Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. Apr 25, 2013
    86
    To sum it up, Dead Island: Riptide is more of the same with enough minor tweaks to make this more than a little worth a gamers while to check out. Some area have ever so minor clipping but this never makes the game unplayable, nor is it enough to be distracting. If you enjoyed the first Dead Island, then you will very much enjoy Dead Island: Riptide. For new gamers, this is a good one to come in on.
  2. Apr 22, 2013
    80
    For better and worse, Riptide plays almost exactly like its flawed-but-fun predecessor. The melee-centric gameplay is still weighty and satisfying. Landing deliberate blows on a zombie’s head or limbs feels great, especially when you break an arm or lop off a head. Dead Island’s undead are just threatening enough to keep you on your toes without ever becoming too frustrating.
  3. 75
    Excellent open world zombie horror with great crafting slightly let down by unimaginative bosses and minor bugs.
  4. Apr 22, 2013
    75
    Techland has managed to conquer its shortcomings in order to offer us a game that lives up to expectations. Trying to maintain the same line while also implementing some changes in the game options, Dead Island: Riptide represents one of the best titles within the zombie genre for PlayStation 3.
  5. Apr 22, 2013
    72
    Performance is worst on the PS3 and best on the PC, but no version is unplayable or perfect.
  6. The game's uninspired vibe and execution are not the only things that Techland and Deep Silver forgot to improve upon. The graphics are sub par to say the least. The game can have you staring in awe at a stranded battle cruiser, but the immersion quickly falls apart when you notice your gun sticking trough a solid brick wall. [May 2013, p.76]
  7. Apr 23, 2013
    70
    Riptide is much like the zombies it portrays. It meanders about, bumping into everything, and occasionally it finds some meat to sink its teeth into. Then it slowly moves on to find the next scarce meal. Missing some parts, it shambles around, a mindless, and feral creation. Too bad.
  8. Apr 22, 2013
    68
    Riptide collects all the hallmarks of the first Dead Island, correcting some bad things but keeping others. The new island is wilder and natural, but it has fewer new ideas than we expected. Long and fun again.
  9. May 27, 2013
    65
    The same slightly wonky fun we had in the first one, and we mean the exact damn same. [Issue#231, p.66]
  10. May 7, 2013
    65
    Dead Island: Riptide - more an expansion of than an actual sequel to Dead Island - doesn't succeed in changing up the formula much. The story's still weak, the controls still clumsy and the graphics are hit-and-miss. Some new additions like dead zones and some kick-ass new weapons keep things fresh, but after a while the action will get repetitive. And yet, despite all of this, the game manages to be extremely addicting.
  11. 60
    It has moments of high tension, and overall it stays true to its rhythm, is more Dead Island, so if you liked the first, you will certainly enjoy this one too.
  12. May 27, 2013
    60
    It's clunky, blockheaded, lurid beguilement, distributed by Deep Silver with lack of restraint and no ulterior motives. Check your brain at the door, lest it be devoured later.
  13. May 23, 2013
    60
    Dead Island Riptide doesn't venture too far from its core strengths, and while that is definitely a boon from a story perspective, it's still panders to the typical rubbish zombie trope.
  14. Riding boats, a new character, a couple of new skills and light tower defence mechanics is pushing that full retail tag, especially when you can pick up the original for less than half the price. [June 2013, p70]
  15. May 9, 2013
    60
    Techland has changed almost nothing: Riptide has the same virtues and flaws of the first Dead Island.
  16. May 5, 2013
    60
    This being the case, Dead Island: Riptide will please fans of the original and zombie enthusiasts in general, but first-person shooter connoisseurs won't exactly struggle to find fault with it and are best advised to find their gun-toting thrills elsewhere.
  17. Apr 22, 2013
    60
    Content-wise this is more than worth it's full priced retail release however, but a lot of assets are reused – whether from the original or repeated themselves within the game – so you will revisit locations of uncanny similarity.
  18. Apr 23, 2013
    57
    If you’ve got several friends who loved the first one and you don’t mind terribly repetitious missions, give it a try. There’s just very little improvement or advancement, many of the same issues from the first title still exist, the story is ridiculous and poorly written, the campaign is dull and drawn-out, and the combat is almost as tedious as the mission objectives.
  19. Jun 24, 2013
    50
    At the end of the day, Dead Island: Riptide has a lot of good ideas, especially in its latter half. The combat, while repetitive and often frustrating with the annoying inventory management, still manages to provide exciting encounters. It just seems as if the developer didn't trust players enough to fully immerse them with the survival horror title suggested by the mechanics.
  20. May 5, 2013
    50
    Dead Island: Riptide can't really justify its own existence. It has the potential of being a great zombie action game, but the slow pace, many technical problems and the meaningless missions make it a frustrating mess. These are the same problems the first game dealt with, and they haven't been resolved.
  21. In buying a game like this we’re rewarding Techland for maintaining their own status quo and, worse, encouraging what might be a talented studio to just keep making the same mistakes.
  22. Apr 22, 2013
    50
    If you liked Dead Island, then you are sure to love Riptide: it's the same! All the elements are back: the survivors of the first game (plus a new one), the tropical atmosphere, the gameplay (more melee-oriented)... but also this problem of redundancy that you'll feel very quickly after a few battles and missions. A good game for all the fans of the first one, but they will pay the full price of a new episode to play an add-on.
  23. By far the game’s biggest problem: a crippling lack of invention. Riptide exhausts through repetition. Your flooded playground lacks the visual variety of the first game’s Banoi and missions never blossom into fresh concepts, merely escalating in difficulty and frustration.
  24. Apr 25, 2013
    40
    Dead Island: Riptide might look like an idyllic zombie-fest, but it's little more than a frustrating mess of half-baked ideas and repetitive combat.
  25. Apr 25, 2013
    40
    If you liked the original, then you'll probably enjoy Dead Island: Riptide – but this feels more like a big expansion pack than a standalone sequel. Newcomers will be frustrated by the buggy gameplay, while long term fans will be baffled by the unfixed glitches. The game is at its best in co-op, but, despite some decent presentation, it's still not really worth the admission fee.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 131 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 37
  2. Negative: 9 out of 37
  1. Apr 23, 2013
    4
    this game should have never been sold as a new game, this is an DLC being sold at full blown price disguised as a whole new game, but new? this is a copy paste of the previous game, bugs and glitches that we all hated are back, the story was never great but was ok on the fist game but on this one story well...... theres barely nothing to hold on. no innovation, technically plagues by issues, dull and two steps backwards from the first game. my advice, buy the FIRST GAME, its cheap by now and better!! Full Review »
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    8
    I feel like there was not a lot of new features but the new quests, character and whole new map was fun to hack, crush and slash my way through. It just feels so satisfying stompin' heads. It did sell at 50 dollars instead of 60 so I felt happy about that aswell. The glitches can be bad but there was a patch released today and It fixed some of them. I feel you should buy this if you enjoyed the previous game or if you like zombie games in general. Full Review »
  3. Apr 25, 2013
    10
    Ok, I understand there is not alot of new features here and the voice acting sucks, but I love Dead Island as well as 5 million other people. To sell 5 million copies says something. Yes this may not be a direct sequel but it is a continuation of the story and a reason to play more Dead Island. I really enjoyed the gameplay and rpg elements that dead island had to offer, so why should Techland go back to the drawing board. People get over it, there are minor changes in God of War Ascension compared to 3, and people are not rating it a 3 or 4. Riptide is a fun game with new ideas and some improvements. All of Dead Islands issues were not addressed, but when you push out the game in 19 months, you have to cut them some slack. I would much rather have a new Dead Island every 2 years than wait 3 to 4 years for a "true sequel" The gameplay is why we like Dead Island. Techland, please work on the story for the next game though. Full Review »