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 on the human side of undead apocalypse. Well, it's not.
Excerpt: What a strange, difficult to classify game Dead Island is. It’s a zombie game. It’s first-person melee-focused. It’s in a tropical setting. It’s an RPG. Wait, what? Yes, I would classify Dead Island as an RPG. A first-person melee zombie survival-horror RPG, but an RPG nonetheless. You earn XP, build up skill trees, take quests from NPCs, and can even grind zombies to level up if you want.
Pros: Absolutely huge in scope, Fun, unique combat, Scary and tense in unexpected ways
Cons: Slightly outstays its welcome, Seriously problematic bugs, Sometimes looks very ugly
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.
Excerpt: Cette courte mais informative présentation a été l’occasion pour nous d’avoir un aperçu concret et immédiat du jeu. Dead Island apparaît au final comme un intéressant mélange de genre entre un Grand Theft Auto IV, un Left For Dead 2 et un Dead Rising 2. Techland s’est inspiré du célèbre titre de Rockstar Games pour son aspect bac à sable. Le concept se déroulera sur une île paradisiaque bondée de touristes et d’innombrables lieux de villégiatures.
Excerpt: Dead Island reprend un scénario mille fois vu dans les mauvais films d'horreur. Sur une île magnifique où se prélassent des vacanciers, sans doute en formule tout compris, se répand un bien mauvais fléau. Les zombies se multiplient, mordant des victimes innocentes, les dévorant parfois sur le bord d'une piscine, voire dans la piscine même, transformant l'eau turquoise en bain rouge, dans une chambre d'hôtel ou sur une plage.
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. But it also has several notable flaws that might hinder otherwise enthusiastic zombie hunters. Even so, it's probably the best zombie-hunting title released to date.
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. I suppose the original trailer should have tipped me off, with its clearly straight-edged seriousness and the whole kid-zombie-death thing, but no, I thought, its an open world zombie game so I just assumed it would be an arcade-y, fast-paced slasher fest.
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 . The disparity between these two trailers actually sums Dead Island up pretty well.