Review Roundup: Dead Island Riptide

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Techland's zombie-mashing open world RPG Dead Island

Release Date: 23/04/2013

Techland's zombie-mashing open world RPG Dead Island was a surprise hit in 2011, and now it's semi-sequel is here. Riptide picks up where the previous game left off, and you're able to import your character from last time to get a head start. As before, it's a four player co-op game where melee combat using hand-made weapons is the order of the day.

But is it any good? Game Informer thinks so, delivering an 8/10 verdict. "Few games nail the visceral feel of melee combat and co-op fun like Dead Island," reads the review. "At its worst, an annoying hiccup breaks the immersion of the grizzly trek through a zombie-infested paradise. At its best, Riptide hits the same high notes as the original."

IGN also praises the game's "satisfying zombie dismemberment and co-op", with a 7.2 score. "It's a fun time," it concludes, "but there are no surprises or killer new features to make it an impressive package."

Official Xbox Magazine also suggests that the game will please fans of the original, and anyone who fancies mangling the undead with others. "Being able to simply drop into the game of any player who's around the same point in the story as you means they don't need to be actual friends," says the US mag in its 7.5 review. "While it's got some irritating rough patches, Dead Island: Riptide's 15-hour campaign still manages to be a lot more fun than it has any right to be."

Clearly this isn't a super-polished blockbuster, but it seems that Dead Island Riptide still offers a unique experience for those who warm to its bloody charms.

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Pegi Rating:

Suitable for people aged and over.

Genre

Horror

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No rating yet

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