Dead Island Review

So guys, guess what I was doing for the last couple of days?!

That’s right! I was testing and reviewing the PC version of Dead Island. Strictly professional!

After 4 and half days of almost constant playing, the jig is up and it’s time for the verdict.

And the verdict is…

IT’S FREAKING AWESOME!!!

As a big fan of the Fallout series and the whole post-apocalyptic, survival, roaming in the wastelands, trying to survive concept I am glad to say that finally there is a game with all that and zombies!

Although this game is not nearly as complex or vast as any of the Fallout games, at least it’s a step in the right direction. That being said, I could probably describe Dead Island to you in one sentence (provided you know the references): Left 4 Dead meets Dead Rising! In other words, it’s an open world, first-person shooter with RPG elements.

You wake up hung over in your hotel room in a hotel resort in Banoi, a tropical island somewhere near Australia. The place is a mess, there’s not a living soul in sight, scattered pieces of luggage everywhere and you have to figure out what’s going out. Soon enough, it becomes clear you’re dealing with a full scale zombie attack on the island. You have to meet with other survivors on the island, help them get organized, killing hordes of zombies  in the process.

KILLING HAS NEVER BEEN MORE FUN!

I have never played a game in which melee combat has been this entertaining! From the beginning it’s clear that the emphasis has been put on hand to hand combat. You don’t even see a gun until the other half of the game and even when you get a hold of a gun, finding bullets is next to impossible. Rusty pipes, paddles, sticks, wooden planks, anything that you can get your hands on and that can be used for bashing the zombies head in! And then, you find out that maybe if you put some nails on top of your baseball bat you could kill zombies more effectively.  From there, it just progresses: homemade chainsaws, electric machetes, deodorant-based grenades and much, much more!

RUN!

Armed with all this awesome weapons, it’s time to face the enemy. And let me tell you, my friends, the enemy is fierce! Never before in my gaming career have I sprinted so much while playing (well, maybe while playing basketball or football, but that’s different). The key in this game as well in the whole zombie phenomena is the sheer number of opponents! You can slay 10 or so zombies, but what’s the point when there are 20 other just around the corner gunning for you! Unfortunately, one thing this game has picked up from Left 4 Dead is the mutation of zombies. So, you have certain types such as a suicider which will blow up if you get too close or a big ass one in a straight jacket that will knock you down if he sees you. I’m not a big fan of these genetically enhanced zombies in video games but I understand that the developers wanted a little diversity. However, even without these special ones, the game is hard enough as it is as all zombies have their certain levels and some of them are quite tough and big and fast. There were certain moments in the game where cardio was the only thing you needed!

WHAT NEXT?

So, to summarize this game should provide you with the following: lots of blood and gore, excellent weapon system, a slightly weak story line but an excellent horror setting (hint: play with your headphones on, preferably around 1 AM) and lots and lots of fun! Dead Island provides you with a solid 20 or so gameplay hours in campaign mode but days and weeks of gameplay with you friends online.

Hopefully, Dead Island represents a turning point for the zombie video game genre. It should lead the way zombie games should be heading: a first-person RPG. And I’m positive, one day we could have a game that could fit in the same sentence with Fallout.

Until then, head off to Banoi and kill some Zed!

 

 Overall: 8.5 /10

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9 Comments

  1. Morgan September 14, 2011 6:42 pm 

    I’m not a big fan of genetically altered zombies, either. I also hear there are some impractical weapons, such as a meat cleaver, but other than that, I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. And this just solidified our desire to get it. Thanks for the review!

  2. budolf September 15, 2011 10:42 am 

    Although it may seem that having a meat cleaver or a hatchet would seem rather impractical in hand to hand combat, you can use them as throwing objects and then they prove themselves as rather useful tools. One of the best things about this game is its weapon system, so be sure to try it out as soon as possible cause it’s a hoot!

  3. Kolerfx September 17, 2011 1:24 pm 

    Hi, i just found this site few days ago. Its on my favorites atm :D Im really liking it. I went here to find games but i see some reviews and thats cool! Also would like to ask if u know how to download DI without paying…

    Also a thing: Walking Dead season 2 is going out next month! :)

  4. Soundwave October 5, 2011 11:05 pm 

    looking forward to playing it.

  5. M3D13V4L October 11, 2011 4:49 am 

    This game was not pleasing for me. When I got to the city I could not get across town without dying unless I took 40 medkits with me. You CANNOT KILL A ZOMBIE WITH A WELL PLACED HEAD-SHOT, it takes about 4 or 5. Your guns automatically reload when you run out of ammo, so if your trying to use up the ammo in your shitty guns and you accidentally shoot off that last round you just wasted 15 handgun rounds you wanted to use in your Terrifying Revolver of Smiting or whatever. A zombie’s swing has more reach than your machete. Also when in the town area if you stay in one area for longer than a few seconds: screaming/running zombies will come at you at regular intervals INDEFINITELY. Zombies can interrupt your melee swings at all points in the animation of said swing. Overall I was not pleased with this game at all. Great concept, poor execution. I traded it in on my Gears pre-order a while back.

  6. budolf October 12, 2011 11:02 pm 

    Every thing you said is absolutely true! The gun system is flawed by the limited amount of ammo you can carry, the city part of the game is very frustrating and the melee combat could have been executed better. But even with all these shortcomings I truly enjoyed playing this game! I Let’s just hope there’s a sequel in the making!

  7. kijinx October 15, 2011 3:45 pm 

    Well, they already tell you the game doesn’t focus on the use of guns, and realistically do you think by the time you get to the city there’d be any guns or ammo left? Melee weapons are your safest bet, and if you can’t kill a zombie with a well placed headshot then you should find a better weapon, don’t just stick with one faithfull companion all the way through, the zombies level up with your character, the weapons on you don’t.

    As for the city being hard, yeah those areas that are quarantined are where the infection was really bad, so the government closed it off. It makes sense that those areas are hard.

    I was extremely satisfied with this game, doing my second run through now.

  8. Krajczinski January 16, 2012 10:29 pm 

    I enjoyed the game for the most part. I did find bits a pieces that bothered me. Like the fact that the majority of the missions involve some dude needing something and asking you to go get it (with variations of course).

    The biggest take away is that it does move the zombie game genre in the right direction.

  9. Trebor Dragon February 15, 2012 8:59 pm 

    I played the gave on XBOX 360 and it ROCKS!!! I am a huge Survival Horror freak. Games like the Resident Evil series to Dead Island. The fact that its such a massive play area and not restricted to small areas like malls or hospitals. The weapons are really good and the ability to throw them and then pick them back up is great. One of the few things I didn’t like was the fact that the weapons do disappear after a little time. Also the length of time that you have to wait till you get a gun kinda sucks too.

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