Reviews for Dead Island

67

Good coop game while it lasted

Cronoblade | Aug. 7, 2013 | See all Cronoblade's reviews »

This game is only best to play with friends. It just a typical 1st person melee combat or shooter game. Although it is typical, it is fun.

The graphics is just moderate and sound effects is just average. The story is nothing but trying to escape from the island. It has lack of character development. Talking about the varieties of zombie, it has similarity with Left 4 Dead which are the special zombie. Playing this game alone is very boring but when you're playing with friends, it is addictive.

The game plays like very generic zombie game but i don't know why it actually makes you want to continue playing it. It has loots which is weapons, materials to make special weapons and ammo. If you have friends who is going to play with you, please get this but do not expect too much from this game. The trailer for this game is great where you actually felt for the characters but when you're playing the game, the developer failed to execute it.

85

Good co-op zombie survival

zipnox | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all zipnox's reviews »

Dead Island is a first person action-RPG hybrid where your goal is to survive during a virus outbreak that’s turning everyone into zombies. The game features tons of weapons and the ability to craft new stuff from scavenged items, I really liked the big arsenal of weapons but I’d prefer it if they were a bit more balanced, as some weapons just kick too much ass.

The game has suffered from various bugs since launch, most of which have been solved by now. Despite the bugs, Dead Island is a blast to play, especially co-op. The story is good and takes place on a beautiful island, previously a paradise, now with a very eerie atmosphere. The graphics are good, the sound and soundtrack is nice.

Dead Island has its issues, but not enough to keep me from having a great time with it. If you can, try to play this with three friends, the more the merrier!

71

Not a good experience single player but multiplayer is solid

Aesin | Aug. 3, 2013 | See all Aesin's reviews »

At the start it can get a little confusing but it is easy to pick up and easy to learn. I found single player to be a little stale but when i got hold of couple friends, it was solid.

81

What can i say, zombies + fps + rpg says it all ^^

chakad | Aug. 1, 2013 | See all chakad's reviews »

really love this game, its light and easy to figure its how to play, a lot of fun with several options for all playing taste (melee, guns, brute force, or throw take your pick).

the graphic is good, so is the story- which is even better when played with friends!!

i only found 1 downfall - the inventory bug (which i don't know if it was fixed already but it dived me crazy) that happens when you have to much of the same item (yea...i love collecting stuff in rpgs :P)

but beside that? cool game did i said zombies already? ^^

i give it 81 just because of the bug..if your not a looter (like me) or if it fixed treat it as 91!

70

A Co-Op experience, but a single player ordeal.

IcemanO11 | July 16, 2013 | See all IcemanO11's reviews »

Dead Island presents a bit of a conundrum. Drawing on games such as Left 4 Dead, the zombie genre has become quite populated with entries, to which Dead Island is no stranger. What it does provide is a great experience in open world zombie mechanics in a co-op setting. What it doesn't is solid gameplay mechanics. Melee feels a bit stiff, and mechanical. Shooting with firearms is few and far between, and sometimes convoluted. This however doesn't totally diminish the fun quests and experiences that you and your buddies can have. Single player is sort of a labour of love however, as you have to slog through multiple objectives, it definitely takes you awhile. Worth your time if you have a good set of friends to enjoy it with, or you're a die hard zombie killer.

71

Fun with Friends

moodath | July 9, 2013 | See all moodath's reviews »

Dead Island, in a nutshell, is Borderlands meets zombies. It uses the same 'diablo-esque' loot system (a die is rolled on zombie death to determine if an item drops, another is rolled to determine quality, another rolled for stats, etc) so if you enjoy upgrading your character's gear, theres a chance to do that here. Progression is also done through an early-WoW like talent tree in which you can spend points to improve your abilities.

The story is almost non-existent and will most likely be ignored, but the saving grace of the game is the 4 player multiplayer. In fact, I would argue its the only grace of the game. Playing this game alone is downright boring and repetative. Theres only about 5 different types of zombies that you'll be encountering throughout your 8-9 hour playthrough, and the combat gets tedious fast.

But if you have 3 friends to go along with you, it can be a decently entertaining ride.

95

Dead Island, good for a first game

philly100000 | July 8, 2013 | See all philly100000's reviews »

At first when I started this game, I never thought I would get right into the zombie fighting action, but once waking up in the small house and nearly being beaton to death by the man with the baseball bat. I realised that this game would be better than slowly getting into storyline and understanding it, but rather the task was to help any and all survivors I could find, and to get off the island.

What I really loved about this game is that it almost felt like Left 4 Dead, and Dead Rising, but being mixed in together to create one. As soon as I got to some of the parts where new zombies were being added to the game, I noticed that many were similar to those from Left 4 Dead, such as - The 'suicider' seemed very similar to the Boomer, considering once you've killed it, it simply blows up, althought it doesn't vomit all over you and attract any zombies. It also has a very similar appearance to the Flood from Halo. - The 'Ram' was very similar to the Charger. These two are very much alike, they both charge toward you and hit you down and have a high chance of killing you, although the Ram doesn't charge nearly as far as the Charger can, it does have the advantage of turning slightly towards you. - The 'Floater' is very much like the Boomer and Spitter merged together into one, it has the appearance of a Boomer, and it spits much like a spitter.

As for Dead Rising, I noticed that the was the Weapons were, were very similar. You would need to find a weapon, and then find secondary, or Tertiary items to add together on a workbench to create a new, more powerful weapon to use.

Some Things I noticed that were badly done were Animations, the way you pickup things just looks terrible, character movement feels good, but it all looks terrible. Game Rendering, this just sucks, it takes over 10 seconds or so for areas to load, but overall the environment looks amazing. Voices, these are pretty bad, the voice acting is good, but the way they talk is bad, you could be in Single Player, and they're talking like you're in a Multiplayer game.

86

Awesome game, but too much close combat

theusername | July 8, 2013 | See all theusername's reviews »

I really enjoy playing this game, and it's even more fun with multiplayer. It's great because it's completely free roam, so you aren't locked in the same areas all the time. The only thing I wish could be changed is that more guns were added. Most of the game is close combat based, and weapons die very fast.

56

It tried but it failed.

MrToastie | July 7, 2013 | See all MrToastie's reviews »

I pre-orded this as soon as it was announced i waited for it to come it was going to the be best of the year i knew it but sadly that was not the case it started good but then started on a slow incline. The beginning really gets your blood bumping having to run away from the dead hordes in the hotel to waking up and beginning the Zombie filled adventure. The Rpg elements didn't feel right as i hate the high level zombies as i took to long to kill them when later in the game. It also had it share few of glitches such as people's weapons being lost Saves corrupting consoles freezing but overall it's isn't Good but it isn't bad either. Got spare money? Give it a try.

95

Fell in Love

EvoDube | July 4, 2013 | See all EvoDube's reviews »

This is my top rated game for a zombie related game. There really wasn't anything I would have added or changed in this game. It's simply perfect. The multiplayer was superb. Some lag issues here and there but nothing that took away from the gameplay. Storyline sucked you in. There were some bugs with quests, but that happens. There was a glitch to where you can modify the damage of guns to basically instant kill, not sure if that ever got fixed.

81

Zombie, zombie everywhere

tino88anarchy | July 3, 2013 | See all tino88anarchy's reviews »

this is a very good game, especially in co-op, you can destroy the undead with everything you want. it's a zombie holiday in a zombie island, this is the holyday all we want! what are you waiting for? let's start!

90

Lots of fun and incredibly satisfying

DeathRowMax | June 28, 2013 | See all DeathRowMax's reviews »

Dead Island is a brilliant game. Although many will be quick to point ou the bugs of the game (which even themselves out so that you are at no significant (dis)advantage), these do not seem to affect it in the slightest. It's just so fun that so many of its shortcomings can be forgiven. The idyllic setting and gratuitous gore (oh, the satisfaction of seeing a zombie's arm fly off in slow motion) make it a game to marvel at - every now and then you catch yourself just staring at a sunset or dreaming of living on the island yourself (although ideally in a zombie-free environment)! The co-op adds an extra layer to the game which will maximise replayability and its inclusion of "Analog controls" is brilliant as it gives you a new style to get used to which you might end up adopting as it creates a good deal more immersion. If you are easily offended, you might not appreciate the walking stereotypes or campy dialogue which makes the game a mockery of traditional B-movies and creates a good deal of humour, and if you are easily scared beware as Dead Island is also successful at creating a disconcerting atmosphere and some often fortuitous jump scares pop up every now and then. One weakness I would criticize though is that not all of the dread comes from the zombies themselves - some of it is procured because of the game's rather fickle checkpoint system. You never really know when returning to a saved game where you will spawn and how far back you will have gone and this means it's not as tempting as I'd like it to be to just fire it up for a 10-minute zombie killing session. All in all, this is a thoroughly fun game which takes from others like Dead Rising and adds in more gore, story and just general fun. If you're not too prude, definitely give this game a go!

85

Zombies at paradise

mrzone | June 22, 2013 | See all mrzone's reviews »

Zombies. Smashing. Open world. Gore. RPG elements. Shooting. Cars. Cutting. Palm trees. Craftable weapons. Do you need more? Techland sold more than 3 million copies of this game. The game can offer hours of fun, solo or co-op. Powered by the Chrome Engine, the island itself is beautiful. There is some small annoying bug and the weapons amortized too fast in my opinion but beside these, Dead Island is really enjoyable. Recommended.

79

Recommend for Fans of the Genre

ravestar | June 21, 2013 | See all ravestar's reviews »

Dead Island is a zombie game, which seems to be the rage nowadays. But still credit where it's due, the game is well executed and a fun experience. It felt like the designer took the best elements of past zombie games and fit it into Dead Island. It take place on a island, zombie are roaming and you have to stay alive and kill zombies. The graphics are beautiful and the levels are well designed (jungle, street and hotel).

The variety in gameplay comes with the different type of zombies to keep you alert. I also like the main story, and overall Dead Island is a very good hybrid of zombie and shooter gaming.

82

Another Zombie game...done well

TCass29 | June 20, 2013 | See all TCass29's reviews »

Dead Island takes place at a resort hotel on the island of Banoi. The zombie outbreak occurs and the typical happens...power goes down, people break off into small bands or tribes trying to stay alive. The once-flourishing hotel is now an abandoned house of blood.

The setting is well thought out and beautifully rendered and there are various places on the island that you must travel to (hotel, city, and jungle to name a few). The enemies are various enough to keep you interested and the combat/ gun system is well done. The story is for the most part captivating but the characters lack a flushed-out third dimension.

It's a fun game and shouldn't take terribly long to get through. If you like zombie FPS games...this is one you should check out.

75

Very unique melee-RPG

Supraballs | June 13, 2013 | See all Supraballs's reviews »

This game was a great time for me and I loved that it offered something different. The pros behind this are a robust leveling system, as well as a nice crafting system too. There's also some pretty good characterization in the game and it definitely has its challenges for the player. It's pretty lengthy too so be ready to invest some time into the game. The cons are in the fact that the levels and map is similar throughout the entire game. You are on an island and you will feel like it. There is also way too many skippable areas in the game and I wanted to see more required exploration in some areas. You can beat this without seeing half of the entire game. Also, it's zombies, which we are all so familiar with. However, if you love zombie games, this is a must buy. I happen to really enjoy them so I can justify this purchase. If not, skip this.

85

Great Game!

mekplus | June 11, 2013 | See all mekplus's reviews »

This is an awesome game I ever tried, Actually I did not play single-player. I have only tried to play co-op with my friends.

80

Great Zombie Game, But Repetitive

thegaminglyfe | June 11, 2013 | See all thegaminglyfe's reviews »

Dead Island is a very unique zombie experience. There are skill trees, experience etc. like an RPG game. But there are lots of elements from a survival game, you have to plan out how to kill those zombies in your ways, are your weapons good enough.? Will they break? You can be tactical and destroy certain parts of the zombie. The co-op is amazing, this game was meant for playing with friends. Some bad things are the island is bland and boring, the gameplay gets repetitive, classes aren't very different and the quests are boring and repetitive. If you're looking for a dynamic zombie game where your character develops, this is your game.

67

Overstays its welcome

JuliusMonge | June 9, 2013 | See all JuliusMonge's reviews »

Cool concept. Very well executed too. It's always fun to whack a zombie in the head with a battery-powered crowbar and watching him spasm around screaming. Cutting off limbs or breaking bones is also very satisfactory(shame you can't do that on the legs, though. Zombies in this game can't crawl). The story is...surprisingly good actually. I'm really interested in seeing where it's going, after the sequel hook. It takes a long time to pick up its pace, though. All in all, it's a game about getting up close and personal with zombies, unlike most. And it does that well. However, play this with a friend. Really. This game is downright UNFAIR if you are soloing. From bosses that take too many hits and dish out too much damage to having so many enemies that you just can't kick them away fast enough, it's frustratingly difficult to manage everything on your own. Then again, I was playing the character with the smallest health pool in the game, but when I get hit twice because a sucessful kick didn't knock a zombie back like it should, putting me in critical health, really made this game annoying. Consequently, the "Infected" zombies, should be the easiest do deal with(charge running but have low health) were a pain in the ass, guaranteed to fuck me over when two or more charged at me even if I was ready for them ,machete in hand. To say nothing of the bosses.I even tested it after finishing, and saw zombies spawning behind me from places I'd already cleared(by exploding a grenade there, no less!). Crafting weapons is fun enough when you get a machete so hot it's basically a plasma blade, but collecting weapons ain't the strong aspect here: most of them look and act alike, and you'll quickly fall into your characters especiality, and from them, only your preferred type. A Xian Mei player, for example, will usually spend the whole game carrying some half a dozen machetes, disregarding cleavers, sickles and knifes. In summary, it's a decent enough game that will bring some enjoyment, but by the end of it, you will want it to be over already. Ryder's campaign is very nice to get some extra mileage, especially considering how it makes firearms viable. And it clears up some great mysteries about the story. Though it's constantly running back and forth between corridors that all look alike.

83

Zombies fun!

parcelu | June 9, 2013 | See all parcelu's reviews »

Dead Island is great if you don't expect too much. It's a open world zombie apocalypse on a resort island. What else can you say. It's not super pretty, but on PC it looks as good as it'll get. Get a couple of friends to co-op this beast with you and plenty of fun will be had. ZOMBIES!

83

Left 4 Borderlands

mutsuriini | June 7, 2013 | See all mutsuriini's reviews »

This isn't quite the game I was expecting but that's not to say it's a bad game by any stretch of the imagination. While originally I was anticipating a more simulationist-style zombie survival game what I got was still a helluva lotta fun to play.

I haven't played all the way through the game yet and I've only played for about 5 hours on multiplayer (many many more hours on single player). That being said, I still feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the game and the experience that the designers were trying to give us. It's a brilliantly, gory, splatterific first person zombie survival/shooter game. I use the word 'shooter' loosely in that it takes the First Person perspective which is really familiar with shooter fans. There's not a lot of shooting in the early levels - a lot of up close and personal melee madness with rotting beach goers.

There are some RP elements as well - quests, quest hubs, loot progression and character advancement through an experience point system. All of these things give a strong feeling of progression and a give the player a measure of achievement and accomplishment. In short, it reminded me a lot of the Borderlands system of progression and advancement. This is a good thing - I loved that game.

The game isn't perfect but it is a lot of fun and for that it gets 4 stars!

85

Awesome

MissMeow | June 3, 2013 | See all MissMeow's reviews »

Some keys were difficult, but I got it fixed! Overall awesome Co-op and multiplayer, playable story (Fight your way out of the zombie hell) To safety. 85/100

70

a Short review

karnage10 | May 31, 2013 | See all karnage10's reviews »

In short: positives ->great for multiplayer ->ok crafting system ->can disable "parts" of zombies (you can break/cut the arms/legs) ->ok loot system ->rewards exploration negatives: ->player classes are "meh" -> boring storyline making it almost a chore to play in singleplayer ->graphics are so-so ->NPCs rarely help you ->repeated quests barely give any Xp or money making me wonder why are they in the game.

82

Not bad, a bit under-rated

brewce34 | May 28, 2013 | See all brewce34's reviews »

I figured id give dead island a try once it went on sale here for 5$ GOTY edition. Forced one of my friends to buy it as well, so I could test out the co-op. This game gives a great first impression, the island looks beautiful and the initial combat sequences are incredibly fun and rewarding. The problem is there's not much else to it... you'll be playing 10 hours later hitting the same zombie at a higher level with a similar melee weapon. Don't get me wrong i'm a huge fan of the weapon system, keeping it realistic with limited gun action, weapons degrading and breaking quickly, and the crafting/upgrade system is pretty cool. In crafting you can collect blueprints that allow you to build some pretty awesome weapons using items such as wire, nails, duct tape, etc... that you can find all over the island. Its just the combat itself seems to be the same throughout the game, I was hoping for a little more guts and gore with the better weapons or possibly some more special moves when leveling up your character. Dead Island has a pretty weak story, but its there. The characters are boring and emotionless. I don't find myself playing to find out what happens next. Smashing zombies faces with a homie and collecting blueprints/crafting weapons is what got me hooked. I suggest doing what I did and picking it up with a friend during a sale. Was well worth it for me.

50

Dull melee combat abounds

mostnatebe66 | May 28, 2013 | See all mostnatebe66's reviews »

I wanted so much to like this game. The reviews seem to be all over the place centering on what appears to be one's love of anything zombie-related to the pros and cons of fps games. Both of which I really enjoy. Sadly, I am in the camp of really disliking this game. I suppose one could start with the proverbial, "This game would have been awesome if..." but there are so many things that could go there it would take up many pages.

Simply, this plays like a late 90's fps with mundane and rather pointless quests. With today's coding and interface options a player ought to be able to completely customize his/her toon and rig. Being confined to an "island" the graphics should be much richer and more diverse. The interface with other NPCs is also clunky and substandard by today's standards. I did not have some of the issues that other players have with loading the game and so forth but I didn't feel the game was taking advantage of the assets my high end system has to offer.

Check/save points are completely ridiculous nowadays, one should be able to save at any given point. I could go on and on but most of the other folks have covered the long list of issues with this game.

It's like going to see a movie you just know is gonna be great based on the commercials only to discover the movie was a terrible waste of time and could have been so much better. Sad that I paid $13 to download this game, I feel really bad for the folks that paid full price.

70

If you have friends and like zombies go for it

Killy47 | May 11, 2013 | See all Killy47's reviews »

Dead Island is a decent game for anyone willing to overlook it's many flaws. It's buggy, a little clunky at times but at the same time it can be quite nice on the eyes and satisfying. Gameplay is smooth and the game runs well on any decent pc. The customisation system is fun even if it's unbalanced. If you manage to convince some friends to join you it can be really awesome. After all it's zombies on a paradise island...

And if you buy it don't forget to check the Dead Island Helper tool. you will thank me later ;)

75

A combination of everything I want and Everything I hate

HMKuk | May 8, 2013 | See all HMKuk's reviews »

Dead Island's first trailer was an excellent marketing plan - artistic, moving, enthralling and stimulating. I wanted to see how that game played and damn did I want to kill the zombies.

In reality, Dead Island is an extremely good, well made, console FPS/Slasher with absolutely no artistic content or emotionally moving pieces beyond "A character dies."

It handles like it was designed for consoles and ported poorly. PC players will find the controls lacking and the field of view limiting. It doesn't encourage different playthroughs or styles - Purna is absolutely intolerable to play. One guy can throw knifes at an extremely high rate and instantly kill anything but the toughest special enemies and have the thrown weapon instantly returned to his hand as his special attack. Purna gets six shots with a revolver with magic ammo that appears from nowhere. That's it.

It was enjoyable, played with friends it is excellent - the gore is fantastic (if a bit too much at times), the zombies behave well and it can be a truly scary game at times. However, that trailer both hyped it up and ruined it. It simply doesn't have the charm or the art of storytelling that it did.

Pros - Excellent Zombie behaviour, excellent zombie dismemberment, good weapon variety, good environments, good enemy variety, good balance - a player of 100 hours can die to a few zombies if they are unlucky just like a player 10mins in.

Cons - No significantly moving or involving storyline ("Escape the island"), no real replayability, extremely limited use of firearms due to ammo limitations, console port controls and interface.

80

Brutal Zombie Killing on a Beautiful Resort Island

Brumbek | May 4, 2013 | See all Brumbek's reviews »

Dead Island is a sort of tropical vacation simulator mixed with violent zombie slayer mixed with character progression and loot systems. It is something you just can’t find anywhere else. Think L4D meets Dead Rising meets Borderlands meets Far Cry.

Regarding the environment, it delivers a rich world to explore with details everywhere. A deserted towel on a beach with a lunch pail lets your imagination ponder what happened. A trail of blood leading to cans of food next to a corpse lets you wonder if the deceased was trying to help others or merely escape alone.

Greatly aiding Dead Islands immersion are crisp ambient sounds. Gusty winds, smooth waterfalls, lush jungle wildlife, and much more bring the locations to life. Combine that with great dynamic shadows from tree canopies and tense shadows in dark hallways. Graphically, Dead Island is a very nice looking game even in 2013. The enemy animations are smooth, the textures are detailed, and the visual effects are solid. The music is also very atmospheric, playing at key scenes and at safe locations, building up a great sense of haunting despair mixed with a tinge of hopefulness.

On the gameplay side, you basically do one thing: utterly decimate zombie hordes. What makes killing zombies so compelling is the absolutely incredible dynamic zombie damage system. You will rip flesh apart, watch zombies burn and melt before your eyes, hack off limbs that spurt and gurgle, and watch armless zombies fry like bacon. Stellar sound effects for zombies, slashing, hacking, and so on greatly add to the joy of it all.

Moreover, the game has a lot of quality of life features. The penalty for death is refreshingly forgiving. You lose some money but within seconds spawn quite close to where you were as if you never died. Convenient fast travel locations make it quick to hop around finishing quests. No destination is ever more than a few minutes away, which makes all the fetch quests more palatable.

The coop system also deserves special mention, offering a few ingenious ideas. Of note is the truly brilliant coop leveling system where each player sees enemies at his or her level. This works remarkably well, allowing for players of any level to play with each other. The easy drop-in and drop-out system works well. The four playable classes offer slightly different specializations and complement each other just enough to make partying up worthwhile.

The coop system also features an incredibly useful “warp to other players” option whenever one player wishes to start a cutscene or major quest event. This allows one player to go to the quest objective while the others fool about hacking zombies and then merely instantly warp to the quest location when needed. Every coop game needs this.

On the content side, the game offers a solid 25 hours of exploration if you want to see and do it all. The game has four acts, and you can go back and forth freely until the very last segment, which the game warns you about. The devil is in the details, and Dead Island offers a great amount of detailed content. The mini-sandbox locations allow for rewarding exploration with optional areas and quests to find. Hidden chests are also tucked away for the intrepid adventurer. Plus there’s an endless New Game Plus mode which is wonderful for exploring the game again and continuing to level up to the quite high cap of 60.

Dead Island has issues, of course. The movement controls and aiming can be wonky. There’s weird movement acceleration going on. Zombies grab you too frequently. Knocking down doors gets old. The PC version can be tweaked to fix all the aforementioned issues. Use of the Dead Island Helper community tool is essential to fix other issues. There can be dubious hit detection at times. Thug zombies will knock you down many a time despite you not being quite in range, but soon you’ll be destroying them so no worries. The infected fast zombies sometimes run right through your attacks, but most of the time things are fine. Friendly fire with explosives can be unfortunate if playing with careless (or griefing) players. NPC faces and eyes can stare oddly at times, but that’s a minor quibble.

On the coop side, viewing each other’s inventory or stats would have been nice. Proper partner health displays would have been nice too. When playing coop, your partners’ attack, stomp, and open door animations are laughably terrible (you don’t ever see these playing solo), which actually isn’t a big deal and is kind of funny. It is unfortunate item and money pickups usually don’t share in coop, which does create ninja-looting opportunities.

The biggest criticism seems to be that the game is mostly all about slaying zombies over and over and over. Some will find this and the many fetch quests tedious, perhaps. Then again, the game flows quite nicely if you only do the main quests and few optional quests directly on your path. I find the criticism of tedium unfounded for two reasons. First, slashing, chopping, smashing, burning, frying, blowing up, and otherwise horribly murdering zombies is just plain fun. If you don’t enjoy killing zombies, why are you even playing Dead Island? Second, all the fetch quests are entirely optional and really just an excuse to kill more zombies, get sweet loot, and level up.

Ultimately, Dead Island is a satisfying experience for those who love to explore lush environments, build up a character, find sweet loot, and creatively annihilate thousands of zombies. If you look past the flaws, you may find Dead Island to be a unique trip full of great sights, splendid slaughter, and coop camaraderie. For me personally, after exploring the game twice over, I feel like I’ve truly vacationed on Hanoi. I’ve partied hard with Sveti, helped out my good friend Sinamoi, and I’ve brought some sanity to a lot of survivors scattered on the island. Oh, and I’ve ruthlessly terrorized legions of zombies.

PS: the GOTY edition includes two DLCs. First is an Arena location, which is a convenient place to slaughter zombies, unlock challenges, and level up. It’s a nice edition if a bit unremarkable. Second is the 2 to 3 hours Ryder White mini-campaign that gives you more back-story and reveals quite important story details. It is sort of the modern military shooter of Dead Island since leveling up is disabled and the path forward is always quite linear. If you have any interest in the actual story of Dead Island, the White campaign is very much worth playing, although I was glad it only lasted a few hours.

94

Very satisfying rpg

jimsteryo2 | May 3, 2013 | See all jimsteryo2's reviews »

I'd much rather prefer to play a game where you can customize your weapons, where there's tons of side missions, tons of gameplay value, co-op up to 4 people, zombies and open world rather another linear call of duty clone. If you, like me, prefer this also, you won't be disappointed to the least of this breathtaking rpg. This game isn't scary or have a great story, but it does what it's supposed to do...dismembering zombies and blood and gore everywhere. What makes this game ever more great is the co-op because what's more fun than playing a game online with four of your friends?...The only draw back of the game is the missions can get repetitive and can get boring sometimes, but all in all, this is definitely a game you should check out, especially for this low price, you won't regret it.

75

Meaty combat, open-world fun

Forceflow | April 26, 2013 | See all Forceflow's reviews »

An open world game which is pretty addicting: always playing a little bit longer to get that weapon upgrade, to collect more crafting stuff, ...

Story is forgettable and the quests are all fetch/escort/... - your standard stuff.

The combat is pretty satisfactory - when weapons connect to zombie flesh, it really is fun to fight hordes of the undead.

I had fun with it, sunk a good 25 hours into the main storyline in single-player, and again in co-op. This is one of those games that's mediocre at the baseline, but really gets fun with friends.

60

Utterly disappointing

omgzam | April 26, 2013 | See all omgzam's reviews »

When the game was first released, there were massive outcries on how poorly made this game was given its huge marketing presence. Eventually, the bugs got smoothen out after some time and I figured why not give the game a go since it's on sale too. Played for an hour and uninstalled it. The gameplay is terrible; without any proper way of marking or tracking quests. Most of the time, I'm running around aimlessly without any clue of what I'm suppose to accomplish. I'm not a fan of this.

85

A much better game than it is given credit for

sl1ck | April 24, 2013 | See all sl1ck's reviews »

I bought this game on sale and figured I would give it a shot despite seeing a bunch of negative reviews beforehand. By no means is it a masterpience, but it is a different and very enjoyable zombie shooter.

I thought the rpg elements and mainly melee based combat helped distinguish Dead Island from other zombie games. Anyone wanting a fun, co-op experience and something different from the zombie genre should give Dead Island a try.

70

Good game but not great.

Xpire | April 23, 2013 | See all Xpire's reviews »

First zombie game I've played. The trailer makes it seem to be really great but, to be honest, it is quite disappointing. But it is still enjoyable. This is more to a co-op game, single player doesn't work out well. It may seem okay at first, but after a while playing single player, it gets boring. I mean, really boring. So, if you are planning to buy this game, make sure you have someone to play this game with. A few pros are that the graphic is great, it is open-world, the crafting system is kinda nice, and well, for a zombie fan, this is a zombie game. The cons are, as you would have heard, the glitches, repetitive gameplay, the need to play in co-op instead of single player, and for a zombie game, guns are hard to find and is weaker than melee weapons. But overall, still an enjoyable game to play.

50

Nothing like is should have been.

bradleeh | March 25, 2013 | See all bradleeh's reviews »

I think everyone else and I had a different picture in mind about this game. I had pictured it as trying to survive a zombie apocalypse while helping other people and trying to get off the island. Well, there's no surviving what-so-ever. All you do is kill zombies and weird creatures. You don't have to eat, sleep, or drink. You can't go out and scavenge for supplies and share it with the rest of the group. Next, you have to help everyone else while no one tries to help you. No one will follow you. They will send you to dangerous locations without coming with you. So if you are playing single player, you will have a very difficult time trying to beat this game. Next, the weapons. After using a weapon a couple of times, it will break on you. A metal bar will magically fall apart. That isn't to realistic. Guns are pointless. You can never find ammo for them and when you do, they're still pointless. You can shoot a zombie right in the head and it will barely hurt it. There are more than just zombies, you have creatures that blow up on you, giant zombies that are impossible to kill, and fat zombies that puke on you. The only fun part for me was killing normal zombies. Other than that, wasn't to fun for me.

77

the island of zombie

Neapolis47 | Feb. 25, 2013 | See all Neapolis47's reviews »

Dead Island offers the player many different assignments and a whole island to explore, all this makes the action fresh and varied in spite of the ongoing massacre in which we will be obliged, as a good implementation of cooperative multiplayer makes production very funny and absolutely welcome in a landscape where competition reigns. The storyline is shown right from the start rather marginal element in the overall summary. Between main and sub-quests we will just to help this or that survived to find a way to survive-before-and fade away / call for help in second place. With regard to the technical sector Dead Island arises slightly below the productions of today, there is a good detail regarding the faces of the protagonists and second leads and an equally cured polygonal modeling. The problems came up, rather than the whole thing is set in motion: in this case one can see the severe limitations to the system collision detection and gaps in the animations, often rather mechanical and artificial.

73

Pretty good

Sam04956 | Feb. 4, 2013 | See all Sam04956's reviews »

This game was pretty fun. It would probably be best to play in multiplayer though. I didn't actually finish this though, so it wasn't AMAZING but it still was good for the time that I played it. I liked the way that you can just pick up random pieces of garbage and use them as weapons, that will probably break quickly over time. You also can make your own weapons, but the most that I remember doing is upgrading what I already had (eg. putting nails through a bat, or setting it on fire).

I did have some graphical problems at the beginning (my whole screen went blueish, but I think it went back to normal after restarting my computer).

Anyway, the game is pretty cheap here so I would say it is worth buying.

65

Mediocre, and not for single player

Guardian412 | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »

Dead Island is one of the latest attempts of the new wave of zombie games and while it has an interesting scenario, what may happen if a travel paradise on a tropic island turns into an infested zone, the game can't do anything with it, other than its sending hundreds of mindless zombies against you to keep up your interests. The problem is that the game itself is turning very boring and very soon in single player. It is very dragged as the game is restricting you mostly to scrappy melee weapons in the majority of the game, which wouldn't be a problem if the game wouldn't play anywhere near the 21st century. The other greater problem is the lack of true storytelling and characters, which is making the game dragged, repetative and boring in a long term, especially if you play it in single player mode. Dead Island isn't a bad game, but it's definitely not good either, at least if you play it in single player mode (I haven't tried the cooperative mode.). The trailer of the game was great and dramatic, but unfortunately that dramatic tension and atmosphere does not appear in the game at all. However the game has one redeeming point, namely the intro music, Sam B's Who Do You Voodoo *, which is giving a great atmosphere in the beginning. Unfortunately as the great opening and the phenomenal music fades away, the game quickly turns into a dragged boredom in a long term.

90

Pretty fun!

PM_DMNKLR | Jan. 29, 2013 | See all PM_DMNKLR's reviews »

It may not be the uber-epic game of the century, but Dead Island still has a lot of fun to it. I find the best way to fully enjoy a game is to take awhile away from gaming then jump right into it when the jadedness wears off. Do that, play this game and you'll see why it's a great fun zombie apocalypse rollercoaster ride of awesome. It's not perfect, but what game is?

64

Mediocre but decent

Jray264 | Jan. 23, 2013 | See all Jray264's reviews »

Dead Island is nothing like it's trailer. There is (basically) no story in Dead Island. The entire game is a meaningless grind. There's fetch quest, escort missions, and kill all the zombie missions and not much else. Ammo is very scarce so you'll have to rely on melee weapons for most of the game. The combat system is pretty dull. You swing your weapon until your stamina runs out and then you kick them because kicking doesn't use any stamina. Graphics are decent and the sound effects are good, but story and gameplay wise it's pretty mediocre.

80

Not your everyday Zombie-killer

starjack20 | Jan. 22, 2013 | See all starjack20's reviews »

It may seem like your run-of-the-mill zombie game at first, but Dead Island is everything but that. It's story isn't that good, the guns in the game aren't that satisfying, but there are many features that make up for those shortfalls. The melee in this game is one of the more "rewarding" in recent gaming history, the environments are interesting enough that the repetition of the missions doesn't have as great an effect on the players, and the co-op is pure shenanigans when you are playing with friends.

Overall, if you have friends and are into killing zombies, this is the game for you!

81

Good despite being repetitive

backslashio | Jan. 14, 2013 | See all backslashio's reviews »

From the first preview trailer I automatically assumed this would be a story focused game with excellent writing and a compelling narrative. Instead its a hack'n'slash presentation with 4 main characters lacking a proper introduction and tossed into a holiday island filled with zombies. You'll encounter survivors and help them reach to safety which eventually becomes your main safehouse where you can mod weapons to devastating effect yet you'll be constantly on edge as durability is limited although makeshift weapons are always at hand. Boat paddles, pipes, hammers, whatever you can get your hands on!

This is a freeroam environment and you can transport via cars to not only get to your destination faster but also to mow down any zombies in the way! Despite the game being made for online co-op in mind you can thankfully still enjoy it in single player mode. Worth the price for any zombie fan!

76

Zombie Killin' Fun

HeadCrabZombie | Jan. 8, 2013 | See all HeadCrabZombie's reviews »

This game is not very different than other zombie games out there, but it has a very distinctive feel, that is not always good. The melee weapons break far too quickly sometimes and the guns are pretty useless, but it still manages to be a fun game, at least with friends. The quests can be pretty redundant, and mostly have you fetching some item, but as a general rule, anything can be made more fun with someone else screaming because a zombie is attacking them. An okay game that had a good concept that just didn't hit I suppose.

90

Super fun game. Beat it three times now.

nucture | Dec. 24, 2012 | See all nucture's reviews »

This is just one of those games you can experience over and over with friends and just really enjoy it. It's like a more serious version of Borderlands and with zombies. There is a big open sandbox world that you can explore with beautiful graphics. There is tons of weapons to find and items to find to craft new weapons and items. You can drive cars and explore the amazing island. The zombies can actually make you afraid in this game. There is a skill system where you can use skill points to learn new skills as you level up from killing zombies and earning exp. This game is well forth the price atm and if you can get it on sale, even better!.

85

Love it

AppleMuffin | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all AppleMuffin's reviews »

This game had it troubles at launch, but it has since been fixed. It is mindless fun. I'm a zombie fanatic and this game is perfect for those like me. The AI is good, mostly because the majority of the time you're fighting zombies and it's not exactly hard to predict what their behavior will be. There are plenty of weapons and guns, and every single one delivers. It's really awesome to take a swing at a zed and watch it spin round from the force of your blow.

Don't play the game for the story. It's awful and I could write a story loads better. It's obvious all the attention was put into the gameplay, and for good measure. There's also a skill tree you can invest points in, and it is interesting to watch your character verbally change from a scared survivor to a powerful zombie killer.

The animations for NPCs are bad - the whole brick face thing going on, but really you're there for skipping cheesy missions and bashing zombie heads, so it's not that big a deal.

If you want a gory zombie game, Dead Island is your pick.

85

Interesting Zombie game

antonioli84 | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all antonioli84's reviews »

We all know that zombies are in vogue. But it cannot means that all zombie game, movie or any other thing related to it are good. This game explores the theme as something as a RPG does, giving you some side and main questions as far the game continues to explore the story. The gameplay is quite interesting, something that remembers a Left 4 Dead, something that remembers a Borderlands. The characters has personality and the environment is cool with a lot of insanity. If you are looking for a good RPG but different if we compare with the traditional, as Borderlands is and looking for a zombie game, all I can say is that that is the game. Hurry up, buy and play!

81

A solid cooperative game

nairume | Dec. 23, 2012 | See all nairume's reviews »

Dead Island is a mixed bag that ultimately ends up being a solid result of a very mixed bag of traits that largely work together and against each other in forming the foundation of the game. The world is wide and open to explore, yet the mission layout and overall design of the four maps ultimately keep you feeling like the game is still rather linear. There are tons of missions to complete along the way, but many of them just amount to going to and from locations, retrieving items, and returning to the quest giver. The game features a few vehicles than can be driven around the maps, but they are very few and far between, and they control like a drunken horse. Finally, fighting zombies, the core portion of the game, varies wildly in quality throughout the game. There are countless weapons to find throughout the game, but all of them conform to a very limited number of archetypes. Furthermore, there are a very clear set of weapons that have a significant advantage over virtually all enemies than others, rendering many weapons worthless. Finally, the difficulty ends up being all over the charts. Zombies tend to go down quickly, but they also can down a player in a few cheap hits.

As a single player game, this leaves much to be desired, as the game gets incredibly repetitive. However, going along with some friends ensures that the camaraderie will iron out the major flaws and turn the experience into something worth it in the end.

76

Zombies on Vacation :))

crazyspike | Dec. 22, 2012 | See all crazyspike's reviews »

This game is slasher fps with rpg levelling - weird combination , rare guns and ammo, lots of plans to make custom weapons. Graphic is very good and surroundings are amazing. Lots of side quest and main quest its long. Four characters to choose from, each different skills and personality. Game has Coop mode ,finishing game with friends its a loot of fun ;) If you like ZOMBIES on tropical island, smashing, cutting them into pieces this is your game!

85

Zombieees :-)

insane11 | Dec. 21, 2012 | See all insane11's reviews »

This RPG is among one of the best I've ever played! Also one of the longest games I've ever played. So much detail, so many weapons, so many choices! The zombie types are more or less similar to what you might have seen in other games but they still have their own unique features. The setting is amazing, you get to explore the entire island from the crowded city streets to the isolated jungle. The weapons could be slightly improved upon, but I couldn't ask for much more out of this game. I highly recommend.

70

Leaves a lot to be desired

Rochard | Dec. 10, 2012 | See all Rochard's reviews »

The first trailer for this game was so incredibly amazing I just had to have this game and I didn't want any media exposure at all before I could get my hands on it. I'll list the issues I have with the game below:

*The island is big but not big enough to have vehicles. Adding them just made the island feel oddly scaled.

*The weapon system is flawed and not very exciting at all. I found myself dying more because I tried getting the damn wheel-system to equip the right weapon than anything else.

*Side-quests are not very different from main quests and they're all tedious and feel rather useless.

*Talent trees are NEVER a good idea because there will always be cookie-cutter-builds and anything else will make you less powerful than if you'd gone with the "right one".

Saying that, I still enjoyed the game to some degree thanks to the co-op feature. Knowing what I know now I would take a good look at game play videos before buying it.

77

Zombies in paradise

abelfs | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all abelfs's reviews »

The mechanic is a mixture between Left 4 Dead and Borderlands, but with more melee combat and a more realistic atmosphere. There are some bugs, like the false and funny shadow that casts your character when he/she is running. The visuals are stunishing and the gameplay is interesting, but when you play two hours or more in a row it could be repetitive. Anyway it is highly recommendable if you like productions like the Walking Dead (indeed the regular zombies were called "walkers")

82

Play it with your friends!

Darder | Dec. 9, 2012 | See all Darder's reviews »

This is a good zombie RPG game like we haven't seen in a while. I have been scattering the net looking for a game like this, and finally found it. Bought it with a couple of friends, and really we had alot of fun. The story line isnt really all that great, but the gameplay is reactive and the game is packed with action. Plus, the fact you can loot alot of items is really fun and makes you want to restart the game in new game plus. For its now low price, it is a good purchase for sure.

75

Zombie H'n'S

UnH | Nov. 15, 2012 | See all UnH's reviews »

Previous reviews says that is an RPG, for me it's closer to hack'n'slash in first person, something simillar to Borderlands. We've got open world here, main and optional quest, weapons with stats that get better and better as you progress, your character is gaining experience, levels and skills. I'm now playing Borderlands 2 and this game so I see a lot of similarities. If you like that kind of games and fancy killing some zombie you should give this game a try. And try coop, this game is much much better when playing with friends!

90

Pure awesomeness !

MarkDeejay | Nov. 5, 2012 | See all MarkDeejay's reviews »

Once I got this game started (took me a short while, since I had to change my region) it was a joy to play and... I'm really sad it's over. It just does everything right; the level design, graphics (except for some small glitches), the number of quests, the collecting part, the hacking and the slashing, everything. Killing zombies with melee weapons just feels awesome. And in the beginning the zombies act really simple, like; they walk towards you and try to take a few simple swings at you. I was under the impression the zombies wouldn't change at all during the game (except for the mini/sub-bosses) but how wrong was I? Later in the game the zombies start charging towards you, and take multiple swings at the same time. They'll also throw and use weapons. And there's more, which I won't spoil. So you actually have to be careful. I mostly played solo, but I do think it was way more fun (but easier) with others. Highly recommended people !

90

Action RPG with zombies

DukePaul | Oct. 17, 2012 | See all DukePaul's reviews »

The openworld from this game is huge and amazing, the island is divided in the beach, docks, city, sewers, jungle and more, this stages are loaded with a lot of NPCs, they give you quests, sometimes they need supplies and of course kill zombies, in this game is fun as hell.

You will find a lot of weapons in the island, bats, blades, axes, hammers and you can custom them, for example you can make a bat with spikes and kill zombies with that is really amazing because the combat system is very good, you can chop the limbs of the zombies even sometimes splash their heads with your feet!

The game has 4 characters with different skills, one of them is a expert on blades, other in blunt weapons for example and that makes the multiplayer very good, it offers variety.

The graphics are really good, I love when it rains but I hate a bit the Field of View, it makes the weapons really close to the camera.

If you are looking a cooperative RPG and you like the zombie universe, you need this game.

72

Loot-based zombie RPG

dark2025 | Oct. 11, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »

Dead Island is kind of like Borderlands with zombies. That is to say, it's an action RPG that will have you go around killing things (in this case zombies), finding better loot so you can kill more things, with little mini quests (many of which are fetch quests) along the way.

It's fun, but can get a little repetitive and the skill tree isn't all that intriguing. It's better if you can play co-op with a friend since you can work together making the game a little more interesting.

79

Overrated.

das_regal | Oct. 6, 2012 | See all das_regal's reviews »

I bought Dead Island at launch and eagerly awaited its unlocking at midnight on launch day. I'm a huge zombie fan, so I couldn't wait to try it out.

There were definitely parts of it I loved. The experience of wandering the island searching for supplies, seeing the devastation, and murdering zombie after zombie was pretty fun.

Sadly the skill trees weren't that great, melee combat quickly got repetitive, and guns aren't strong enough. With a good mod or two, this game is pretty great. Without it, I wouldn't bother to play this vanilla.

75

Unique take on Borderlands

pipalex | Oct. 4, 2012 | See all pipalex's reviews »

Just after the release, this game was one of the worst console ports I've ever played; it was buggy as hell, had terrible frame rates, and the weird motion blur made me sick. However, when I went back to play it a year after with all the patches, it was a much more enjoyable experience, with the intense melee combat to spice things up. If this game had a deeper character customization system like Diablo II and an armour system it would be perfect.

81

Great fight!

benyo555 | Sept. 17, 2012 | See all benyo555's reviews »

In this zombie killer game there a lot of weapons, you can customize them. The zombies are varied, i haven't seen two similar zombies, or I forgot them. The world is open, so if you haven't got the mood to play it you can travel anywhere and kill the zombies. It's a good game.

74

Fun Zombie / Open world game

KILLEROZSNIPER | Aug. 15, 2012 | See all KILLEROZSNIPER's reviews »

Dead island is a fun game. It incorporates zombies into an open world and allows for different side quests and missions. Fighting zombies is fun as you have your weapon which gets destroyed over time making you opt out for different weapons.

80

A unique zombie experience that shouldn't be missed.

KenpoJuJitsu3 | Aug. 14, 2012 | See all KenpoJuJitsu3's reviews »

Dead Island caught me by surprise. I had seen the trailers and read up on it a bit but it didn't really strike me as something I'd be dying to play (puns intended). Then my co-op gaming partner (my cousin) told me to buy a copy after he did because he wanted to play it together. We've been gaming together for nearly 30 years so what he buys (for co-op) I buy. So I bought it...reluctantly.

I. Was. So. Wrong. This game is so fun and so different from any zombie game I had ever played and have ever played to date. The game does have some technical issues with the consistency of the visuals but the gameplay and the controls are spot on and there is plenty of content to enjoy. The audio is decent as well.

This game was a surprise for me. I came in expecting to be disappointed but left feeling that it was worth far more than I paid for it.

76

Awesome zombie basher!

xboxer | Aug. 10, 2012 | See all xboxer's reviews »

This is a good zombie survivor game. I think everyone should get it. The story, atmosphere will keep you hooked. Combat is satisfying. Instead of guns in most zombie games, this game is focused on melee combat. There is plenty of looting to be done and plenty of weapons you can find and create.

Two things to take note of though. It's not as open world as it's hyped to be. Most of the time you will want to get from A to B asap in order not to get swarmed and killed by wondering around. GTA and Saints Row this is not.. The second thing to note is that this game only has a few zombie types that you can get bored with after awhile.

But overall, this is certainly a great game. You can even play co op with a friend or some stranger.

78

Solid Combat

Mikester7 | Aug. 8, 2012 | See all Mikester7's reviews »

First off, Dead Island is certainly solid and worth the money, it features a great melee combat system, nice visuals, solid coop and a decent completion time. The Story is fairly generic and doesn't really go anywhere and none of the characters are too memorable, but it is passable seen in the end you are just here to smash up zombies. It feels like quite a grindy game that didn't seem to do it as well as borderlands even with the great combat. Certainly some memorable moments with friends, so I recommend this as a coop experience only. At least give this one play through, it is certainly solid, though over-hyped.

93

Melee has never been done better

Cooberstooge | Aug. 2, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »

For an open-world game, there's not really a ton of incentive to explore. After all, you're usually too busy finding out what a piece of rusty pipe does to a zombie's face. Or what happens when you run over a zombie, or crash into one of your teammates in a multi match.

There is a story here, and it's pretty decent, but the zombies and what you can do to them is undoubtedly the star attraction. Arms and legs can be bashed or hacked off, and blood flies everywhere. You can run, but you can't hide - they will find you in the end. Combat is fluid, and you can almost feel your hits - and those of the zombies - connect.

Graphically, the game does a fine job of creating a paradise gone wrong, from clean, idyllic beaches to flipped, burned busses with crushed and smashed corpses hanging out the windows, Dead Island has it all. It runs great while showing all this prettiness and carnage, too.

Sounds are pretty good, but after a while, I found the horribly cheesy accent of most of the characters rather irritating, and switched to just reading the subtitles.

The multi is where Dead Island really shines, with teamwork being key, and advanced and newbie players alike being able to work together and still have a satisfying experience in the end. The main campaign can be set to solo or co-op, and running through the story with some friends or random net denizens is always fun.

There's lots to love here, and plenty to discover. What are you waiting for? Take the plunge today! Baseball bat not required, but recommended.

91

Well worth atleast one playthrough

rstokes | July 25, 2012 | See all rstokes's reviews »

Think borderlands, meets the zombie apocalypse. Its not particularly scary but you have a constant sense of dread while playing alone. Co-op is alot of fun and adds a huge amount of replay value. People complaining this game is nothing but zombie killing should have their brains examined, This is a zombie game what were they expecting? Aliens? The quests vary from "go there and get this" to "go there and kill this" ok the game isint deep but i dont think anybody walks into a game called Dead Island expecting a emotional roller coaster, if they do they really need to learn to have realistic expectations. If you go into this game expecting a sandbox with tons of weapons and dozens of ways to dispatch of the undead with a well made co-op mode, then you will be extremely satisfied

75

Great to finish, but nothing to last after

ZajacPL | July 19, 2012 | See all ZajacPL's reviews »

I pre-ordered it with group of friends - and that's how you're sussposed to play this game, cause it's a sandbox and the freedom of it plays great with friends. The game was really great for the campaign and fun, graphics are great, and smashing zombies definitely gives lots of fun. For fans of zombies it's a must buy, otherwise it's a must buy if you want to have some fun with friends, but for singleplayer and not being a fan of zombie stories i wouldn't recommend it.

75

Holds a special place for this zombie lover

Suienreizo | July 7, 2012 | See all Suienreizo's reviews »

Not a bad game but not the greatest. To me this title will always been remembered as that game where me and my friends beat the undead back to death with boat oars, monkey wrenches, and machetes while attempting not to lose our best weapons by accidentally throwing them into terrain we couldn't explore.

The game has its problems. Some bugs, like mentioned above, can make playing as a throwing weapon focused character absolutely rage inducing others while others bugs, many of the physics based ones for example, make for laughable evenings with your friends.

This is really a title best enjoyed with your friends over voip, possibly while taking a drink every time a zombie is sent sailing by a seemingly normal blow.

69

Melee weapon is your only choice

ENDOOO | July 3, 2012 | See all ENDOOO's reviews »

I would describe Dead Island as 'just another zombie game'. Your goal is to get off the island of zombies. Story itself is kinda boring and dull. Everything what happens is just killing some zombies, riding to another city, killing zombies there, transporting to another place etc. Game is built on fighting zombies with melee weapons. Although game include guns, they are much more weaker than melee weapons, so the best way to kill zombies is using bat, machete or similar kind of weapons. You can upgrade your weapons with all kinds of things like nails or electric wires. On the way, doing regular story related missions, you can also do side missions. This way you can get more powerful equipment and build your experience together, though after the 1st hour of wacking the same zombies just in different places, gets boring, and doing side-missions doesn't seem to be so fun. It is somewhat similar to Dead rising in first-person. You kill zombies using melee weapons, earn XP, upgrade your weapons, earn more XP and so on. Only thing is, that game's atmosphere much more negative and depressing than Dead rising. Don't buy this if you are going to play this game alone. You can get the best experience playing this game with friends.

70

A Mix

BingeBaby | June 27, 2012 | See all BingeBaby's reviews »

If you're in the mood to slay some zombies and aren't that all into what the game plots or story lines, it works. The graphics are on the high end, although not perfect, still worth looking at. However it tends to be a bit repetitive and lacks a real substance to make an excellent game. The co-op adds a little bonus to your zombie hunting. It's always a little better to be with a friend while cutting some heads off, and it's easy to continue the quest line with one another. I would recommend this game more for the co-op experience, as the repetitiveness gets boring with out a companion.

75

Good coop zombie-apocalypse game with some bugs

wojtek858 | June 25, 2012 | See all wojtek858's reviews »

Graphic is pretty good but it could be better - I wish to see Crysis water effects here and destructible environment. The game has low requirements and I can play it on HD4850 with high details 1280x720 without any problems.

Gameplay is very good, especially killing zombies. I like Left 4 Dead for smashing them with melee weapons, but here it is even better - and harder ;)

Car driving is definitely too much arcade. I don't like it. Also driven over zombies die too easly.

Some of the bugs: sudden teleportating to the other place (wtf); punched zombies fly away for 10 meters; graphic bugs (too high contrast that reveals poor textures in some places - starting room + totally messed water shaders that affects items hold by player), poor item physics.

Anyway the game has interesting story, many side-quests, very good combat and for a coop its definitely worth buying.

80

Awesome, yet buggy

moul | June 25, 2012 | See all moul's reviews »

Dead Island is an awesome game. A few cons are just the cutscenes and the characters who look absolutely ridiculous, all these bugs (sometimes funny, sometimes annoying) and the story which was kind of meh. But other than that, it is a solid game. The game can be repetitive after a certain time (if you play alone, you'll be bored really quickly), mainly after the island part, when the game quickly turns out to be pretty much the same all the time. The arsenal is kind of varied, and the possibilty to mod your weapons is really nice.

If you have friends who also have the game and if you like zombies, just go for it. This game is absolute fun with friends. I've already spent 30 hours so far, on this game, playing only with 3 friends, and we can't stop having fun.

Highly recommended.

80

A great game with friends.

jkmj12 | June 19, 2012 | See all jkmj12's reviews »

Dead Island was something different. A cooperative open-world zombie RPG. It doesn't have a great story and in fact many things about it aren't great, but it has one thing going for it: It is extremely fun with friends. Playing with three other people around the island killing zombies along the way makes this game one of the best cooperative experiences I've had in a long time. It isn't as polished as Left 4 Dead, and it isn't as whimsical as Borderlands, but Dead Island is definitely a game you should try.

70

Don't believe the hype, but don't dismiss this game either.

iceslayer616 | June 19, 2012 | See all iceslayer616's reviews »

Dead Island is an interesting title in that it is an enjoyable zombie game with some RPG elements. However, it does have problems in that it is never quite clear what tone it seeks to set. In the cutscenes, it is pushing a story with some dark elements and interesting themes. However, back in game-play you're cutting off zombies' heads with a flaming machete.

In all, a fun game, probably good with friends, but never quite works out what it needs to be a great game.

81

Fun, Although Flawed.

JDillinger | June 16, 2012 | See all JDillinger's reviews »

While the first hours of Dead Island can be an amazing experience the game quickly breaks down in a corridor filled mess which exposes some of the weaker mechanics of the game.

84

The best game for you and your friends.

UnD1SpU7eD | June 14, 2012 | See all UnD1SpU7eD's reviews »

The game is really amazing. As soon as it came out, me and my friend bought. It's very fun to play DI if you have friends to play with. In co-op you can get more fun, than playing the game by yourself, although it's fun to kill zombies even if you are playing alone. I definitely recommend this game. Everyone who loves to kill zombies, fight for your life and likes to complete side quests and stuff, this game is for you. You can enjoy big selection of weapons, by creating upgraded ones. High graphic makes the game way more enjoyable. It definitely will be the game of the year.

72

Fun game, if you have friends to play with.

xgatto | June 2, 2012 | See all xgatto's reviews »

So you want to kill zombies, and feel like you're really trying to survive and accomplish something? Then Dead Island might be the right game for you, but only for a couple of hours.

The game itself doesn't really feel finished,the fighting mechanics get VERY repetitive after some time, the game doesn't do enough to get you involved in the story, quests get dull, repetitive and boring after one and a half hour of gaming, all you get are typical fetch quests, and to make all this worse, the weapons variety is terrible. But even with all those flaws, killing zombies with your friends, cant be boring, in any way. Thankfully, the coop system works well, haven't had a problem with it, to play with a friend you simply have to be in the same or a close quest, and the game will automatically tell you that your friend is near, and you can join them with the press of a button.

Graphics wise, if you saw any gameplay, you would notice the game is very pretty and well done, it has some minor flaws, but nothing very noticeable, or game-breaking.

So, to wrap it out, if you're considering picking this game up, but you don't have any friends to play with, you might wanna think twice about your decision, as the game can get really boring alone. But if you have some friends to play with, and you like zombies, don't doubt it and just buy it, its a fun and rewarding cooperative experience.

83

Cooperative rules!

Pampaneo | June 2, 2012 | See all Pampaneo's reviews »

I have to say that the main story is really boring, you don't really enjoy playing the main story, well, at least i felt like that. The game mechanics are not good enough, it doesn't seem to be really balanced either. Vehicles could be more realistic.

Despite of all that, the real fun begins when you can get two or three friends to play in cooperative mode. I can't full describe how awesome it feels when you are covering each others back and smashing zombies like there was no tomorrow. The game has a huge amount of things that you can use as weapons, also you can merge weapons and materials so you can make even more awesome zombie killing.

If you are looking for a game that will bring you endless fun, then this game is for you.

75

A fairly underrated game, best with friends

Gh0st233 | June 1, 2012 | See all Gh0st233's reviews »

As soon as the game came out, a friend of mine and myself have started playing this game, and I must say, we were quite stunned by it. I was very surprised to hear such reviews of the game, as they seem, to me, quite low. What is this game about? This game is about 4 survivors, each with different skills and weapon proficiencies, stranded on a tropical island infested with zombies. The game offers very nice visual content, and the tropical island on daylight, with something as gory as chopping off the heads of zombies, proves to be a very interesting and good contrast. The voice acting is very badly done, however. As far as that is concerned, the game feels very low-budget, as if only 10 voice actors were used for the whole game, and not very skilled ones at that, either. Gameplay is VERY unique, satisfying, simple and fun. Dead Island offers a very nice set of weapon mechanics, with tons of different weapons that can be modified, all different to the core. The gameplay is top notch, and can hardly be improved. There's also an "analog", as opposed to digital control setting ingame, that requires an Xbox controller, but should make the gameplay more realistic and fun, since you swing the weapon around as you desire. I say should because I've never tried this, since I don't own an Xbox controller. The story of the game can be looked over, as it's very poor. The story will, surprisingly, not be the thing that will make you play it. However, this game is very good to play with (a) friend(s). The co-op is well-done, and helping each other in-game from being eaten alive, is quite fun. I would recommend this game if you have a friend, or a couple of friends, to play it with. Playing it solo is not as fun, and you may feel a bit lonely. If you're looking for a good story, however, this game may not be as good as a certain Valve product. But, this game, and the Valve game aren't at all in the same league. They're alot different, and can't really be compared much.

82

Fh

Vaner | May 15, 2012 | See all Vaner's reviews »

Let me get this out of the way to begin with. The story in this game is garbage. The graphics are a bit above average, they're certainly not bad, but not good either. The voice acting isn't that great either. Despite all this, the score stands, and it is every bit justified. This game isn't trying to be a movie. This game isn't a trying to be a work of art. This game only really tries to be a game, and it's a great game at that. Taking features and ideas of many great titles that came before, it blends them all together and it tastes just right. If you're a fan of a great looting system with a bit of crafting, it's there. If you want to build you characters and define your own play style, it's there. If you want to do get in a vehicle and drive over hordes of zombies, it's there. It does none of those things the best, but I have yet to see of all those elements put together work much better than this.

Of course, while that sounds good and all, where this game really shines is when one when brings in a few friends. The result is lots of laughs, cooperation, saving each other, and planning in accordance with each other's skills. The cooperative is some of the by far better cooperative experience I've played. If you know you have friends to play with, this is NOT something you should pass up on (assuming you don't find zombies over done at this point).

I'd like to give a bit of a warning however. The port isn't that great, the UI is very clearly controller based, though not hard to use once used to. There are a few things here and there, but as a bit of an experienced pc gamer, none of these should present too much of a problem. Google is your friend in this regard.

All in all, the game is what games for some reason try not to be anymore; be a game. While there are a few technical issues you may encounter, they'll do little to deter from enjoyment of this title.

78

Not the usual zombie game.

arkantos | May 1, 2012 | See all arkantos's reviews »

After a rough launch i can say this is an amazing zombie game, alone in a giant island, or in co-op mode with your friends, be the one of the few to leave the infected island of Banoii, fight for your life and the one of your friends, enjoy the side quest missions and the various selection of weapons, enjoy the high graphic of the game, this probably will be game of the year.

50

Only play with friends

ViciousXUSMC | April 17, 2012 | See all ViciousXUSMC's reviews »

The zombie game trend continues and Dead Island feels rushed to the market I think to take advantage of the recent trending in this genre.

It had some interesting concepts but never was the game balanced out properly nor the bugs ironed out. The final product feels very unpolished and like it should still be a beta state.

The characters are in no way balanced, some are much better than others and this means you end up with clone characters or if your do what we did and have a group of friends play and agree to each use a different character. Somebody gets the short end of the stick and does not add much help to the team.

The constant upkeep of weapons is much more a chore than a realism, it makes it hard for you to use that good weapon you like because after 10 zombies get bashed in with it, its broken and your forced to use something else.

The inventory system is about the worst I have ever seen making it hard to know whats an upgrade and what is worse and you cant easily swap equipped items.

If the game has any good points its that the world is pretty nice and graphics are not half bad. The gameplay though just does not cut it, the further you get into the game the worse the balance and progression get and the more stale everything becomes.

It is worth $20 to mess around with if you have some friends but it is never going to be worth the release price of $50 no matter how much you like this genre.

86

Best Zombie Game Ever

Akeche | April 14, 2012 | See all Akeche's reviews »

To put it simply I've never enjoyed a zombie themed game more than this. The graphics were excellent, especially with the close-to-realism body damage for the enemies. Varied amount of weapons and the four 'classes' gives decent replayability. A lot of the biggest gripes I had about this game were at release and since then they've all more or less ben ironed out.

If you want a game that gives you the loot whoring of a Diablo game, the feel of a Fallout or Elder Scrolls game for combat, then this is a definite buy.

85

This game is very good.

elliotthedes | March 28, 2012 | See all elliotthedes's reviews »

If you like RPGs, games that is very realistic and and killing zombies with a lot of weapons such as baseball bats, pipes, katanas and many more. Than this is the game for you. If you have seen the introduction, you know that you are a person who is on the island, partying and getting drunk one night. Then you start noticing strange things, like a someone biting a security guard and someone passed out in the bathroom. You go back to your room, lock the door and pass out on the bed. The game starts on the next morning where there are many zombies and no other living people that don't want you for a snack. I like this game because it really does turn this perfect vacation spot into a bloody nightmare. I really admire how the story line is detailed and there are many surprises that lurk around every corner. In the game there are many weapons to use against zombies including melee weapons and ranged weapons. What I found really unique about this game's fighting weapons and zombie fighting was that the zombies could actually grab and bite you if you don't punch them off quick enough. Another unique thing is that you and the zombies can throw these various weapons at you. Also you can run over the zombies with vehicles! That is another fun thing to do if you don't want to follow the main quest or do side quests, just get in a truck and run over some zombies. I rated this game an 85 just for two reasons. The first reason is because there are some small but fixable bugs in the game. The second reason is that the story line goes by a little to fast for my taste. I would rate this a 93-96 if these issues didn't occur.

80

Great Game

MurphyPendleton | Jan. 1, 2012 | See all MurphyPendleton's reviews »

Dead Island is one of the most refreshing gaming experiences I've had in a while. It's the much needed breath of life that both the zombie fad and the first person shooter genre needed to rise from stagnation.

First of all, the game has a great atmosphere. Techland managed to create not only a big, varied, and immersive world to explore at your leisure, but they also nailed the feeling of isolation perfectly. It will make you feel like you're alone against the horde of undead that lies before you, especially in single player.

The combat in Dead Island is very diverse and tons of fun. Slicing off limbs and bashing heads in has never been more satisfying. Even after hours of play, experimenting with the huge amount of melee weapons scattered throughout the island is incredibly fun. The guns are a different story altogether though. The feel rather clunky and are not quite as fun to use. When you first get your hands on a pistol, however, I guarantee, you'll feel amazingly powerful.
On top of that, there's a leveling system in which player can customize and improve their abilities after each increase in level. It's fairly standard stuff, but it adds a nice layer of variety to the game. The best thing about Dead Island's gameplay is the way it forces players to pace themselves and strategise rather than run and gun through the game. Resources are scarce, health does not regenerate, and weapons can break if not taken care of properly.

One of Dead Island's most glaring flaws is the lack of variety in both the story and side quests, they leave much to be desired. Most are simple point A to point B style fetch quests and they get old rather fast. Not long after you start the game, you'll begin to find yourself skipping the side quests altogether.

82

Not something I hope for but fun regardless.

unFortunee | Nov. 18, 2011 | See all unFortunee's reviews »

My take of Dead Island prior to release is an ultimate survival game where the player only goal is to outlive the zombies. Think Fallout 3 with less story, harder enemies, and a lot of improvise weapon. This dream fell flat by the time I played this for the first time. Yet I'm not even remotely disappointed as I having a blast playing with some friends.

Disregard the story and any attempt done by the game to immerse you into game world as it only detract you from the part of the game that truly fun, which is mindlessly whacking away zombies and tear them apart with silly improvised weaponry (The story part wasn't any good anyway).

Recommend this for anyone, but don't set your expectation too high.

90

Very fun zombie killer.

xboxer | Nov. 11, 2011 | See all xboxer's reviews »

Dead Island is a highly unique zombie killing, survival game. Instead of surviving hordes of zombies like most games of this genre, Dead Island is mission based and has a tinge of RPG elements through skill upgrade trees.

The gameplay is extremely fun and challenging and you get to customize your weapons. There is rarely a dull moment in this game. There are a good amount of zombies everywhere and you always have to choose whether you want to fight or run. If you fight, your weapon degrades and requires repairs and you will face the risk of dying which penalizes you by deducting your money. But if you fight, you may get more and better loot and also earn XP to upgrade your weapon.

Graphics are as true to a jungle setting as possible for modern video game technology. The missions are never boring. Even the side quests are interesting. This game took me around 40 hours to beat the missions and most of the side quests.

The bad: Limited type of zombies and you don't really need a partner to complete the game. I completed the entire game alone.

70

A great game, but....

keysersoze16 | Oct. 26, 2011 | See all keysersoze16's reviews »

Do not get me wrong, this is a great game and is a must for any zombie killer fan. You are alone on an island over run with walkers until you stumble across civilization which in turn can help you but first you have to help them, a boat load of missions is to be done while collection enough money and objects to make yourself some weapons to fight against the dead and wonder why all this is happening. The storyline is amazing, but you need to have a clear head as it does get a little bit twisted towards the middle and as for the environment it is huge with lots of buildings and places to hide yourself. However these are all the good points and of course there are bad ones too, this game is buggy which really is a shame and is a let down to the game, this being said I really got used to the bugs as I got immersed into the game play. I can not see this game lasting long though, it is amazing but once you have completed it you go straight back to the beginning to start it again either with a new character or continue with your progressed one. Enjoy it and love it as this is one of the best zombie games to buy and is a must!

85

Cool game

newn | Oct. 24, 2011 | See all newn's reviews »

This is pretty cool game: great looking graphics, cool gameplay, fun chatter, free world, co-op. Although that cool gameplay contains a lot of bugs: for example, you can get stuck on the stairs. But despite all these bugs, it's still fun - you can level up, change skills, use different weapons, even trow them! I think that Dead Island is definitely better than L4D2 in co-op, although the games are a bit different.

Dead Island also contains some other annoying things, like the chat - the voices are emotionless. Although this game be masked by the cool facts, like the ability to make weapons, upgrade them, repair them... It's basically like Fallout, just with zombies!

If not the bugs, I would give this game 95%, although at the moment I can give only 85. Still a great game, especially with these amazing GMG deals!

60

A missed opportunity

nele25 | Oct. 18, 2011 | See all nele25's reviews »

I was pretty disappointed with this game to be honest. I was rather exited when it came out, but it fell so short of what I expected.

There are a lot of major bugs in the game and even more weird choices on side of developers. The gameplay gets somewhat stale quite fast, going from open world to incredibly restrictive areas. Not to mention, for a PC game it has VERY console like interface. You cant hotkey your weapons, but must use 'quick inventory' dial pad style, to change said weapons. As well as clunky menu scrolling and navigation. As well as numerous CO OP bugs.

The main redeeming factors are the variety in weapons available and the satisfaction of melee combat. If you enjoyed the style of game-play Borderlands had you'll probably enjoy this a lot more than I did.

90

Highly Reccomended

Alixey | Oct. 9, 2011 | See all Alixey's reviews »

After they made the first few patches and fixed the accidental release of the in-house dev version all in all its not too bad. The Player Characters themselves have Wonky and Strange Animations, but the Zombies are well animated. The graphics are good, The choice of weapons is decent. Little disappointed at the fact that there were so few guns. I love the idea of limited ammo and shots count but there's very few choices in guns.

It has a few glitches mostly graphical, it is annoying though that all the dialogue in the game is centered around Co-op along with the Cinematics. If your playing solo it can be somewhat annoying and confusing seeing the other characters even though they arent with you. I did enjoy the game though. Story was pretty lame and quests were down right appalling as if they were written by 9 year olds. One such quest, "Were starving here! We need more food, Go to the gas stations and pick us up two boxes of Juice!" .... Um.... Ok..... Relevancy 0 Strange 1. Anyways if you can overlook the strange quest flaws its a good game to play-thru and then maybe shelve or sell.

77

Killing zombies has never been funnier

DrHouse | Oct. 4, 2011 | See all DrHouse's reviews »

It's here, one of the most awaited games of this year. It features an epic environment with many, many open areas to investigate. it has a perfect arsenal with almost everything you could expect to find in an island, and more! And while being open, you can still follow the story, which isn't really bad. With thousands of quest to do, and thousands of experiences to enjoy. If you want a true open experience full with zombies everywere, in which yuo can kill as much of them as you can this is a very worthy game.

95

Greatest Zombie game I've ever tried. My personal GOATEE.

Ulysses | Sept. 25, 2011 | See all Ulysses's reviews »

You start out having to chose one of four protagonists (Each of them has their own unique story, weapon specialization aswell as most of their skills being unique to them) - One of the great things about this game is the ability to explore most of the island without doing a single mission, and with scaling zombies, you wont be arse-raped for doing so. (I myself spend four hours on exploration before doing the 3rd step of the main mission) The missions in themselves are quite great, and many of the side-missions are either hillarious, eerie or plain wierd. (And the game contains many easter-eggs, including some for League of Legends, LOST and quite alot of other games and movies) Now, Dead island in itself is a great game, one which I've been waiting for, for quite a long time. And now that its here... I bloody love it. Its a terrific game, and its got quite alot of hillarious moments, and even more of these moments (and even more fun overall) when playing with friends. Its VERY melee-oriented, and quite oriented on playing with friends (Or strangers, in coop) - The "drop in n' drop out" coop-system works wonders at times, where people may drop into your game (if you've allowed them to do such, through your settings) and it can create strange, wierd and funny moments.

The mechanics behind killing zombies are the best out there (Being able to break individual bones - Spines, skulls and such, with blunt weapons - Being able to cut off the tiniest of parts with sharp weapons, etc.) - For example; You're up on the roof of a building, theres a zombie chasing you there; What do you do? You kick it off the roof, and if it so happends to land on its head, it'll break its spine and die! (And theres a chance of this happening when they land on their backs from a decent height) - This quite advanced system allows for very fun times, and hillarious moments. (Breaking both arms of a zombie, whom just stands there swinging his hanging-limbs at you. Its great!) And I must say, I do love the crafting system aswell as the skill-system (Very RPG-ish, with three different skill-trees.)

Sadly, its a somewhat buggy game, and its got quite alot of quirks (some being annoying, like bouncing off of things when you jump at 'em) and the quite bad driving-physics. Nevertheless, I'd say its definitely worth every damned penny (Although, I got it for about 27 euro here on GMG) - I can very much recommend this game if you're either into gory games, plain Zombie-killing games, horror games (I've screamed like a little girl at many occasions.), survival games, action-RPGs or just plain, good co-op fun with your friends!

I'll give it a 95-score, as it is thusly, my Game of the Year (My Goatee.) So, to sum it up; This is a game most gamers wouldnt want to miss out on. (But of course, it'd be best, as always, if you can fetch it for cheap here on GMG)

98

Very fun Game

lordzed | Sept. 21, 2011 | See all lordzed's reviews »

A very fun game; I enjoy skill progression and weapon customization in games; it reminds me sort of having an item system akin to that of Knights of the Old Republic (1 or 2).

Anyway, very fun gameplay; easy to join co-op, but the characters are horrible. Their voice lines are fake sounding, the cut scenes with them in it are cheesy, their animations are horrible, and I can't relate to any of them. So hey, good gameplay, bad characters.

I can see some replayability in this game as well (playing as a different character mainly, so that you get different skills and see different ways to play the game). It also has the zombies get tougher as you get stronger, which I support, or it'd be too easy. There's a fair number of side quests as well, and the ambience in many parts of the game is great (sort of filled with tension).

At the moment, maybe a 20 hour game, if you do all the side quests.

85

Slicin' n' Dicin' Zombies

justing943 | Sept. 17, 2011 | See all justing943's reviews »

It's not so much a zombie apocalypse game as a strong RPG game with a heavy focus on zombie enemies. But of course, that's not a bad thing, as despite that, I've gotten a fright or two when a zombie that was on the ground is suddenly in my face, wrestling me as I frantically click left then right mouse. That particular part could certainly have done with a bit of fine tuning; it seemed a tad simple.

I found the skill tree character progression pretty generic, but it gave a good sense of my character getting stronger nonetheless. The splitting of the skill trees into 3 groups, Fury, Combat, and Survival was pretty good, but it was a bit of a bother to have to get a level in all 3 skills of a tier before being able to access the next; that meant it took a while to reach some of the skills I was highly anticipating further down the tree. But as any good game should, that kept my on my toes wanting to play more to get to that point =D.

It was a generally short experience and that final boss was a bit easy, which would have disappointed many. You won't find too much game time in the game's single player campaign mode, but wait for the Bloodbath DLC and team up with some friends, and you'll have hours more of fun to be had.

72

Good game, Co-op oriented

An1Lusion | Sept. 16, 2011 | See all An1Lusion's reviews »

Dead Island is a co-op oriented Survival Horror Melee-based FPS game. The game can be played alone, but when playing together with friends is when the game really shines.

The game is similar to Borderlands, except with Zombies instead of Physchos. The inventory management is similar to Borderlands as well. One complaint I've got though is that equipment seems to break far to quickly. In the early game, you have to replace your weapon every few kills. It's not a huge issue since there are plenty of weapons around, but it's a bit annoying.

The game has quite a few issues on PC, and it lacks a lot of options that should be standard for PC games. The worst thing is probably that there is no way to turn of in-game voice chat, so if you're planning to play with your friends using skype, you can forget about it. The in-game voice quality isn't great either. Fortunately, modders have fixed most of the issues that people were having, but it's still mind blowing that the most basic options are nowhere to be found in the menus.

Even with all these issues, the game is still very enjoyable. If you're planning to play alone, you might want to look elsewhere for entertainment. But if you and 3 friends are getting this, then enjoy, you will have a lot of fun.

75

Open World Zombie Game, FINALLY!

Baha | Sept. 15, 2011 | See all Baha's reviews »

The title says it all really. For years many people have waited for such a game and finally Techland have delivered. The rpg elements and lush visuals are the icing on this cake.

In Dead Island, you choose between 4 protagonists (each with their own backstory and set of unique skills) and essentially travel through the island of Banoi in an effort to save survivors and ultimately get to safety. While the 4 characters have unique skills, they will all start off with melee weapons and for the most part Dead Island is largely about melee combat. The melee combat uses a stamina bar (which is also used for sprinting & jumping). Smaller weapons like knives allow for spamming attacks and larger weapon use more stamina but deal heavier blows.

Where Dead Island really shines however is in it's exploration. Games like Borderlands provide a lot of terrain to cover but such terrain is empty and really just distance between you and your objective. Thankfully in Dead Island, the environment is dense with content and whether you walk or drive, you'll always find something in the distance or even around a corner beckoning you to explore.

Unfortunately while the gameplay and environment shine, the story isn't exactly gripping. NPCs are a means to an end whether that means XP or a rare weapon reward or mod. Luckily, there is some variety in side quests and traveling around looking for loot still remain addictive. Performance issues have for the most part been fixed with a little help from the community. Dead Island is a flawed game no doubt but it's easy to overlook the flaws when it delivers on the fun factor in spades.

65

Borderlands with Zombies

FudgePoly | Sept. 15, 2011 | See all FudgePoly's reviews »

Disregarding the obvious similarities this game has towards Borderlands, they also share a very unfortunate feature - they both started out as HORRID console ports. Dead Island is still a poorly optimised port when played on the PC, and it needs to be patched - mouse controls are bonkers on some gaming mice, very limited options menu, no option to turn off co-op voice chat, forced options like FoV and motion blur... I am proud to say, however, that PC gamers and modders realised the potential in Dead Island and quickly started to mod the game until a proper patch is released.

Having said that, this is a game that action RPG fans will NOT want to overlook. The co-op experience is rewarding, challenging and enjoyable (more-so when playing with friends, obviously) if you overlook the obvious flaws like forced voice chat, the combat is highly satisfying - nothing like chopping off a zombie's head with your machete mid-combat, and the character progression is clear and also quite satisfying.

If you can get this game with a GMG coupon it would be best, paying more than 30-35 dollars for it feels like a scam at this point, even though modders have been able to mod many options like FoV and mouse control to allow for a proper PC experience. A game shouldn't give me so much trouble for my choice of gaming device.

I gave it a 65 because I felt my score had to be just short of that green mark, to indicate that the experience is far from being good and satisfying from the get-go, but it is still worth having a look and trying out the game.

90

CO-OP Orientated

SilentAssassn87 | Sept. 14, 2011 | See all SilentAssassn87's reviews »

Aside from the launch nightmare, the game is great. This game really emphasizes on co-op. It can be played alone, but the game really shines with a friend, or two, or three. The game get progressively harder as you rank up and discover new areas.

Likes: I loved the open world in this game. Each chapter takes you to a new location, but each location is huge and has many areas to explore. I like the Dead Rising weapon combination system. Some weapons are a bit extreme, but for the most part the weapon mods are not too far fetched. CO-OP is where the game shines! Really taking on these zombies in the open world with friends is so fun.

Dislikes: As you rank up, so do the Zombies, so there never is a true sense of being far superior to the zombies. Yes this is challenging, but when a Zombie needs 5 hits to the face with a mace, it just breaks the vibe of the game. While I said that CO-OP is where its at, I think it can rely a bit too much on it. Some of the quests are really spread out across long distances and really make you wish your friends were on if you happen to play while they are not on.

75

Fun game, long singleplayer/coop.

nksharp | Sept. 14, 2011 | See all nksharp's reviews »

Played it all last week with a friend on coop, spent nearly 30 hours to get through the game and do most of the side quests. Tons of stuff to do in the game besides zombie killing, there is even some hidden bonus weapons you can collect that have interesting effects.

Intial release was somewhat bugged but the game keeps on getting better with every patch. I would buy the game again if I had the choice since it is one of the best games I have played this year, it is even more fun when playing with a friend.

85

pretty cool

TheZodiac | Sept. 14, 2011 | See all TheZodiac's reviews »

overall a pretty enjoyable game, sort of reminds me of borderlands in the upgrading and building character sense. not a ton of story to it but still interesting, recommend playing it with groups of people as it makes it more enjoyable. some of the voice acting is pretty off especially the "YES" when he accepts any mission, sounds very unnatural.

85

A zombie game that's too good to miss

griff92 | Sept. 12, 2011 | See all griff92's reviews »

WIth a rough Steam launch in the US (mainly the mistake or releasing the Xbox 360 Dev version), Dead Island received a patch within the same week, just before the UK and European release.

If you're a fan of zombie games and large open worlds with plenty of things to do, then Dead Island's a great choice. Not only does the game offer over 20 hours of gameplay, but you can finish the main story at your own pace.

The gameplay in Dead Island has its similarities to other games such as Borderlands with its RPG elements such as leveling up and weapon differences (How powerful it is, how long it's going to last, etc) and Dead Rising with its weapon customization and of course zombies.

Dead Island offers 4 player online co-op which is great if you want to bash some zombies with your friends, but there are still a few issues when playing online which include random drop outs, friends not appearing in your in-game friends list and problems connecting to peoples games. The good thing about the co-op is that people can randomly enter your game which can help a lot sometimes, but at this time of reviewing the game, you can't disable your mic in any of the menus.

As you progress through the game, more enemy types are revealed and you get to use more weapons which includes firearms. As your character levels up, so do the zombies which can make missions more challenging. When you approach someone who wants to give a mission, they'll of course explain why they want you to do the task and then you'll be shown the difficulty of the mission, how much XP you'll get for completing the task and what reward you'll get. There are side missions which include fetching certain items, saving someones life, clearing zombies from an area, etc.

While the game's fun, there are some things that don't seem right. For example, some of the voice acting is bad which of course includes terrible Australian accents from some of the voice actors. If you look at any of the characters faces in the game, you'll see that they barely show any expressions at all. There are also a few bugs which include keyboard locks, a certain cut scene where the skybox is completely missing (which could be a problem with some graphics cards because I'm not the only one having this problem), physics errors and the in-game map seems to go all over the place sometimes.

In conclusion, Dead Island is a fun game especially with friends and with the upcoming DLC, the game will last even longer. With this said, hopefully some of the bugs and online issues will be fixed soon.

65

Surpisingly Entertaining

lochnessw | Sept. 10, 2011 | See all lochnessw's reviews »

After an embarassing launch where the development version of Dead Island was sent to players, many were sceptical of its quality. Gameplay videos showed an utter lack of polish and so I, like many, did not go into the game expecting much.

It is true the player animations are pretty bad. Graphical fidelity is definitely not the game's strong point. The story isn't particulary gripping either, most players will skip most conversations to just receive their mission objectives and rush back into the action.

Where Dead Island excels however is in the combat and open world exploration. Many items are scattered around the expansive Island scenery, weapons can be found and repaired or upgraded "Dead Rising" style to manufacture each player's unique arsenal.

Players can run through single-player or group together with up to three others, with all items and abilities automatically transferring between both game modes seamlessly. Having a group of friends go through the game is definitely a bonus.

However, Dead Island's combat will not satisfy those who desire a challenge. Like many zombie games players are ridiculously overpowered, engaging enemies unnecessarily will rarely have any real consequence and the ability to kick without any drain on your stamina certainly doesn't help the terrible lack of tension.

All in all Dead Island is certainly an entertaining distraction which most players should get a kick out of. It's flawed and doesn't take many chances but the combat is satisfying and cooperative play can make all the difference.

85

Great game!

Reldin | Sept. 9, 2011 | See all Reldin's reviews »

The Steam version had a very rough launch. The multiplayer wasn't working as it should, game saves were being corrupted, oh and not to mention the whole releasing the wrong version of the game. But! Despite these problems, the game is one fantastic experience. Deep Silver is quickly addressing everything that happened and the game is being patched every day.

The game does a great job of mixing different elements from familiar games such as Fallout 3/New Vegas, Left 4 Dead, and Dead Rising, all while making an identity of its own. The melee combat is great and rather brutal, the firearm gameplay is done pretty well, and the weapon mods are fun to craft. The game starts off a little slow to give you the feeling of all is not right on the island while trying to help people survive. As you progress further into the game, it suddenly turns into a survival/horror game that leaves you running for your dear life as zombies chase after you.

I highly recommend playing through the game alone first as co-op doesn't quite add that survival/horror aspect to the game. But really, pick up the game anyway since this is one game that was done very well!

80

Good game to play with friends

Or1j1nal | Sept. 9, 2011 | See all Or1j1nal's reviews »

This game is pretty fun when you play with friends. However, I feel it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the zombies when you play on your own. Also, the game doesn't seem as fun when you are playing by yourself. The game has its bugs, but I'm sure that the bugs will be patched in the near future.

Also, the way progress is saved is pretty confusing. If you are ahead of a friend when playing the game, I suggest that you just make a new character if you are significantly ahead. If you are ahead and join a friend in an earlier part of the game, you risk losing the progress you have made. Although, you do retain all your items and experience, you may continue where you left off when you were playing with a friend rather than where you should be.

This game seems like Dead Rising meets Fallout 3. You pretty much scavenge for stuff, you can make weapons once you get blueprints, you can pick up quests and side-quests. The only problem I have is that I think the durability of weapons is pretty low. If you are up against one zombie only and there's no other zombies around, just kick it to death and save your weapons.

Overall, if you plan on playing with friends, I would recommend picking this game up. Otherwise, it could get boring since its frustrating to not be able to take on too many zombies at once.

80

Dead Island aka LOL DIE ZOMBIE =D

joeman098 | Sept. 9, 2011 | See all joeman098's reviews »

* DO NOT LISTEN TO VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE ABOUT LAUNCH DAY QUALITY, a mess up with the release did cause a debug version to get released this was patched within the day and is by no means the actually product. There are still some bugs as of writing this but they are being patched extremely fast*** This game is amazingly fun to mess around even with these bugs the game is a blast even more so when playing with friends. For example me and my friends just hopped in a truck and drove around running over zombies and off-roading for a good hour and a half ignoring the quests we were supposed to be doing. those survivors can have their food when we are done having our fun! On a more serious note though, this game is one of the more realistic zombie outbreak events I have seen. From the beginning it really captures the confused and scary quiet isolation you would expect from waking up into a world gone to hell. Quickly ramping up to frantic trying to form a plan to stay alive. The combat in this game is very realistic and fun, pretty much imagine trying to beat a person with a hammer you would brake the skin then muscle then bone then eventually the limb would fall off. That's how it is in the game your not some overpowered space marine. It takes work to take the zombies down. The realism and beauty of the game is astounding. Defiantly worth the money.

80

Suprisingly good

frostysal | Sept. 9, 2011 | See all frostysal's reviews »

Like many others, I was wary of Dead Island after hearing the initial release reports. I heard it was buggy, generally not good, etc. I took the risk, and I bought it. I do not regret it one bit. Sure, there's the occasional bug but it does not mar the experience of general zombie slaughter. This is the zombie game I've always wanted.

It plays like a mix of an MMO (Questing wise), Borderlands (the general action-RPG feel, which is very strong in DI) and Dead Rising (for zombies and weapon mods). The combination is tight gameplay, with plenty of strategy in dispatching one's foes. Breaking arms and legs is a joy (Sociopathic sentence!), and the gore system is just generally impressive. Graphically, the game is a mixed bag. The island looks great, and animations are top notch, and there is a strong sense of an apocalyptic atmosphere. However, there is a feeling of consolitis-textures, with fairly low-fi textures scattered around. This isn't a big issue, but it is sometimes a tad jarring. Sound-wise the game is top notch, with genuinely creepy atmospherics. The PC's dialogue can be a tad grating, however. I must add one exception here. The accents. What the hell. I'm Australian, and I've never heard the Australian accent both used so frequently and so awfully in a game. Don't get me wrong - it's hilarious - but so bad it tends to jar with the serious setting. ME WEAPON'S BUGGERED.

It's minor though, and the experience is well worth it. If you like zombies, get this game.

75

Regret

hotmando1 | Sept. 8, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »

After playing warhammer:space marine, and now Dead island. I feel Dead Island is much better. Content-wise and replay-ability. There is a lot to do. So far, it's over ten hours! I like making my own weapons, but it's not like Dead Rising. There are a limited number of combinations. Graphics are a nice step up! Much better than games like left for dead. Melee combat is the best thing ever. Range..not so much. There isn't much of an effort to use ranged weapons. In melee combat, you can't mess up. Every swing uses stamina. No more stamina? your out of luck. I like the singles or horde zombies. Sometimes you'll only encounter a couple zombies, no big deal. But when you run into a horde, better run. And there is a VARIETY among zombies. Some zombies require you to fire at their backs and such, might as well call them tanks. I haven't encountered any bugs besides the day 1 progression reset. But that was fixed already, it's nice to see the company so responsive. The open world is pretty awesome, it's not enclosed. It feels like your really in a zombie fest! As for the plot, it feels made up as it goes. From saving a girl to getting her a teddy bear..it's pretty random. Dead Island is one of the best games of the year, and for good reason too,