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  • Summary: Assume the role of Cliff Calo, the offspring of a media mogul, who is in search of the truth behind the events of Banoi. Unlike other Dead Island characters you may have taken control of, Cliff is not immune to the virus. You must approach zombies more strategically if you want to navigateAssume the role of Cliff Calo, the offspring of a media mogul, who is in search of the truth behind the events of Banoi. Unlike other Dead Island characters you may have taken control of, Cliff is not immune to the virus. You must approach zombies more strategically if you want to navigate the island of Narapela and uncover the mysteries behind the virus. Or, as they say, get your ass handed to you. If fighting zombies without immunity wasn’t difficult enough, Cliff is also fighting to keep his sanity. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 6 out of 12
  1. Nov 18, 2014
    75
    An interesting side-story twist on Deep Silver’s first-person horror franchise, Escape Dead Island takes the franchise’s mythos in some unique new directions, resulting in an entertaining adventure that can be enjoyed by both fans and newcomers alike.
  2. Dec 1, 2014
    65
    Apart from that absolutely baffling meat grinder at the end, I'd still recommend Escape to fans of the mid-list. 98% of it was an enjoyable spiral into insanity, and the project could certainly stand on its own even without being attached to the Dead Island franchise -- just be ready to slog through that final bit to see how it all wraps up.
  3. Dec 1, 2014
    55
    The concept actually works. The change of perspective as well as the new art direction build a solid foundation. But under the surface nothing really comes together.
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    20
    While playing through Escape Dead Island, I was continually offended that anyone would be asked to pay for this experience. Any number of developmental issues could have caused this train wreck, from budgetary problems or creative crises, and we'll likely never know the whole truth. But as it stands, Escape Dead Island is worth nobody's time.
  5. Dec 2, 2014
    20
    You really shouldn’t play Escape Dead Island. It isn’t fun, and the only real redeeming feature is that it is technically playable.
  6. Feb 15, 2015
    20
    A poor entry into a solid series that doesn't try to improve the experience or come up with any new ideas. Stick with the past and wait for the future. [Issue#119, p.85]
  7. Jan 9, 2015
    20
    Escape's one resounding achievement, it seems, is that it has somehow managed to be an even poorer game than Dead Island: Riptide. [Jan 2014, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Jan 12, 2015
    10
    Much better than the review make it look. I expected playing some crap and quitting after 15min based on reviews, but ended up completing itMuch better than the review make it look. I expected playing some crap and quitting after 15min based on reviews, but ended up completing it and having a blast doing so. Story is interesting, there's no dead moments, it always keep going and adding new stuff and fckeup events. I would even say presentation of the story is better than the Dead Island game. Gameplay is fast and shooting action is tight. Level design are great.

    Not worth a 10, but I'm balancing for these whining kids who don't know what's good and what's not.
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  2. Nov 19, 2014
    8
    Fun game. Something different and somewhat original. Old school graphics, stealth and action gameplay, nice story. Would recommend. Good buyFun game. Something different and somewhat original. Old school graphics, stealth and action gameplay, nice story. Would recommend. Good buy for the price. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2014
    8
    Just beat escape from dead island. It's INSANE. And a total **** The gameplay was pretty good for a budget title as were the cell shadedJust beat escape from dead island. It's INSANE. And a total **** The gameplay was pretty good for a budget title as were the cell shaded graphics. Isn't like other dead island games and is more linear but the main star of the game is insanity. The protagonist cliff's mind cracks and shatters by the end of the game. So much crazy **** will happen he will see things, hallucinate to the point where his environment changes, and more. The sanity sections are the best part of the game and again it's a budget title and the gameplay can be mediocre at times but I really enjoyed it. The insanity based story atleast deserves a rent to be experienced because cliff is absolutely crazy! 8/10 not a must buy and most ppl aren't gonna mess with it but the story and insanity moments could suprise you like they did me Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2014
    6
    This should be an arcade game - offered for $15 and I would have been very happy. This is not comparable to the other Dead Island titles andThis should be an arcade game - offered for $15 and I would have been very happy. This is not comparable to the other Dead Island titles and is very linear. There are collectibles, but the menu is so bare-bones that you can't review what you have, so you don't know what to continue to look for. This is perfect rental, but I wouldn't buy this game - especially with the other releases currently out. Expand
  5. Nov 22, 2014
    3
    There's good and then there is bad. Escape Dead Island has an okay story and good scenery and that is the good. The bad, semi-respondingThere's good and then there is bad. Escape Dead Island has an okay story and good scenery and that is the good. The bad, semi-responding controls and and no skip cinematic feature. The play style is alright when trying to fight of a small swarm of zombies. Cliff (the main character) has an blunt( ax-ish) object to fend of zombies if spotted, a screwdriver for stealth kills, a pistol and shotgun for range. When fighting, the controls are sloppy and unresponsive when trying to fend off a zombie(s) with an melee,(ax) and sometime when selecting a weapon, the game doesn't even give you the desired weapon and gives you something different. Cinematic scenes were the worst, a cinematic scene would occur before a difficult level or a boss battle. I would die, resurrect, and watch the scene three or four times until beating the level. i don't recommend buying it or even renting it or even looking at it. It was a waste of time, money, and a little bit of dignity. Expand
  6. Dec 18, 2014
    0
    This Indie, borderland wannabe was the worst game played ever. Due to the fact that i like zombie survival. This game is absolutely slowThis Indie, borderland wannabe was the worst game played ever. Due to the fact that i like zombie survival. This game is absolutely slow paced and frustrating, (allthough i beat it). I was expecting it to be longer and as well as a leveling up kind of stuff like the other dead island series before. All those twist and side stuff inputed in this game was sure just plain stupid. I tried to like it, but the overall experience just got to me. Expecting way more in these new gen era of games. This is a game that i would play on a PS1. Obviously someone didnt do their market research. Expand

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