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Average User Score: 6.3May 2, 2013This game is great. As a huge Left 4 Dead fan, I always wished they'd go open world with that franchise. Dead Island Riptide is currentlyThis game is great. As a huge Left 4 Dead fan, I always wished they'd go open world with that franchise. Dead Island Riptide is currently the closest you can get to get to that reality: open-world zombie co-op at its finest (plus vehicles!).
As much as this is a bit of a copy/paste job from the original Dead Island, the map is huge with lots of diverse environments. My favorite of these are the tunnels. The developers have done great work with lighting (or darkness I should say), making the flashlight necessary to see anything. Firing up flares from right-D-pad when you've got to dig in and fight the horde is both epic and satisfying. The tunnels make me feel like I'm playing a co-op Fallout level (another dream of mine). There's just nothing more fun than exploring new areas, closing doors as zombies bear down on you, and scavenging like a fiend.
The combat is completely fun too. I use the alternate control scheme, which uses left trigger to plant your feet and the right stick then controls your melee weapon, swinging it in whichever direction you swing the stick. I highly recommend this. It takes some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it is very intuitive. It brings a whole element of knocking zombies off-balance and exploiting their weaknesses. I honestly would love it if the Elder Scrolls were to adopt these controls, as I think they are ideal for hand-to-hand first-person combat. My buddy is rocking the gun-focused character, and his setup is ridiculous. He packs his weapon wheel full of guns except for the last slot, in which he has his machete. The kid throws down! He never reloads, just switches to the next gun with RB until he has run through his entire weapon wheel and he enters the fray with his blade. It's a sight to behold.
In short, I love this game. It's simple fun, sure. It has it's shortcomings (namely the over-use of the X button: it's used for so many things that pressing X to slurp down an energy drink for some much needed sustenance can result in you jumping off of a safe landing onto a zombie in an infested ditch, turning a bad situation into a worse one). But the game is GOOD. I recommend it to anyone who games with friends, anyone who loves exploring an expansive map from a first-person perspective, or anyone who enjoys the sound of a sledgehammer making contact with a zombie skull.… Expand