summary: Dead Island: Riptide isn’t just one of the most tastefully marketed games of 2013, it’s also the semi-sequel to one of the best-selling games of the last couple of years. Yes, Dead Island was an absolute smash hit, because everyone wants an open-world zombie survival game. Or wanted, at least. Hmm.