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Dead Island: Riptide Review

Dead Island: Riptide – Gloriously gory, or lost-at-sea?

If youíve played the first Dead Island game then you know what to expect with DI: Riptide; itís a FPS zombie-crushing bonanza thatís sort of like a hybrid between left 4 dead and borderlands (with just a touch of Fallout/Elder Scrolls for good measure). †Simply put, Riptide isnít seeking to expand on the basic formula that made the original Dead Island something of a cult sensation among certain gamers; instead, itís merely ďbeefing up the basic blueprintĒ, so to speak.

In all seriousness though, if you take a look at some of the press that this game is getting youíd think that it was the worst thing ever released by any developer. †Letís set the record straight right now, this is not a bad game at all, OK? †Sure, itís not expanding the boundaries with regards to what weíve come to expect, you know, how other developers like to add features, improve graphics and even change their graphical interfaces when releasing a sequel or prequel. †But is this always required in order to consider a game ďgoodĒ? †Are game developers no longer allowed to develop their own approach and stick with it if they so desire? †Furthermore, why not evaluate Riptide on its own merits instead of relying on hindsight and unfair comparisons to rip it to shreds and paint it as an unmitigated failure?

Dead Island Riptide

For those who are not familiar with the original Dead Island, Riptide should provide you with an entirely new sort of cooperative experience. †The level of gore, dismemberment and blood that this game exposes gamers to isnít going to be for everyone of course, but thatís not really the main point of focus is it? †It would seem that most people approach a game like DI: Riptide because itís a semi-open world title that offers up an opportunity to engage in amazing cooperative play while completing interesting objectives. †Likewise, thereís an extensive leveling and weapons-crafting system contained in this game, which seems to be incredibly satisfying to quite a number of players. †In truth, many of the better elements associated with zombie and RPG titles as well as FPS shooters have been stitched together to create this gory game; in other words, there arenít really any other series treading on Riptideís territory.

Taking a cue from franchises like Mass Effect (perhaps) Riptide allows gamers to import their character and stats from the original dead island. †Furthermore, the same relative difficulty / leveling system is in place here as well, so if youíre at a very high level (letís say 60 or above) then your difficulty will be quite different from your friend whoís just starting out.

Dead Island Riptide

To sum things up, expect a similar experience to that of the original Dead Island, of course. †This is still a game that features a generous helping of melee-based combat, which for some is extremely appealing while others might deem it clunky. †Not to worry though, as with its predecessor, you can still use guns, but youíre going to need to have built up your stats to truly be effective or do any major damage, of course. †In short, definitely get this game if youíre in the market for something that can provide open-world cooperative gameplay or zombie / survival-horror-based violence.

Rating – 7 / 10


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