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Dead Island: Riptide Review

Simply more of the same zombie survival action

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Most of the same types of zombies make a return from the original. You have your standard Walkers, speedy Infected, hulking Thugs, belching Floaters, exploding Suiciders, and slicing Butchers. New additions include the Grenadiers, which hurl exploding toxic goo at the player and take more than a few hits to take down. The Wrestler is a huge mutated zombie with a gigantic arm which deals massive damage if it hits. There is also a Screamer, which emits a piercing cry which can knock down and blur the vision of the player. These more special monsters are tough, but are easily taken down if you activate Fury mode. This is a meter which builds up during combat, allowing you to unleash your special power for a short period of time. Playing as Logan, my special power allowed me to rapidly throw knives at my enemies, doing lots of damage while causing time to seemingly slow down around me. Of course, it also helps if you have some friends around to give you assistance. During the game it will occasionally pop up “X is nearby”, giving you a button prompt to quickly jump into their game. The difficulty level of the enemies increases to accommodate the extra players. It works pretty well, but I would advise playing with friends rather than random players to get the best experience.

Dead Island: Riptide

Environments changed around me as I progressed through the game, but I never felt like I was going anywhere. The early swamp area brought something new, and it looked fairly good, especially when the rain started pouring down. A large portion of that area was waterlogged, allowing boat travel. Zombies would grab onto the vessel and attempt to knock you off, but they were easily shaken off by using the boost button. The swamp was followed by a dark, damp tunnel system, which was admittedly quite scary, but there was an abundance of flares scattered around, alleviating some of the fear. This was reminiscent of the tunnels in the first game, and the next jungle area felt very recognizable as well. The entire world just feels like a lazy rehash, and it seems like I could have written this same review for the first game. Riptide is a decent length for the price. Dozens of hours can be spent questing around the world if you want to complete everything, but the story mode can be completed itself in around twelve to fifteen hours.

Dead Island: Riptide

Dead Island Riptide is simply more Dead Island. Sometimes that is what you want out of a sequel, but when some glaring poor choices from the first game recur and it seems as though the developers have not listened to any fan feedback, this is unforgivable. In single player it is a drudge through familiar environments, while multiplayer is slightly more fun as there is more going on. An opportunity for greatness came around again, and instead of grabbing it by the neck and sinking its teeth in, the developer opted instead to simply push it away and run. A great shame.

Our ratings for Dead Island: Riptide on PC out of 100 (Ratings FAQ)
The environments are pretty, but facial animations, voice acting and lip synching were quite poor.
Barely anything has been added to the combat since the first game, and it soon becomes repetitive.
Single Player
Uninspired quests which always boil down to the same formula.
Playing with friends brings a slightly more enjoyable experience, but even in the multiplayer it all feels rather boring.
(Show PC Specs)
CPU: Intel i5-3470 @ 3.2GHz
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7800
OS: Windows 8 Professional
PC Specs

The game runs smoothly, and there are only a few short loading screens when transitioning between areas.
The only thing that would attract newcomers to Dead Island Riptide is the fairly unique combat and the opportunity for playing cooperatively. But for most, the game lacks the overall quality to make it worthy of purchase.
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Dead Island: Riptide is ranked #1224 out of 1508 total reviewed games. It is ranked #123 out of 158 games reviewed in 2013.
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