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Scot Woods On May - 8 - 2013

Publisher: Deep Silver
Developer: Techland
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What they say: Dead Island Riptide is an open world Action Role-Playing game (RPG) in which players are tasked with surviving a viral based zombie outbreak isolated in a topical setting. The game is a follow-up to 2011′s original Dead Island game, and contains additional Survival-Horror gameplay mechanics and a first-person player perspective. Additional features include: New and returning characters, new vehicle types, levels and weather conditions, online multiplayer support including co-op, group defense tactics, and escalating melee and projectile weapon proficiencies. Special Edition Includes Alternate Character Skin, Pack of Weapon MODs,Digital Strategy Map.

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What I say: Zombies! Well there are certain things that just have to happen when dealing with zombies, let’s see how we did with this handy checklist…

1) Always important,  lots of zombies…check!
2) Lots and lots of body parts such as heads, arms, legs… check!
3) Lots and lots of blood…check!
4) Handle lots and lots of things laying around to cause above-mentioned decapitations and selective surgeries…check!

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Well, I think you get my point, if you’re a zombie fan like I am…oh yeah, you are going to love this game.I really can’t find anything wrong with this game that matters it plays great and everything is nicely done. I found it to be enjoyable and engaging and fun with friends…yes I have friends…stop laughing! But seriously guys the game plays well without taking itself so seriously that it becomes a chore. The storyline is good and moves along quickly enough to keep you engaged even if you have not played the first game like myself. The menus and interfaces are nicely laid out and the game gives you plenty of ways to build up weapons and characters.

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I played the online game with the venerable Dennis and we had fun of course. I’ve known Dennis for a long time and sometimes think he has some zombie blood?

Now the real serious and technical stuff! Graphics when we played online the game showed a little jitter.  It was not by any means what I would call bad.
And I would suspect that if a lot of people begin to see this in their game it will be addressed. As far as in game graphics and layout to me it was reminiscent of the Far Cry games, this to me is a plus as I found those games to be a lot of fun.

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This review is a hard one for me to write because I simply didn’t find much wrong. The only downside as far as I could see that is in my opinion there was an imbalance in the strengths and weaknesses of the playable characters. Even that is easily fixed, just  experiment, find the one you like and build their skill tree up…problem solved. I will definitely be spending more time in the game.

So in conclusion this game would be nearly perfect if you’re a zombie fan.
Honestly, you’ll love it!


Rating: 8/10

Categories: Film / Video, Horror, Reviews

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