Product Type: Deepsilver Xbox 360 games
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Dead Island (Xbox 360)
Member Name: silvercrusader
Dead Island (Xbox 360)
Advantages: Adjustable controls lead to fun strategic gameplay, Great to play with friends
Disadvantages: Multiplayer only avaliable online, RPG aspect could be better.
Dead Island is a first person/RPG survival game which pits you as one of 4 characters trying to escape from a so called "paradise holiday"... which has now been infested with millions of zombies. To survive, players have to complete a variety of quests to help people survive and eventually find a way of the island.
The controls at first seem very simple, arrows to select your weapon, a to jump, right trigger to attack... The trigger to attack button gets furiously boring after a while; killing a zombie by furiously pulling on a trigger provides little entertainment as you have no control as to where you cut, slice or bash the opposing zombie. However, there is a option in the game to change the attack button to using the analogue sticks. By flicking the sticks in the motion you wish to attack, your player will attack in the desired way. This results in a lot more accuracy and fun in killing zombies, as you can carefully and tactically choose where to attack, be it an arm, a leg, or the head.. you get the idea. Later on the game you access firearms which control much like a typical first person shooter, although it is easily much more fun to kill a zombie by cutting of each body part rather than a simple shotgun shot to the face.
The RPG aspect is well.. ok at best. By completing quests and killing zombies you gain experience to level up, and with each level up you gain access to better weapons and also a skill point to put on your skill tree, granting you various perks. The perks I think could be improved, as aside from the ability to stomp on zombies, most perks are very basic, such as increased life or increased damage, which doesnt leave the player much of an incentive to level up and gain new abilties. However, the first person aspect of the game more than makes up for this.
The best feature of the game though is easily the multiplayer option. Playing single player can be fun for a while, but the real fun begins when you get some friends together to play. Unfortunetly the game does not support local multiplayer, so unless your friends have online and a copy of the game, your pretty much stuck with the single player. However there is a option to join other random peoples games if there game type is set to open, so even if your friends dont own the game it is still possible to play online, but people tend to kick you from their games farily frequently and lets face it: Its much more fun to kill zombies with your friends then complete strangers.
Overall Dead Island does have some downfalls and isnt worth buying brand new, but if your able to get it preowned for £20 or less, its a worthy buy if your a fan of good old zombie killing fun.
Summary: A fun zombie game most enjoyable with friends.
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