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!
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!
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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