Summary: With its debut trailer, Techland set itself the impossible goal of living up to self-generated hype on a massive scale. The video, which showed a family beset by zombies while a hauntingly beautiful refrain played, led one to believe that Dead Island would be an emotional roller coaster that touched...
Family Vacations Usually Aren't This Bloody, Or Are They?
30 December 2011
Conclusion: Techland's tropical open-world zombie apocalypse is a bit too ambitious for its own good, but it's also an incredibly solid and fun first game in what will hopefully mature into a much more polished video game series.
Dead Island: GOTY Edition – Life’s A Beach, Then You Die, Then Come Back to Life!
The Game Reviews
2 November 2011
Summary: DEAD ISLAND: GAME OF THE YEAR EDITION is a great game! If you’re into just bashing the heads in of zombies, then this is the game for you. I personally enjoyed it, and with twenty hours of campaign game play, you certainly get your money’s worth.
Excerpt: Imagine, if you will, a game where you play as a little skeleton rising from the grave and, in an attempt to escape the Grim Reaper and the graveyard where you were interred, you’re only option is to punt your skull as hard as you can. All for Game Center-centric leaderboard lust of course.
Excerpt: Dead Island is the latest entry in the white-hot zombie shooter genre. Only the emphasis here is not so much on being a shooter. It's able to stand out from the pack with a deep storyline, lots of RPG elements and a unique setting.
Excerpt: Dead Island is not what I had originally expected. Based on my considerable experience with zombie games, I was expecting something more akin to Left 4 Dead combined with Dead Rising than what it actually was.
Excerpt: Dead Island is a strange game, one that has an odd desire to simultaneously delight and disappoint its audience. This bizarre dichotomy existed even before the game was released, beginning with a brilliantly haunting announcement trailer and evolving into a hip hop music video .