Reviews for Dead Island: Game of the Year Edition 2014


Starts high, and then just kinda flounders

midgetjacks | Oct. 4, 2014 | See all midgetjacks's reviews »

This game hooks you hard right from the start. An island resort overrun by zombies, loot, crafting, experience points. It started so strong, but it just couldn't keep that momentum going. But, man, that first act is still so much fun. So I'm conflicted, it had potential but just couldn't deliver. So sadly I can't rate it as high as I would like. But still, that first act, and the characters all having different strengths, give it merit.


A lot of potential

Jericho417 | Aug. 1, 2014 | See all Jericho417's reviews »

Dead Island started off with a controversial trailer that gave quite an impression. However, once you play the game, you're me with a whole lot of ugly. Everything looked like it belonged to a game from 2006, but it was released in 2011. I was also hoping for strong survival elements, but it was just sort of... ok. The combat was a problem. Guns don't make a regular appearance until a bit in to the game. That relief is quickly met with horror when you realize how bad they are, from feel to function. Besides not being terribly effective against anyone, they were awkward to use. They felt like they had no weight, just the usual badly execute gun play. I'm not saying that I didn't like the game, I played it heavily with friends when it came out. Overall, I wish it were grittier with a bit more realism. Still, a fun way to kill 20 hours.


Silly and fiendishly fun.

PrimalHunter779 | July 31, 2014 | See all PrimalHunter779's reviews »

Dead Island was pretty hyped before its release in 2011, partly due to the phenomenal and emotional trailer released in the months prior release. While the game doesn't contain the kind of emotional content depicted in that trailer, Dead Island is definitely no pushover. The game is set on a tropical island called Banoi, where you can choose to play as one of four survivors, all with their different strengths and abilities. Each class is catered to a specific weapon type, so the player is rewarded for using their playing style. You can sprint, kick, and bash zombies whilst running through abandoned resorts, defunct hotels and bloodied swimming pools. I liked the location and the silly/humorous approach to a zombie game. The trailer made players expect an emotionally rich game with focus on characters. While I did like this game, there is little to no story, and the characters are little more than cardboard cutouts for different abilities. The game plays out like Dead Rising, and the silly yet gratuitous gore is nothing like what you'd expect from the trailer. Speaking of Dead Rising, the game allows you to craft all kinds of weapons; spiked baseball bats, flaming axes, electric knives, electric fisti-cuffs, enhanced assault rifles and much more. There are loads of weapons to make using the game's crafting system, and it was really enjoyable to make/buy new weapons and test them on the zombie horde. There are also different types of zombies to fight, all of which require different tactics and weapons to defeat. The island itself is fairly large, and quests range from tasks such as collecting supplies, wiping out zombies and rescuing survivors. The XP system and rewards bonuses gives the player incentives to complete missions, and you'll also end up finding a fair emount of loot on missions. The best way to describe this game is Borderlands with zombies. The game is quite solid and is okay visually, but there are fair amount of bugs, especially with AI and quest markers. I've encountered zombies that completely ignore the player or even get stuck in terrain. Quest markers are also quite dodgy, meaning you'll end up going the wrong way and missing your objective completely. Overall, Dead Island is a solid and enjoyable title. It provides similar action RPG fun reminiscent of Borderlands, but could be improved with a great story/characters as well as additional work on bugs and glitches. This is definitely worth a playthrough either by yourself, or with a few friends via the great co-op mode. 7.5 / 10


Loved it

Whoritiquisha | July 22, 2014 | See all Whoritiquisha's reviews »

I honestly loved this game on Xbox. I couldn't stop playing this game with my friends, we'd always mess around and just go around beating things with large spiked sticks. And if you're not one to mess around you will love the campaign! It's player interactive so it makes you feel like you're in the game. Those type of games tend to be the best!