Dead Island came out at a time when the whole world was going zombie crazy. Many at the time thought this was going to be a game like Left 4 Dead. Actually, when you really get into it, Dead Island is a game that has far more in common with a game like Fallout than it does Left 4 Dead.
Welcome To The Island
If I am being honest the overall story in Dead Island is not exactly going to blow you away. It is basically a story that is all about you just doing what you can to survive. What does really make Dead Island stand out though is the setting. The game takes place on a Papa Neu Guinea island that is a “tropical paradise” and you are there at the very wrong time! The world that they have created is pretty darn big and it is full of very different locations. There are these lovely beaches (covered in blood and body parts) a creep jail, a sewer and everything in between. Each location feels different and it makes you want to explore as best you can, but of course with hordes of the undead after you that is easier said than done.
Hey, You Got Blood On My RPG!!!!
One of the things that threw some people off with Dead Island is the fact that is way more of an RPG than it is a shooter. You will have to choose your weapons, use your skill points, decide what side quests are worth doing and also do some crafting. It has all the mechanics that you would expect in a game like Fallout, but everything is covered in blood in Dead Island!
Are You Scared???
One of the things that Dead Island does very well is make you scared pretty much the whole time you are playing the game. It does this by always throwing zombies at you and the game actually has a pretty good diverse number of zombies to chase you down. While I would class this as an RPG, it also has lots of survival horror elements in it a well. For example, health kits are not just all over the place so if you make a wrong move you can easily end up on the wrong end of a zombie’s teeth without any help. Also, you have to worry about your stamina. You are not able to just run as much as you like and you cannot just go swinging around your weapon as much as you like either as this also affects your stamina.
What About Playing With A Friend?
In all honesty, I cannot say for sure if you can still play Dead Island online, but I am sure there are some fan servers out there. You can play online with a buddy and go through zombie hell together. What is neat about this is the way you have progressed your character will probably be very different from the way that they have theirs. One thing I do wish that they did was to allow for split screen co-op as I feel that this would have suited Dead Island very well.
A Product Of Its Time
While Dead Island is a firm favorite of mine, this game is the better part of ten years old as I write this. As a result, the controls can feel a little stiff and the PC version does have a few graphical issues with texture popping in when you go to a new section.
Dead Island is a game that I had a lot of fun with when it was first released and I do feel that it holds up pretty well to this day. The setting is great and the game really does a fantastic job in making you feel like your life is always in some real danger.
- The island setting is way more diverse than you would think
- It plays like an RPG
- The survival horror aspects are very well done
- It has buckets of blood!
- The way you play will be unique to you
- Controls can sometimes feel a little clunky
- Texture pop-in can be annoying
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PC compatible, P-100
Systems: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game features:Single game mode
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