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Dead Island review
Dead Island (Xbox 360)
Member Name: Red-Fox
Dead Island (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Fun, time wasting game which is easy to jump into
Disadvantages: poor acting and bad driving mechanics
After plenty of hype leading up to the game (mainly thanks to its first advert), Dead Island appeared to end up being little much that a first person hack and slash game with a bit of shooting involved. However, that's not to say that I didn't enjoy the game.
The environments look very good, there is a good range of different weapons, as well as a variety of different zombies and infected that you must battle through.
The trouble with the game is, as there are only a few locations, the game can become a big stagnant if you spend too long doing missions in one area, especially the hotel resort, the first location of the game. Some missions can be extremely fun and challenging to do, although the vast majority of them consist of just fetching items for different NPC characters, who will reward you with a variety of different things, ranging from XP points, money, weapon mods and weapons.
The acting in the game isn't the greatest, although it doesn't really take away too much from the game play, as you can easily skip through the talking sections and cut scenes and still have a good idea of what you are supposed to be doing just by checking the quest section of your menu.
Driving can be somewhat problematic, as the first person views means you can only see out of the windows of the car, this means driving can be especially difficult in vehicles that have small windows or armour covering the windows.
While playing single player is enjoyable, it is defiantly more fun to play the game online with friends, especially in sections where you have to clear large hordes of zombies. Playing alone against these hordes, especially later on in the game when you are a higher level, usually results in quite a few deaths, and while the only punishment for dying is losing a percentage of money (which can be easily made back) it can become extremely frustrating.
Summary: A good game for mindless zombie killing, but not ideal if you are looking for a story.
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