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Initial Impressions – Dead Island

by on Sep.08, 2011, under Gaming, General

Dead Island is another game that I was not planning on buying until a few weeks ago. You could say that I succumbed to peer pressure, as a good handful of my friends were planning on picking it up. Also, there was a midnight release for it at my local Gamestop, and I’ve always had fun at midnight releases.

Dead Island is not difficult to explain. You’re stuck on an island in the South Pacific, partying it up one night, then you stumble back to your room and pass out. When you awake, most everybody has obviously been turned into zombies, and you have to escape the island. The game plays as a first person shooter, almost too similarly to Borderlands, but as a Borderlands lover, this doesn’t bother me in the slightest.

I’ve played Dead Island for about 14 hours, and I have had a lot of fun with this game. Sure, there are glitches here and there, for instance, FateOfVengeance and I stumbled across a couple; The man had recently been bitten by a zombie and wanted us to drive his girlfriend up to safety. You’re supposed to get in the truck and she follows you to it, but instead, she just ran in place. Even after exiting and starting up a new game, she didn’t seem to run to the truck, but when we each tried it in our respective single-player games, she ran to the truck without a problem. That was the biggest issue that I’ve come across with the game. For the most part though, the game plays very well. It’s definitely not perfect, and there is a 37 point patch that is going through Microsoft certification now that should, among other things, make the engine noise louder. Oh yes.

I was worried that Dead Island would be a Left 4 Dead clone, but instead it’s a Borderlands/Fallout clone with zombies. I’m having a blast with it, bugs aside, and would definitely recommend it if you like the RPG aspects of Borderlands, but set on an island, with the voice acting technique and questing of Bethesda RPG’s.

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