Review: Dead Island

A PARADISE TO DIE FOR

Developer: Techland
Genre: First Person Action Adventure
Platform(s): PS3 & Xbox 360
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Compatability (PS3): 18MB Mininum Space | DUALSHOCK 3 Vibration Function | HD 480p / 720p | Network Players 2-8 | Co-Op 2-4
Compatability (Xbox 360): 1MB Mininum Space | HDTV 720p / 1080i / 1080p | Online Multiplayer 2-16 | Co-Op 2-4
Rating: 8.5

Zombies are back. And by the looks of it, they are here to stay. Dead Island is a raw and mature first person adventure game. But even though it is in the first person perspective, it is far from your traditional shooter.

What allows Dead Island to poke its head out of this plethora of great games being released, is without a doubt its gameplay. It is fun, fast paced, and very satisfying. The controls are very simple to master and even newcomers to the gaming world won’t have too hard of a time with its mechanics. What makes Dead Island so different from other zombie games is the undeniable fact that if a zombie infection were to spread I highly doubt I’m going to find an M16 just sitting on the street. The game’s key point is to put you in a world of zombie peril and you have to defend yourself with what is next to you. Whether it’s a baseball bat or a paddle, you have to make the best with what you got. Though Dead Rising had a similar play style, the two games are nothing alike. Except for the fact that they both have zombies of course.

This is a common situation in Banoi. A very common situation.

Dead Island, as I said before, is a first person melee game. And though there are guns at a later point in the game, they are nowhere near as effective as a nice bat bashing a zombie’s brains. Again this is a very mature title. Being that the guns are weaker than other games, Deep Silver has given us our own toys to play with. Weapon modifications play a big role in Dead Island. As you complete quests and progress through the game you will find weapon schematics. These items will give you a list of materials to make a certain weapon such as a fire axe, a bat lined with nails and much more. Dead Island is just a fun game all around.

The game is a bit more than just a fun zombie killing game. It plans on keeping you busy with its role playing style quests and experience points. This is where the game felt a lot like Fallout 3 to me. That feeling begins to fade as Dead Island progresses into its own experience. And before I wrap up why I believe this game is great, I have one more thing Deep Silver did right. Sound. The zombies sound like what a zombie should sound like. There is never true silence. You will always hear a zombie grunting or a human pleading for help. The sound of a bat crushing bones is the true ingredient to what makes it so satisfying.

You have to do what it takes to survive in Dead Island.

Now as I am aware, reviews are not to gush about a game. No matter how much I enjoyed this experience I do have to point out the flaws. Unfortunately Dead Island’s major flaw is one that had me almost disregard the entire game. If you remember that superb teaser trailer Deep Silver released a while back with the family on vacation, just forget about it because the story has nothing to do with that. The closest thing the game delivers is a semi-satisfying easter egg very early on in the game. Now, the story is not bad by any means. It’s not great but it could be much worse. But when such an emotional trailer is released, we can all dream that the story of the game will have us applauding as tears of joy and sadness run down our face as the credits begin to emerge. The story is mainly a way to get you from point A to B with a purpose. It is a traditional, get out before we die, type story. This was just a personal rant on what was a large disappointment for me, though the game is still great in many ways.

Dead Island is not perfect. With its occasional frame rate issues, cheesy NPC interactions, and less than satisfying story it is a rough beginning to what may be a great future in zombie games. Its pros definitely out weigh the cons and Dead Island is surely an unforgettable experience. The goal of video games is to deliver a fun experience and if that’s all you’re looking for, then Dead Island is sure to win you over.

Reviewed by johnny1994 – October 20, 2011

Graphics
Although the island of Banoi looks realistic, the game suffers from frame rate issues and unspectacular cutscenes.
 
Sound
One of Dead Island’s strongest points. The sound effects keep you on the edge of your seat and voice acting is awesome.
 
Fun
The island has lots of stuff and quests for you to unlock. Weapon customizations is another plus which will keep the game interesting. Smashing the heads of zombies is pure fun.
 
Final Score

 

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Responses

  1. i think this is the best zombie game it has great atmoshpere……the graphics could be better tough


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