Advertise on the GDN Network
 
Tabletop Gaming gear PC Gaming News Xbox 360 News PS3 News PS2 News PSP News Wii News DS News Mobile Gaming News iPhone Gaming News
 
 
 
GDN Home
News Archives
Submit Article
GDN Newsletter
Interviews
Reviews
Previews
Screenshots
GDN TV
Upcoming Releases
Publishers/Developers
Games List
Review Score Scale




MapleStory Demon Slayer Audition
Final Fantasy XIII-2 The Moogle
Syndicate Deep Dive: Co-op
Planetside 2 - The New Factions Director`s Cut
Serious Sam 3 Santa Sam
Everquest II DungeonMaker
Game of Thrones RPG: The Winter
Absolute Supercars Tracks
Gungnir Opening
Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning Combat!
Index » Articles Send this page to a friend

Dead Island Review (PC)

Posted by Jeff Lindsey, 128 days ago
  Dead Island
  Articles | FAQ's & Guides | Achievements | Files | Screenshots | Videos | Cheats | Boards |
Amazon Buy Now | GameStop Buy Now | Online Buy Now | UK Buy Now |

I have been preparing for the zombie apocalypse for years now. I know where a stash of canned goods and essentials are. I know where to go if I need guns and ammo. I have even prepared Dead island has arrivedmy wife by telling her that I will defend her as long as I can, BUT if she gets bit, I will not hesitate to shoot her (I’m being serious!). But as we all know, until the zombie apocalypse actually starts there is not much you can do to train for it. And this is where Dead Island enters the scene.

Dead Island, the newest game by Techland, is the closest thing you can get to a zombie apocalypse simulator. Taking place on a resort island, all is well in paradise until you pass out drunk. When you awake from temporary alcohol induced coma, you find that the Island has been taken over by a virus that has turned most of the islands tourist into flesh eating zombies. Now you must either band together with friends or set out on your own in a quest to find a way off of the island.

Dead Island Gameplay

Now for those of you who worried that this game would be some sort of Left4Dead clone or a First Person Dead Rising, allow me to go ahead and set your mind at ease. Dead Island is a game of its own right, but a lot of game elements seem to be clones of Boderlands. You have skill trees that are specific to each of 4 characters, do a ton of looting of luggage and other boxes, help up incapacitated friends, and can find a bazillion different weapons in 5 color classes (orange being the rarest and white being the most common). But even though the general elements of gameplay are a clone of Borderlands, Dead Island has a very unique feel to it.

great graphics when you can get em

Upon entering the game, you meet up with a small group of people in a shack that are downtrodden. It is obvious that they are going to die unless you help. They will give you a few missions and out you go. Pretty quickly you realize that you can pick up almost anything and use it as a weapon. (boat paddles, pipes, shovels, broom handles, sticks, etc) As you progress in the game you will start to find more conventional weapons like hammers, machetes, knives, and baseball bats. While a lot of the videos show guns, they are few and far between. Ammo is almost as scarce. All weapons have a color code, with white being the most common, and orange being the rarest.

As soon as you find a work bench, you can upgrade and repair weapons. Similarly to the work bench in Dead Rising, you can also combine items to make weapons. But it is not just 2 items and you duct tape them together. These weapons are detailed. For instance to make the Ripper mod, I had to collect a baseball bat, saw blade, metal scrap, wire, batteries, and duct tape. Once completed, I could look at the weapon in my hands and see how the game used every part.

 Our Rating for Dead Island Review (PC)
10.0
Replay
I have got 150 hours in Borderlands and I know I will get even more out of this game.
8.0
Graphics
The outside environment is beautiful, the damage to the zombies is incredible. But I got to take points away for the lack of video options and the ugly texture on the indoor areas.
9.0
Sound
All the sounds of the island really set the feel of the game, and the foley artist did an amazing job on the sound effects. Plus you will catch yourself singing Who do you VooDoo by the end of day.
9.0
Gameplay
Excluding some technical issues (that the developer has been faithfully patching) this is one of the funest games I have played in a while.
10.0
Multiplayer/Online Content
Not only is the co-op great, but the balancing and fairness rules that they set in place will keep you from killing item whores.
9.0
Overall
If you buy only 1 game this year, make it Dead Island and you won’t be disappointed.

Rating: 3.3, votes: 9

PC Video Game Review Rig Specifications

Tech Specs Main Office Satellite Office
CPU Intel Core i7-2600K 3.40Ghz Intel Core i7 940 2.93Ghz
RAM 4.00GB Crucial Ballistix 6Gb Patriot Viper Memory
Gfx Card EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB EVGA 560 Ti 448 Core Graphics Card
PSU Xion 800Watt Powersupply
Chassis NZXT H2 Silent Classic NZXT Vulcan Case
Cooling NZXT Fans Cooled by Xigmatek fans
Audio Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1/Sharkoon Xtatic SR Corsair Vengeance 1500 7.1 Surround Headset
Display AOC Ultra-thin 22" LED 27" 3D Asus monitor with Nvidia 3D Vision 2
Mouse SteelSeries Sensei (left), NZXT Avatar S white (right) Logitech G500 mouse
Keyboard Logitech Media slim and Cyber Snipa Flexiglow MadCatz/Saitek Cyborg Keyboard (Modern Warfare 2 edition)




 
 

Search the site:

SteelSeries Ion Wireless Game Controller S...
RiotZone Coming Q1 2012
New Expansion For Conquer Online Now Avail...
New Update Available For Empires In Arms
City of Heroes Freedom Receives First Majo...
Original Soundtrack For Kingdoms of Amalur...
Dungeon Empires Gets Technical and Visual ...
SwitchBlade Wireless Headset For PS3 Comin...
Zombie Wonderland 2 and Race Illegal High ...
Woody Woodpecker’s iOS Mobile Game Now Ava...
Ten Tips to stay on top from P...
Diablo 3 Headset Review (Hardw...
X3: Albion Prelude Review
Zen Pinball 3D Review (3DS eShop)
Roccat Kone+ Mouse Review (Har...
Q & A with Pro Gamer Mason
Mionix Naos 5000 Review (Hardw...
Diablo 3 Mouse Review (Hardware)
Fierce Gaming Mouse v.2 Review
Afterfall: Insanity Review
Proud Media Sponsor of:
Affiliations
& Friends

IMGA logo
Testseek Logo


Preferred Vendors:


Once You Know, You Newegg

Click here for the Best Buy Homepage

Advertisement:

 
Contact | Pages | Video | Privacy Policy | About Us | GDN Staff
News & Articles RSS | News RSS | Article RSS | Video RSS | Reviews RSS
 
 
|