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  1. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    What is wrong with everyone? I went off and bought the game despite the poor reviews and i am glad i did so. I think this is an organized attempt to bury this game. Great visuals combined with flawless gameplay and rpg elements. Left4dead is a child in comparison to this game. If you want a great zombie experience do yourself a favor and buy or at least rent this game and then buy it. IWhat is wrong with everyone? I went off and bought the game despite the poor reviews and i am glad i did so. I think this is an organized attempt to bury this game. Great visuals combined with flawless gameplay and rpg elements. Left4dead is a child in comparison to this game. If you want a great zombie experience do yourself a favor and buy or at least rent this game and then buy it. I was reading a comment saying that sometimes there are slow texture loading time which are eliminated if you install the game. Some people tend to forget gow 1, me 1 with the slow texture loading times. Ts ts ts... I mean come on, couldnt you find a better reason to bury the game? Hmmm wait...thats a no cause there is no true reason other than you prefer playing cod zombies... A must buy for me. Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    I really can't understand why there are so many people rating this game badly. It's so fun! I think that the ones that aren't liking it just can't like this type of game. My anticipation was really high and I was so worried about it not living up to my expectations/hopes. It really does in a big way. I've only played for a couple of hours so far so maybe it's not fair for me to praiseI really can't understand why there are so many people rating this game badly. It's so fun! I think that the ones that aren't liking it just can't like this type of game. My anticipation was really high and I was so worried about it not living up to my expectations/hopes. It really does in a big way. I've only played for a couple of hours so far so maybe it's not fair for me to praise it so much, but even if the story and everything else that I haven't seen isn't any good, it wouldn't bother me because I'm having so much fun with just running around killing zombies. I loved both Dead Risings, but this has a completely different feel to me. It's more realistic in some ways, but I find it doesn't frustrate like some games like that do, (trying to be too realistic). I wasn't sure about the stamina meter and the upgrades and things along those lines, but I really think the developer kept right in the middle of what they were going for, so it works great!

    I think if you like the game play trailers, you'll have fun with this. I have high hopes for the story too, (I like it so far), but as I said... if it isn't that great, I'll have fun watching zombies drowning as they take water into their ugly heads, as well as everything else that I've seen/done so far. I've also read complaints about the visuals and character models as well. I thought everything was done great. I can't speak for what you see/experience later in the game, but so far I think it looks and plays amazingly.

    I think that people are either trying to give it a bad score for some reason without even trying it, or they just don't like this kind of game. I'm not sure, but I'm pretty convinced that the ones that are loving it will keep loving it for quite sometime.

    Awesome game!
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  3. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    Played this since midnight on monday until now. BEST ZOMBIE GAME I've ever played! Take the freedom of Dead Rising and mix it with left 4 dead's uneasy feeling of "what comes next" and drape it with a Borderlands feel and you have Dead Island. It takes getting used to as it's def something all it's own but those on the fence of whether this is up your alley only need to check a couplePlayed this since midnight on monday until now. BEST ZOMBIE GAME I've ever played! Take the freedom of Dead Rising and mix it with left 4 dead's uneasy feeling of "what comes next" and drape it with a Borderlands feel and you have Dead Island. It takes getting used to as it's def something all it's own but those on the fence of whether this is up your alley only need to check a couple boxes. 1) Did you play and enjoy Fallout 3 or Borderlands? 2.) Do you enjoy co-op games? 3.) Do you like zombie games/films? If you said yes to all three questions go buy this right now I guarantee you will have a blast. Critics are being really harsh on this game but it truly is worth every cent of your purchase. My friends and I are loving every minute of it. Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    Dead Island is a Open world, first person view, zombie survival horror with item collection and character skill advancement trees. Its as If Borderlands and Dead Rising got together and had a baby, that baby would be dead Island. This game has rich four player co-op, simple yet effective story, a deep weapon crafting and character customization system. Do you love zombies? Exploration?Dead Island is a Open world, first person view, zombie survival horror with item collection and character skill advancement trees. Its as If Borderlands and Dead Rising got together and had a baby, that baby would be dead Island. This game has rich four player co-op, simple yet effective story, a deep weapon crafting and character customization system. Do you love zombies? Exploration? character advancement? item collections? co-op? then dead Rising is a no brain-er. The only reason this game doesn't get a ten is due to a slightly bugged user interface that should be fixed this week with a patch. Expand
  5. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    First off.. i was worried about this game but i just could not resist buying it.... My worries were immediately erased when i played it! The biggest complaint i have seen is how it has picked popular qualities from other games. But seriously is that such a bad thing? Man This game is pure survival & though i wouldn't call it scary as hell this game has managed to make me jump & get veryFirst off.. i was worried about this game but i just could not resist buying it.... My worries were immediately erased when i played it! The biggest complaint i have seen is how it has picked popular qualities from other games. But seriously is that such a bad thing? Man This game is pure survival & though i wouldn't call it scary as hell this game has managed to make me jump & get very nervous from close calls. I really enjoy the crafting mechanics in the game and the way your weapon will actually show its wear and tear from use & they did not leave it to just having a health bar! what can i say i love the little things. Also i was caught off guard by the bloody size of the skill trees you use to get tougher & more capable. I will never get bored of throwing a knife into a zombie & pulling it back out while it tries to grab me than just stab the heck out of it :P Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    Awesome game! A must have for any fan of zombie/horror games. The perfect mix of action and suspense. My advise, buy this game, turn off the lights and hook up surround sound!
  7. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    It's sa to see the 35 negative reviews that came without justification. This is the stuff that kills jobs. This isn't a perfect game, but what it did do was create an experience that is completely it's own. The vistas are gorgeous despite ugly character models. The combat is frantic and exciting, but occasionally frustrating. That said the package is something fresh in a year of constantIt's sa to see the 35 negative reviews that came without justification. This is the stuff that kills jobs. This isn't a perfect game, but what it did do was create an experience that is completely it's own. The vistas are gorgeous despite ugly character models. The combat is frantic and exciting, but occasionally frustrating. That said the package is something fresh in a year of constant sequels. I bought this game knowing it was new IP and I stand by that knowledge a better man for having supported a company that took a chance. Not perfect, but deeply satisfying, Dead Island makes me happy to struggle to survive in a zombie breakout unlike anything I've ever seen. Expand
  8. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    Zombie games redefined. Outstanding mood and game-world. After gameplay movies I was a bit worried about melee fighting. Its just hard task. And what happened? I am playin it for 7 hours. Melee fighting is a masterpiece. Good work Deep Silver.

    BTW - City of Moresby is giving me the best survival experience in my life.
  9. Oio
    Sep 6, 2011
    10
    Well, its zombie game, but its completely different than L4D or Dead Rising - in my opinion: much better, much more adult and interesting. It has great climate and that's more important, right?
  10. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    Finally a zombie game that brings strategy to the table. Put together elements of fallout mixed with a dash of left 4 dead and dead rising and you've got Dead Island. This game is nowhere near perfect but I cannot stop playing it. Left 4 Dead 2 before this game was my favorite zombie game. This is now my new favorite one because you can't merely hack and slash in a corner as compared toFinally a zombie game that brings strategy to the table. Put together elements of fallout mixed with a dash of left 4 dead and dead rising and you've got Dead Island. This game is nowhere near perfect but I cannot stop playing it. Left 4 Dead 2 before this game was my favorite zombie game. This is now my new favorite one because you can't merely hack and slash in a corner as compared to Valves hit series l4d. you actually have to use skill and prior encounter experience for this game. I would compare this game to fallout greatly in the way that it is not only an fpsrpg, but also a rough game with graphical problems. Fallout has much more bugs than Dead Island has yet people talk **** about this game yet not fallout because fallout has settled itself within the gaming community. Because it is developed by an almost unknown company it will never be praised the way it should be. I would also like to include that the coop is fantastic, the mechanics are fascinating, and the analog combat style is a neat feature. The only complaint I have is that you cannot look behind you or use mirrors in vehicles. This game I could play over and over with my friends. The beautiful, yet dark at the some time setting of Banoi is really visually stunning and emotionally captivating. This game really brings out the teamwork in you and your friends. I recommend this game to anybody who loves fps', RPGs, and don't mind playing a game that is not 100% perfect. This game will never get the credit it deserves. The complete opposite of the cod franchise. Cod is a horrible series that gets overthrows while this is a fantastic game that will be underrated. Expand
  11. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    So far 50% of the people knew what they were buying and enjoyed their purchase...and 50% of the people didn't do their research and though they were buying the reveal CG trailer, found out it was just a regular game and started raging. If you like exploring, and fighting zombies this game is a must have. If on then other hand you'd like to run and gun through a meat shield of ragingSo far 50% of the people knew what they were buying and enjoyed their purchase...and 50% of the people didn't do their research and though they were buying the reveal CG trailer, found out it was just a regular game and started raging. If you like exploring, and fighting zombies this game is a must have. If on then other hand you'd like to run and gun through a meat shield of raging zombies on easy, this is probably not the game for you. For those that like to do both and enjoy a good distraction this is a solid buy or rent. Expand
  12. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    So...first off, I am definitely blown away. While I was excited about this game, I was a bit worried as to what the final product would be like and I can honestly say it turned out quite amazing. From the beautiful visuals to the blood curdling screams of the zombies, the island feels alive. It really comes alive though when you're allowed to explore at you're leisure. Taking on sideSo...first off, I am definitely blown away. While I was excited about this game, I was a bit worried as to what the final product would be like and I can honestly say it turned out quite amazing. From the beautiful visuals to the blood curdling screams of the zombies, the island feels alive. It really comes alive though when you're allowed to explore at you're leisure. Taking on side quests can be a bit overwhelming as there are many to take on at any given safe zone, but they all do a great job at wrapping you up in the world and the affairs of it.

    The game isn't without flaws, but fortunately, they are only minor. I experienced a respawn bug when playing a session with my buddy and a couple other texture loading bugs but these are things the developers have said would be fixed in a day one patch so those shouldn't be of concern. In the end, the game's a lot fun. The weapons really feel like you connect when you're beating down a zombie and the degradation of weapons makes each common oar or plank feel like a brand new weapon you're stockpiling to fight with. Playing with a buddy (or 3) is great and even though they're not a whole lot of tutorial pop ups to help you with everything, you learn pretty quickly how everything works and can easily get connected to the game. It's the largest scale zombie rpg I've seen yet and, to me, it definitely doesn't disappoint. I love the realistic touches and the added difficulty some of it presents and I for one will be having fun with this game for a long time
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  13. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    I don't care what other people say. The game is simply amazing. I was scared like hell and I still hear the screaming zombies behind my back. I have to admit that I have never played game like this: huge world to explore, beautiful environments, lots of action that you can not predict and above all that crashing feeling that you may die soon... Just WOW!!!!
  14. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    I was initially turned off from this game after watching gameplay on YouTube and reading reviews, but decided to get the game in an Xbox 360 Console bundle; this is mainly because the rest of the games were garbage, such as Black Ops. I am ever so glad that I chose this... don't make the same mistake as me, BUY THIS GAME! It has the best graphics of any FPS game i have ever seen, theI was initially turned off from this game after watching gameplay on YouTube and reading reviews, but decided to get the game in an Xbox 360 Console bundle; this is mainly because the rest of the games were garbage, such as Black Ops. I am ever so glad that I chose this... don't make the same mistake as me, BUY THIS GAME! It has the best graphics of any FPS game i have ever seen, the visuals are quite honestly STUNNING (If there were no zombies I would still quite happily sit around and look at the breathtaking visuals). The contrast between the chaos of a zombie apocalypse and the tranquility of the island really hits hard and immerses you from the minute you begin the game. Expand
  15. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    Seriously do yourself a favour and buy this game! It is not perfect, but all of the technical or gameplay complaints, that seem to mar other reviewers experience so much, just pale into significance against the sheer FUN to be had in game. If you enjoy open world and/or zombie games then I would definitely recommend this!
  16. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    This game is a masterpiece! I love it. Good atmosphere, great combat and ALLOT to do. The game even looks fantastic. Really hope that they will make a sequel. Thank you
  17. Sep 10, 2011
    10
    This game is simply amazing on the 360, the good game engine allows a unique approach to the zombies genre, by a rpg first person survival perspective. This game has so far been very satisfying with loot system and killing zombies and levelling, i have had no bugs interfere with the game and gameplay itself. I am really suprised that the mean user review score is only 6.7. and only 7.1 byThis game is simply amazing on the 360, the good game engine allows a unique approach to the zombies genre, by a rpg first person survival perspective. This game has so far been very satisfying with loot system and killing zombies and levelling, i have had no bugs interfere with the game and gameplay itself. I am really suprised that the mean user review score is only 6.7. and only 7.1 by the game reviewing organisations. I have heard of some gameplay issues with texture load/ saving/ AI troubles and a variety of other stuff, however this hasn't occurred to me so far. I was a big fan of fallout 3, and i've played borderlands (which was alright) and this game implements components of each of these games into one in a very good way. Expand
  18. Sep 11, 2011
    10
    You can see an entire walkthrough of the game here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL19C772559E876B8E&feature=viewall

    Perfect hybrid of Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead and Borderlands(a little bit of Fallout as well). Leveling up with a skill tree, scavenging and looting, weapon mods, melee madness, guns and explosives, co-op, and a long single player experience makes this one of the best
    You can see an entire walkthrough of the game here:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL19C772559E876B8E&feature=viewall

    Perfect hybrid of Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead and Borderlands(a little bit of Fallout as well). Leveling up with a skill tree, scavenging and looting, weapon mods, melee madness, guns and explosives, co-op, and a long single player experience makes this one of the best zombie games ever. However one of the best things about this game is probably the difficulty. The game starts out pretty easy but as you level up so do the zombies. As you progress through the game you encounter stronger types of zombies that are pretty difficult to take down. The game even warns you that certain areas of the island are very dangerous to traverse alone bringing the emphasis on playing the game in co-op.

    This is the true zombie survival horror game that we have all been waiting for. The promise of death in a few seconds in the event of a zombie encounter adds to the atmosphere and the realization of the ever impending doom of the zombie apocalypse. Anxiety and fear take over as you traverse the city where you are severely outnumbered around every corner and your best chance of survival is to just run. However you cannot always escape because you must manage your stamina. Using too much of it to run away from encounters will get you winded and in the event that you get cornered, not being able to defend yourself will provide you with a quick death. Having said that the combat in the game is exceptional. Mostly relying on melee weapons, it adds a great mechanic into the mix: being able to sever or break limbs to cripple the enemy. This alone adds a skill gap to the combat system that rewards accuracy and tactical thinking.

    All in all it is a great game that has a relatively long single player experience that can be shared with 3 other players online. You will die a lot in this game and that just makes it that much better because it adds to the atmosphere of the zombie apocalypse. This is one game where you are rewarded for your skills in combat as well as tactical thinking otherwise you're "dead meat".
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  19. Sep 15, 2011
    9
    Firstly, this is an amazing game. As you might of read already the environment outside is breath taking and is really stunning, the storyline is very entertaining at most parts but sometimes can feel kinda predictable. This game is defiantly for Co-op play however if you don't have on-line, don't worry as single player is also bad-ass. The skills and levelling up system is simple yet itFirstly, this is an amazing game. As you might of read already the environment outside is breath taking and is really stunning, the storyline is very entertaining at most parts but sometimes can feel kinda predictable. This game is defiantly for Co-op play however if you don't have on-line, don't worry as single player is also bad-ass. The skills and levelling up system is simple yet it works, The story is 20-22 hours long excluding MOST of the side quests. Lastly the re-playablity of this game is VERY HIGH so if you have anything planned over the weekend.. Reschedule as you might be busy. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys having fun with their friends and wants to waste a couple of hours a day kicking zombie butt. Expand
  20. Sep 21, 2011
    10
    I never experienced all of the bugs these people are talking about. Not once, even before the patch was released. I played by myself off and on through out the game. Let me tell you, my friend and I started the game together via xbox live after we got past the hotel. We had a BLAST!!!! Then my two other good friends joined us a couple days later and it was just amazing. The graphicalI never experienced all of the bugs these people are talking about. Not once, even before the patch was released. I played by myself off and on through out the game. Let me tell you, my friend and I started the game together via xbox live after we got past the hotel. We had a BLAST!!!! Then my two other good friends joined us a couple days later and it was just amazing. The graphical glitches are VERY and I mean VERY RARE! The graphics of the game are beautiful. 8.5/10. The combat is absolutely Gorey, unique, satisfying, and entertaining. 9.5/10. Open world environments are split up into 4 areas, all of which you can fast travel between. Although, since I am used to oblivion, morrowind, and borderland open worlds, I believe the whole map should be traversed by foot, land or boat and not just fast travel. Also not everything in the open world is interactive or you cant pick up every item. IF it were a bethesda game, you can bet you can go into every building and pick up any item you see and not be fixed to the ground or be a useless prop. I give that a 7/10 for average. The items, upgrading, repairing, and modding weapons are more than what I expected from an open world zombie RPG. It is creative crafting system and I give that a perfect 10/10. Music and sound effects fit the situation and etc. I give it a 8/10. Multiplayer is just AWESOME and gives it replay value. For the first time, It actually makes me want to replay the game even when I have beat it. I give this a 10/10. A lot of people complain about how the zombies level up with you. Do you realize how easy it would be if they didnt?!?! I joined a friends game, I was level 30 and he was level 15. Literally, one hit to a zombie killed it. It wasnt satisfying. I told him to join my game instead. The point is to level up, and get as many skills as you can get. Skills make your combat situation easier thus making you feel more powerful when you do fight zombies that are the same level as you. Skill trees are pretty well thought out and since dead island is the first of its kind, it did an excellent job. I'm pretty sure there is room for improvement but they did the best they could. I give it a 10/10. Story isnt all that gripping. I give it a 6/10. In this game, it really doesnt matter as the story isnt what draws you in, its the combat, multiplayer, crafting aspects that keep you playing. what does a story matter when you are going to be replaying the game over and over again(cause it has awesome replay value)? So my total scoring average is 8.6 out of 10. Now, since we have no-life nerds who come on here and COMPLAIN about everything...kinda pisses me off. Get out of your mothers basement and get a job. Maybe if you do that you wont be OVERLY picky on a game that deserves credit. WHA they level up with you, WHAAW there are bugs here and there, WHAAW there is money in a game when you dont need money, WHAAA WHAAA WHAAA WHAAA. I wont talk about the good stuff....because I am a little spoiled brat. If it were halo, gears of war 3, and any other popular title.....I would give it a perfect 10 out of 10 regardless if it is the same quality as dead island. So, since my average is 8.6 out of 10. I am forced to give this a 10 out of 10 to combat the lamers on here. Expand
  21. Sep 10, 2011
    9
    I've read too many whiny reviews about this game and how "it erases my game" or "my kicking leg changes length" or my favorite " waaaahhh!!! Items respawn!!!." These things alone are enough for you to drop this game to a 1/10. I will daresay that you gamers are quite petty. This game is absolutely what the gaming world needs. First I applaud this game for making me actually sit on the edgeI've read too many whiny reviews about this game and how "it erases my game" or "my kicking leg changes length" or my favorite " waaaahhh!!! Items respawn!!!." These things alone are enough for you to drop this game to a 1/10. I will daresay that you gamers are quite petty. This game is absolutely what the gaming world needs. First I applaud this game for making me actually sit on the edge of my seat while I struggle for my life at almost every turn which completely makes up for the fact that the floater I fought last night disappeared into the floor before I could collect my exp. NO BIG DEAL! Second I found the world of Dead Island so graphically beautiful that it easily rivals other open world rpgs such as Oblivion and the Fallout series. And last of all I found the weapons to be very cool indeed. I was skeptical at first when I grabbed a paddle and sent my first zombie to Hell, (good things come to those who wait) and now I'm wielding weapons that absolutely devastate my foes. So, I say to all you people who are at home counting each pixel on your screen so you can argue about how the screen resolution isn't perfect; get the hair out of your crack... sit down...put this game in...and just have fun with it. Ignore the zombie who glitches once every blue moon, assume your character's leg gets shorter and longer because he/she is actually Mr. Fantastic, and just chill. Expand
  22. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    I'll start simply by saying this is my first ever review on metacritic. I had to speak up! I followed this game for awhile and I will admit the trailer with the little girl was quite misleading. I'm also not going to go comparing this to all the games it's not and how similar it is to others. I picked it up on launch, before reading any reviews. I'm shocked to see the scores. Dead IslandI'll start simply by saying this is my first ever review on metacritic. I had to speak up! I followed this game for awhile and I will admit the trailer with the little girl was quite misleading. I'm also not going to go comparing this to all the games it's not and how similar it is to others. I picked it up on launch, before reading any reviews. I'm shocked to see the scores. Dead Island is FUN!!! It seems a lot of the reviewers that gave bad scores have not played the game that far, a few only referencing the first or second quest. The controls are spot-on and the first person view is amazing. There has been more than a few times I jumped because a zombie is about to eat my face off. Aiming with a melee weapon shouldn't be locked on for guaranteed success. Guns seem to do a lot more damage than a baseball bat, as they should! After leaving the initial area I was shocked how much your style of play has to change, due to non-zombie enemies (don't want to spoil). The AI of these new challengers is spot on and refreshing compared to the lumbering zombies. This was an interesting twist i was not expecting and enjoyed! The sound is also great in surround sound. Being able to tell what direction a zombie is running full blast at you from is very useful. The lack of music is also a great decision by the developers. Sometimes just the sounds of your footsteps is enough to polish the immersion. Graphics are ok, by far not the best to date. They do a good enough job for an occasional "wow" moment. The damage effects on the zombies is nice. You actually see a radius and an ulna when you chop at their arms! There is a lot of "delivery" quests and some lack of flair with the characters. I do however feel the pull to want to keep leveling up, despite the lackluster back story. I hope more people try this game out and ignore some of the baffling bad reviews. I can't wait to play more! Expand
  23. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    Woohoo! An open world zombie slasher with impeccable graphics and fresh gameplay. It has some glitches so I'm still waiting for that patch but otherwise it's exactly the game I've been waiting for. Weapon decays is balanced as long as you loot useful stuff (as you would being a survivor in a zombie apocalypse), the enemies have enough variety to stay entertaining but it's still obviousWoohoo! An open world zombie slasher with impeccable graphics and fresh gameplay. It has some glitches so I'm still waiting for that patch but otherwise it's exactly the game I've been waiting for. Weapon decays is balanced as long as you loot useful stuff (as you would being a survivor in a zombie apocalypse), the enemies have enough variety to stay entertaining but it's still obvious that they're zombie variations.
    Melee combat is unique, especially when you switch the oddly named 'fight type' to analog. Then you control the melee swings by swinging the right analog stick. And one more thing: PLAY IN CO-OP!!
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  24. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    Mesmerizing games ! Steam 1.2.0 version is working A1 so far . Not as out of this world as FALLOUT or HALF LIVE but extremely near . Like most games lacks of complexity. The recipe is simple but the result is tasty . 50$ well spent , thanks , that's entretainment ! OPEN WORLD .
  25. Sep 14, 2011
    10
    By far the most funloving and entertaining title to come along for quite some time. It might not be everyone´s cup of tea but if you like open worlds, tons of stuff to do and braindead Zombies (who doesn´t) then pick this one up. This is a game that is quite literally what you make of it, so if you only like games that give you no freedom, this is not for you.By far the most funloving and entertaining title to come along for quite some time. It might not be everyone´s cup of tea but if you like open worlds, tons of stuff to do and braindead Zombies (who doesn´t) then pick this one up. This is a game that is quite literally what you make of it, so if you only like games that give you no freedom, this is not for you. For all others, you are in for a treat. Expand
  26. Sep 13, 2011
    9
    There's no way that this game deserves below an 8 from anybody who even played it for more than 1 hour. First, let me establish EXACTLY what kind of game Dead Island is, since so many other user critics fail to describe it accurately. Take the brutal and intense co-op zombie-slaying action of Left 4 Dead, the open-world exploration of Fallout/Oblivion, and the addicting looting of DiabloThere's no way that this game deserves below an 8 from anybody who even played it for more than 1 hour. First, let me establish EXACTLY what kind of game Dead Island is, since so many other user critics fail to describe it accurately. Take the brutal and intense co-op zombie-slaying action of Left 4 Dead, the open-world exploration of Fallout/Oblivion, and the addicting looting of Diablo to form Dead Island. I don't understand why people can complain about Dead Island "ripping off" other games...It simply takes proven formulas and combines them into a new, superb one. Please disregard any user score below an 8, as most of them are utterly wrong in their reviews...not to mention that they're all written at an elementary school grammar level, which should tell you a little something about the writer. I have to stress to you that while the game is still extremely addicting even when playing by yourself, the amount of fun is literally multiplied for each additional friend you're playing with. Sounds cheesy, but is nonetheless true. The storyline is about what you would expect from a zombie game, consisting of the survivors attempting to get off of the island. It consists of about 30 hours of gameplay, excluding much exploration. The game's RPG elements are a nice touch, making me feel like all of the zombie-killing has more purpose than just good fun. I wouldn't describe the game's RPG elements as light, but they're about as straightforward and novice as you can get. You level up by doing quests and killing things, unlocking one skill point every level to spend on your character. Each character has 3 skill trees with about 15 or so skills per tree. You can spend this point to either unlock a new skill, or improve upon a current one. The skills aren't immensely deep, consisting of skills such as "Improved Weapon Durability", or an increased chance to kill a zombie in one hit. There are other skills that are much more exciting than the ones I described, but the core ones are generally passive that overall improve your characters combat skills. The four playable characters all represent some standard RPG classes, which are tank, leader/firearms expert, assassin, and throwing weapons specialist (who's also the "Jack of all Trades"). Combat in Dead Island is some of the most addicting melee combat ever implemented into a game. I highly recommend going to the Options at the main menu and switch your combat style over from "Digital" to "Analog". Digital consists of you mashing Right Trigger over and over, while Analog allows you to utilize precision with your melee swings. You use the Right Analog Stick to literally swing your weapon, allowing you to target various limbs. It takes a little time to get used to, but after a few minutes, it's fantastically addicting. The visceral mutilation is amazing graphic-wise, and the blood effects are astounding. In fact, the entire game possesses phenomenal graphics and the world is never bleak or dull. The looting on this game, as I mentioned, is very Diablo-esque, and never ceases to stir up excitement when I discover another weapons chest that may or may not contain that next godly machete or sledgehammer. You can attach various mods to any of your weapons, allowing them to cause even more destruction. Since this game revolves around melee combat, I had anticipated the shooting to be clunky and boring. I couldn't have been more wrong. The gunplay is extremely fun, and is not cumbersome to utilize whatsoever. Scoring that sick headshot on an unsuspecting zombie with a shotgun or magnum is a breeze. However, ammo is scarce throughout the game, but you can craft it later on with the necessary materials. Aside from all of these positives, I do have some gripes. The normal enemy zombies are called Walkers, with the next step up being called Infected. However, I think the Infected are some of the cheapest enemies in the game. They rush you furiously without any regard for their own life, and will literally chase you halfway across the map. As if that didn't tire them out, they're a ball of energy when they finally reach you, flailing their arms in all directions and scoring multiple devastating hits on you. The most annoying part is when you are in Act 2, and you're required to proceed through the "Quarantined" area, where the Infected literally spawn every 5 seconds nearby, forcing you to either die or fight an army of them. My biggest gripe of this game is weapon degradation. Your weapons degrade at astonishing rates, forcing you to repair quite frequently. This wouldn't be a problem if it wasn't so expensive to repair them. Couple that with the 10% of your cash penalty you receive when you die (which is often), and you've got yourself an annoyance to induce rage to even the most stoic of gamers. Overall, easily one of the best co-op experiences available on consoles, and in my opinion, a frontrunner for Game of the Year. Expand
  27. Sep 11, 2011
    10
    "Medkit here!" "Hey look its a Tank! I mean a Rammer!" Hmmm, this game sounds familiar. Can you guess which one? Here are the choices: 1. Left 4 Dead. 2. Resident Evil. 3. Killing Floor.
  28. Sep 9, 2011
    9
    Borderlands + Dead Rising = Dead Island.

    That's the easy equation if you really want to know how this game plays. The four-player co-op, leveling opponents, mission based narrative and stat-based and elemental (fire/electric/toxic/explosive... all realistic in their ways) weaponry from Borderlands... the strategy-based teamwork, combinable/upgradeable weaponry, survivors to save, and,
    Borderlands + Dead Rising = Dead Island.

    That's the easy equation if you really want to know how this game plays. The four-player co-op, leveling opponents, mission based narrative and stat-based and elemental (fire/electric/toxic/explosive... all realistic in their ways) weaponry from Borderlands... the strategy-based teamwork, combinable/upgradeable weaponry, survivors to save, and, of course, zombies from Dead Rising... combines into a game that works on many levels.

    As many have complained, yes, the game has it's cons: - Graphical errors (like discarded weapons "swimming" along the floor in a random direction, or shadows suddenly going oddly ballistic when a zombie has an action sequence) - Animation problems (NPC's and co-op players oddly bumble around the screen and look unnatural in some movements) - A huge learning curve when it comes to understanding your controls (which leads to drastically missing an attack and getting killed when all you wanted to know was how to throw your weapon as a projectile) - Voice acting (It seems as if they only did one take on certain things, and calling you a "him" when you're playing as one of the girls is a little frustrating)

    But there are many pros: - Branching tech trees allowing for deep characterized customization (meaning that though you and your friend may be using the same character, you could have a totally different skill set, leading to good strategy based on combat, survival and special skills) - Visceral feel to the attacks (all your landing attacks FEEL like you
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  29. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    Don't believe the bad reviews. I've been playing this game for 4 days now. I've played Borderlands, Left4dead, Deadrising, and countless other games. I've been playing PC and console games since 1990 on a hardcore basis, and I can say without a doubt that this is a damn fine game. It's open world, very very few loading zones, and has tons of locations. The combat is a bit different,Don't believe the bad reviews. I've been playing this game for 4 days now. I've played Borderlands, Left4dead, Deadrising, and countless other games. I've been playing PC and console games since 1990 on a hardcore basis, and I can say without a doubt that this is a damn fine game. It's open world, very very few loading zones, and has tons of locations. The combat is a bit different, but if you take a little bit of time you will get used to it, and have a ton of fun dismembering the zombies. Some reviews compare this to the previous games I mentioned, and they are right. Just think Borderlands, on Farcry island, meets Dead Rising without a time limit. The only low points in the game I can think of are some graphic lighting issues, and some ugly character models. This game is not getting the credit it deserves, it's very under rated. Take it from somone who has spent a lot of time playing this, and has a lot of gaming experience, you'll like this game. Expand
  30. Sep 9, 2011
    9
    I love this game! Been playing it since day one and I can
  31. Sep 7, 2011
    9
    This is the best zombie game ever made by humanity, ever. The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 is that some minor glitches need to be fixed with a patch. Otherwise it's simply mindblowing! The island is huge but it's not just the beach, there is a city, jungles and much more. I'm in the middle of my second playthrough. Cooperative is the way to with this one. Not like there's anythingThis is the best zombie game ever made by humanity, ever. The only reason I'm not giving it a 10 is that some minor glitches need to be fixed with a patch. Otherwise it's simply mindblowing! The island is huge but it's not just the beach, there is a city, jungles and much more. I'm in the middle of my second playthrough. Cooperative is the way to with this one. Not like there's anything wrong with single-player but sharing the horrors of the zombie invasion with other players is what XBL was invented for LOL! Expand
  32. Sep 6, 2011
    9
    This is the best current gen Zombie game to date.... It takes aspects of both fallout and borderlands and combines them into a very enjoyable co-op rpg. Its nothing like led or dead rising aside from zombies and crafting weapons... It has bugs but they dont ruin the game or experience imo
  33. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    Good fun = good game. It's as simple as that. Even if the game is not flawless I can recom-mend it without hesitation and all because of its incredible survival horror experience. I'm not fan of the genre but I was carried away with action and atmosphere. I also truly appreciate the fantastic environments and really nice zombie. And one thing more: the soundtrack is phenomenal. All in all,Good fun = good game. It's as simple as that. Even if the game is not flawless I can recom-mend it without hesitation and all because of its incredible survival horror experience. I'm not fan of the genre but I was carried away with action and atmosphere. I also truly appreciate the fantastic environments and really nice zombie. And one thing more: the soundtrack is phenomenal. All in all, it is a decent product that scored 95% on my scale. Expand
  34. Sep 12, 2011
    10
    One of the best zombie games ever made. Great job Deep Silver and Square Enix it was well worth the wait. This plays much more like fallout/borderlands than L4D so be warned, if you didnt like either of these games but in all honesty who wouldnt love this :-)
  35. Sep 13, 2011
    10
    I had to create an account to rate this game, just because i was so utterly baffled by the bad reviews of this game. I guess the bad reviews prove that some people you just can't please. I can't imagine that -anything- makes the people who disliked this game happy. Anyhew. This game is like the world's best milkshake. They picked the best parts of a dozen different games, and blended itI had to create an account to rate this game, just because i was so utterly baffled by the bad reviews of this game. I guess the bad reviews prove that some people you just can't please. I can't imagine that -anything- makes the people who disliked this game happy. Anyhew. This game is like the world's best milkshake. They picked the best parts of a dozen different games, and blended it together into deliciousness, and every bit is incredible. The skill tree, and items with stats from borderlands, weapons and combinations from dead rising, fallout-esque missions and targeting of limbs. It's just incredible. The -stupidest- complaint i've ever heard is that all the women are in bikinis. The first 25 percent of the game takes place on a beach resort...the men are in swimsuits too, it's a beach! I gurantee you there aren't bikini clad women in the slum-town that is the next section. Expand
  36. Sep 6, 2011
    10
    First off, I hate, HATE zombie games. I'll be 100% honest, I picked up Dead Island because of all the hype and because people mentioned it was "Fallout 3 with zombies". Well, with Fallout 3 being one of my favorite games in existence, and me being a sucker for anything like it, I had to give this a chance. So yeah I bought into the hype, but bottom line, it's a really awesome game. IFirst off, I hate, HATE zombie games. I'll be 100% honest, I picked up Dead Island because of all the hype and because people mentioned it was "Fallout 3 with zombies". Well, with Fallout 3 being one of my favorite games in existence, and me being a sucker for anything like it, I had to give this a chance. So yeah I bought into the hype, but bottom line, it's a really awesome game. I think Dead Island deserves a 9/10 across the board. The graphics and sound are both over the top good, the core game is a TON of FUN, and the feeling you get while playing is worth the price of admission. Throw a few online friends into the mix, turn your speakers up, and watch the blood fly. You'd have to be dead to not enjoy this game. Expand
  37. Sep 12, 2011
    9
    Ok, the game is not perfect, not even close. Let me tell you, I am just a casual gamer who owns a X360 for zombie games (yes, my very late adquisitions are L4D, L4D2, -both of them masterpieces- dead rising,dead space and Dead island) and who plays quite often a game from 1999, Heroes 3 of might mand Magic, weird , uh?

    I bought Dead Space several months ago. I barely played it 2 hours. I
    Ok, the game is not perfect, not even close. Let me tell you, I am just a casual gamer who owns a X360 for zombie games (yes, my very late adquisitions are L4D, L4D2, -both of them masterpieces- dead rising,dead space and Dead island) and who plays quite often a game from 1999, Heroes 3 of might mand Magic, weird , uh?

    I bought Dead Space several months ago. I barely played it 2 hours. I bought Crysis 2 several months ago. I barely played it 4 hours. I bought Dead Rising, I didnt finish it. Neither DR case zero. I bought Dead island last Saturday. I have played it over 10 hours. I'm anxious to reach home and continue playing. Seriously, it has its glitches (the water stuff, sometimes you have to reload the mission 'cos the target mission items dissapear, that kind of things) The graphs, many of you may say that are not Dx11, ok... I don't have a gaming rig, but the graphs are very close , if not better than the ones I've seen on crysis 2 (xbox, of course) . The scenarios are beautifuly designed, there's lot of detail everywhere. I like how the zombies are eating the death corpes in the middle of the streets. I love how the zombies are hitting the doors to reach the survivors, I love those kind of details. So far, this is the first game that provides that kind of details fully. I found stupid on L4D how the zombies just punched you. Here they take a more "realisitc" approach to their victims. I dont have any problem with the 1st person melee fights, in fact, it's a quite refreshing aproach to the genre. I don't have any problems about respawning items, I've seen that on DR and nobody complained of that. I haven't played it multiplayer, and I will probably never, but I dont care. I really enjoy to be inside the game atmosphere, the great dramatic tunes , and the great enviroments. So far I haven't passed from 1 act and as I have read the things turn very intense!

    I don't **** understand how this game is taking so many bad critics, while a PIECE OF CRAP like RE5 was, was taking almost AAA califications. I dont understand why proffesional reviewers focuse on bad stuff for small companies like techland who try to bring something new over the table. I'm **** tired of the gaming industry. Seriously. It's very probably that I wont be playing this game in a few weeks, but, hell, this game has already provided me GREAT FUN **** ZOMBIE SLASHING moments. Yep. That's it.
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  38. Sep 11, 2011
    9
    I want to start by saying that this is an easy 8/10 game at least. In my opinion,this is THE most definitive Zombie game ever made,& by far best does the iconic Zombie justice,better than any other game to date,bar none,& does exactly what it says on the tin.The game does have alot of bugs & glitches at launch though,it has to be said,which is unecceptable.I'm sure they'll be fixed,butI want to start by saying that this is an easy 8/10 game at least. In my opinion,this is THE most definitive Zombie game ever made,& by far best does the iconic Zombie justice,better than any other game to date,bar none,& does exactly what it says on the tin.The game does have alot of bugs & glitches at launch though,it has to be said,which is unecceptable.I'm sure they'll be fixed,but thats not the point.Also,to get one more thing out out of the way.Enough of the complaining that the game is not like the 'CGI' trailer!.. Honestly,what game IS like their CGI trailer? But i dont hear complaints about them. I'm not sure what kind of game some where expecting due to this trailer,but as the trailer suggested,this game is about a Zombie outbreak on an Island Resort.Moving on though,the game itself is great fun to play.Not sure why people have criticised the graphics,they are as good,if not better than just about every other free roaming game out there.The frame rate is solid,with no noticable slowdown & sound is great,with those Zombie growls causing tension,especially when they're chasing you.
    Where this game excels though,& what sets it apart from any other Zombie game,is the combat,& the pace of it.I never really got on with Left4Dead,because the pacing was too fast,meaning there was no tension,& it was all about 'pray N spray' shooting,mowing down Zombies sprinting at you.Thats not a proper Zombie game as far as i'm concerned.I much prefer Dead Rising(Moreso No2)myself.It was closer to that Zombie game i always wanted,with its slower pace,& 'Proper' slower Zombies,with much more emphisis on melee weapons.Still wasnt my ideal Zombie game though,due to its slightly zaney & cartoony violence,& the humour with things you could wear,& the music.
    No,Dead Island is the real deal! It is LITERALLY that Zombie game i always wanted.The Zombie,as an enemy,is treated with respect,& is a genuine threat if taken lightly in this game.In fact with the excellent combat mechanics in this game,every Zombie is kind of a fight in its own right.When taking on a Zombie,you have to go in,get in a hit or two,then get out before it hits you back,or get it to swing at you first,THEN attack.Theres more to it than that though,as you can target anywhere on the Zombies limbs or body,by having your crosshair on that part when you attack(its easier than it sounds),Which gives you options in every single fight you have.Do you go for a tricky head blow,to take the enemy out quickly,or try to break or sever(depending on wether your carrying a blunt or edged weapon respectively)an arm to make their attacks less effective,or legs to slow them down? Or risk kicking them to the floor to pound them while they try to get up.Kick them into some water,or off the edge if there is one.The choice is yours,depending on your circumstances,like how many enemies you are taking on.Running is also a very real option if things get too hot,or your heath low.Now if all that sounds very cool,then believe me,it is.The Zombies visually show damage where your hitting them too,which is awesome,especially when you've cut a limb off,or you've broken it,& their limb flopping about,rendered impotent.Guns do come into the game later on too,so if you like shooting your Zombies too,you can,though its not the focus of this game.
    This is a BIIIIG game too,with a big play area,& many main & side quests thrown at you Borderlands style,& i havnt even gone into the leveling up of your character,gaining skills,Finding,trading,repairing,upgrading & constructing weapons.. Being able to trade objects & weapons with the other players,& heal them,& the great 4 player Co-Op in general.
    So yes,this is by far the best Zombie game to date,but as i said,at time of launch(& writing this)theres bugs to fix,some are worse than others,but once they are fixed,the game will be one of the best experience to be had out there,& so for that reason,it gets a 9 from me.Should've been released without the glaring bugs & glitches though,theres no getting around that..Tut Tut Techland.
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  39. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Don't let the mediocre and bad reviews sway you into missing one of the greatest zombie killing games ever made. I play it on the PC and at first, it was a buggy, jumbled mess. But since they've patched it up, it's become one of my most favorite games to play. Completely wide open island packed with hidden chests and goodies. Co-op zombie killing is a complete riot and probably the mostDon't let the mediocre and bad reviews sway you into missing one of the greatest zombie killing games ever made. I play it on the PC and at first, it was a buggy, jumbled mess. But since they've patched it up, it's become one of my most favorite games to play. Completely wide open island packed with hidden chests and goodies. Co-op zombie killing is a complete riot and probably the most fun I've had playing a game in a long time. It's also a pretty good RPG with talent trees, upgradable weapons and even green/blue/golden weapons to signify rarity. If you're on the fence, pick it up, without a doubt. You will not regret it. Expand
  40. Sep 7, 2011
    9
    Fallout 3 mechanics with Zombies. Most of the bad reviews are so nit picky I didn't even notice the issues until reading these reviews. My copy is PS3 and haven't seen any screen tearing. the odd visual bug maybe, but that is to be expected from a game of this size. It's rumored the campaign is 20-30 hours long, with drop in/out multiplayer to take on quests with people when you want andFallout 3 mechanics with Zombies. Most of the bad reviews are so nit picky I didn't even notice the issues until reading these reviews. My copy is PS3 and haven't seen any screen tearing. the odd visual bug maybe, but that is to be expected from a game of this size. It's rumored the campaign is 20-30 hours long, with drop in/out multiplayer to take on quests with people when you want and dominate zombies solo when you don't. I owned LFD 1 & 2 and this game blows it away. In Left For Dead you run along the same linear path over and over and over, while in Dead Island you're free to explore. this freedom makes the game much more intense and scary. The combat is mainly melee but you can throw any of your weapons, with guns being added later in the game. Also, VEHICLES! What's more fun than demolishing hordes of zombies in your truck with your 3 buds? Nothing. Expand
  41. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    I think people are giving this game a bum steer, and not being fair on the game. The first point I will address is the multi player function and people complaining about the annoying in game popups to join other peoples games SOLUTION switch to "Single Player" in the online menu, problem solved.

    The next issue is the combat system - IF you find this game hard or think the combat system is
    I think people are giving this game a bum steer, and not being fair on the game. The first point I will address is the multi player function and people complaining about the annoying in game popups to join other peoples games SOLUTION switch to "Single Player" in the online menu, problem solved.

    The next issue is the combat system - IF you find this game hard or think the combat system is ineffective... well you probably just suck at this game. The combat system is fantastic and very intuitive, point the cross hair at the part of the zombie you want to hit and hit it, if you have a knife it may just cut or disable the limb, it may cut it right off, blunt weapons will cripple and in the case of the head smash it clean off.

    I have read many complaints that the stamina system means that if you come up against more than a couple zombies your done for, this is not true. in real life you wouldn't just swing your arms and scream like someone from the internet releasing there nerd rage would you, and this game is no different the key to success is controlled use of weapons, a strike to the head will often kill a zombie in one blow if not knock it to the ground stunning it for a while giving you time to dispatch any other zombie attacking you.

    This title is better than "Dead rising" and "Left for dead" where it differs is that while it is from the first person perspective it is not a 'first person shooter". If you buy this game thinking your getting a FPS you will not be happy.

    So what do you get? Well if you are fan of Oblivion and Melee combat this game is for you.

    the game is a basic RPG in that completing missions and killing zombies earns you XP with can be used to upgrade your characters abilities, and also their effectiveness with particular weapons and in combat.

    Graphics - the graphics in this game a bloody awesome, when you consider it is a completely open world, go anywhere anytime, you can often see ahead of you for miles and there are virtually no load times, when you enter a building or a safety area there are no load times. Complaints of texture pop ins are unfounded and nothing that no other video game of this scale suffers from, and to be honest it is barely noticeable unless you look for it and does not take away from the game at all.

    Sound - again bloody awesome and draws you right into the game, you will be exploring an area, with the ambient sounds of waves crashing the wind perhaps a radio playing music in the back ground and then you hear a groan! (I have surround sound) you spin around to the direction it came from to see a zombie pick himself up and start coming after you.

    Gameplay - Awesome!!!! You are immune to the infection and cannot be turned into a zombie, so people use this to their advantage by asking you to do favours for them, unfortunately while you are immune you are not invincible and can be killed.

    Characters in the game when approached will ask you to do favours for them you either accept or decline in return they will give you money (for better weapons and upgrades) weapons, and XP points.

    the way you get new missions is very well done you talk with the character they give you the back ground of the mission and then hand you a blood stained piece of paper with all the details.

    the missions are usually go hear get this talk to person X come back when your done, find me this etc, just like your GTA's and many other games, some people say they find these mission types boring and repetitive but i think the key to games like this is not to just do one mission return do the next return, but treat the side missions as exactly that "well if I am in the area I will do it" and it makes the game much more fun and immersive.

    overal this game is easily a 10/10 and one of the best games I have played for a while after a steam of consecutive new release titles that sucked

    If you got a woody for the game trailer thinking this game would be some kind of gripping emotional roller coaster, then I really do question your manhood. Who on earth would have expected anything more than roaming an island smashing zombies?

    Bugs - Well none that i can see, (none that really effect game play) after 4 hours of playing, all open world games suffer from some glitches here and there, but having said that i experienced none

    All I can say is don't think this game is going to be COD with zombies because you will be disappointed, and don't believe the nay sayers and bad reviews this game is great
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  42. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Do not listen to the haters. Just like them I waited 2 days to play the game I paid my money for. However, unlike them I had the patience and willingness to wait it out. And so glad I did. The game is awesomesauce wrapped in bacon. Killing zombies has never been so much fun. And why on earth did it take so long to come up with the formula. Open world + RPG skills + zombie-killing +Do not listen to the haters. Just like them I waited 2 days to play the game I paid my money for. However, unlike them I had the patience and willingness to wait it out. And so glad I did. The game is awesomesauce wrapped in bacon. Killing zombies has never been so much fun. And why on earth did it take so long to come up with the formula. Open world + RPG skills + zombie-killing + co-op = Fun-freaking-tastic. Making this short to start up another session. Work just made the addiction worse... going to imagine some zombies with bosses faces =) Expand
  43. Sep 9, 2011
    10
    I have been waiting for this game since the 2008 trailer came out, and I have not been disappointed. The combat is very unique and challenging, especially the analog fighting style. The sheer amount of zombies that you run into is a perfect amount for four player co op. The scenery is breathtaking and simply well done. And when you are roaming around the island with only a baseball bat inI have been waiting for this game since the 2008 trailer came out, and I have not been disappointed. The combat is very unique and challenging, especially the analog fighting style. The sheer amount of zombies that you run into is a perfect amount for four player co op. The scenery is breathtaking and simply well done. And when you are roaming around the island with only a baseball bat in hand and you hear a ferocious roar from in front of you, it makes you want to run away. There are so many great things about this game, like the modification, the character progression throughout the whole game and the gratuitous amounts of opponents is a suffice challenge. I have no idea why people are rating a game that is this original and well done so poorly. This game does have a few problems like the lack offline co-op, but that doesn't mean that it should be so poorly rated. I have had extremely few problems with the game with the 26 hours that I have logged in. Just because its a challenging that game that some people have trouble with doesn't mean it should have a low score. Expand
  44. Sep 11, 2011
    10
    Great Game, bit slow to start off, but the good physics engine and the addictive fun of obliterating zombies with various makeshift weapons makes it worthwhile. The change in scenery is great over the course of the game, and i didn't find the missions too repetitive. Graphics are great, no complaints. Smooth textures and clean edges make it a great looking title. Amazing really. Pick up aGreat Game, bit slow to start off, but the good physics engine and the addictive fun of obliterating zombies with various makeshift weapons makes it worthwhile. The change in scenery is great over the course of the game, and i didn't find the missions too repetitive. Graphics are great, no complaints. Smooth textures and clean edges make it a great looking title. Amazing really. Pick up a copy and judge for yourself. Expand
  45. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    Dead Island is great. Go buy it. There. That was easy. Oh- You want to know why? Well I'll tell you. Dead Island is a very good open world zombie survival game featuring a robust weapon crafting system and first person melee combat. Itâ
  46. Sep 7, 2011
    10
    This is by far my favorite Zombie Gaming experience ever. It truly satisfied the many aspects that left 4 dead left me craving. The game did have its problems at launch with the developer releasing the wrong version. That being said, i'm not gonna dock any points for that. Ultimately the only thing that matters is if the game is fun or not. As Far as Fun factor its a 10/10 without a doubtThis is by far my favorite Zombie Gaming experience ever. It truly satisfied the many aspects that left 4 dead left me craving. The game did have its problems at launch with the developer releasing the wrong version. That being said, i'm not gonna dock any points for that. Ultimately the only thing that matters is if the game is fun or not. As Far as Fun factor its a 10/10 without a doubt as long as you can look past some of the issues that plagued the game at release. If you are a zombie fan DO NOT PASS THIS GAME UP! Expand
  47. Sep 8, 2011
    10
    This game is incredibly fun to play in Singleplayer mode or MP mode. I can only reason that the low scores must have come from FPS fans. If exploring, crafting, leveling and defiling zombies with hundreds of weapons in amazingly bloody fashion than this game is for you. Do not let the critics talk u out of this game it is a must play.
  48. Sep 8, 2011
    9
    Dead Island is the kind of game that you either love or you hate. It is not a perfect game but for any reasonable minded gamer the flaws should not be enough to break the game. Graphically it is a mixed bag, the environment providing the best visuals and the character animations ranging from great (the undead) to stiff (the humans, ironically). Having played through nearly twelve hoursDead Island is the kind of game that you either love or you hate. It is not a perfect game but for any reasonable minded gamer the flaws should not be enough to break the game. Graphically it is a mixed bag, the environment providing the best visuals and the character animations ranging from great (the undead) to stiff (the humans, ironically). Having played through nearly twelve hours of the game (roughly 34% of the main quest and a ton of the side quests) I can safely say that those who tackle the game solo are missing the point, this game is made to be played with a group. In my time spent playing with friends the admittedly mindless destruction of scores of undead never ceased to be enjoyable, cutting down zombie after zombie and running for the high ground when their numbers begin to overwhelm you always was oddly terrifying and enjoyable. The decision to make it a first person game, while giving the melee combat a bit of a learning curve, definitely adds tension to the game as not being able to see three or four feet behind your character at all times makes you keep your digital head on a swivel. In summary, Dead Island is far from perfect but it is still an insanely enjoyable game to play with friends in spite of its short comings, smashing zombie heads in with a nail studded baseball bat never gets old. Expand
  49. Sep 11, 2011
    10
    REVISION: It still garners a straight 10 in my book. The game delivers as much as it needs to. Clunky controls? Quit button-mashing. Loads of glitches? False, you're still button-mashing. I've only seen two or three, none of them anywhere near a true hindrance on enjoyment. Unplayable in single-player? BUTTON-MASHING, STOP IT. The game has a skill curve. It is not aREVISION: It still garners a straight 10 in my book. The game delivers as much as it needs to. Clunky controls? Quit button-mashing. Loads of glitches? False, you're still button-mashing. I've only seen two or three, none of them anywhere near a true hindrance on enjoyment. Unplayable in single-player? BUTTON-MASHING, STOP IT. The game has a skill curve. It is not a hack-and-slash instant win. It's unnerving how atrociously bad some of you are at taking blame for your own shortcomings. I've been at this game for over fifty hours doing side quests, the main story, and just exploring. This is the best zombie game to-date.

    The controls aren't perfect, but they aren't as bad as you red reviews make them out to be. Dead Island upholds natural selection; you make up the low end of the bell curve.
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  50. Sep 8, 2011
    9
    If Condemned married Oblivion and went to a beautiful tropical island for their honeymoon, Dead Island would be the result. And that's a very good thing. The graphics are top notch and the few times I experienced pop up in textures wasn't enough to distract me from the zombie babe about to eat my face off. Most of the main characters have a lame back-story and cut scenes are short andIf Condemned married Oblivion and went to a beautiful tropical island for their honeymoon, Dead Island would be the result. And that's a very good thing. The graphics are top notch and the few times I experienced pop up in textures wasn't enough to distract me from the zombie babe about to eat my face off. Most of the main characters have a lame back-story and cut scenes are short and have a huge (press b to skip) in them which take away some of the immersion, but I could care less when a game is this awesome to play. Control wise, everything feels like it should ( I recommend turning on the analog control scheme ) and is smooth and responsive. Weapons are varied and fun, and have just enough RPG like management to keep them interesting and exciting. I jumped quite a few times and also was blown away by the sheer scale and length of this game. It's not borderlands long, but it easily rivals and trumps most other horror/survival games. Clocking in at around 30-50 hours depending on how many side quests and goofing off you do. As a true gamer, this game can't be missed. Dead Island 2 please. Expand
  51. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    The first night I fired it up I spent 7 straight amazing hours in co-op with friends. Since then I've put about 10 hours into the game solo, and it still plays amazing. I have yet to come across a single glitch in the beautifuly detailed world. If you liked Fallout 3, Far Cry 2, or Dead Rising, you can't go wrong with this 2011 GOTY contender.
  52. Apr 24, 2013
    9
    this game where do i begin. i am a huge fan of this game ive played it for a total of 50 hours and still trying to unlock everything and max my level. this is one of the funnest zombie games ive ever played. the graphics, gameplay, openworld, etc are all awesome and beautifully designed. the gunplay is a bit unbalanced as some guns look stronger than they really are and the human enemiesthis game where do i begin. i am a huge fan of this game ive played it for a total of 50 hours and still trying to unlock everything and max my level. this is one of the funnest zombie games ive ever played. the graphics, gameplay, openworld, etc are all awesome and beautifully designed. the gunplay is a bit unbalanced as some guns look stronger than they really are and the human enemies are few and not really smart, but these are minor complaints of a game that is truly unique and fun as hell. if you like zombie games, openworld rpgs, skyrim, you definitely need to play this! Expand
  53. Sep 11, 2011
    9
    Wow i really cant believe what mixed reviews this game received by the critics. For one i personally have not encountered either A. a game ruining glitch, B. The incredibly frustrating battles, or a boring storyline. Sure you spending your time just concentrating on the main story will yield you only a few hours of gameplay. But what true gamer actually only plays the game to beat theWow i really cant believe what mixed reviews this game received by the critics. For one i personally have not encountered either A. a game ruining glitch, B. The incredibly frustrating battles, or a boring storyline. Sure you spending your time just concentrating on the main story will yield you only a few hours of gameplay. But what true gamer actually only plays the game to beat the story? What gamer does not take the time to explore every nook and cranny of gameplay that the developers busted their butts for you to enjoy?. As soon as i got the game the first thing i noticed were the great graphics that push the current gen consoles to the limit. The second thing i noticed was the massive maps that you get to play in the game, split up into several acts may i add. This game feels like what Fallout 3's gameplay system should have been. A true mix of great elements, you got a little bit of FPS for the action junkies, A dash of RPG elements for the harder to please crowd, And did i mention ZOMBIES. The gameplay takes a little time to master but once you do, its a riot. Given you may not like the game as soon as you pick up the controller, but if you do give it a chance you will not regret it. Im so addicted to this game right now :D Expand
  54. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    This game rocks! This is the game you get friends together for and do some kickass co-op. This game is a riot you will be laughing your ass off. Ignore the story, I would probably even skip most cutscenes.
  55. Feb 17, 2012
    9
    An absolutely fantastic game. It presents you with a lot of first person action horror/ thriller which will keep you engaged throughout the game. There are a mix of missions, Side missions and continuous activities. It is virtually impossible to become bored with this game until you finish it where the free roam element is withdrawn from the game causing you to restart the game from theAn absolutely fantastic game. It presents you with a lot of first person action horror/ thriller which will keep you engaged throughout the game. There are a mix of missions, Side missions and continuous activities. It is virtually impossible to become bored with this game until you finish it where the free roam element is withdrawn from the game causing you to restart the game from the begging or simply not to play it. The story in this game is undeniably one of the best stories you'll come across for a long time. The characters are very realistic in which you have people from across the world with accents which work very well with the person talking. Overall I give this game a 9/10 and not 10 because it lacks the ability to free roam at the end of the game which is down to the way the story ends but still a disappointing feature. And that the game doesn't present you with that feeling that you want to play it through again. Expand
  56. Feb 13, 2012
    10
    Amazing, if you love zombies this is a must buy, i have over 100 hours in this game and i still love it, the combat is deeper then what you see in gameplay movies, its really nice to choose your angles and to get the perfect distance when you play with manually controlls. solid looting system and awsome drop in drop out co-op. in my mind this was better then borderlands.
  57. Mar 11, 2012
    10
    Dead Island is one of the greatest zombie games to have ever been created. Dead island is an FPS & RPG. You don't use guns for the most part its normally melee but there are guns. What makes Dead Island so interesting is that it is a zombie game that is open world map. Before this the closest game was Dead Rising but in that game you where still forced to finish main quests within aDead Island is one of the greatest zombie games to have ever been created. Dead island is an FPS & RPG. You don't use guns for the most part its normally melee but there are guns. What makes Dead Island so interesting is that it is a zombie game that is open world map. Before this the closest game was Dead Rising but in that game you where still forced to finish main quests within a time limit. Another is the weapon customization. You can create so many things such as a clever that shoots electric currents through your foes bodies as you slice through them. There are also 4 players to choose from which gives better replay value. Multi-player on this game is amazing and has never let me down. Down sides are there are some bugs but they don't take away from the game so much, texture takes a while to load sometimes, and the voice acting isn't too well done. Get this game especially when it is the price it is now! Expand
  58. Mar 21, 2012
    10
    Its a pretty good zombie game, it sets the atmosphere real well of an island, my only problem is, when you think zombies, you think hordes, at least I do. In this game the zombie hordes that do show up, are unstoppable, and real harsh. I do enjoy that the game seems realistic, such as not giving u loads of bullets to throw at zombies, but maybe I'm in a Romero mindset and I wanna see themIts a pretty good zombie game, it sets the atmosphere real well of an island, my only problem is, when you think zombies, you think hordes, at least I do. In this game the zombie hordes that do show up, are unstoppable, and real harsh. I do enjoy that the game seems realistic, such as not giving u loads of bullets to throw at zombies, but maybe I'm in a Romero mindset and I wanna see them shambling in mass. That is just a personal quirk however and won't detract from the score here. Overall, the zombies can be scary and the situations are realistic, except for the psycho zombie in the straight jacket, that is a little far fetched, but still lovable...in a zombie way. The real con's I guess are having to repair items almost constantly after combat. You could say the fights are to hard, but I think this adds to the realism of the game itself. Everyone in this world isn't some hulking badass who can take down the zombie menace with a butter knife. Controls are pretty good, I find the skill trees to be a bit to linear. Let me explain, you can get an unlock skill, but its down one of the trees, which means if you want to unlock boxes, you have to go down that tree to do that. I just didn't like the skill trees. Overall it was a fun game, and I'd play a second one, for some reason I remember hitting a tree with a machete and it bleeding, and I have seen a few bugs but nothing game breaking. Finally, the rapper sounds kinda like Morgan Freeman when he says his backstory :D Expand
  59. Apr 27, 2013
    9
    This game has a good combat system, a decent story, tons of side missions and more! What else could you ask for?! The only thing from preventing this game from getting a perfect score was the graphics. The graphics are not bad, but not great.
  60. May 8, 2012
    10
    This game is pure genius!In the end after you analyze this game in every way,put in over 30 hours,you realize that other zombie games are in the dark ages compared to this game.Left 4 dead 2 and Dead Rising:Off the record are the #2 and 3 next best zombie games ever, but this game trumps it,Ace of spades style!10
  61. Sep 23, 2011
    9
    I'll start off by saying that I would give Dead Island a 9.5 if I were able. Dead Island is a fantastic game on all fronts. I'm blown away by the graphics, Im not going to lie, I had my doubts going in, but I can safely say that if you have an HDTV, this game does not disappoint. Killing zombies by decapitation and cutting off their limbs NEVER gets old due to the realism of theI'll start off by saying that I would give Dead Island a 9.5 if I were able. Dead Island is a fantastic game on all fronts. I'm blown away by the graphics, Im not going to lie, I had my doubts going in, but I can safely say that if you have an HDTV, this game does not disappoint. Killing zombies by decapitation and cutting off their limbs NEVER gets old due to the realism of the effects of the aftermath/cutting of the limbs. Getting to level 50 is right where you would want it, not too close but not too far away. What really makes the game last are the skill trees that you invest points in to become the ultimate zombie killer/survivor. The story is a little weak but really it is just there to give you an excuse to kill zombies all day long, which is fine by me. Think of Borderlands in that way, no good story but endless hours of looting and killing. The game can get a little tough sometimes, even when playing cooperatively because zombies are a tough fight and occasionally they really start to cluster you. All the reports of glitches are so far unknown to me (I recommend a download to your hard drive because I have had no issues at all, minus a few game freezes when things get real hectic). Bottom line is that Dead Island offers tons of hours of gameplay, which are accompanied with beautiful visuals and tons of looting. Its a big world to explore and should go down as one of the best games of 2011. Ignore the reports of "game breaking bugs" and also ignore Edge Magazine's review because I think a retard wrote it. They were looking for stuff to hate and threw out whatever they found and made it sound awful, which it is not. I hate wasting my money on video games and I did not with Dead Island. Highly recommend. Expand
  62. Nov 5, 2011
    9
    If you like Zombies this is the game to get, yes it does have a lot of flaws but it's still one of the most fun Zombie games I've ever played, and isn't how fun the game is that matters? sure you could complain that it has some bugs and could use polish in several areas, but when you only focus on the negative you'll never realize how fun this game is, it play like a mix of Left 4 Dead andIf you like Zombies this is the game to get, yes it does have a lot of flaws but it's still one of the most fun Zombie games I've ever played, and isn't how fun the game is that matters? sure you could complain that it has some bugs and could use polish in several areas, but when you only focus on the negative you'll never realize how fun this game is, it play like a mix of Left 4 Dead and Borderlands with a touch of Fallout 3 and Dead rising 2, so in other words it's a lot of fun, tons of quests, fantastic co-op multiplayer, and the ability to play through it again with your leveled up character means this game could keep you busy for possibly hundreds of hours, my only real complaints are that the story and cutscenes are not very interesting, and the four main characters you have to choose from all come across as selfish, unlikable jerks, and it could use a better save system, one like Fallout 3's would be nice, but even with it's flaws this is still a fantastic game that I can recommend to any and all gamers and Zombie lovers. Expand
  63. Sep 28, 2011
    9
    Great game!.

    This game can remember you another games like fallout, oblivion or similar, but the story and the maps are not bigger than these games. The game has some fails, but its really addictive and the new abilities that you are learning across the game are great. You have a lot of secondary histories and a cooperative game with another 3 people, so the game life grows. The
    Great game!.

    This game can remember you another games like fallout, oblivion or similar, but the story and the maps are not bigger than these games.

    The game has some fails, but its really addictive and the new abilities that you are learning across the game are great.

    You have a lot of secondary histories and a cooperative game with another 3 people, so the game life grows.

    The graphics are really great, and the music and ambient are great too!.
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  64. Sep 18, 2011
    9
    I really loved this game. I get why people hate it at the moment, having bought the shoddy version the minute it got out and then screamed in unison because of it's innumerable and crippling bugs. In my honest opinion, they should have just waited a week or two, for the patches to get out instead of just whining to high heaven. Again, i must say I completely understand the frustration ofI really loved this game. I get why people hate it at the moment, having bought the shoddy version the minute it got out and then screamed in unison because of it's innumerable and crippling bugs. In my honest opinion, they should have just waited a week or two, for the patches to get out instead of just whining to high heaven. Again, i must say I completely understand the frustration of buying something only to be let down in the worst manner possible. No game to date, that i'm aware of, came out "Gold" right away, so you just needn't be so hasty to throw it away without even a second glance.People seem to forget that buying a game nowadays tends to be a risky and ungratifying endeavor, because of the impossible terms the publishing companies impose on the developers who in turn rush the unfinished games to stores. In all fairness, rarely does it happen for a game to stay shoddy and not get patched. Usually a patch follows shortly.

    The game itself is fun and engaging, showing a more realistic approach towards the whole zombie apocalypse shindig than i've seen so far. And you can preach to me about Left 4 Dead and the likes as much as your fingers can bear. Truth is, Left 4 Dead and Dead Island only share a theme. The gameplay mechanics are completely different. So it's dumb to compare them in the first place. After installing all of the patches i haven't had any trouble with the game, and i just finished my first playthrough. The story is a little bland and cliche, as is the case with many other games that have lately come out. But at least this game doesn't kid it'self and the player that it's something more than it shows. It's a simple, yet complicated, thrill ride, packed with action segments and rewarding gameplay. Many have described it as "Borderlands with zombies", but there are some key features that distinguish the game from Borderlands a little bit. The main feature being it's "Weapon Modification/Creation" feature. I expect there will be more weapons and mods in future DLC, which I think will only add to the whole experience of the game. To those who have played Borderlands the system will be quite familiar and will have no problem adapting to this game. Those who have played Resident Evil 5, will notice a similar atmosphere when they arrive in the city of Moresby. Not saying the game is original, but it's implemented features, be they action or rpg oriented, work surprisingly well as a whole.

    I will end by admitting that this is one of the better games I've played lately, better even than "Deus Ex HR". I anxiously await any and all DLC of this game, and recommend anyone that hasn't played it yet to do so, but only after patching it up properly.
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  65. Nov 29, 2011
    10
    I love this game its so fun! I get one mature game every three months if i have straight a's I know my mom is mean but i digress. I preordered it in june when i was let out of school. I do not in anyway regret this decsion I wanted a game that could last awhile. I started playing in september and im still playing i greatly recomend this game. If you love slashing zombies and making weaponsI love this game its so fun! I get one mature game every three months if i have straight a's I know my mom is mean but i digress. I preordered it in june when i was let out of school. I do not in anyway regret this decsion I wanted a game that could last awhile. I started playing in september and im still playing i greatly recomend this game. If you love slashing zombies and making weapons you'll love this amazing game Expand
  66. Dec 29, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a game I have been anticipating for ever since the first trailer was released however long ago, and I can say in full honesty, it was worth anticipating. I will try my best to keep spoilers out of this review but it will be difficult. I might as well start with the comparison of the game to the cinematic trailer. I must say, even though the game is good, the actual story isn't as dramatic or sad as I hoped compared to the trailer, but, strangely, the game's environment fits perfectly with the trailer: a perfect paradise gone to hell. Enough comparison with the trailer though, lets move on to the world itself. The game did a good job with immersion in the world in the way that you are fighting for survival and, under certain conditions, you can feel incredibly weak or strong based on the current environment. For instance, when you walk into a hotel for the first time, you are faced with a big challenge and feel weak, but when walking down the roads and find a standard zombie feasting on the remains of a poor man or woman, you kill it with ease. The world itself also feels very dynamic compared to other rpgs. Like you can find survivors who don't necessarily have a part in the story but can carry sidequests like a standard rpg, but they effect the world sometimes and they usually making it feel less of a task just to get XP and more like you are doing it to help the survivors. As an example, you find a car crashed into a house and a girl yelling for your assistance inside. If you do choose to move the car you meet Sarah and Bill(I do not remember the specific names of the characters so I just improvised). Sarah tells you to help Bill who was in the bathroom injured. When you walk inside you notice a decent amount of blood, a dead body, and Bill, who has a bloody cast on his arm. Now, anyone who has ever seen or played a zombie game sees this coming, but in case I really, really have to say it: Bill got bit and he has no idea he is going to become a zombie. What he says though is to take Sarah to the lighthouse(a major location of the game and a stronghold for survivors. After taking her to the stronghold she asks of you to check on Bill. Though it is not a quest, if you go on check on Bill, as a complete shock and surprise: he is a zombie! So when you do this you feel remorse and pity for the couple and this is just a small example of the immersion this game has. The graphics in this game are remarkable in the aspect of a paradise sent to hell. They also include things like screams and moans far away and, a very memorable moment, a very loud, but muffled scream to introduce the second zombie type of the game a few minutes later. The combat of the game is especially amazing. It is based around melee weapons(which is extremely satisfying and gruesome) but you can get weapons later on and there also is a character skilled in firearms to choose. Which honestly makes sense seeing how in a paradise you aren't going to find a gun lying around with more ammo than humanly possible to carry. In a bold sense it is basically a first person free roam game focused on melee combat set in a dream island gone wrong. It has horror, action, drama, and rpg elements, and if you have it in your heart for one more zombie game, let it be this masterpiece.

    Please note this is my first review so take it easy on me if you don't agree.
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  67. Sep 19, 2011
    9
    first of all id like to point out that i think alot of the low scoring reviewers probably didnt play much of the game to let it all settle in, after about 40 hours worth of gameplay and about 60% of my way through the game on single player and playing it with a buddy of mine, that its by far one of the best games to have came out this year, sure it has a few bus but theyre being correctedfirst of all id like to point out that i think alot of the low scoring reviewers probably didnt play much of the game to let it all settle in, after about 40 hours worth of gameplay and about 60% of my way through the game on single player and playing it with a buddy of mine, that its by far one of the best games to have came out this year, sure it has a few bus but theyre being corrected with updates pretty sharpish. Im also left wondering why the pc version has a much higher rating than the xbox version despite the xbox version being the platform it was primarily developed for and ported over to pc and ps3, not to mention the fact that the pc versions release was hampered my alot of set backs such as the accidental release of the dev version on steam instead of the retail version, keep in mind this game has been in development hell since the 360's early days, baring that in mind the game is phenominal. If this game were a drug id be lying overdosed in my room right now, complete and utter game crack, buy it now, id say that its even better than deus ex human revolution. Expand
  68. Oct 4, 2011
    9
    Dead Island is a great game! Right after completing Dead island, I jumped into Gears Of War 3. Just finished Gears 3, another great game, but I find myself thinking about Dead Island again. It's that fun. I am writing this knowing I have Rage waiting at home for me. Point being, if a game impresses that much its got to be good. I hope to see Dead Island 2 someday.

    Wonderful
    Dead Island is a great game! Right after completing Dead island, I jumped into Gears Of War 3. Just finished Gears 3, another great game, but I find myself thinking about Dead Island again. It's that fun. I am writing this knowing I have Rage waiting at home for me. Point being, if a game impresses that much its got to be good. I hope to see Dead Island 2 someday.

    Wonderful graphics, butter smooth framerate. Great artwork. Loved the side quests too. They seemed to fit well.
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  69. Sep 26, 2011
    9
    Dead Island has to be one of the best games out this year. It's on a different setting as in media Zombies outbreak occur in either cities or countryside, and putting it on a tropical island is original. The graphics are amazing, you feel like your actually on the fictional island on Banoi.

    The combat, the gore and the general game play make this game very enjoyable. Well worth getting.
  70. Sep 26, 2011
    9
    I really enjoy this game. The main quest is a bit short, but there are so many side quests to do that are actually quite fun. The storyline is good. You won't get sucked into it or anything, but that could have been worse. For the people complaining that it's all melee, well, they should have played longer, as there are guns to use, and although they don't make short work of theI really enjoy this game. The main quest is a bit short, but there are so many side quests to do that are actually quite fun. The storyline is good. You won't get sucked into it or anything, but that could have been worse. For the people complaining that it's all melee, well, they should have played longer, as there are guns to use, and although they don't make short work of the zombies you'll encounter, they do put an end to the non-dead rather quickly. I also tend to use the guns for bloaters and (man, I HATE these guys) butchers from a distance (be sure to finish these guys off, as they have a nasty habit of healing themselves). I'd have to say the most tense moments are when you are traveling in the sewers. There have also been complaints of the zombies leveling up with your character. Although that is partially true (you'll have zombies that are both lower and a bit higher than your character), what fun would it be if you can just go around with your level 40 character bashing a bunch of level 1 zombies? I can answer that, as I joined a game of a friend who had a low level character. It was too easy, and although it was great to feel like Superman for a while, that feeling left rather quickly. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go repair my weapons so I can effectively crush in some more zombie heads. Expand
  71. Sep 27, 2011
    9
    I think some of you nerdy types are a little hyper-critical of the bugs in the game. Yeah, there are some glitches, yeah, sometimes zombies freeze on you, your game may not save correctly. But, and I can't believe I'm comparing them, Oblivion had pretty much the same bugs, and this game actually plays smoother. All-in-all it is a very large, complex, challenging game. It was very wellI think some of you nerdy types are a little hyper-critical of the bugs in the game. Yeah, there are some glitches, yeah, sometimes zombies freeze on you, your game may not save correctly. But, and I can't believe I'm comparing them, Oblivion had pretty much the same bugs, and this game actually plays smoother. All-in-all it is a very large, complex, challenging game. It was very well crafted for the budget they had. In my opinion, if you liked Borderlands, this is the game for you. Expand
  72. Sep 29, 2011
    9
    I waited a long time for this game and it definitely met my huge expectations for it. I have been hooked on the game ever since i bought and playing the game with a friend greatly added to the experience. I've only had it for two days and I'm 78% done with the game, but even if the main story line is short there are always the great side quests which give you xp, mods, weapons, and alot ofI waited a long time for this game and it definitely met my huge expectations for it. I have been hooked on the game ever since i bought and playing the game with a friend greatly added to the experience. I've only had it for two days and I'm 78% done with the game, but even if the main story line is short there are always the great side quests which give you xp, mods, weapons, and alot of cool stuff. I read some of the negative reviews people have wrote and most of them were because of glitches and bugs but other then some pop ins and other minor stuff i haven't had any game breaking bugs. Me and my friend were able to join and leave our games at will. The reason I gave this game a 9 instead of a 10 was because of the story. It's not terrible but it could have been better. It just seemed like another zombie cliche where the characters are afraid and don't know what to do. Also it feels like the characters are just stereotypes of the different races. The African American who is a rapper says that his father got into a prison and his mom needed to raise him alone and he became a rapper, the white guy was a celebrity before he started drinking and became an alcoholic, and the asian has to honor her father who was in the Hong Kong police. The only character who is sort of original is Purna. But for a game like this gameplay is more important then story and there are alot of quests and stuff for you to do. Even when you beat the game you could start a new one with all the cool weapons and all islands opened up from the beginning and you could do the side quests. If you like zombie games, or any game where you could have fun with people then get this game. Even if you don't play it with anyone you will have fun but coop is pretty cool, especially when you and your friend(s) all get into a car and drive and run over zombies. For me it was one of the funnest games of the year. Expand
  73. Oct 6, 2011
    10
    Have you ever dreamed of one day fighting your way across a post apocalyptic zombie wasteland? Joining forces with a small group of warriors, and doing whatever it takes to survive? Well, here's your chance. Dead Island has captured the best elements of the genre and thrown you smack dab in the middle of it. Video previews do not do justice to this experience. You will fight for yourHave you ever dreamed of one day fighting your way across a post apocalyptic zombie wasteland? Joining forces with a small group of warriors, and doing whatever it takes to survive? Well, here's your chance. Dead Island has captured the best elements of the genre and thrown you smack dab in the middle of it. Video previews do not do justice to this experience. You will fight for your survival on tropical beaches, destroyed cities, infested jungles, as well as a prison that must be seen to be believed. Join forces with friends or total strangers.... And pray you make it out alive. Happy hunting. Expand
  74. Oct 17, 2011
    10
    Dead Island feels like a frankengame cobbled together from scavenged parts. Itâ
  75. Oct 21, 2011
    10
    Awesome game, it combines rpg elements with great melee combat.
    I really think that Dead Island deserves a better score.
    A must buy for zombie lovers !
  76. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    I think this games amazing just too amazing. I enjoyed the free roam and wish for the game game to be reviewed after the games patched in the future because it takes 24 hours to get bored of it. But that's for some people for me, i enjoyed it spent weeks, weeks and weeks playing it. The next dead island called dead world i think would be kick-ass
  77. Nov 10, 2011
    9
    This is a fun game. Pure and simple. This is nothing like Left4Dead or Dead Rising. Do not come into this expecting either of those games. The zombies seem real there are different types that react differently. An arsenal of different weapons you can upgrade and make your own. I really don't have anything negative to say about this game. A 9 for the minor minor minor graphical errors andThis is a fun game. Pure and simple. This is nothing like Left4Dead or Dead Rising. Do not come into this expecting either of those games. The zombies seem real there are different types that react differently. An arsenal of different weapons you can upgrade and make your own. I really don't have anything negative to say about this game. A 9 for the minor minor minor graphical errors and glitches. Grab some friends put analog controls on its just so much more satisfying Expand
  78. Dec 30, 2011
    9
    amazing is the only word i can use to describe this game. its the zombie rpg that me and i'm sure a-lot of gamer's have been waiting for a long time for. there are too many pro's to even count. the only con's i can really think of are the semi - common texture bugs, the heavy reliance on guns (once you get a gun nothing else is really necessary, and ammo is plenty) and the model varietyamazing is the only word i can use to describe this game. its the zombie rpg that me and i'm sure a-lot of gamer's have been waiting for a long time for. there are too many pro's to even count. the only con's i can really think of are the semi - common texture bugs, the heavy reliance on guns (once you get a gun nothing else is really necessary, and ammo is plenty) and the model variety (only 2-3 versions of guns, less of some melee weapons) as well as the replayability. the story is amazing, but once you finish it (it took me 2 days, minus the side quests) you cant really do anything except the story. hoping for a new section of the island or something for dlc. although your character can start a new campaign with all of they're stuff from the last, but dead island is lacking other game-types that keep most games going. Expand
  79. Jan 3, 2012
    9
    It's, by far, the best zombie game I've ever had the pleasure of playing. From the different types of zombies, to the ability to take on side quests and play at your speed, and then a good main story line, it's well worth the money. And the main quests aren't too short, either. I usually finished games in a day but I'm still not done and I've had it for over a week now. I would recommendIt's, by far, the best zombie game I've ever had the pleasure of playing. From the different types of zombies, to the ability to take on side quests and play at your speed, and then a good main story line, it's well worth the money. And the main quests aren't too short, either. I usually finished games in a day but I'm still not done and I've had it for over a week now. I would recommend it to anybody. Expand
  80. Jan 23, 2012
    10
    For me, a lot of developers have missed those elements that I find especially appealing in the 'zombie apocalypse' genre. First, while I enjoy something like Left 4 Dead, in that game I'm just constantly overwhelmed, hanging on by a thread that is ready to snap the moment any tiny thing inevitably goes wrong. But a zombie apocalypse has the potential to feel a little empowering, too.For me, a lot of developers have missed those elements that I find especially appealing in the 'zombie apocalypse' genre. First, while I enjoy something like Left 4 Dead, in that game I'm just constantly overwhelmed, hanging on by a thread that is ready to snap the moment any tiny thing inevitably goes wrong. But a zombie apocalypse has the potential to feel a little empowering, too. Individual zombies are relatively easy to combat, and when most of the inhibitions of modern society evaporate there is almost a sense of relief and cathartic freedom--that is something I like about the genre. I also like the social questions provoked by the genre--the idea that some people would take advantage of the situation, and values would have to be re-visited. I am drawn to that moment when the zombies feel relatively manageable, but now the real threat is greed and the motives of other survivors. And fortifications--how survivors would hole up and organize their eventual response. And driving over zombies! I love the idea of driving over zombies! But maybe most important is what I find scary about zombies. With zombies, everything is going fine one minute, and you get a little over confident, and then suddenly you realize there is one behind you, or one a little closer than you had anticipated, and your escape route is a little tougher to get to than you expected, and youâ Expand
  81. Oct 25, 2012
    9
    Po raz kolejny mam przyjemność grać w dzieło rodzimego studia, które pokazało światowy poziom.
    Na starcie zacznę od tego, że jestem wielkim fanem wszelkiego rodzaju gier z grasującymi nieumarłymi. Przyglądałem się temu tytułowi od czasu pamiętnego trailera opowiadającego, od tyłu, historię
    Po raz kolejny mam przyjemność grać w dzieło rodzimego studia, które pokazało światowy poziom.
    Na starcie zacznę od tego, że jestem wielkim fanem wszelkiego rodzaju gier z grasującymi nieumarłymi. Przyglądałem się temu tytułowi od czasu pamiętnego trailera opowiadającego, od tyłu, historię rodzinki, która stała się bohaterem makabrycznej i tragicznej sceny. Oglądałem od czasu do czasu jakieś gameplaye i filmiki o grze, jednak cały czas coś trzymało mnie na dystans i nie byłem przekonany do kupna. Chodziło o tryb walki i podejście twórców do gry bez broni palnej. Jako fan strzelanek uznałem to za duży minus. Jak się teraz okazuje był to duży błąd z mojej strony. Odpaliłem grę i natychmiast zostałem rzucony na głęboką wodę dzierżąc tylko poobijane wiosło w dłoni mojego bohatera. Po pierwszym zamachu i impecie rozwalającej się głowy zombiaka wiedziałem, że to jest ZAJEBISTE!
    Polskie studio postarało się bardzo jeżeli chodzi o kwestię mechaniki. Sterowanie jest bardzo intuicyjne i wyważone. Za minus uznaję tylko brak jakiegokolwiek tutoriala jeżeli chodzi o sterowanie zaawansowane, ponieważ niedzielnym graczom może sprawić pewną trudność "wystartowanie". Po czasie gdy już wiemy co do czego służy i o co w tym wszystkim chodzi, zaczyna się zabawa. Przerabianie broni, lootowanie tysięcy miejscówek w poszukiwaniu składników, wybijanie chord zombiaków i eksploracja nowych miejscówek. Sam smaczek. Gra prezentuje bardzo przyzwoity poziom graficzny, biorąc pod uwagę rozległe tereny. Design przeciwników to majstersztyk w tej dziedzinie. Poobdzierane ze skóry, na wpół spalone, zdekapitowane potwory, których jedynym celem jest dorwanie i zmasakrowanie głównego bohatera. Od wolno człapiących poczwar, poprzez sprintujące, kończąc na wielkich silnych skurczybykach.
    Gra ma również swoje minusy. Momentami scenariusz zalicza dziwne spadki i jest naprawdę słaby. Twórcy mieli ewidentnie problem z tworzeniem podniosłych scen (co może dziwić po znakomitym trailerze), w efekcie otrzymujemy parodię. Od czasu pojawiają się także zgrzyty w mechanice autosave'ów i ich ładowania. Nie raz zdarzyło mi się zespownować po śmierci w skupisku zombiaków, które już po chwili na mnie szarżowały i znów ginąłem. Szkoda, że twórcy nie pomyśleli i o spownowanu w safe-zonach. Niedoróbki pojawiają się na szczęście sporadycznie, a natłok fun'u zamazuje wszystko co nieprzyjemne.
    Podsumowując, tytuł niezbędny w kolekcji każdego fana zombiaków jak i fana cięcia wszelkiego rodzaju truchła.
    Tak dalej Techland ,)
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  82. Jun 15, 2012
    10
    Let me just start by saying that I am not usually interested in zombie killing games but a friend of mine persuaded me to give it a go as it is a lot more open that others. I was shocked, the scenery and graphics were truly stunning and at times I was terrified. The missions were fun and at times they really did have me on the edge of my seat and they were challenging but not as impossibleLet me just start by saying that I am not usually interested in zombie killing games but a friend of mine persuaded me to give it a go as it is a lot more open that others. I was shocked, the scenery and graphics were truly stunning and at times I was terrified. The missions were fun and at times they really did have me on the edge of my seat and they were challenging but not as impossible are some other people are saying if you do not play co-op. Don't get me wrong, this is by no means an easy game; but I think it is worth it to play alone. The story was also very good and to be honest, I didn't predict nearly any of it. Really enjoyable game, would really recommend it. Expand
  83. Aug 21, 2012
    9
    I loved playing dead island, it got me playing non-stop for hours on end, being able to smash those zombies into pieces with my weapon was really damn fun, the character animation (cinematics) weren't too bad, and neither was the voice acting, but they weren't exactly top notch. I liked the character interface and the fact that I could choose what weapons I could use and what skills toI loved playing dead island, it got me playing non-stop for hours on end, being able to smash those zombies into pieces with my weapon was really damn fun, the character animation (cinematics) weren't too bad, and neither was the voice acting, but they weren't exactly top notch. I liked the character interface and the fact that I could choose what weapons I could use and what skills to use, its a great game to play with friends and on your own too. Overall, I really liked it and would recommend it. Expand
  84. Aug 8, 2014
    10
    Wow what a game.. I heard the guy and a wannabe GameStop clerk bash this game by saying you equip a stick and a canoe oar.. We'll after playing the game they were right. You're 1st weapon is the only thing available at you're feet= a stick. Butt hat lasted 5 mins and that begins my review--
    To help the undecided decide---
    ---this game was SOO much fun in a borderlands Meets fallout kind
    Wow what a game.. I heard the guy and a wannabe GameStop clerk bash this game by saying you equip a stick and a canoe oar.. We'll after playing the game they were right. You're 1st weapon is the only thing available at you're feet= a stick. Butt hat lasted 5 mins and that begins my review--
    To help the undecided decide---
    ---this game was SOO much fun in a borderlands Meets fallout kind of way.
    --the leveling is identical to borderlands. I love the impact the new perks have in combat and explore,
    --character diversity. You have you're tank,ranged, badass sword Chinese chick, and a black female no nonsense cop(firearms specialist..
    ---the game is hit or miss it seems. I played it 3.5 times. I didn't finish the cop chicks run through,,but 4 months and I was done with D. I.
    --chest/rare uber weapon chest farming is soooooooo addicting,,and the internet is loaded with guides and tips and tricks and routes to farm..
    --never ending respawn means you can grind exp and resources anywhere and anytime..
    --the game consist of 3 Main maps, and 2 other maps..
    -the 3 are
    The island tourist attraction suburbia, think Disneyland beach type beauty..starting map
    --second is the games bread & butter. The urban city of Moserby.. Buildings and homes galore. The people are holed up in a church and you do is ions for each person you come in contact with for either money,exp or a rare weapon..
    --the 3rd map is the str8 up jungle. Where the zombies are more advanced,numerous and the humans are tribal pirates like Vos pirates from farcry3...

    --weapon custom--every weapon you get gets upgraded permanently at a workbench.. You use materials you buy or scavenge.. And you can level the weapon 4 times(usually all at once) and then you use the hundred schematics you find in the game like a Zeus baseball bat,. A wooden bat with metal wires hooked up to a invisible power source.. The zombies get whacked and they shake and you can watch or easily decaputate em.. And there's perks for mega exp or money for everything. Like 100 decaputate ones,,then 500 on and on and on.. I think it's infinite like borderlands2...

    Look this is a pretty awesome game. It confuses me why a open world tropical paradise with awesome 1st person mechanics isn't rated higher.. The bugs are NOT game altering.. I never used any glitch to cheat besides classic luring zombies onto a mine or whatev....

    Riptide continues in the same exact mold. So that's a dream come true for fans of dead island and a complaint of some. Riptide uses same exact everything only slightly enhanced. Think of maddens improvements. That's how riptide is.. So that's another incentive IMO..
    --I'm hoping I can motivate 1 person to play this game.. They will repay the debt by convincing another to play and so on.....
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  85. Aug 28, 2014
    9
    Great game all the way, I'm a huge Fallout 3 fan and this is the closest game of being a F3 Coop with Zombies, it has some hints of Left4dead 2 as well which makes it way better...

    You never feel safe in DI's world, either you are surrounded by slow but numerous zombies or expect constant fear when the fast infected try to attack you. I think the game makes a good job in showing you
    Great game all the way, I'm a huge Fallout 3 fan and this is the closest game of being a F3 Coop with Zombies, it has some hints of Left4dead 2 as well which makes it way better...

    You never feel safe in DI's world, either you are surrounded by slow but numerous zombies or expect constant fear when the fast infected try to attack you.

    I think the game makes a good job in showing you different locales, it starts with the paradise like landscapes of the resort and slowly starts to show you the real island represented by the overpopulated third world streets of Moresby (that is really a scary place when you visit it for the first time) and the creepy jungle.

    But don’t get too exited about it, DI is not a perfect game, it is not only crowded with zombies, but also with numerous glitches, bugs and texture problems that although never take you out of the experience, it tells you the lack of polish of the game (I think Fallout 3 has more glitches in general and still it was one of the best games of the last generation); but if you are in for the fun coop, exploration, looting and zombie slashing action, there is no better place to be.

    By the way, the story is not really interesting either and the cut scenes are not the best around, yet the game manages to tell you what happened to the island of Banoi.

    Verdict: Dead Island is not for everyone, if you are looking for a standard shooter and if you are if the impatient type, look elsewhere. This open world RPG Survival Zombie (wow that’s a long definition of the game!) game will impress you only if you put enough time to explore, understand its controls and pay more attention to the whole experience and ambience than on banalities like consistent quality presentation or engaging story.

    I don’t give it a 10 because is not perfect, but it ahs been the best coop experience I’ve ever had.
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  86. Mar 26, 2014
    9
    Dead Island, despite its glitches and flaws, is a masterpiece. In the four months I have owned it, 56 hours at the time of posting have I spent on this game.
    The world is brilliantly realised, with so much to explore and so much to do. The player rarely feels safe, and it really is a good horror game at its best. To be perfectly honest, I would like to point out that the game is terrible
    Dead Island, despite its glitches and flaws, is a masterpiece. In the four months I have owned it, 56 hours at the time of posting have I spent on this game.
    The world is brilliantly realised, with so much to explore and so much to do. The player rarely feels safe, and it really is a good horror game at its best. To be perfectly honest, I would like to point out that the game is terrible in my experience unless played co-op, at least the first time around.
    The storyline is gripping and action-packed, with a medium length journey from start to end. However, the game has so much replay value you will almost definitely go back to play it. One of the greatest things is that you can keep your previous character.
    The mechanics are top-notch and almost everything about this game is awesome. It perfectly illustrates the zombie apocalypse.
    The accompanying book is also a great adventure. It really takes you inside the minds of the characters. Although two of the four characters are certainly disadvantaged compared to the rest, if a group of four was to play the game co-op with each character, it would be a balanced team.
    I honestly think that Dead Island is a masterpiece - one of the greatest games ever made. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys gaming.
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  87. Jun 9, 2014
    10
    this is probably one of the most best zombie game i have ever played in my life.Even though it doesn't have a back story(maybe it does idk)but it has a good amount of quests and lots of places to go even on an island filled with zombies and other things that can be discovered this is the best game I've ever played
  88. Jun 27, 2014
    9
    This game is really fun even though a lot of people criticize it for having bugs and some bad graphics at parts. both are true as character models are bad and the bugs are there but none are that gamebreaking. The story also just stinks but it doesn't take over the game majorly. even though graphics on players suck zombies look amazing and they have layers of damage on their body forThis game is really fun even though a lot of people criticize it for having bugs and some bad graphics at parts. both are true as character models are bad and the bugs are there but none are that gamebreaking. The story also just stinks but it doesn't take over the game majorly. even though graphics on players suck zombies look amazing and they have layers of damage on their body for bloody graphics that look amazing. This game can have some real fun slashing zombies and screwing the story so if you can take it's flaws buy it. Expand
  89. Jul 23, 2014
    9
    Who do you voodoo ****

    This game is another one I have played over and over quite a few times! Simply because of the playable characters you get to choose from: Logan Purna Xian Sam B All 4 characters have their own special ability. Released in 2011 this is still a game I could go back to and happily play without getting bored, the zombies, the weapons, just so much yes in
    Who do you voodoo ****

    This game is another one I have played over and over quite a few times! Simply because of the playable characters you get to choose from:

    Logan
    Purna
    Xian
    Sam B

    All 4 characters have their own special ability.

    Released in 2011 this is still a game I could go back to and happily play without getting bored, the zombies, the weapons, just so much yes in one package!

    Nothing is more fun than smacking a zombie round the head with a paddle, because F-you zombie!

    The storyline is great and really well driven, there are a lot of things to do on it seeing as it's a large scaled map with vehicles but... I think the driving wasn't that good, some will agree, some won't...

    There were some parts in the game that actually made me jump, so it does actually have a scare factor! Still better than Resident Evil 5 (God I hate that game so much, urgh.)

    You also get to experience the enjoyment of fly kicking a zombie in the head, too awesome! (Do not try this at home unless you have an extremely annoying sibling, in that case, it's acceptable).

    LOTS of blood, after all you are literally amputating and dismembering a person, so not for the faint hearted. (Yet again, do not try this at home. Annoying siblings is not an acceptable excuse this time round.)

    Online Co-op is so much fun! I do recommend playing with a friend to make your experience more fun than solo. (Haha, that could also mean 2 things, stay focused guys.)

    You will never be short of quests in this game as there is a large amount of them. Some are never ending, such as finding something for someone in exchange for money or pills, not exactly accurate but you get the idea!

    Anyway, must have in your game collection, 9/10.
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Metascore
71

Mixed or average reviews - based on 75 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 75
  2. Negative: 1 out of 75
  1. Mar 1, 2012
    93
    Dead Island is a hell of a ride from start to (near) finish and is a zombie game that stands out from the rest of the pack.
  2. A wasted opportunity - frustrating to play and too ugly to love. [Dec 2011, p.98]
  3. Nov 23, 2011
    85
    I admit that I was not expecting much from Dead Island, given the oversaturated subject matter and the delayed development time. And while the game definitely has its share of weaknesses, it is pleasantly surprising in its own right.