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Entertainment Focus - Review: Dead Island

Overall Dead Island is an absolutely huge and very ambitious game that appears to have suffered due to its long delays. Despite the many issues, if you're a fan of survival horror or zombies then Dead Island is an essential purchase. It's the best zombie game around and it's destined for cult status. The sheer amount of things to do coupled with the non-linear gameplay and the addictive combat present you with at least 30 hours of immensely fun gaming. If you have some friends to play with then you'll enjoy the game even more. It's also worth noting that there's a lot of replay value in Dead Island with the different characters, size of the island, number of collectibles, new weapon customisations to discover, some fantastic achievements and a new game plus option. While it may not be to everyones taste Dead Island is already a strong contender for game of the year. Highly recommended.

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itsralf1751d ago

Solid review. I'm halfway through my first playthrough and I love it. Glad there is an NG+ option.

DasTier1751d ago

NG+? It came out today in uk and my preorder is waiting at home. So explain to me this NG+.

itsralf1751d ago (Edited 1751d ago )

I've read on some Dead Island forums that there is a New Game+. I don't know much about it, other than you get to keep your money, level/stats and I believe your weapons. Enemies stay at your level from the very beginning of NG+, so the difficulty is greatly increased for your next playthru.

ChrisW1751d ago

If you rush through the game it'll take you 30 hours. I've been trying to get all of the side quests done and I've put in 14 hours so far... and I'm only on Chapter 2.

SCW19821751d ago

Bought it and sold it same day. The game is a 60 dollar beta build. Horrible bugs

itsralf1751d ago

what platform?
there are a few hiccups here and there on the ps3 version, but they don't ruin the game and i'm sure they'll be fixed in a patch. It's no more buggy than other open world games.

itsralf1751d ago

I hate how there are like no guns in the first half of the game. /: Or did I just miss them? The first gun i got was an unreliable pistol like 40% through when I killed the looters/gang for the first time. x:

GregE_EntFocus1751d ago

I had a pistol not far into the game from one of the side quests. Think it was for escorting someone to the lifeguard station.

I loved the melee combat though, especially with customised weapons.