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Dead Island (Xbox 360)
Member Name: BlueStreak
Dead Island (Xbox 360)
Date: 26/02/12, updated on 08/03/12 (26 review reads)
Advantages: A good co-op game, gives you a challenge...
Disadvantages: ...but a hard challenge, impossible while playing solo, too much backtracking
The main issue I have with the game is the overall difficulty. It is a bit easier with two or more players, but playing the game solo is a suicide mission. It's frustratingly difficult when playing alone, getting constantly bombarded by zombies from every direction. Sooner or later, you start getting killed with like, two or three hits from a zombie. You will just die, and die, and die, and die.. and die.
Trying to kill the zombies is just as frustrating. Very often, you can swing your weapon more than early enough to strike a zombie, but it seems like the weapon just passes through them, since you miss, despite the zombie being right in your face. Also, you can swing your weapon and hit the zombie, and instead of the zombie staggering backwards, they actually manage to attack you right back. You strike first, and you hit first, but they just hit you back, without being stunned or anything. Because of this, the zombies can get a good FIVE hits on you, in the time it takes YOU to swing your weapon twice. And then.. you are dead.
Another annoyance I have with the game is the almost endless back-tracking. I know many games do this, but this game seems to take a step further. The only saving grace is the Fast Forward maps, where you can instantly move to certain areas of the island without having to walk. But still, back-tracking to places with NO Fast Forward maps, and without being to drive means you having to walk for ages to get to your destination, as well as encountering a horde of zombies in the process, getting killed over and over.
And another is the map/GPS. The map almost NEVER shows you where to go, other than with a destination marker, such as a flag. It doesn't lay down a line along the map showing you HOW to get to your destination. What you have to do is go to your map, choose your destination and the destination line will appear, showing you where to go. Other times, I've had tracked quests NEVER give you a destination at all... after about 5 minutes, the destination will all of a sudden appear on the map. I've also had the waypoints take me to many dead ends, where I can't move past, making me backtrack to a route that has no dead ends.
When you die, you lose a certain amount of money every time. The more you die, the more out of pocket you'll be. There are upgrades that decrease the amount of money taken, but it's still pretty high. Sooner or later, you'll find yourself without the money to repair your weapons, and then you're totally stuffed. Another piss-f*ck when you die, is you get put back in the level, somewhere random. You may re-spawn right near where you died, other times you'll re-spawn about 200m away from your previous location, making you walk all the way back.
I hate the Thugs. It seems they always manage to hit you, even if it looks like you are no where near them. You'll move up to them, swing once and hit them, then back up to make sure you don't get hit.. but you DO.. all the time. It just seems that the zombies were made to be far, FAR more stronger than your characters will ever be, so it doesn't feel like an even challenge most of the time.
One of the most frequent problems I've had so far is near-constant crashing. So far, the game has crashed on me FIVE times while playing online. I had to reset my console, load the game again, reload the checkpoint and invite my friends again. Another online problem I've had is trying to connect to friends' games. While it occasionally works fine, I have had moments where I could not connect to any of my friends games, nor could they connect to my games. I'd send an invite, they'd accept... but it just says the game is no longer available or that they're playing alone. Same thing happens if they send ME an invite. Both me and my friends spend more time resetting our PS3's than we do actually playing the game. Online play is VERY buggy and glitchy at the moment. In fact, I can't say I've played a game THIS glitchy... ever.
I've also had saving issues, which I think many people have had, where it doesn't save when it's supposed to, or it just doesn't save at all, causing you to lose your progress from the last save.
Okay, I know I started with many bad points, but that's because this game has a lot of them. When I first bought the game, I was excited to play it, especially online... now, however, I cringe whenever the game starts. I'm only playing it because I want to complete it.. once I've finished it, it's being sold ASAP.
The goods points? If any... well, although it's rock hard when playing solo.. it IS a fun multi player game, as with a second.. or third and fourth player.. it makes the game that much easier. And running over zombies in the jeeps is fun as well.
Hmm... in all honesty, I can't see many good things with this game, only plenty of bad things. I have played it a lot, I'm about 85% through... but from what I've seen so far... it just doesn't do anything for me. It doesn't excite me when I play, I don't find it an even challenge (not too easy, not too hard), you die WAY too much for it to be called 'fun', getting gang-banged by 10 zombies at once is annoying as Hell as there's nothing you can do about it other than die, loading times/screens are a lengthy pain, backtracking is too long and often, the map/GPS is a mess, it's full of bugs/glitches... I'm sure you get the idea.
Granted, I know this isn't the best review I've written, and it's more of a bashing than a review... but these are my honest opinions about the game and what I've experienced with it so far.
Don't get me wrong... it's not an appalling game by any means, I just fail to see how a game this hard and frustrating could be fun. As long as you are able to play with a second player, it's not that bad. But playing solo... it's a goddamn nightmare.
This game should only be played if you have a second player to play with, and you have the patience of several saints in order to play it.... if you do, I say.. good luck to you sir.
Summary: Good.. but bad. Play only if you have the patience of several saints.
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