Game reviews

DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE-

Developed by TechlandDead-Island-Riptide

Published by Deep Silver

Rated M for Mature

Available for Xbox 360 (reviewed), PS3 and PC

Dead Island: Riptide is the stand-alone sequel to the Dead Island series that features a beautiful island paradise that has been taken over by undead, flesh-eating zombies. Nothing ruins a vacation on a tropical island more than all those around you trying to sink their teeth into you.

Dead Island: Riptide sees the return of our four main characters (Logan, Sam B, Purna, and Xian Mei) from the original game alongside a newcomer by the name of John Morgan. John is a hand-to-hand combat specialist with many new talents and skills to add to the mix. Players are able to import their character from Dead Island or start a new one. Our team has successfully made it off the island and think they are in the clear. However, they soon find that their rescue team is far from what they think, and they are drugged and experimented on to find out why you are immune. The game begins with the player waking up on the boat alone and trying to come to from the effects of the drug. Within minutes the captain states that the ship has been comprised and we must make our way to the bridge. Just one thing the A.I in this game is again awful at times, the glitches in game can be seen within the first 10 minutes of gameplay. As you walk through corridors inside the ship and start to come into contact with the zombies, they can become glitched into the walls to only reappear moments later.These are the first of many problems that result from the game’s performance and graphic problems. Stuttering, clipping, screen tear, it’s all here. That being said Riptide is still more polished game than the original which was full with the same issues and more.

As you may have guessed, the ship doesn’t hold up long, and you have to make it to safety once more. Players will enter into a beautifully designed open-world adventure on the island of Palanai, where the true aspects of survival horror come to life. If you thought it was scary before, then get ready for even more blood-curdling fun with new environments and enemies. Leveling up in Riptide is like that of old-school RPG games, meaning that as you level up, so do the enemies around you. Simply put, every time you add a skill point, you are also increasing your chances of pain and death.Those who import their higher-level characters from the first game (a neat feature) can then expect to start out with harder and more annoying enemies.

Riptide is about one thing – killing zombies! The game has little to be desired when it comes to the storyline and plot.But Dead Island: Riptide does a couple of things right: It knows how to make combat fun and offers a nice co-op gameplay.

Dead Island: Riptide offers a familiar environment to that of the previous one of slaying zombies, completing side quests, and trying to make it out alive. Your goal is once again to find out what the hell is going on and try to survive to tell about it.

Pretty much, if you enjoyed Dead Island, then you will enjoy Riptide alot. However, if you didn’t, then don’t bother because it is about the same premise again. The only difference is that you have some new areas to explore and new enemies etc. 

Rating: 5/10

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