Summary: Parents need to know that Dead Island is a violent, open-world action game set in a remote island resort that has been overrun by zombies. Players move between enclaves of survivors, carrying out tasks and killing countless zombies in brutal, gory fashion along the way. Adult narrative elements, including alcohol, drugs, brief talk of sexual abuse, and strong profanity, validate the game’s Mature rating.
Excerpt: Summary [7.0 out of 10] Dead Island generated immediate buzz when its first trailer hit and news of the gameplay kept it going with what sounded like a fun and intense zombie survival experience. Playing the demo at E3 took it a step further and had us really excited for the release. The reality of the game, however, is considerably less exciting and fun than all the hype was supposing.
Conclusion: Boiling down Dead Island to “Fallout 3 on an island overrun by zombies” is a lot more accurate than it probably should be, only replacing the intriguing underlying story in Bethesda’s game with fearsome, hair-raising horror. The key to its success lies in executing its signature element, and the Deep Silver / Techland crew have combined light-RPG elements, tight first-person controls, and a brutal sensibility around killing multifaceted zombies into a unnerving and...
Conclusion: This game is so much fun that those problems only make it more of a challenge which is actually refreshing in survival horrors. If you like any of those games, this game is definitely worth checking out. I promise, if you give it a chance with the lights out and the surround sound up, you won’t be disappointed.
Summary: " Dead Island " is a surprisingly great genre-crossover. It has its fair share of issues- most notably a good chunk of open-world jank, but it very much works for the most part. There’s a ton of content, and whilst it would be nice if the multiplayer worked better, Dead Island is a very different, but compelling choice to most of the other, more obvious choices available this Christmas.
Excerpt: You’re on Banoi, an island paradise off the coast of Papua New Guinea. You’re on the job so you can’t enjoy the beaches, the tropical climate and whatever else this pacific island promises. So you don’t want to be here, not like this, going through one loathsome motion after another. Then, like an unsuspected monsoon, a zombie outbreak quickly turns loathsome into terrifying.
Excerpt: Sometimes, the best gaming experiences come from titles that you either didn't expect to be good, or simply didn't even know existed until a few months before release. Heading up into Dead Island 's release, this is what many of us were hoping for: a big, pleasant surprise of a zombie action-RPG where we go in with low or no expectations and come out satisfied.