Dead Island (PlayStation 3)
Manufacturer: Deep Silver Part number: 00249
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Gamespot editors' review
It was a great game but they could fix a few things.
by Raliggett on February 9, 2012
Pros: The gameplay was a plus as well as the gamplay graphics.
Cons: The cut scenes took away from the gameplay.
Summary: The tropical island of Banoi, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, is the ultimate play land for the rich and famous. The island's beautiful coastline is where everybody ...
Summary: The tropical island of Banoi, off the coast of Papua New Guinea, is the ultimate play land for the rich and famous. The island's beautiful coastline is where everybody sets up for another raging party on the beach. The coastline is complimented perfectly with a spectacular yet wild jungle that still gives hope to the native residents that their island is not yet completely over run by elaborate tourist hotels and night clubs. Look closely at Banoi though and you will notice blood in the water because this island is also the setting for the newest zombie killing game, Dead Island. In this new zombie slayer we are going to take a look at its story, campaign mode, gameplay and cut scenes, graphics, along with its online and local play.
The story of Dead Island is no Stephen King novel but it does keep the player interested and wanting more every second. In the game you can chose to be one of four main players: Pruna, Logan, Sam B, and Xian Mei. Each of these players has their pros and cons along with different stories to tell. Pruna is an officer for the Sydney Police department. Logan is a retired football star who has lived a life filled with booze, drugs, sex and scandal. Sam B is just another one hit wonder rap artist who is on the island playing what may be his last show. Xian Mei is a hard working resort employee who is doing what ever it takes to stay alive. Once you know the background of each player it's easier to understand what you are fighting for in the game. The story itself is pretty simple you pick one of these four characters and do what it takes to survive. Along the way, you meet different survival groups and you help them with any quests they assign you. The story is pretty good, just your typical zombie survival plot, but the campaign mode in the game is fantastic. As a player you have a whole plethora of tasks and missions to complete and you have a beautiful virtual environment to complete them in. Unlike other first person shooter type zombie games, Dead Island also brings the element of a role playing game to the campaign mode. For instance in Left for Dead 2 the player pretty much just runs around and kills zombies for no purpose and you cant upgrade your characters attributes or their weapons. In Dead Island, however, you can upgrade your characters attributes and make them better at whichever skills you decide are most important. This adds a special quality to the game that definitely makes it more enjoyable for the player.
The very enjoyable story mode is complimented with a just as wonderful gameplay experience. Not only do you have the option to upgrade your character but also you can upgrade your weapons or even build your own weapons. The weapon upgrade and creation process is very similar to that of Dead Rising 2. You can take a baseball bat, wrap cloth around it, and then catch it on fire to create some sort of flaming baseball bat of death. Although completely unrealistic you can carry up to six crazy, flaming, electronic weapons on your character at once. This feature honestly does not bother me a bit, it just makes the game even more fun and who are we kidding it's not like they are shooting for complete realism when they make a zombie game. All of these intense weapons would be useless without a well-built aiming system. The aiming with throwing weapons locks onto the targets but with guns and melee weapons there is no automatic lock on. This can make the game a little hard to get used to at first because aiming with melee weapons is vital to the game and it is difficult to get the hang of this in the beginning. Once you do get used to the aiming system everything else falls into place and soon enough you will be bashing the blood and guts out of the undead. The only problem with the gameplay is that it is interrupted throughout the game by cut scenes that attempt to keep your mind on the story. These cut scenes are not a complete nuisance but the voice acting is not very good and the characters voices sometimes are not in time with the movement of their mouths.
As you can imagine Dead Island does not mess around when it comes to blood and gore. When you slam your ax into a zombie's head you can expect see blood spurt out everywhere and then see the gash your ax left in his or her head. This bloody spectacle would not be nearly as appealing if the graphics were bad. So with that being said the blood is very entertaining because the graphics are pretty good and give a fairly good representation of actual blood. The environment is also beautifully done and the graphics make it look spectacular. With the gameplay graphics being so good I figured the cut scenes would be even better and I must say I was quite disappointed. The cut scene's graphics looked just like the gameplay graphics, if not worse. Besides this one disappointment the gameplay and overall experience with it was very good.
The online play is very important to this game because there is, unfortunately, no local play. Luckily, the online play is very easy to understand and pop ups appear showing that you have another player close to you able to join your game. Dead Island does a lot of good things in this game and is very good for being the first zombie slayer for this company. Obviously there are some issues that they could improve on but if you are looking for a well rounded, very intense zombie killing game with a role playing game feel, then this is the game for you.
Great Gameplay and Visuals, Fun to Play and RPG-like!
by Lapwner on January 26, 2012
Pros: -Smooth Gameplay
-4 Playable Characters, all with their own abilities
-Killing Zombies is Always Fun
-Co-op is a blast
Cons: -Not as enjoyable in Single Player than in Co-Op
-Some VERY noticeable texture pop-ins when entering a new area
-Can become frustrating at times when you keep on dieing over and over again (easier in co-op)
Summary: In the end, Dead Island is a fun game to play. It offers great visuals and varied environments that make it a great setting, and offers very satisfying gameplay. It ...
Summary: In the end, Dead Island is a fun game to play. It offers great visuals and varied environments that make it a great setting, and offers very satisfying gameplay. It is fairly long as well, and with multiple characters to play as, you will always have a reason to go back to it. Co-Op is the best part of this game, and is especially more enjoyable with friends. However, this game just doesn't feel the same when playing alone, and they are some texture pop-ins and frustrating moments. But overall, if you are looking for a good, first-person zombie game, then this is hands down a good pick, and much better than any other zombie game on the market right now.
- Manufacturer: Deep Silver
- Part number: 00249
Product Basic Spec
- Platform Playstation 3
- ESRB rating Mature - Strong Language,Sexual Themes,Blood and Gore,Intense Violence,Use of Alcohol,Drug Reference
- Genre Action
- Number of players 1-4 Players
- Developer Techland
- ESRB Mature
- ESRB descriptors Strong Language,Sexual Themes,Blood and Gore,Intense Violence,Use of Alcohol,Drug Reference