Dead Island: Riptide Review

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Posted 9:04am on Mon 22 April 2013
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Posted 9:04am on Mon 22 April 2013
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Damn it, i enjoyed the first one as flawed as it was so i was hoping for at least a slight improvement this time around which i would have been happy with. I still might get it at some point down the line.
Posted 10:13am on Mon 22 April 2013
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I've already preordered it at Go2Arena so I hope I will like it more than you!
Posted 12:07pm on Mon 22 April 2013
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The first one - which was an enjoyable experience - so if this is essentially more of the same, I don't see too much of an issue. Got my preorder in for £25, which is what I paid for the first 5 months after release, so... can't complain at that price.


"...but seeing as anything’s more fun when playing with others, that’s faint praise really" - that is a VERY bold claim to make, though - and is perhaps one a little too... (and no offence is meant here) amateurish... for inclusion in a review such as this. Sorry to say that the entire piece isn't really a good review.
Posted 12:11pm on Mon 22 April 2013
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Haven't played Ripetide yet, but having spent 45 hours on the original Dead Island I have to say I really disagreed with the comments you made about the original's faults.

I really dislike all the negativity re: the infamous trailer - IMO it actually made the game and its environments more emotion; more real; and in a way more personal. It served to remind us that each zombie you attack, that each half eaten corpse you come across, were once someone's father, mother, or child, reminding us that the zombies weren't just faceless monsters.

I disagree with the complaint about weapons degrading too quickly too - early on, before you specialise in your character's chosen weapon are pretty much disposable, and are everywhere, which means repairs wasn't really needed unless you want to. Later on weapons are more durable, plus weapons and suvival skills specialisation further incases their strength and durability.

But blah, guess this isn't the place to rant about Dead Island. It does once again make me wonder though - should sequels be reviewed as stand-alone-games based on their own strengths and weaknesses? Or should they be rated compared to the originals or to the other entries in the series - and if so is it actually fair to do so?
Posted 12:48pm on Mon 22 April 2013
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    "It served to remind us that each zombie you attack, that each half eaten corpse you come across, were once someone's father, mother, or child, reminding us that the zombies weren't just faceless monsters."

    But surely once you played the game, the never ending wave of zombies, the arcade style of experience points and loot killed any chance of realism? It was fun enough, but it was just a shooting gallery of gory mannequins very quickly.

    I can't really disagree with any of the negative points. I finished and mainly enjoyed Dead Island, but is was riddled with faults and poor design decisions imo.
    Posted 1:36pm on Mon 22 April 2013
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    Dead Island is like buying something new, that's already broken, but you can see it's been fixed with duct tape. Sure you can live with it and if you've never had a problem, then that's good, but you know there are major game braking bugs and flaws with this game and there are better games out there, you could be playing, but you insist on playing this instead, because you haven't had a problem just yet.

    "If it ain't broken, why fix it?... Wait what? It is broken. Well I've never had a problem so it must be fine, right?!"

    It also reminds me of Duke Nuken Forever. The reputation this game has, is bigger then it deserves, (due to extended development or bait and switch trailers) both negatively and positively. It should of just come out and then been forgotten.

    As for this game at least this time it's less buggy a less buggy game, which was the major problem of the last game, but in the end that doesn't stop this from feeling any less soulless.

    Good review Daniel. I thought it was insightful.
    Posted 8:42pm on Mon 22 April 2013
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    Thank the zombie gods that the critics yet again hate this, you all Ruined my Christmas with the first one it just sat on the shelf till February because I thought what is the point I've been looking forward to it for ages and apparently it's rubbish, so I played fecking plain old same old CoD, then I thought F it I'm gonna see what's so bad about this. first 15 mins I was hating it but that was my own fault not following the directions and getting killed by running towards the zombies in the corridor instead of behind me to the door, after that it was June n I had finished playing one of my favourite all time games yeah it's not technically brilliant but bugger me it was fun and so satisfying killing the undead with such a variety of weapons, I've never played a game that felt so good to be a chav wit a baseball bat. Granted the location was my main like loved the tropical setting of a holiday beach but did start to drag once I left the beach but still enjoyed all the locations except the generic zombie filled sewers. I played that solo never touched the coop/multiplayer part because believe it or not some ppl like to play alone and don't think games are better with friends never mind ass hole strangers, I've not renewed my Xbox live for 6 months cos I only used it for netflix but get US netflix on Ps3 so what's the point in paying for live (Microsoft take note I ain't paying you to watch BBC Iplayer etc when I have them for free on multiple other devices at least 6 in my house alone). I will be getting this game and I know I will Enjoy it maybe the critics these days want to much you all want heavy rain titles with no gameplay just great stories try reviewing movies be more up Your street if that's the case games are about fun enjoyment relieving stress only a small proportion of gamers want a gripping engaging emotional story do a survey you will Find I'm right. Any way nuf sed I think.
    Posted 10:38am on Tue 23 April 2013
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    I avoided thye first game like a zombie plague based on the poor reviews it recieved and when I finally got round to playing it I had nothing but fun with it. Will definitely be playing this one sooner rather than later regardless of the reviews - more of the same in this instance is exactly what I want. (funny how more of the same never seems to be an issue when it comes to games like CoD, Fifa etc).
    Posted 5:25pm on Thu 25 April 2013
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    dead iland riptide looks cool but i don't have it yet
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