Summary: Dead in the water Dead Island Riptide banks on you having really loved Dead Island . We're talking love to an unquenchable degree. Did you adore Dead Island , could you not get enough of its boundless slaughter and tropical zombie abominations?
Excerpt: Game development is hard. I'm not saying this from experience, but from a fair share of common sense gained from a world where game developers are having an increasingly difficult time staying afloat. Zombies, however, are a sure bet.
Excerpt: Dead Island: Riptide isn't so much a sequel as it is a standalone extension of 2011's cooperative zombie shooter. Neither the cast of characters nor the Borderlands-style cooperative gameplay have changed significantly, but a new island, new enemies, and some new ideas make Riptide a noticeable...
Dead Island: Riptide is a zombie game still searching for brains (review)
22 April 2013
Conclusion: Bashing in rotting skulls has probably never been more satisfying than it is in Dead Island: Riptide, especially when you do it with friends. But the rest of the game simply doesn’t hold up.
Pros: It’s the complete zombie experience Zombie-related media tends to feature a handful of tried-and-true story beats related to living through the apocalypse. A small group of survivors will almost always encounter other survivors. They’ll go scavenging for supplies. Maybe they’ll get in a vehicle a...
Cons: It’s derivative of far too many things The biggest problem with Dead Island: Riptide from a creative standpoint is that barely any of it feels original. Some of this is endemic to the zombie genre as a whole, but that’s not so bad (considering I put it in the “What You’ll Like” section up there)....
Conclusion: "Though its story falls flat, Riptide still manages to build and maintain an immense amount of tension." "The brutal, weighty melee combat is a well-designed experience you won't find anywhere else...
Pros: The creepy atmosphere, The brutal, weighty combat, Killing zombies with friends
Cons: The cheesy characters and plot, The retread of familiar locations, Running into occasional technical issues
Revisit the Nightmare in Paradise | Dead Island Riptide Review
New Gamer Nation
22 April 2013
Conclusion: Overall, Dead Island Riptide managed to take an already good game and make it even better. It took the great co-op, first-person melee combat from the original and added a new class, greater mission variety, plus new weapons and skills.